Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Staff Picks



Check here every month to see what the HPL staff recommends based on our reading.  You can also  find your next good book by stopping by or calling the Reference Desk, or by using our online form:  Your Next Good Book

Alison's Picks


Rebecca
Rebecca
By du Maurier, Daphne
2002-07 - Avon Books
9780380778553 Check Our Catalog
Rebecca has been dead for several months, but her sinister influence is still very much alive at Manderley, as Maxim de Winter's second wife soon comes to realize. …More


Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine
Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine
By Honeyman, Gail
2017-05 - Pamela Dorman Books
9780735220683 Check Our Catalog
Soon to be a major motion picture produced by Reese Witherspoon.
"Warm and funny...plus Reese bought the rights to this one...You'll want to read it."--TheSkimm
"A charmer...satisfyingly quirky."--Janet Maslin, The New York Times "Books to Breeze Through This Summer"



"This wacky, charming novel...draws you in with humor, then
…More


Diana's Picks


Full Wolf Moon
Full Wolf Moon
By Child, Lincoln
2017-05 - Doubleday Books
9780385531429 Check Our Catalog
The New York Times bestselling author of The Forgotten Room and Deep Storm is back with a new thriller that follows the trail of a killer who cannot exist . . . featuring Jeremy Logan, the renowned investigator of the supernatural and fantastic.
Legends, no matter how outlandish, are often grounded in reality. This has been the guiding principle behind the …More


The Mountain Between Us
The Mountain Between Us
By Martin, Charles
2010-06 - Broadway Books
9780767927000 Check Our Catalog
Awards:
Florida Book Award (2010)

Bestselling author Martin returns with a captivating story about two strangers who crash into a frigid mountain wilderness and must rely on each other to survive. …More


Lockdown: A Novel of Suspense
Lockdown: A Novel of Suspense
By King, Laurie R.
2017-06 - Bantam
9780804177931 Check Our Catalog
A community comes together when threatened by someone with a thirst for revenge in this stunningly intricate, tautly plotted novel of rich psychological suspense from the New York Times bestselling author of the Mary Russell mysteries.
Career Day at Guadalupe Middle School: A day given to innocent hopes and youthful dreams. A day no one in attendance will ever …More


Thalia: A Texas Trilogy
Thalia: A Texas Trilogy
By McMurtry, Larry
2017-09 - Liveright Publishing Corporation
9781631493751 Check Our Catalog

Larry McMurtry burst onto the American literary scene with a force that would forever redefine how we perceive the American West. His first three novels-- Horseman, Pass By (1961), * Leaving Cheyenne (1963), and The Last Picture Show (1966)-- all set in the north Texas town of Thalia after World War II, are collected here for the first time. In this trilogy, …More


Jocelyn's Picks


Origin
Origin
By Brown, Dan
2017-10 - Doubleday Books
9780385514231 Check Our Catalog
The #1 New York Times Bestseller from the author of The Da Vinci Code
Bilbao, Spain
Robert Langdon, Harvard professor of symbology and religious iconology, arrives at the ultramodern Guggenheim Museum Bilbao to attend a major announcement--the unveiling of a discovery that "will change the face of science forever." The evening's host is Edmond Kirsch, a …More


At the Water's Edge
At the Water's Edge
By Gruen, Sara
2015-03 - Spiegel & Grau
9780385523233 Check Our Catalog

HPL patron: This is the highly unlikely story of a poor little rich girl who finds adulthood and happiness in a remote part of Scotland. On Good Reads I gave it 4 stars. That was stretching it about because of the setting.
…More


The Muralist
The Muralist
By Shapiro, B. A.
2015-11 - Algonquin Books
9781616203573 Check Our Catalog
When Alizee Benoit, a young American painter working for the Works Progress Administration (WPA), vanishes in New York City in 1940, no one knows what happened to her. Not her Jewish family living in German-occupied France. Not her arts patron and political compatriot, Eleanor Roosevelt. Not her close-knit group of friends and fellow WPA painters, including Mark Rothko, Jackson Pollock, and Lee …More


Just One Damned Thing After Another: The Chronicles of St. Mary's Book One
Just One Damned Thing After Another: The Chronicles of St. Mary's Book One
By Taylor, Jodi
2016-06 - Night Shade Books
9781597808682 Check Our Catalog
The first book in the USA Today bestselling British madcap time-travelling series, served with a dash of wit that seems to be everyone's cup of tea.
"History is just one damned thing after another." --Arnold Toynbee
Behind the seemingly innocuous facade of St. Mary's Institute of Historical Research, a different kind of academic work is taking place. Just don't call it "time …More

What to read while waiting for...



