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)

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

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)

Daylight by David Baldacci

Reviewed by Jayne S (Library Staff)

This is book 3 of the Atlee Pine series. Atlee is a FBI agent that is on a personal quest to find her twin sister who was abducted 30 years ago.
She travels to the east coast where her investigation collides with a military operation ferreting out a drug ring at Fort Dix.

She joins forces with John Puller, the military investigator. Every lead they get evaporates when someone higher up in the chain-of-command clamps down. Why?

This was an entertaining read, but I only give it 3 stars. There are unanswered questions at the end so I assume there will be a book 4. I really think the storyline should have been wrapped up with this book.

Located in Adult Fiction (FIC BALDACCI)

Dear Child by Romy Hausmann

Reviewed by Jayne S (Library Staff)

This book is an international bestseller, written in Germany.

Lena has just escaped from an abductor after 13 years of captivity. She brings along her 13 year old daughter, Hannah.

Lena’s parents’ joy is cut short when they realize the young woman in the hospital is not their daughter, but that Hannah is a dead-ringer for their daughter at that age. Who is this Lena? Where is their daughter? Who was the dead man found in the cabin?

This suspense thriller was a page-turner to the very end. It was superbly written and I recommend it to anyone that loves a psychological thriller with twists and turns to the very end.

Located in Adult Fiction (FIC HAUSMANN)

Things You Save in a Fire by Katherine Center

Reviewed by Jayne S (Library Staff)

Cassie has earned the respect of her peers as a paramedic firefighter.

Then Cassie has a confrontation at an awards ceremony that jeopardizes her career. Cassie decides to move across country to help her ailing mother and start over.

She and her mother need to heal their broken relationship. Cassie’s mother promotes forgiveness and it is a recurring theme in the novel.

Cassie is a physically strong woman that overcomes the emotional trauma of her past to heal.

I liked the book, the forgiveness aspect was very meaningful to me and made it a worthwhile read.

Located in Adult Fiction (FIC CENTER)

Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Dog Did What? by Amy Newmark

Reviewed by Jayne S (Library Staff)

With craziness of the world right now, I needed to read some light-hearted fluff. This book was perfect! All the stories – 101 of them – were one to three pages long, with no COVID or politics anywhere to be found.

I recommend this book or any of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series for a relaxing read. Enjoy!

Available through the Bridges Library System

Judy Moody: Around the World in 8 1/2 Days by Megan McDonald

Reviewed by Jayne S (Library Staff)

I decided to read some children’s books since I’m not familiar with the latest titles.

The Judy Moody series, according to Amazon, is geared for 6-9 year olds.

Judy is a precocious third grader that has a big school project coming up. There are some mishaps along the way, but the adventure is a fun read. There is a cute cast of characters, silly rhyming, and nice illustrations that will get young readers eager for more.

If you’re a grandma like me, you’ll need to put this one on your to-do list!

Located in Children’s Fiction (J FIC MCDONALD)

Caste: The Origins of our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson

Reviewed by Jayne S (Library Staff)

A Nigerian-born playwright told the author, “You know that there are no black people in Africa.”

I read that, paused, and thought huh?

And then I understood.

America is a nation that puts people in castes by skin color. In Africa people are people, not sorted by a color code.

This was a sobering and powerful read. Her well researched history of this country’s unspoken caste system was fascinating.

Everyone should read this book.

Located in Adult Nonfiction (305.5 WIL)