#TBT: 2008

Popular books published in 2008

American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House / John Meacham

Chronicles the life and career of Andrew Jackson, a self-made man who went on to become a military hero and seventh president of the United States, analyzing Jackson’s seminal role during a turbulent era in history. (921 JACKSON)


The Battle of the Labyrinth / Rick Riordan

When demonic cheerleaders invade his high school, Percy Jackson hurries to Camp Half Blood, from whence he and his demigod friends set out on a quest through the Labyrinth, while the war between the Olympians and the evil Titan lord Kronos draws near. (J FIC RIORDAN)


Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules / Jeff Kinney

Greg Heffley tells about his summer vacation and his attempts to steer clear of trouble when he returns to middle school and tries to keep his older brother Rodrick from telling everyone about Greg’s most humiliating experience of the summer. (J FIC KINNEY)


The Forgotten Garden / Kate Morton

Abandoned on a 1913 voyage to Australia, Nell is raised by a dock master and his wife who do not tell her until she is an adult that she is not their child, leading Nell to return to England and eventually hand down her quest for answers to her granddaughter. (FIC MORTON)


The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society / Mary Ann Shaffer

In 1946, writer Juliet Ashton finds inspiration for her next book in her correspondence with a native of Guernsey, who tells her about the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, a book club born as an alibi during German occupation. (FIC SHAFFER)


The Hunger Games / Suzanne Collins

In a future North America, where the rulers of Panem maintain control through an annual televised survival competition pitting young people from each of the twelve districts against one another, sixteen-year-old Katniss’s skills are put to the test when she voluntarily takes her younger sister’s place. (TEEN FIC COLLINS)

The Lucky One / Nicholas Sparks

Is there really such thing as a lucky charm? The hero of Nicholas Sparks’s new novel believes he’s found one in the form of a photograph of a smiling woman he’s never met, but who he comes to believe holds the key to his destiny. The chain of events that leads to him possessing the photograph and finding the woman pictured in it is the stuff of love stories. (FIC SPARKS)

Outliers: The Story of Success / Malcolm Gladwell

Identifies the qualities of successful people, posing theories about the cultural, family, and idiosyncratic factors that shape high achievers, in a resource that covers such topics as the secrets of software billionaires and why the Beatles earned their fame. (302 GLA)


Paper Towns / John Green

One month before graduating from his Central Florida high school, Quentin “Q” Jacobsen basks in the predictable boringness of his life until the beautiful and exciting Margo Roth Spiegelman, Q’s neighbor and classmate, takes him on a midnight adventure and then mysteriously disappears. (TEEN FIC GREEN)


People of the Book / Geraldine Brooks

In 1996, Hanna Heath, a young Australian book conservator is called to analyze the famed Sarajevo Haggadah, a priceless six-hundred-year-old Jewish prayer book that has been salvaged from a destroyed Bosnian library. When Hanna discovers a series of artifacts in the centuries’ old binding, she unwittingly exposes an international cover up. (FIC BROOKS)


Did you know? In the Heights, the first musical by Lin-Manuel Miranda (of Hamilton fame) opened on March 30, 2008. 

Pie Squared: Irresistibly Easy Sweet & Savory Slab Pies by Cathy Barrow

Reviewed by Diane Basting (Library Staff)

Pi(e) day is fast approaching and I’m always looking around for the next pie recipe to try out, after all who doesn’t have their day brightened by a slice of pie? A full round pie filling a pie plate to the edges with a nice topping of crust is an iconic image that never occurred to me to try to alter until this lovely book crossed my desk. A slab pie is an easier way to serve pie to a large number of people without a lot of fuss or mess. The recipes in this book are refined to a simplified manor that won’t over flow a 9 by 12 lipped sheet pan. So far I have made three of these squared pies recipes and my family and I have enjoyed them immensely; the best part is the pans are slim, flat, and they freeze very well. I confess to having two of the chicken pot pie recipe wrapped up in my freezer waiting for evenings when I just can’t face cooking but need something hearty and comforting. Happy baking everyone!

Located in Nonfiction (641.8652 BAR)

Films in Focus: Animated Films for Adults

Animated Films for Adults: Animated films are not just for children. There are plenty of animated movies that are either geared towards families or adults. Here are a few of them. Just a warning, not all of these are suitable for children, hence why they are perfect for adults.