The Midnight Line: A Jack Reacher Novel
The Midnight Line: A Jack Reacher Novel
By Child, Lee
2017-11 - Delacorte Press
9780399593482 Check Our Catalog #1 New York Times bestselling author Lee Child returns with a gripping new powerhouse thriller featuring Jack Reacher, "one of this century's most original, tantalizing pop-fiction heroes" (The Washington Post).
Reacher takes a stroll through a small Wisconsin town and sees a class ring in a pawn shop window: West Point 2005. A tough year to graduate: Iraq, then …More


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The Room of White Fire
The Room of White Fire
By Parker, T. Jefferson
2017-08 - G.P. Putnam's Sons
9780735212664 Check Our Catalog "Mesmerizing and haunting."--Lisa Gardner



"T. Jefferson Parker is the poet of American crime fiction, and The Room of White Fire absolutely proves why."--C.J. Box



"A fast-paced, beautifully written thriller."--The Washington Post



In this stirring thriller from New
…More


The Drifter
The Drifter
By Petrie, Nicholas
2016-01 - G.P. Putnam's Sons
9780399174568 Check Our Catalog "Lots of characters get compared to my own Jack Reacher, but Petrie's Peter Ash is the real deal."--Lee Child
An explosive thriller debut introducing Peter Ash, a veteran who finds that the demons of war aren't easily left behind...
Peter Ash came home from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan with only one souvenir: what he calls his "white static," the buzzing claustrophobia due to …More


Benefit of the Doubt: A Newberg Novel
Benefit of the Doubt: A Newberg Novel
By Griffin, Neal
2015-05 - Forge
9780765338501 Check Our Catalog
Neal Griffin is a twenty-five year veteran of law enforcement. He's seen it all, from routine patrols to drug enforcement to homicide investigations, from corrupt cops to men and women who went far above and beyond the call of duty.
Benefit of the Doubt is a gripping thriller that exposes the dark underbelly of policing in small-town America, where local police departments now deal …More

Friday, November 17, 2017

Upcoming Events at HPL



WordComputer Class-Word

10:30 am- 12:00 pm, Saturday, November 18

De'ondra Pentecost will teach computer classes on Saturdays from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm. Registration is required. Call HPL at 231-722-8000 or visit HPL Events to register.   Registeration opens one month before the class date.Brought to you through the generosity of the Friends of Hackley Library.
Word:  Learn the basics of word processing, including opening and saving a document, entering text and making changes.  

MINECRAFT

2:00 SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 18

Sharpen your pickaxe and take on our Minecraft world! This event is open to the first 20 paticipants. Register online or over the phone at 231-722-8014.


Tech Tuesday

12:00 - 7:00 pm Tuesday, November 21

Reserve your 30 minute appointment to have your computer/tech questions answered by our in-house IT people. We will answer questions on using computers and apps-anything from how to navigate Windows to how to upload pictures to Facebook.  Call 231-722-8012 at least 24 hours in advance to reserve your spot.  By appointment only, walk-in spots will not be available.

ExcelComputer Class-Excel

10:30 am, Saturday, November 25

De'ondra Pentecost will teach computer classes on Saturdays from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm. Registration is required. Call HPL at 231-722-7276  or visit our calendar to register.  Registeration opens one month before the class date.  Brought to you through the generosity of the Friends of Hackley Library.
Intro to Excel.  Learn the basics of using a spreadsheet, including opening and saving, entering formulas, and making changes.

ALL-DAY BOARD GAMES

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 25

Don't get bored over the holiday weekend. Stop by anytime to play one of the library's many board games.


Charles HackleyCharles Hackley Look-a-like No-Shave-November Contest Award Ceremony

6:00 pm, Tuesday, November 28

Noshemberers (No-Shave November participants) will be judged by how closely they resemble Charles Hackley.  We'll have awards in a variety of categories.  Come out to see the fun and vote for the People's Choice!  

publisherComputer Class-Publisher

10:30 am, Saturday, December 2

De'ondra Pentecost will teach computer classes on Saturdays from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm. Registration is required. Call HPL at 231-722-7276 to register.  Registeration opens one month before the class date. Brought to you through the generosity of the Friends of Hackley Library.
This weeks' topic--Intro to Publisher.  Learn how to make posters and signs.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Book review-The Muralist



