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Joyce’s Pick: The Red Thread


Joyce staff picks photoThe Red Thread
immerses you in the intimate lives of couples waiting to adopt from China. Believing that a red thread connects people’s lives, Maya works tirelessly to bring these families together and to assuage guilt from her own past. Heartbreak, tension, and redemption abound. Enjoy!

By MPPL on January 11, 2011 Categories: Books, Picks by Joyce, Staff Picks

Green Like God

Green Like God book coverJoyce of Fiction/AV/Teen Services recommends Green Like God: Unlocking the Divine Plan for Our Planet by Jonathan Merritt:

If you ever hiked the John Muir trail, read Thoreau’s Walden or appreciated the photography of Ansel Adams, you have been exposed to some of the pioneers of the American environmental movement. Their experiences, writings, and photographs have moved generations to action.  Unfortunately, the Christian community is a late-comer to this cause. Jonathan Merritt’s challenge is this: if we say we love the Creator, then we should take care of His creation. He asks the question, if the earth declares the glory of God, then are our actions silencing his voice? If you are looking for an interesting perspective on the green movement, check out this thought-provoking book!

By MPPL on December 9, 2010 Categories: Books, Nonfiction, Picks by Joyce, Staff Picks

Joyce’s Pick: Scent of the Missing


Joyce staff picks photoScent of the Missing
is a humorous, heartwarming and compelling tale that follows a golden retriever puppy and its owner through the grueling process of growing up, growing together and becoming a crack search-and-rescue team. It’s part love story, part memoir and thoroughly engaging! Don’t miss it!

By MPPL on November 8, 2010 Categories: Books, Nonfiction, Picks by Joyce, Staff Picks

Joyce’s Pick: Saving CeeCee Honeycut

Joyce staff picks photoWhen her mentally ill mother is killed, CeeCee’s life is saved. Whisked away from her absentee father and an uncaring community, CeeCee finds new life in Savannah with Aunt Tootie and a wonderful mix of strong women and quirky neighbors in Hoffman’s debut Southern charmer, Saving CeeCee Honeycutt.

By MPPL on August 30, 2010 Categories: Books, Picks by Joyce, Staff Picks

Joyce’s Pick: The Space Between Us


Joyce staff picks photoUmrigar tells of two Bombay women whose lives are bound together by time and experience, yet they encounter The Space Between Us as class, economics and roles separate them. Looking for a story of love, loss, and betrayal with international flavor? This one’s for you!

By MPPL on June 21, 2010 Categories: Books, Picks by Joyce, Staff Picks

Joyce’s Pick: The Crossing Places

Joyce staff picks photoForensic anthropologist Ruth Galloway lives in a cottage on the desolate English Saltmarsh with her cats. Nearing forty, overweight and single, her life is not all she had hoped. But a buried body, a missing child, an obsessed detective and old loves shake up her world in The Crossing Places.

By MPPL on April 12, 2010 Categories: Books, Mysteries/Thrillers/Suspense, Picks by Joyce, Staff Picks

Joyce’s Pick: Lark Rise to Candleford

Joyce staff picks photoIn Lark Rise to Candleford, a precocious girl from the English hamlet of Lark Rise is sent to the neighboring town of Candleford to apprentice at the post office and her world expands! Watch her choose her own path to adulthood. Gentle viewers will love this charming Christy-esque series.

By MPPL on January 25, 2010 Categories: Historical Fiction, Movies and TV, Picks by Joyce, Staff Picks

Joyce’s Pick: Firefly

Joyce staff picks photoRecipe: Combine one part sci-fi, one part wild-west and a cast of unique characters. Place them on a decrepit transport ship 500 years in the future. There they try to get along, stay under the radar of Alliance forces and make a living. It’s Firefly! Try it!

By MPPL on November 16, 2009 Categories: Fantasy & Sci-Fi, Movies and TV, Picks by Joyce, Staff Picks

Joyce’s Pick: Designer Dogs

Joyce staff picks photoBeen to a pet shop or park lately? There are Schnoodles, Whoodles and Doodles! Oh my! Coile’s Designer Dogs can help you see what that adorable crossbreed puppy will become and give you the scoop on temperament, trainability and shedding. Look before you leap! Find the right dog for you!

By MPPL on August 31, 2009 Categories: Books, Picks by Joyce, Staff Picks

Joyce’s Pick: Three Cups of Tea


Joyce staff picks photoThree Cups of Tea 
begins with Greg Mortenson’s failed attempt to conquer K2. Emaciated and lost, he wanders into a small Pakistani village where he finds help and healing. His vow to repay them by building the village’s first school changes his life and the lives of thousands of children.

By MPPL on June 22, 2009 Categories: Books, Nonfiction, Picks by Joyce, Staff Picks