Anomalisa (2015) Rated R

A man crippled by the mundanity of his life experiences something out of the ordinary. (DVD ANOMALISA)



Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009) Rated PG

An urbane fox cannot resist returning to his farm raiding ways and then must help his community survive the farmers’ retaliation. (DVD FANTASTIC)


Ghost in the Shell (1995) Not Rated

A cyborg policewoman and her partner hunt a mysterious and powerful hacker called the Puppet Master. (DVD GHOST)


Howl’s Moving Castle (2004) Rated PG

When an unconfident young woman is cursed with an old body by a spiteful witch, her only chance of breaking the spell lies with a self-indulgent yet insecure young wizard and his companions in his legged, walking castle. (DVD HOWL’S)


My Neighbor Totoro (1988) Rated G

When two girls move to the country to be near their ailing mother, they have adventures with the wondrous forest spirits who live nearby. (DVD MY NEIGHBOR)


Persepolis (2007) Rated PG-13

A precocious and outspoken Iranian girl grows up during the Islamic Revolution. (DVD PERSEPOLIS)



Sausage Party (2016) Rated R

A sausage strives to discover the truth about his existence. (DVD SAUSAGE)



Watership Down (1978) Rated PG

A group of rabbits flee their doomed warren and face many dangers to find and protect their new home. (DVD WATERSHIP)

The Sinking of the Vasa by Russell Freedman

Reviewed by Diane Basting (Library Staff)

The Vasa should have been the best ship ever built. The king of Sweden was sure it would be the flagship of his fleet and had only the best artisans, builders, architects, and crew appointed to work on it! However, it never made it out of the harbor! Who’s fault could it be? What could have happened? We are walked through the investigation and then flashed forward to modern times when the ship is raised and we see what an endeavor raising a huge sunken ship is and the rewards that comes from it as we are walked through restoration.

This nonfiction book is a great introduction to shipwrecks and will give its reader enough info to feel like they know what happened to the ship and also not overwhelm its school-aged reader with too much information! Best mix of narrative non-fiction for its intended audience, I could see this book catching the interest of many a reluctant reader.

Available through the Bridges Library System

The House with a Clock in Its Wall (2018)

Reviewed by Kelsey (Library Staff)

Jack Black and Cate Blanchett provide fantastic performances in this adaptation of the children’s book The House with a Clock in Its Walls by John Bellairs. When ten-year-old Lewis’ parents pass away, he goes to live with his estranged Uncle Jonathan, who is more than a little odd. To start, he picks Lewis up at the bus station wearing a woman’s robe, driving a rust bucket of a car, and takes him to what appears to be a house of horrors filled to the brim with clocks. Not to mention things in the house keep moving and changing, things that had no business doing either. It really isn’t so bad though, all things considered. The neighbor, Mrs. Zimmerman, makes amazing cookies; there is no bedtime, and no rules on what to eat or what to do. There is only one rule in this new house; never open the cabinet in the library. But when Lewis starts to hear strange noises, and rumors about a murder taking place in his new home, he starts to wonder if there is more to this new life than he originally thought. Throw in some magic, necromancy, and shapeshifting and you get a kid-friendly horror flick perfect for the whole family.

Located in DVDs (DVD HOUSE)


Popular books published in the 1870s

Little Men / Louisa May Alcott (1871)

Follows Jo March and her husband Professor Bhaer as they try to make their home and school a happy, stimulating place. (J FIC ALCOTT)


Middlemarch / George Eliot (1871-1872)

A sensitive young woman marries a bitter, despotic scholar 30 years her senior, who lives just long enough to blight her spirit. She inherits his fortune, only to learn she will forfeit it if she marries her husband’s young cousin, whom she loves. (FIC ELIOT)


Far From the Madding Crowd / Thomas Hardy (1874)

After an unfortunate marriage to Sergeant Troy and an affair with Farmer Boldwood, Bathsheba Everdene finally becomes the wife of the man who has always loved her. (FIC HARDY)


A Doll’s House / Henrik Ibsen (1879)

Nora Helmer had years earlier committed a forgery, in order to save the life of her authoritarian husband Torvald. Now she is being blackmailed, and lives in fear of her husband finding out, and of the shame such a revelation would bring to his career. But, when the truth comes out, Nora is shocked to learn where she really stands in her husband’s esteem. (839.8 IBS)

Daisy Miller / Henry James (1879)

Daisy Miller, a young American girl, flirts and partakes of young life to its fullest while visiting Europe. Daisy meets the more subtle and self-aware Winterbourne and their romance ends in misfortune. (FIC JAMES, HENRY)


Black Beauty / Anne Sewell (1877)

Originally published in 1877, this classic story, told from the animal’s perspective, captures the struggles and triumphs of this magnificent creature from his early days as a free colt to an owned creature poorly treated by evil men. (J FIC SEWELL)


Anna Karenina / Leo Tolstoy (1877)

Beautiful and charming, Anna lives in a splendid world of her own making. She smokes, rides horseback, plays tennis, takes opium, practices birth control, and–although she is already married–falls in love with a handsome army officer. Anna’s life is played out against a backdrop of dazzling balls and the vastness of Russia’s landscape. (FIC TOLSTOY)

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer / Mark Twain (1876)

Tom, shrewd and adventurous, makes friends with Huck Finn, and they accidentally witness a murder. (J FIC TWAIN)


Around the World in Eighty Days / Jules Verne (1873)

On a wager, the eccentric English gentleman Phileas Fogg accepts a challenge to circle the globe in eighty days. Follow Phileas and his faithful valet Passepartout, in this classic fantastic adventure. (FIC VERNE)


Did you know? Alexander Graham Bell was awarded the first U.S. patent for a telephone in 1876.