I have been able to find a lot of good fiction on Overdrive lately.  Recently I finished The Muralist (or here for the e-audio book) by B A Shapiro.  It is another book in a long line of recent fiction that is set during World War II.
This book is set primarily in New York City and alternates between the early 1940s and current time.  The main character in the 1940s is Alizee Benoit, an Jewish American painter with French family, working with the WPA on public murals.  The main character in the current time is Alizee's grand niece Danielle Abrams, an artist working with Sotheby's.  Danielle comes across some paintings hidden behind other works that she is sure are Alizee's work.  No one believes her so she takes it upon herself to investigate.  Part of her difficulty is that there are not very many of Alizee's works to compare them to because she disappeared in late 1940.
Alizee convinces Eleanor Roosevelt to encourage the WPA to include Abstract Impressionist art in some of the murals.  She learns that her family in France is struggling with the growing Nazi threat and she trys to get visas for them.  We learn about her difficulties as Danielle pieces things together.
I enjoyed this book quite a bit.  It was interesting to read about the events leading up to the US's entry into World War II and how different people viewed it-especially after reading a number of novels that took place in Europe during the same time period.  The characters were very interesting and I learned a lot about Abstract Impressionism.

The Muralist
The Muralist
By Shapiro, B. A.
2015-11 - Algonquin Books
9781616203573 Check Our Catalog
When Alizee Benoit, a young American painter working for the Works Progress Administration (WPA), vanishes in New York City in 1940, no one knows what happened to her. Not her Jewish family living in German-occupied France. Not her arts patron and political compatriot, Eleanor Roosevelt. Not her close-knit group of friends and fellow WPA painters, including Mark Rothko, Jackson Pollock, and Lee …More


Complimentary Reads


All the Light We Cannot See
All the Light We Cannot See
By Doerr, Anthony
2014-05 - Scribner Book Company
9781476746586 Check Our Catalog
Awards:
ALA Notable Books (2015), Alex Awards (2015), Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence (2015), Colorado Blue Spruce Award (2016), Dayton Literary Peace Prize (2015), Idaho Library Association Book Award (2014), Indies Choice Book Awards (2015), National Book Awards (2014), Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Award (2015), Pulitzer Prize (2015)

From the highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning Anthony Doerr, a stunningly ambitious and beautiful novel about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II. …More


Sarah's Key
Sarah's Key
By De Rosnay, Tatiana
2007-06 - St. Martin's Press
9780312370831 Check Our Catalog

Paris, July 1942: Sarah, a ten year-old girl, is brutally arrested with her family by the French police in the Vel' d'Hiv' roundup, but not before she locks her younger brother in a cupboard in the family's apartment, thinking that she will be back within a few hours.

Paris, May 2002: On Vel' d'Hiv's 60th anniversary, journalist Julia Jarmond is asked to write an article about
…More


The Nightingale
The Nightingale
By Hannah, Kristin
2015-02 - St. Martin's Press
9780312577223 Check Our Catalog
Awards:
National Jewish Book Award (2015), Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Award (2016)


A #1 New York Times bestseller, Wall Street Journal Best Book of the Year, and soon to be a major motion picture, this unforgettable novel of love and strength in the face of war has enthralled a generation.



France, 1939 - In the quiet village of Carriveau, Vianne Mauriac says goodbye to her husband, Antoine, as he heads for the Front. She
…More

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

What to read while waiting for...



Two Kinds of Truth
Two Kinds of Truth
By Connelly, Michael
2017-10 - Little Brown and Company
9780316225908 Check Our Catalog Harry Bosch searches for the truth in the new thriller from #1 NYT bestselling author Michael Connelly
An Amazon Book of the Month


Harry Bosch is back as a volunteer working cold cases for the San Fernando Police Department and is called out to a local drug store where a young pharmacist has been murdered. Bosch and the town's 3-person
…More


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Deep Freeze
Deep Freeze
By Sandford, John
2017-10 - G.P. Putnam's Sons
9780399176067 Check Our Catalog Class reunions: a time for memories--good, bad, and, as Virgil Flowers is about to find out, deadly--in the thrilling new novel in the #1 New York Times-bestselling series.
Virgil knows the town of Trippton, Minnesota, a little too well. A few years back, he investigated the corrupt--and as it turned out, homicidal--local school board, and now the town's back in view with more …More


Fool Me Once
Fool Me Once
By Coben, Harlan
2016-03 - Dutton Books
9780525955092 Check Our Catalog A widowed veteran gets the shock of her life in this impossible-to-put-down thriller from #1 New York Times bestseller Harlan Coben.
In the course of eight consecutive #1 New York Times bestsellers, millions of readers have discovered Harlan Coben's page-turning thrillers, filled with his trademark edge-of-your-seat suspense and gut-wrenching emotion. In Fool Me …More

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Upcoming events at HPL



MONTHLY MAKERS:  OZOBOTS

2:00 SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 11

Did you know you can program robots with markers and paper? Ozobots have color sensors that drive around a piece of paper any way you tell them to. Solve a coding puzzle or design your own obstacle course for your robot.


