Weekly Book List: Week 9 (Based on a Fairy Tale)

wrathThe Wrath & the Dawn / Renee Ahdieh (Arabian Nights)

In this reimagining of The Arabian Nights, Shahrzad plans to avenge the death of her dearest friend by volunteering to marry the murderous boy-king of Khorasan but discovers not all is as it seems within the palace. (TEEN FIC AHDIEH)


enchantmentEnchantment / Orson Scott Card (Sleeping Beauty)

Follows one man from ninth-century Russia to present-day America as he struggles to rescue a princess and her kingdom, find true love, and overcome the blackest of evil. (FIC CARD)


lostThe Book of Lost Things / John Connolly (Brother’s Grimm)

Taking refuge in fairy tales after the loss of his mother, twelve-year-old David finds himself violently propelled into an imaginary land in which the boundaries of fantasy and reality are disturbingly melded. (FIC CONNOLLY)


sleeperThe Sleeper and the Spindle / Neil Gaiman (Snow White / Sleeping Beauty)

A brave young queen and her dwarf companions set out to rescue an enchanted princess who is not quite what she seems. (TEEN FIC GAIMAN)


cruelCruel Beauty / Rosamund Hodge (Beauty and the Beast)

Betrothed to the demon who rules her country and trained all her life to kill him, seventeen-year-old Nyx Triskelion must now fulfill her destiny and move to the castle to be his wife. (TEEN FIC HODGE)


wickedWicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West / Gregory Maguire (The Wizard of Oz)

Set in an Oz where a morose Wizard battles suicidal thoughts, the story of the green-skinned Elphaba, otherwise known as the Wicked Witch of the West, profiles her as an animal rights activist striving to avenge her dear sister’s death. (FIC MAGUIRE)

cinderCinder / Marissa Meyer (Cinderella)

As plague ravages the overcrowded Earth, observed by a ruthless lunar people, Cinder, a gifted mechanic and cyborg, becomes involved with handsome Prince Kai and must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect the world in this futuristic take on the Cinderella story. (TEEN FIC MEYER)

boyBoy, Snow, Bird / Helen Oyeyemi (Snow White)

A reimagining of the Snow White story recast as a story of family secrets, race, beauty, and vanity set in the United States during the 1950s and 1960s. (FIC OYEYEMI)


beuatyBeauty / Sheri S. Tepper (Sleeping Beauty)

Exploring a fundamental truth of being human, this recasting of the tale of Sleeping Beauty offers an allegorical look at the importance of saving the Earth and preserving beauty. (FIC TEPPER)


briarBriar Rose / Jane Yolen (Sleeping Beauty)

Rebecca Berlin, a young woman who has grown up hearing her grandmother Gemma tell an unusual and frightening version of the Sleeping Beauty legend, realizes when Gemma dies that the fairy tale offers one of the very few clues she has to her grandmother’s past. (TEEN FIC YOLEN)

Just a Second by Steve Jenkins


Reviewed by Jane Oliver-Purton (Library Staff)
I don’t often review nonfiction books for our Ink Drinkers Society blog, but this new addition to Steve Jenkins’ extensive nonfiction ranks is outstanding. As he says in his foreword, “A second goes by pretty quickly…but a lot can happen in a second. Some surprising – even amazing – things can take place in a very short time.”

Did you know, in a second a vulture will beat its wings only once, but a hummingbird will do it 50 times? A jaguar and a sailfish can both cover 100 feet in a second, and in a single second on this earth, four babies will be born. Steve goes on to tell us facts about a minute (a snail will go about one foot, and a grizzly bear will gallop one-half mile), an hour, a day, a week, a month, a year. This is a beautiful book, filled with facts, and illustrated with the outstanding illustrations for which Jenkins is known. While you’re at it, check out some of his other books. They’re all worth a look.

Located in Children’s Nonfiction (J 529.7 JEN)

War Dogs (2016)


Reviewed by Cassidy Hammel (Library Staff)

Jonah Hill stars as a man with a reputation for trouble who moves back to his hometown a well-dressed, flashy and mysterious man. He lures his childhood friend played by Miles Teller into assisting him in exploiting government loopholes allowing small businesses to bid on military contracts. Teller is stunned and awed by Hill’s grandiosity; his fearlessness plunges the pair into larger and larger deals until they land one far out of their depth; three hundred million dollars to arm the Afghan Military. This movie is based on the extraordinarily true story of two college drop outs, the youngest arms dealers known to supply the Department of Defense.

