December 21, 2009 @ 9:45 am Leave a comment
When it’s cold and snowy outside, one of our favorite things to do is to curl up with a good book to immerse ourselves in other places or other people’s lives. While we’d rather escape the cold by booking the next flight to the Bahamas, escapism through the pages of a book is a great and inexpensive alternative readily available to us!
We, the staff of Information Services, hope you enjoy our recommendations and we wish you a joyful holiday season.
Please feel free to comment on our book picks or share your own!
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|U is for Undertow by Sue Grafton
Chosen by Amy.
I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the next book in the alphabet mystery series by Sue Grafton, and I was not disappointed. Rare is the mystery that intentionally reveals “whodunit” before the ending and yet still keeps us turning pages well into a long night of reading. Far from a one-dimensional character, private investigator Kinsey Millhone continues to evolve with each new installment and this, more than anything, keeps me eagerly awaiting new releases by Sue Grafton.
|The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella
Chosen by Christa.
If you’re in the mood for some lighthearted chick lit, then this is the book for you! Just as Samantha Sweeting is about to become a partner at London’s most prestigious law firm, she makes one tiny mistake and is immediately fired. In a shocked daze, she winds up on the doorstep of a wealthy couple who are looking for a maid. Out of desperation, she interviews for the job and is hired on the spot. The only hitch is that she has no idea how to cook, clean, or do laundry! However, the couple’s handsome gardener thinks he can help her out… Filled with hilarious scenes and sweet romance, this is the perfect book to get lost in on a snowy afternoon.
|Mommywood by Tori Spelling
Chosen by Jill.
If you enjoy celebrity biographies like I do, this second book by Tori Spelling, daughter of TV mogul Aaron Spelling, is an enjoyable read! Tori tells of her life as a celebrity mom with candor and humor that is unexpected. Tori reveals herself to be a down-to-earth mom trying to live a normal life while dealing with the unusual circumstances that come with being in the public eye. I actually laughed out loud at some of her stories!
|The Problems of Philosophy by Bertrand Russell
Chosen by Tyson.
Since I enjoy examining philosophical questions such as ethics, the mind, free will, and the existence of a god, philosophy books such as Bertrand Russell’s The Problems with Philosophy are the types of books I reach for when it’s cold and snowy outside. We all have an inner philosopher within us just waiting to come out, and for the novice philosopher, I suggest Russell’s book as a disciplined guide to some of our most interesting philosophical problems.
|Rebecca’s Tale by Sally Beauman
Chosen by Linda.
Rebecca’s Tale is very interesting even if you haven’t read Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier, the book it is based on. It takes you back into the world of Manderly and continues Rebecca’s story. It is fiction, of course, but Ms. Beauman builds on the story behind the mystery of Rebecca and presents a plausible ending.
|National Geographic Image Collection
Chosen by Danielle.
This new collection of photographs spans the life of the National Geographic Magazine. Presented by theme, there are photographs old and new, beautiful and haunting, fascinating and sometimes disturbing. It is a mesmerizing collection that showcases mankind’s quest to explore, understand, and document the world we live in. I found this book as hard to put down as any vampire romance saga!
|Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World by Vicki Myron with Bret Witter
Chosen by Debbie.
If you have a love of the Midwest, or small towns, or the state of Iowa, or libraries, or pets, or especially cats, you will delight in reading about an Iowa library cat who touched the lives of countless people. Be prepared to smile, to cry, and to learn some valuable life lessons as you come to know and marvel at Dewey Readmore Books.
|Beastly by Alex Flinn
Chosen by Staci.
Beauty and the Beast has long been one of my favorite fairy tales and Beastly has fast become one of my favorite re-tellings. Beastly is the story of Kyle Kingsbury, an arrogant and wealthy high school freshman, set in present day New York City. Kyle invites Kendra, a strange-looking outcast, to the Spring Dance with the intention of standing her up. When he does, Kendra (who is a witch in disguise) curses him and turns him into a beast. His father exiles him and finds a blind tutor to teach him, but will he be able to find a girl to like him for who he really is before time runs out?On a side note, Alex Flinn and Beastly will be our featured author and book at next year’s Read ‘n’ Feed for teens on March 16, 2010!
|I Love You, Miss Huddleston, and Other Inappropriate Longings of My Indiana Childhood by Philip Gulley
Chosen by Gina.
Philip Gulley has written a cute autobiography. It made me laugh out loud! I think anyone who grew up in a small Midwestern town will be able to identify, but you don’t have to be a small-town girl (or boy) to enjoy it.
|Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger
Chosen by Cristella.
Audrey Niffenegger, author of The Time Traveler’s Wife, released a new novel this year. In Her Fearful Symmetry, Elspeth Noblin has returned to her London flat as a ghost, haunting the premises as her twin nieces inherit her living space. It’s easy to get wrapped up in these characters’ lives, making it a great read for a cold night.
|Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris
Chosen by Marisa.
This is a collection of 12 short stories written by one of the better modern day satirical writers. David Sedaris is often compared to Mark Twain and this collection of stories is a quick and easy holiday read. His take on the holidays is witty, funny, cynical, and highly observant. Please note that David Sedaris is definitely not for the easily offended!
|Peony in Love by Lisa See
Chosen by Elaine.
What could be better on a cold winter’s day than to sink into a story that takes you far away from Indiana’s dreary weather? Peony in Love does just that. Set during China’s Qing Dynasty, a place far different from our own in time, space, society and beliefs, it tells the story of Peony, a young girl who is wrapped up in the romance of love depicted in a great opera. As a special present for her 16th birthday, Peony’s father arranges for it to be performed in their home, even though the story is so powerful that several young women have wasted away, pining for such a great love. Peony too falls under the spell of the opera, and she must face death and tragedies before she learns the true nature of love.