hawks and owlsHawks and Owls

6:00 pm, Monday, November 13

Hawks and Owls String Band has been delighting audiences around West Michigan since 1997.  Bruce Ling leader of Hawks and Owls and one of Michigan's finest musical treasures, is a River-side mystic, eloquent storyteller and passionate caretaker of America's collection of traditional music.  With stage performances that combine the expressive style of Garrison Keillor or Will Rogers, he paints musical portraits celebrating the colorful history of rural America with a broad repertoire of both original and time-savored traditional folk songs. As a collector of tunes, and songs, Bruce understands the importance of keeping the history of this timeless musical genre alive and well. He shares his keen knowledge with caring and passion, and his inspiration has propelled a legion of young musicians to continue playing these songs...a true testament to Ling's talents as a teacher and mentor.
Brought to you through the generosity of the Friends of Hackley Library.

great michigan read logoGreat Michigan Read Program with Mitch Kachun

6:00 PM, Tuesday, November 14

Dr. Kachun will be speaking on the historical context of Malcolm X, explaining the people and events that helped him solidify his thinking on race and civil liberties.
Brought to you through the generosity of the Friends of Hackley Library. This project is funded in part by Michigan Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities

tabletsTips and Tricks for Phones and Tablets

1:00 - 2:00 pm, Wednesday, November 15

Having trouble with your tablet? Flustered by your phone? Bring it to HPL on Wednesdays at 1:00 to get tech help. Walk ins welcome.

WordComputer Class-Word

10:30 am- 12:00 pm, Saturday, November 18

De'ondra Pentecost will teach computer classes on Saturdays from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm. Registration is required. Call HPL at 231-722-8000 or visit HPL Events to register.   Registeration opens one month before the class date.Brought to you through the generosity of the Friends of Hackley Library.
Word:  Learn the basics of word processing, including opening and saving a document, entering text and making changes.  

MINECRAFT

2:00 SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 18

Sharpen your pickaxe and take on our Minecraft world! This event is open to the first 20 paticipants. Register online or over the phone at 231-722-8014.


Tech Tuesday

12:00 - 7:00 pm Tuesday, November 21

Reserve your 30 minute appointment to have your computer/tech questions answered by our in-house IT people. We will answer questions on using computers and apps-anything from how to navigate Windows to how to upload pictures to Facebook.  Call 231-722-8012 at least 24 hours in advance to reserve your spot.  By appointment only, walk-in spots will not be available.

tabletsTips and Tricks for Phones and Tablets

1:00 - 2:00 pm, Wednesday, November 22

Having trouble with your tablet? Flustered by your phone? Bring it to HPL on Wednesdays at 1:00 to get tech help. Walk ins welcome.

ExcelComputer Class-Excel

10:30 am, Saturday, November 25

De'ondra Pentecost will teach computer classes on Saturdays from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm. Registration is required. Call HPL at 231-722-7276  or visit our calendar to register.  Registeration opens one month before the class date.  Brought to you through the generosity of the Friends of Hackley Library.
Intro to Excel.  Learn the basics of using a spreadsheet, including opening and saving, entering formulas, and making changes.

ALL-DAY BOARD GAMES

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 25

Don't get bored over the holiday weekend. Stop by anytime to play one of the library's many board games.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

What to read while waiting for...



The Rooster Bar
The Rooster Bar
By Grisham, John
2017-10 - Doubleday Books
9780385541176 Check Our Catalog
#1 New York Times bestselling author John Grisham's newest legal thriller takes you inside a law firm that's on shaky ground.

Mark, Todd, and Zola came to law school to change the world, to make it a better place. But now, as third-year students, these close friends realize they have been duped. They all borrowed heavily to attend a third-tier, for-profit law school
…More


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False Witness
False Witness
By Singer, Randy
2011-05 - Tyndale House Publishers
9781414335698 Check Our Catalog
Bail Bondsman Clark Shealy has 48 hours to find an Indian professor in possession of the Abacus Algorithm--an equation so powerful it could crack all Internet encryption. Four years later, the case takes a vicious twist: law student Jamie Brock and two colleagues learn that their clients, members of the witness protection program, have the encrypted algorithm. …More


Exposed
Exposed
By Scottoline, Lisa
2017-08 - St. Martin's Press
9781250099716 Check Our Catalog

In this New York Times bestselling novel, a battle for justice pits partner against partner...
Mary DiNunzio wants to represent her old friend Simon Pensiera, a sales rep who was wrongly fired by his company, but her partner Bennie Rosato represents the parent company. When she confronts Mary, explaining this is a conflict of interest, an epic battle of wills and legal …More