Located in DVDs (DVD WAR)

Tequila Mockingbird Drink Recipes


Love in the Time of Kahlua

1 ounce light rum

1/2 ounce coffee liqueur

2 ounces light cream

Ground cinnamon or nutmeg, to taste

Combine the rum and coffee liqueur over ice in a rocks glass. Pour the cream on top and sprinkle a little spice.

Romeo and Julep

6 sprigs fresh mint, washed

1 teaspoon light brown sugar

1/2 ounce peach schnapps

1 1/2 ounces bourbon

1 (12-ounce) can lemon-lime soda

In a highball glass, muddle the mint, sugar, and schnapps until the sugar dissolves. Add ice and bourbon, and fill to the top with the lemon-lime soda.

Are You There God? It’s Me, Margarita

Coarse salt, for cocktail rim

1 1/2 ounces tequila

1 ounce lime juice

1/2 ounce triple sec

1 lime wedge, for garnish

Rim a cup in coarse salt and set aside. Dump all ingredients into a shaker with ice. Shake well and strain over fresh ice into the salted cup. Garnish with a lime wedge.

Orange Julius Caesar

3 ounces orange juice

2 ounces milk

1 1/2 ounces light rum

1 teaspoon granulated sugar

1/4 teaspoon vanilla

Put all ingredients, plus a handful of ice, into a blender.

Heart of Dark Mist

1 1/2 ounces blackberry liqueur

1/2 ounce gin

1/2 ounce lemon juice

Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.


Weekly Book List: Week 8 (Animals on the Cover)

whispererDeath of a Dog Whisperer / Laurien Berenson

When her aunt’s dog-whispering protâegâe is found dead, Melanie Travis must help sort through the growing list of suspects to find the killer, all while juggling motherhood, marriage, and her six beloved poodles. (FIC BERENSON)


bombshellThe Cat who Dropped a Bombshell / Lilian Jackson Braun

Koko’s strange new hobby of dropping himself from balconies has landed him in the oddest of places–on the head of a young visitor whose wealthy relatives soon fall deathly ill, making Qwill have his work cut out for him. (FIC BRAUN)


love-dogsMust Love Dogs / Claire Cook

Anticipating her first date in more than a decade, divorced preschool teacher Sarah Hurlihy wonders about the man whose personal ad she responded to and is stunned when he is the last person she expected. (FIC COOK, CLAIRE)


electricElectric Barracuda / Tim Dorsey

An adventurous romp through the Sunshine State’s bayous and back roads ensues when brazen killer Serge Storms is pursued by a police task force, a fugitive run that is complicated by his grandfather’s beach gang’s dwindling finances. (FIC DORSEY)


ingredientThe Secret Ingredient / Jane Heller

Realizing that her marriage has gone stale, Elizabeth Baskin, a professional perfectionist, finds the solution to her problems in a packet of miracle herbs, which she feels will restore her husband to his former glory. (FIC HELLER)


tuckerChristmas with Tucker / Greg Kincaid

In 1962, Kansas is reeling from the worst blizzard in recent memory. During this hard time, twelve-year-old George loses his father and must quickly mature to oversee the family farm. However, when his mother and sister leave for Minnesota, George befriends Tucker, an Irish setter, and learns the facets of manhood. (FIC KINCAID)

augustThe Dry Grass of August / Anna Jean Mayhew

When 13-year-old Jubie Watts goes on a Florida vacation with her family in 1954, Mary, the family’s black maid who’s closer to Jubie than her own mother, comes along, and though the family lives in North Carolina, Jubie notices the changing way Mary’s received the further south they travel. After a tragedy befalls the family, Jubie’s eyes are opened to the harsh realities of racism and the importance for standing up for one’s beliefs. (FIC MAYHEW)

