Check It Out Category: Picks by Donna S

Donna S’s Pick: Midsomer Murders

Picture of DonnaMidsomer Murders, a British series available on DVD, started in 1997 and is still running now in 2017. It is based on Caroline Graham’s Inspector Barnaby mysteries.. The settings are contemporary and quaint villages in the English countryside. Each episode has several murders, interesting characters and keeps you guessing who is the villain is till near the end.

Donna S’s Pick: Rise & Shine, Benedict Stone by Phaedra Patrick

Picture of DonnaBenedict 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.

Donna S’s Pick: Short Fiction by Maeve Binchy and Stephen King on Audio

50 Days of Summer Reading BannerThere 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!

Picture of DonnaIf 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.

Staff Pick- Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond

Picture of DonnaI 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.

Staff Pick: The Magnolia Story by Chip and Joanna Gaines

Picture of DonnaThe 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.

Staff Pick: 100 Recipes- The Absolute Best Ways to Make the True Essentials

Picture of DonnaThe 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.


Staff Picks: Duets II by Tony Bennett

Picture of DonnaListen 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.

Staff Pick- The Residence: Inside the Private World of the White House by Kate Andersen Brower

Donna of Fiction/AV/Teen suggests The Residence: Inside the Private World of the White House by Kate Andersen Brower

Cover of The ResidenceKate 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 book coverThe 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 book coverFirst 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 book coverTo 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



Inside the White House book coverInside the White House: Stories From the World’s Most Famous Residence by Noel Grove

National Geographic and the White House Historical Association presents never before published stories and photographs of the house.



Inside the White House America’s most famous house Book coverInside the White House: America’s Most Famous 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.