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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 Television, 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 Television, 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

Joyce’s Pick: The Secret Life of Bees

Joyce staff picks photo“My whole life has been nothing but a hole, where my mother should have been.” Fourteen-year-old Lily escapes her abusive father and seeks to find the truth about her mother in The Secret Life of Bees. Grab the popcorn, a sister, the tissue box, and enjoy!

By MPPL on April 13, 2009 Categories: Movies and Television, Picks by Joyce, Staff Picks

Three Cups of Tea

Three Cups of Tea book coverJoyce of Fiction/AV/Teen Services recommends Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace…One School at a Time by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin:

In a world full of bad news and problems so big that many do nothing, Greg Mortenson is a breath of fresh air. In 1993, failing at his attempt to conquer K2, emaciated and lost, Mortenson wanders into a small Pakistani village. There he finds help and healing with the Balti people. He vows to repay their kindness by building the village’s first school, offering education to the boys and girls of this small village. His promise changes the course of his life and the lives of thousands of children. This book chronicles his experiences and the way he brought about amazing results in the face of overwhelming obstacles.

By MPPL on April 6, 2009 Categories: Books, Nonfiction, Picks by Joyce, Staff Picks

Joyce’s Pick: O2 – Breathing New Life into Faith


Joyce staff picks photoO2: Breathing New Life into Faith
was like a cup of cold water to my parched soul. Richard Dahlstrom writes on living out a balanced Christian faith, one that not only impacts my life but blesses the world around me. Read it and rise to the challenge!

By MPPL on January 26, 2009 Categories: Books, Nonfiction, Picks by Joyce, Staff Picks

Joyce’s Pick: Marley & Me

Joyce staff picks photoIf you ever loved a dog, you will love John Grogan’s story Marley & Me as he recounts life with this adorable, naughty and neurotic yellow lab! I laughed, cried, and read snippets aloud to my family!  Marley comes to the big screen December 25th starring Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston.

By MPPL on December 8, 2008 Categories: Books, Nonfiction, Picks by Joyce, Staff Picks