The Carrying by Ada Limón

Reviewed by Taylor H (Library Staff)

This was my second time reading The Carrying by Ada Limón. It was not my favorite book the first time around, but I had hoped I would enjoy it more this time. To my surprise, I did. Limón’s collection overwhelmingly focuses on natural imagery, with a dash of surrealism at times. Her poems often deal with grief and are unafraid to ask difficult questions: “They call the beetle’s conspicuous/bioluminescence a ‘cold light,’ but why then/do I still feel so much fire?” (p. 48). Limón also uniquely handles what some may consider simple or even mundane subjects. In “Dead Stars” (p. 22-23), the speaker describes the task of taking out the garbage against a vast backdrop of constellations. And in “From the Ash Inside the Bone” (p. 84-85), the speaker shares experiences with vertigo in the context of disrupted storytelling.

While there were poems in the first section of the book that I liked, I’d say that, overall, I liked the second and third sections better. My favorite poems in the collection were “I’m Sure About Magic” (p. 41) and “Sway” (p. 76-77). I also really enjoyed many of the other poems, including “How Most of the Dreams Go” (p. 5), “The Real Reason” (p. 43-44), and “Cannibal Woman” (p. 81-82). Unlike the first time I read them, many poems in this book have stuck in my mind. I am definitely glad I picked this book up again.

Located in Adult Nonfiction (811.6 LIM)

Love Her or Lose Her by Tessa Bailey

Reviewed by Emily Terasa (Library Staff)

Rosie and Dominic Vega were high school sweethearts and madly in love. After Dominic returns from war, they grow apart, so much so that Rosie considers asking for a divorce. Instead they decide to try marriage boot camp with a interesting relationship coach. What follows is their attempt to reconnect though ridiculous assignments. Can they get their relationship back on track?

I found this book utterly enjoyable. I loved the characters and found myself rooting for Rosie and Dominic to get back together. The supporting cast of characters were funny and supportive. Just a fair warning, this book was steamy! The good news is that this is part of a series, so if you enjoyed it, you can read the first book of the series and look forward to the next book coming out this fall!

Located in Adult Fiction (FIC BAILEY)

Don’t Kiss Them Goodbye by Allison DuBois

Reviewed by Jayne S (Library Staff)

I was a fan of the early 2000s NBC TV series Medium. I have been binge watching the reruns on cable and realized that the show was based on a real life psychic and she had written a book! I HAD to read it!

It was interesting reading bits of her life that were incorporated into the series. The TV family and hers have the same names, and the girls have the same gifts.
She shares stories of her readings and encounters in the book.

If you question if there is an afterlife, this book will help you answer your questions. It was comforting to know when I ask my mom for help to soldier on, she may be listening and guiding me from beyond.

This book was published in 2004, but it is still worth the read.

Available through the Bridges Library System

Thaw by Chelsea Dingman

Reviewed by Taylor H (Library Staff)

Thaw by Chelsea Dingman has quickly become one of my favorite books of poetry. Dingman’s poems deal with themes of family, tragedy, and mythology, all amidst the cold of winter. There is an earthy yet mystical atmosphere throughout. I enjoyed every single poem in this book, which doesn’t often happen. While it’s impossible to list them all here, my favorites include “Felled Pine” (p. 5), “Epilogue to Drowning” (p. 47), and “Hiraeth” (p. 64). The word “hiraeth” is a Welsh word describing homesickness or nostalgia, feelings the poem embodies beautifully: “Deep inside a twisted wood,/water we could only hear/breathed cool air on our damp skin./I was lost then too.”

I also found many other stunning, nature-focused lines throughout the book. For example, from “Sirens”: “I held the wind/in my throat like a song” (p. 6). And from “After the Accident”: “I can no longer see/the pines, a stitch/of moon through their fingers” (p. 17). The words of all these poems continue to linger with me, several days after reading. I’ll be coming back to this book again soon, and I highly recommend readers pick it up to let the poems speak for themselves.

