Benedict owns a gem stone shop in England. His life is quite complacent; business is slow and he is estranged from his wife and brother. Everything changes when Gemma, his niece from America, arrives on his doorstep. As the story progresses, there are frequent references to gem stones, their meanings and how they influence the story, such as how rose quartz means love, peace and appreciation. Try Rise and Shine Benedict Stone by Paedra Patrick for a charming, uplifting story.
Check It Out Category: Picks by Donna S
There are 29 more days until the end of Summer Reading! Every day during our countdown we will be featuring slices of library life, books, and topics designed to help you out as you work through 2017 Summer Reading at Mount Prospect. Read more about how you can join in on this celebration of reading and enter to win prizes!
If you are busy and can’t find time to read, try audiobooks! Many famous authors have collections of short stories that are perfect if you have only small commutes in your daily life. From Maeve Binchy’s A Few of the Girls, featuring warm stories about female friendships, to the horror fiction of Stephen King’s Everything’s Eventual: Five Dark Tales, there is something for every mood.
Read this for Summer Reading!
For the DIY Designers…
Either of these could count as a book of short stories, a book from a favorite genre, a book from a new-to-you genre, or a book with a small town setting.
For the Master Class Designers…
Either may count as a book of short stories or a book highlighted on the MPPL website. The Stephen King collection is also an option for a scary book.
I suggest the 2017 Pulitzer winner for general nonfiction Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond. The author lived in the depressed areas of Milwaukee to gather his research for the book. It highlights several families that struggle to keep a roof over their heads. Some are locked in their situations while others can break the cycle. A home is so very important for a person’s sense of well being.
The successful HGTV show, Fixer Upper, stars the upbeat couple, Chip and Joanna Gaines. The Magnolia Story is about their interesting lives and a lot of ups and downs with running their decorating, retail and real estate businesses. In their own words, they have learned that with change comes opportunities and contentment in the journey. Hope you enjoy.
The 2015 edition cookbook 100 Recipes: The Absolute Best Ways to Make the True Essentials was compiled by the American Test Kitchen and features numerous colored illustrations. It has complete, easy to follow recipes and hints for basic to complex techniques. It is full of ways to make my favorites and inspire me to try new meals.
A local librarian from a small Connecticut town finds mystery, murder, adventure and a bit of romance when she tries to deliver books, via a boat, to a pair of recluse brothers. A Likely Story by Jenn McKinlay has several twists, so it will keep your interest till the end.
Listen to the sound recording Duets II by Tony Bennett for an auditory treat. This talented artist has joined with 17 popular vocalists and musicians for a wonderful album. Hear Norah Jones, Andrea Bocelli, Josh Groban, Willie Nelson and several others. Try Duets, also, by Tony Bennett for more great listening pleasure.
Donna of Fiction/AV/Teen suggests The Residence: Inside the Private World of the White House by Kate Andersen Brower
Kate Andersen Brower’s history and human interest book is about several first families and the staff that cared for them. President John Adams and his wife Abigail were the first to live in the White House in 1800 starting with only four staff members. Now there are 96 full-time, 250 part-time residence staff, plus 2 dozen from the National Parks Services to care for the grounds. The staff is very protective of the families but did share special memories of the good and sad times, considerate or demanding First Ladies, rude or polite Presidents, formal or more casual entertaining and the general working of the House.
For more stories from inside the White House, try…
The Butler: A Witness to History by Wil Haygood
This is a true story of a White House butler who served 8 Presidents. It was made into a movie too!
First Families: The Impact of the White House on their Lives by Bonnie Angelo
This book gives anecdotes about the Presidents, spouses, children and the White House.
To Serve the President: Continuity and Innovation of the White House Staff by Bradley H. Patterson
Examining the total size and cost of the contemporary White House team, Patterson also looks into what people do
National Geographic and the White House Historical Association presents never before published stories and photographs of the house.
This documentary has a tour of the private quarter with interviews with the White House staff, and a behind-the-scenes look at a state dinner preparations.
Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn started out as vocalists/songwriters and joined together1990-2010. Their twenty-year career as Brooks and Dunn produced numerous award-winning country music albums. In 2015, the duo reunited for a series of concerts with Reba McEntire. For a toe-tapping honky-tonk album with easy to understand lyrics, try their Greatest Hits Collection.
When everything around you seems overwhelming, sometimes a change of scenery can help and may even bring some surprises. This happy endings story takes place on Nantucket Island off Cape Cod. The Guest Cottage by Nancy Thayer is a good summer book.