The Brilliant Deep: Rebuilding the World’s Coral Reefs by Kate Messner

Reviewed by Diane Basting (Library Staff)

Ken Nedimyer enjoyed diving and watching the activity around coral reefs while growing up. He continued to dive and enjoy finding coral reefs but he started to notice a disturbing trend of the reefs not being as active or healthy as they used to be. This nonfiction picture book offers a glimpse into how he and his daughter set out to save the reefs in a practical and concrete way that has started to be replicated all over the worlds ocean reefs. Simple text and engaging illustrations makes this picture book non-fiction title accessible for all picture book lovers.

Available through the Bridges Library System

Films in Focus: Best Actress Winners

Best Actress Winners: All of these movies won Best Actress awards at the Oscars. Included in the parentheses is both the year the award was won as well as the actress who won the award.

As Good As It Gets (1997 / Helen Hunt)

A single mother and waitress, a misanthropic author, and a gay artist form an unlikely friendship after the artist is assaulted in a robbery. (DVD AS GOOD AS IT)


Black Swan (2010 / Natalie Portman)

A committed dancer wins the lead role in a production of Tchaikovsky’s “Swan Lake” only to find herself struggling to maintain her sanity. (DVD BLACK SWAN)


The Blind Side (2009 / Sandra Bullock)

The story of Michael Oher, a homeless and traumatized boy who became an All American football player and first round NFL draft pick with the help of a caring woman and her family. (DVD BLIND SIDE)


Cabaret (1972 / Liza Minnelli)

A female girlie club entertainer in Weimar Republic era Berlin romances two men while the Nazi Party rises to power around them. (DVD CABARET)


Coal Miner’s Daughter (1980 / Sissy Spacek)

Biographical story of Loretta Lynn, a legendary country singer that came from poverty to worldwide fame. She rose from humble beginnings in Kentucky to superstardom and changing the sound and style of country music forever. (DVD COAL MINER’S)


Funny Girl (1968 / Barbara Streisand)

The life of Fanny Brice, famed comedienne and entertainer of the early 1900s. We see her rise to fame as a Ziegfeld girl, subsequent career, and her personal life, particularly her relationship with Nick Arnstein. (DVD FUNNY GIRL)


Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1967 / Katharine Hepburn)

A couple’s attitudes are challenged when their daughter introduces them to her African-American fiancé. (DVD GUESS)


Monster’s Ball (2001 / Halle Berry)

After a family tragedy, a racist prison guard reexamines his attitudes while falling in love with the African American wife of the last prisoner he executed. (DVD MONSTER’S)


Room (2015 / Brie Larson)

Held captive for years in an enclosed space, a woman and her young son finally gain their freedom, allowing the boy to experience the outside world for the first time. (DVD ROOM)


Terms of Endearment (1983 / Shirley MacLaine)

Follows hard-to-please Aurora looking for love, and her daughter’s family problems. (DVD TERMS)

The Witch Doesn’t Burn in This One by Amanda Lovelace

Reviewed by Stephanie Ramirez (Library Staff)

Resistance. Vengeance. Sisterhood. Anger. Resilience. All of these heavy topics and more are discussed and pursued in Amanda Lovelace’s brilliant new book of poetry. A call-to-arms for women across the globe, this work is transformative. Lovelace doesn’t merely suggest; she demands that women find and use their voice and reclaim their power that so often is stripped from them. Set in beautiful free verse, I couldn’t recommend this book enough for those who often find themselves in the margins and want to resume a full life.

Available through the Bridges Library System

Night School (2018)

Reviewed by Kelsey (Library Staff)

Anyone who is a fan of Kevin Hart will enjoy this back-to-school comedy. Teddy Walker, played by Kevin Hart, is a high school dropout who finds himself in need of a new job, and quick, in order to keep up with the fiancé of his dreams. At the mercy of his former high school nemesis, now the school principal, he is forced into taking a night class in order to get his GED. Tiffany Haddish plays the part of the tough-as-nails night school teacher Carrie. Haddish and Hart play off each other well, their comedy styles complimenting each other in a guaranteed recipe to get the audience laughing. On that note, the movie as a whole is not anything spectacular. I would call it cute and funny. The plot is humorous, the cast is good, the comedy is well done, but not necessarily something you will want to watch again and again.

Located in DVDs (DVD NIGHT)