Available through the Bridges Library System

Funny, You Don’t Look Autistic by Michael McCreary

Reviewed by Jayne S (Library Staff)

I logged onto the Libby app and this title popped up. My grandson was diagnosed as possibly autistic, the experts are not sure yet. When my sons were little, kids were put on Ritalin for hyperactivity – needed or not. ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) is the new catch all diagnosis in my opinion.

The author is only 22 years old and already wrote his memoir! He illustrated his struggles and accomplishments growing up. His younger brother also is autistic but nonverbal as well. Michael refers to his parents briefly – I would like to hear their side, perhaps another book is forthcoming.

This book is categorized for young adults, but I also found it dispelled some of my misconceptions too. It was an informative read, I recommend it.

Available through the Bridges Library System

Upright Women Wanted by Sarah Gailey

Reviewed by Jess H (Library Staff)

Upright Women Wanted is just what I needed right now: a short, uplifting story that gets me inspired. The story follows a group of Librarians in the an alternate universe future where the old west returns and Approved Materials are delivered by horse and wagon. On part of their trek through the dusty Southwest, they encounter a stowaway, kicking off this adventure.

If you’re looking for a book about accepting one’s self, positive queer representation, or just a fun, quick read, author Sarah Gailey has you covered with this one.

Available through the Bridges Library System

Redemption by David Baldacci

Reviewed by Jayne S (Library Staff)

Redemption is the fifth book of Baldacci’s Memory Man series. I picked it up on a whim, since many of our patrons are big fans.

It did not disappoint. The main character, Amos Decker is a FBI consultant with a perfect memory. He returns to his hometown, where he had been a police detective, to visit his family’s graves.

While there a solved case emerges with new questions? Did rookie Amos make mistakes sending an innocent man to prison 13 years ago?

There are a lot of twists until the very end. Even though I started on book 5, he reviewed just enough (but not too much) so I could relate to the supporting characters. I do plan to go back and read books 1-4, so that confirms I give a 👍 to this suspense novel.

Located in Adult Fiction (FIC BALDACCI)

The Good Son by Pierre-Jacques Ober

Reviewed by Melissa Beck (Library Staff)

This cinematic book brilliantly tells the story of one French solider from the First World War using staged miniatures. The dramatic photography makes the stationary figures seem so dynamic, bringing all scenes–whether city or country, melancholy or violent–to life. Ober’s writing is spare but strong, pairing expertly with the scenes to convey a powerful message.

I was amazed to read in the afterward that Ober painted only preexisting models and miniatures. As he tells it, “the story was drawn from them instead of them being used to suit the purpose of a pre-written story.”

And what a story they told!

Located in Teen Graphic Novels (TEEN GRAPHIC OBER)

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

Reviewed by Holly (Library Patron)

When reflecting on this book, I found myself thinking about basic story elements. There were lots of characters, an unusual setting, and a plot with plenty of twists and turns. These elements were carefully crafted by the author. As such it made for an exciting read. I was drawn into the story. The setting was different. Not many of us have spent time in a pysch ward of a governmental agency. Thus the plot had to draw the reader in while the author described the characters and revealed the relationships they developed both in the present and past. This author did a masterful job of weaving the elements into a thrilling book.

Located in Adult Fiction (FIC MICHAELIDES)

Dumpty by John Lithgow

Reviewed by Holly (Library Patron)

This book was an absolute read for me. I am a huge John Lithgow fan. I love his acting, singing, and writing projects. And this one did not disappoint. I am also a political junkie, so this book covered two personal interests. The book is so cleverly written. Words are selected with the utmost care and the meter of each poem is easy to discover as you read. Mr. Lithgow has also provided a brief current event narrative after each poem. With this minor addition the author has insured that these poems will provide the readers with the mindset he and the nation had at the time each poem was written. I highly recommend this book!

Available through the Bridges Library System