Rather listen to Young Adult books than read them? You’re in luck, because ICPL has YA Books on Disc, and they’re now located on the 2nd floor with the rest of the Young Adult collection. I recently ordered new titles too. Favorites from the beginning of summer were finally released: The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen, The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau and The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey. Also, hot fall releases like Allegiant by Veronica Roth, Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell and Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein are on order. Check out our YA eAudio too!
C.J. Box has two new novels this summer and both are page-turners! I enjoy C.J. Box books because they have a strong sense of place, good character development and the plot twists and turns. Books are always set in the West and often in places where I have traveled.
Breaking Point is the thirteenth installment in the Joe Pickett series. Like many other Pickett stories, the plot is loosely based on a legal issue and Joe must unravel details to get to the heart of the story. In this case, a central issue that moves the plot is the interaction between the EPA and landowners. The foundation of the story is loosely based on the Sackett Case, where the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 9-0 that the EPA overstepped its jurisdiction when dealing with a family in Idaho. In Breaking Point, a landowner and family man is on the run after EPA agents are found dead on his property. All signs point to his guilt; however, the more Joe digs into the story, the more he realizes the facts don’t add up. Joe feels a strong moral obligation to solve the case; however, a rogue EPA agent, unmanned drone, and a dry forest full of trees killed by pine beetles may push Joe to his breaking point.
The Highway is a stand-alone novel, although characters from Box’s previous book, Back of Beyond, return in this novel. Cody Hoyt continues to struggle with sobriety while working as a sheriff’s deputy in Wyoming. When two teenage girls, who are friends of his son, disappear somewhere between Denver and Yellowstone en route to Montana, Cody feels an obligation to find them. Meanwhile, a long-haul trucker who has nicknamed himself The Lizard-King preys on prostitutes at truck stops and other women he encounters on the highway. Unhappy at home, he gets satisfaction from kidnapping and torturing women. Although he believes he outsmarted others, his clandestine crimes begin to unravel as the search for the girls continue.
I always look forward to C.J. Box novels. Two new books in one summer make for a great reading adventure! ~Enjoy~
“Steelheart,” by prolific fantasy author Brandon Sanderson, is the first book in a sci-fi series for the YA crowd that will excite comic book fans.
They called it Calamity: A burst in the sky that gave regular people superhuman powers. These beings with extraordinary abilities were called Epics. At age eight, David watched his father die at the hands of Steelheart, an Epic many believe to be invincible. But David saw Steelheart bleed. Now, ten years later, David wants to join the Reckoners–a resistance group that assassinates Epics. Only with their help can he hope to take down Steelheart and end his tyrannical rule of what used to be Chicago.
Sanderson is an unequaled force when it comes to world building. This “Epic” universe he created is fully realized. It’s like he found a portal to this alternate timeline and studied it like an anthropologist. I was in awe of all of the little details that he put into the world.
“Steelheart” is a thrilling read with tight writing and some incredible twists that made me want to reread the book immediately. I encourage readers who like action and comic book fans to try it when it comes out in September. Bring on the sequel!
Review based on an uncorrected proof.
Ms. Bolton has done it again, crafting an atmospheric thriller that is smart and has its share of suspense and a couple twists, without resorting to an incredulous out-of-the-blue ending. Lost is moody and dark, featuring a killer who is seemingly whisking young boys right from their homes or schools, leaving them days later somewhere near the Thames, with their throats cut and all their blood drained. Detectives are at a loss to find a link between them, social media is blowing the case out of control, and the killer is starting to taunt both the police and possible victims.
While I wouldn’t exactly call her books a series, this one does feature Detectives Lacey Flint and Mark Joesbury, who are in previous works of hers, and includes a cameo by psychotherapist Evi Oliver, who is also in a couple other books. They don’t feel like a series, though, because the characters are still being developed in every book, and the cases and mysteries being solved are so unique and original that every title of hers stands solidly on its own ground. Bolton’s books are a bit gritty and dark, the cases are modern, realistic and unsettling, and the characters flawed and sometimes struggling in ways that readers can relate. Real thrillers for real readers…I’m already looking forward to the next title!
One of the most frustrating things for me about quilting is trying to envision a quilt pattern in colors other than the ones pictured in the pattern. “Alternative colorways” are sometimes provided in magazines, but usually there’s just one alternative.
In Triple-Play Scrap Quilting, Nancy Allen includes instructions for three different versions of each of her nine scrap quilts. The “planned” version uses multiple fabrics in 3 or 4 colors; the “coordinated” version uses coordinated fabrics from a single fabric line; and a “make-do” style that is truly scrappy and uses only fabrics she already has in her stash. Simple, easy to follow instructions with well drawn diagrams makes this a good choice for scrappy or not-so-scrappy quilt ideas.