hareThe Year of the Hare / Arto Paasilinna

While out on an assignment, Finnish journalist Vatanen and his photographer accidentally hit a hare with their car. Sympathetic and guilty, Vatanen sets off to find the wounded animal. After nursing the hare back to health, the journalist’s view of the world changes, giving him a renewed sense of purpose in life. (FIC PAASILINNA)

rainCold Rain / Craig Smith

Life couldn’t be better for David Albo, an associate professor of English at a small mid-western university. As he returns to the university after a long and relaxing sabbatical, there’s a full professorship in the offing – and, what’s more, he’s managed to stay off the booze for two whole years. But, once term begins, things deteriorate rapidly. (FIC SMITH, CRAIG)

saintThe Patron Saint of Lost Dogs / Nick Trout

Returning home to Eden Falls, Vermont, to revive his late father’s failing veterinary practice and then quickly sell it, Cyrus Mills finds his plans changing when he begins feeling invested in the community and the relationships he forms. (FIC TROUT)

Speaking American by Josh Katz


Reviewed by Katy Zignego (Library Staff)

Is it a bubbler or a water fountain? A rummage sale or a tag sale? Pop or soda? Author Josh Katz developed a dialect quiz for the New York Times, that claimed to predict where you grew up based on your answer to those questions and a few more. This book is an exploration of his findings, presented in eye-catching maps and bite-sized articles. My family had a lot of fun quizzing each other and discussing our pocket dialects!

Available through the BRIDGES Library System

Lego Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures (2016)


Reviewed by Stephanie Ramirez (Library Staff)

Imagine my surprise when I sat down with my 3 year old to watch a Lego show…and ended up hooked! She, like her parents, loves all things Star Wars so I was pleasantly surprised that this had an actual plot, action, and little jokes for the adults that are watching too. Follow Rowan, Kordi, and Zander on their adventures through the galaxy, and explore the Star Wars mythos even more–learn about the Kyber crystals on their hunt for the infamous Kyber saber. And see some of your favorite Star Wars characters on the way!

Located in Children’s DVDs (J DVD LEGO)

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins & Honey, Goat Cheese, and Apple Tarts


“‘We make a goat cheese and apple tart at the bakery,’ he says. ‘Bet that’s expensive,’ I say. ‘Too expensive for my family to eat. Unless it’s gone very stale.” ~The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Honey, Goat Cheese, and Apple Tarts


16 frozen puff pastry shells, thawed

1 egg, beaten

5 ounces soft goat cheese

1 1/2 teaspoons lemon juice

1 tablespoon sugar

1 cup honey

4 medium Pink Lady or Cortland apples, peeled and cut into 1/8-inch-thick slices

3 tablespoons salted butter

1/2 teaspoon ground allspice


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly oil two baking sheets.
  2. Place 8 of the thawed puff pastry shells on each of the oiled baking sheets. Brush each shell with beaten egg.
  3. Bake shells for 10 minutes.
  4. While shells are baking, mix cheese, lemon juice, sugar, 1 tablespoon of the honey, and salt in a bowl. Pour cheese mixture into a Ziploc bag. Cut the bottom edge of the bag, creating a makeshift piping bag, and squeeze mixture atop each prebaked pastry shell.
  5. Place apple slices atop cheese. Mix butter and 1/2 cup of the honey in a small bowl; brush over apples and tart. Sprinkle with allspice.
  6. Bake tarts until apples are tender and pastry is lightly golden, about 15-20 minutes. While still warm, place tarts on plates. Drizzle some of remaining honey over each and serve warm.

Small Admissions by Amy Poeppel


Reviewed by Emily Terasa (Library Staff)

Kate Pearson is having a not so good year. Her handsome “almost” French fiancé just dumped her, she has no job, and she’s having trouble even leaving her apartment. Surprisingly after a very cringe-worthy job interview, Kate lands a job in the admissions department of Hudson Day School in New York. In dealing with the crazy parents, spoiled children, and the crazy application process, Kate starts to get back in the groove.

Small Admissions by Amy Poeppel is a charming novel that is extremely enjoyable for readers who want to see into the admissions process of fancy New York schools and follow a character that is going through a rough patch. The novel is written without chapters, and includes emails, letters, and chats. I enjoyed the different format because it gave the novel a unique twist. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and would definitely recommend it.

Available through the BRIDGES Library System