The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes

Reviewed by Jayne S (Library Staff)

In the late 1930s a library horseback delivery system was created to serve residents in the rural areas of Kentucky. This book is a fictionalized story of one group of ladies that answered Eleanor Roosevelt’s call to action.

The story revolves around Alice, a young English woman who marries and moves to rural Kentucky. Her life is not what she hoped it to be, but joining the library gives her new friends and a purpose in life.

Overcoming bad home situations, widowhood, and disability, the women become strong , resourceful and a force in the community.

I enjoyed the time period and reading about women who made a difference. I read other reviews for this book and it was noted that author Kim Michele Richardson’s book, The Book Women of Troublesome Creek, published before this one, is very similar.

I recommend the book if you haven’t read the Richardson book. I now plan to look for nonfiction titles about the real women since this book piqued my interest.

Located in Adult Fiction (FIC MOYES)

There are No Bears in this Bakery by Julia Sarcone-Roach

Reviewed by Diane Basting (Library Staff)

Muffin is a cat who likes to solve the mystery in the best Sam Spade style. One night he’s called upon to investigate, what’s a gumshoe to do but find out the four W’s of crime. As it would turn out the Little Bear Bakery can no longer claim that a bear never visited. Hard cord detective noir done in sly sprinkles on top style.

Located in Picture Books (E SARCONE-ROACH)

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

Reviewed by Lia (Library Patron)

Henry Montague, also known as Monty, is a young aristocrat in 1700s England. We learn early on that Monty isn’t very pleased with his life, especially hearing the constant disappointment from his father for “mucking around with boys.” He decides to put a little distance between them for a while and take a Grand Tour. Monty is accompanied by his best friend and secret crush Percy, and his little sister Felicity, who he isn’t very fond of. In this book, the three of them face adventure, love, and the occasional enemy.

I think that this is a great read for both teens and adults. It is a relaxing and enjoyable book. It also has fun-loving characters who grow tremendously throughout the book and the action and fighting sequences towards the end of the book are exciting. Something that I commend the author for is tapping on the issues of racism, gender equality, and sexual preference. I think it’s unusual to see these things addressed so directly in the genre of fantasy or historical fiction. I don’t read much historical fiction but this book was really fun to read. Both my sister and I liked it enough that we encouraged my mom to read it and she liked it enough that she read the sequel right away.

Located in Teen Fiction (TEEN FIC LEE)

Knock Your Socks Off: A Book of Knock-Knock Jokes by Michael Dahl

Reviewed by Jayne S (Library Staff)

My 4 year old grandson is learning how to tell jokes, so I wanted to be ready for him. This is a cute book with kid friendly jokes. The Delafield library has a nice selection of titles for young readers (and old grandmas!) Your grade schooler will love them.

Located in Children’s Nonfiction (J 818.54 DAH)

Air Fry Everything! Over 130 Foolproof Recipes for Fried Favorites and Easy Ideas by Meredith Laurence

Reviewed by Jayne S (Library Staff)

I bought an air fryer and the recipes included in the box were lacking. There are a lot of cookbooks out there and reviewing them from the library is the cost efficient way to go.

This is the best one I tried so far. There are illustrations (cookbooks without pictures are just wrong!) and the recipes have been winners. I love the fish stick coating, crunchy on the outside with the fish moist and flaky. The skinny French fries were so good – and healthy to boot.

Try this book if you’re ready to be creative and well fed!

Available through the Bridges Library System

American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins

Reviewed by Holly (Library Patron)

This book was very well written. The author has a commanding use of words and descriptions. Readers are able to feel what it’s like to be on an immigration journey that was caused by a tragic event. The main characters, Lydia and Luca, become real to readers. As their journey progresses they encounter many challenges and twists. Other characters enter the story and become memorable as well. After reading this book readers will have a better understanding of the grit, determination, and necessity of some migrant circumstances.

Located in Adult Fiction (FIC CUMMINS)

Don’t Worry, Little Crab by Chris Haughton

Reviewed by Taylor H (Library Staff)

In this endearing picture book, Little Crab faces a very big fear: leaving a tiny tide pool and venturing out into the ocean for the first time. Little Crab is hesitant at first, but with Big Crab’s help, Little Crab Together they face the huge waves and meet many new ocean critters. Little Crab has so much fun that it becomes difficult to leave when it’s time to go home. The illustrations are cute, primarily using the crabs’ eyes to show their emotions. They are also simple yet colorful, highlighting how rewarding trying new things can be. What once seemed scary turns out to be a wonderful adventure. This book is perfect for helping little ones conquer their own fears. If Little Crab can do it, so can they!

Located in Children’s Picture Books (E HAUGHTON)

You Lucky Dog by Julia London

Reviewed by Jayne S (Library Staff)

Two Bassett hounds are returned to the wrong homes after the dog walker gets busted for selling pot in the park.

Carly has a depressed male dog and a failing career in public relations. Max has a happy female dog and a great career as a college professor. Their lives collide when they switch back their dogs. The dogs love each other, will Carly and Max be next?

This book has Hallmark movie possibilities. I even checked if it already was filmed. (Note: not so far!)

This book was light-hearted fun, I enjoyed it.

Located in Adult Fiction (FIC LONDON)