‘Tis the Autumn Season – Fall Quilts and Decorating Projects, the new book by Jeanne Large and Shelley Wicks combines traditional quilting with chunky applique to create 12 fun fall projecets projects. Traditional patterns are combined with a variety of applique methods to make lap quilts, table toppers, wall hangings or pillows. Applique templates and advice are included, and if you look carefully you’ll find recipes for three fall treats as well.
Seamingly Scrappy, by Rebecca Silbaugh is the best of both worlds: simple scrappy quilts made from precut fabrics. By using precut packs, Silbuagh has taken all the stress out of fabric selection that usually comes with making a scrappy quilt. Precut packs come in various sizes and are made up of fabrics from a single line, so they automatically go together. The most common sizes are rolls of 2.5″ strips by the width of the fabric (which is about 42″) called Jelly Rolls; 5″ x 5″ Charm Squares or Charm Packs; 10″ x 10″ Layer Cakes; and 18″x22″ Fat Quarters. Each project begins with a full page color photo of the project, a materials list and easy to follow cutting instructions. The patterns are basic, but that’s what makes this book so fun. You can turn out a complicated looking scrappy quilt in no time!
In the early 1980′s a quilt pattern company was born on a small farm near Garner, Iowa. The brainchild of quilters Mary Etherington and Connie Tesene, Country Threads, Inc., is now one of the most well known and loved pattern and book lines in the US, and Mary’s farm, home of their retail store and quilt retreat center, is one of the most popular quilting stops in Northern Iowa. With over 800 patterns and more than 20 books published to date, any new Country Threads book is eagerly awaited by quilters far and wide.
The Blue and the Gray – Quilt Patterns using Civil War Fabrics has just arrived at ICPL. These 18 quilts were originally designed for Country Threads’ Civil War Quilt Club, and focus on traditional Civil War era styles, colors, and simple piecing methods. Beautiful full page photographs and easy to follow cutting and piecing instructions are included for each project.
Rainbow Rowell, author of the great “Eleanor & Park,” has created another irresistible, Young Adult, coming-of-age book: ”Fangirl” Cath is starting her freshman year of college, and she’s more than a bit anxious. Her twin sister Wren doesn’t want to room together. Their sometimes manic dad has never been alone, and that worries Cath. Instead of making friends, Cath would rather disappear into the world of Simon Snow (think Harry Potter), where she’s very active and well known in the fan fiction community.
College also means boys: Lanky and smiley Levi, one her roommate’s numerous boyfriends, is a constant fixture in her room, and Nick is her good-looking, fiction-writing class partner. On top of this, she has to confront her mom issues (she left when Cath and Wren were eight) and her sister’s increasingly out-of-control drinking and behavior.
Funny and real, “Fangirl” is an excellent alternative to the glut of paranormal and dystopian options on the YA shelf. If you read “Eleanor & Park” by Rowell earlier in the year, “Fangirl” should be at the top of your “to-read” list. I cannot recommend this title enough.
Review based on an uncorrected digital galley.
The Discovery Channel’s Shark Week, a week-long series of television programs, was developed to raise awareness and respect for sharks.
This annual event is broadcast late each summer in more than 72 countries around the world.
Wednesday night, August 7, join us in Meeting Room A at 7:00 p.m. for a screening of JAWS the 1975 film that made a generation afraid to go into the water.
Want to make your week even more sharktastic? Check out the Shark Week display on the 2nd floor! Some of the things you’ll find:
Encyclopedia of Sharks by Steve Parker. A richly illustrated and fact-filled reference on the world’s species of sharks.
Shark, by Dean Crawford. Over the last 100 million years, sharks have evolved into more than 350 different species. Why are we so fascinated with them?
The shark watcher’s handbook: a guide to sharks and where to see them, by Mark Carwardine and Ken Watterson. Everything you need to know about sharks and shark watching: the history, techniques, risks and controversies, including history and biology and the many threats facing sharks.
Shark : in peril in the sea, by David Owen. The shark has been the planet’s dominant predator for millions of years. But in just 50 years all sharks have become threatened by human activity; victims of a deadly combination of overfishing, pollution, and the destruction of their habitats.
The Shark Almanac by Thomas B. Allen Sharks have a reputation of being the most feared creatures of the sea, and in this Allen discusses the myths and facts about sharks – and shows that they aren’t as deadly as they seem.
I asked the Iowa City Public Library staff: “What books are you looking forward to reading this summer?” I received a lot of responses that I wanted to share. You can find my first post here.
Jason Paulios – