So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson

So Youve

Reviewed by Marcy (Library Staff)

Jon Ronson has interviewed numerous people who have been publicly shamed – lost jobs, marriages, health…..We aren’t talking about long ago thieves and law breakers but those who inadvertently let a faux pas slip that may not have been politically correct or that someone just plain didn’t like. It can be as simple as a comment or pic on Facebook or think Rachel Dolezal or Brian Williams currently. Public shaming is everywhere and Ronson explores up close some whose lives have been devastated because of one wrong comment. We all have freedom of speech, a voice and it’s easier to use when anonymous. Is it out of control? You decide.

Located in Adult Nonfiction (152.4 RON)

The Royal We by Heather Cocks & Jessica Morgan

Royal We

Reviewed by Emily Terasa (Library Staff)

For anyone obsessed with the Royal Family, this work of fiction is for them. Rebecca (Bex) Porter from Iowa seeks adventure at Oxford, where she meets Prince Nicholas, the heir to the British throne. Entering the world of royals, glitz, glamor, paparazzi, and paranoia, Bex questions if she is ready for this type of life. Loosely based on the real royal couple, The Royal We will dazzle and delight, and make you wish for your own crown prince, or at least the spare.

Located in Adult Fiction (FIC COCKS)

Cruel Summer by Alyson Noel

Cruel Summer

Reviewed by Lucy (Library Patron)

I did not like the book at the beginning. It was getting a little annoying because all the girl would do was complain about getting sent to Tinos. But towards the end it got better when she started enjoying her stay there to the point where she didn’t want to leave. This book really teaches you the importance of living simple and reacting to change. Overall, I did enjoy this book even without the good beginning.

Located in Teen Fiction (TEEN FIC NOEL)


The Undertaker’s Daughter by Katherine Mayfield

Undertakers Daughter

Reviewed by Marcy (Library Staff)

Kate Mayfield has written a light and interesting memoir of growing up in a funeral home in Kentucky in the ’60’s. Her story portrays herself as a young girl and her family maintaining a funeral business and living above the funeral parlor. Mayfield paints a rich, yet funny, family atmosphere with its social taboos and traditions of the time. Full of character and whimsy. My how times have changed!

Located in Adult Nonfiction (920.72 MAY)

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

Wrath Dawn

Reviewed by Melissa Rader (Library Staff)

A bold heroine’s life hinges on the stories she spins each night for a murderous king in this impressive Arabian Nights retelling. The lush hues, sights and tastes of the Arabian setting provide the perfect backdrop for the intrigue, romance and richly-drawn characters. Disclaimer: reading this book will almost certainly cause your real life (and many other books) to seem disappointingly dull and bland in comparison.

Located in Teen Fiction (TEEN FIC AHDIEH)

A Murder of Magpies by Judith Flanders

Murder Magpies

Reviewed by Terry Zignego (Library Staff)

Samantha Clair, a London book editor and new amateur sleuth, becomes involved in a criminal investigation involving gossipy author Kit Lowell and his new book about a fashion-industry scandal. Amusing characters and a somewhat unique plot make this a page-turner. A quick read for mystery lovers.

Located in Adult Fiction (FIC FLANDERS), as well as in CD Book form.

The Isle of the Lost by Melissa de la Cruz

Isle Lost

Reviewed by Library Patron

This is the book about the new Disney movie Descendants and I think that it is amazing because it describes the struggles that everyone has with there parents–even villains kids have problems.

It is about the kids of Disney villains and how they have been banished to an island under a dome that doesn’t let any magic in. The four main characters are Evil, the daughter of the Evil Queen, Jay, the son of Jafar, Mal, Maleficent’s daughter, and Cruella De Vil’s son Carlos. The main character is Mal because she is the one in charge of everything.

But this is also about how even the evilest teens have enough good in there heart to make friends and go on adventures.

Available through the CAFE Library System


Serena by Ron Rash


Reviewed by Marcy (Library Staff)

I think this is a case where the movie, starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, is better than the book. I felt that the story about a timber empire owned by George Pemberton and wife Serena was too long. The diluted story had its interjections of lumberjacks dying on the job or a person being murdered here and there. I found the plot(s) to be weak and underdeveloped. There was a mild theme of land preservation vs. company buyouts, George having an illegitimate son to the dismay of Serena, and the general life of a Depression Era timber owner. Serena was independent, capable, and murderous. It probably is only good for a Hollywood movie.

Located in Adult Fiction (FIC RASH), as well as in Large Print

Dead Wake by Erik Larson

Dead Wake

Reviewed by Pat Plamann (Library Staff)

It’s hard to imagine a world where war had its “gentlemanly” rules such as passenger ships being safe from attack in enemy waters, but the Lusitania sailed the seas of that world. However, WWI was the start of that rule changing, and the unthinkable was about to occur.

In Dead Wake, Mr. Larson leads us through life aboard this luxury ocean liner leaving New York, and the lives of many of its passengers, both confident and content despite the fact that they are headed to London, where Germany has declared the seas around Britain a war zone.

The tension builds, as Larson writes not only of the passengers aboard the Lusitania, the crew and its Captain Turner, but also the conditions aboard U-20, the German submarine. We all know what happens, but Larson unfolds the details most of us never knew. Was it one torpedo or two? Had you ever heard of Room 40 and its secrets? Was this sinking avoidable? It’s a great read, and you will find yourself glued to this one!