> We’ve been thrilled by the enthusiastic response we’ve gotten to our Personalized Reading List service. For months now we’ve been helping patrons find their next favorite book. If you’re wondering what to read next, why not let us help by providing you with a list of fiction and/or non-fiction titles suited to your reading tastes and interests. Just pick up a reading survey at the library, or click here to print one you can mail or bring in at your convenience. Give us at least two weeks and we’ll give you a list of books we think you’ll enjoy.
Here are a few of the well-received titles we’ve recommended to Personalized Reading List users recently:
- What a Girl Wants by Kristin Billerbeck
Norah’s Ark by Judy Baer
The Secret History of the Pink Carnation by Lauren Willig
Plainsong by Kent Haruf
The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray
Small Island by Andrea Levy
Dedication by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus
> Addie of the Flint Hills: “They say times are going to be tough. Well, I was born in 1915 and in the past 93 years, I have seen tough times. I’ve heard about even tougher—from my grandparents, who were early pioneers settling the Flint Hills of Kansas. I had hoped my grandchildren and their children would never have to face serious adversities, but if they are called to do so, I want them to know something about their forebearers …This account of my journey is for them.”
Addie, born in the Flint Hills of Kansas, begins her story in 1915 as wheat prices are booming. She shares the day-to-day unfolding of her life and the life of her family as they deal with the turbulent US economy of the 1920s and 1930s. During this period the price of wheat drops, followed by precipitous declines in stocks, minerals and farmland. The story ends in 1935 as the family grapples with the effects of the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl. In the process, Addie of the Flint Hills weaves a complex tale of ordinary folks struggling with familiar themes: a father s work takes him far from home, a highly- educated woman and mother is alone, and a young girl never learns that she is beautiful.
“Unique and universal, the remarkable life story of Adaline Rogler Sorace looks to the past with affection, honesty, and clarity of insight. In a voice distinguished by intelligence and refinement she recounts a story of the Flint Hills as strong and as deep as the prairie grass.” -Jim Hoy, author of Flint Hills Cowboys
>Adventure, romance, and an animal story all rolled into one. Elephant trainer, Josef, was a proud father of an infant son, Bram, and a proud trainer of a baby elephant, Modoc, born the same day and hour. Bram and Modoc grew up together as playmates and were inseparable. When Josef died and the circus animals were sold, Bram had to go with Modoc to uphold his father’s last request that he take care of him. Bram and Modoc’s adventures at sea, in India and finally in America are astonishing to say the least. Both Bram and Modoc went through so many hardships, yet they survived the onslaught and were brought back together in an incredible manner. You may cry a bit, you will smile often as you journey through Ralph Helfer’s book about the life of Modoc: the true story of the greatest elephant that every lived.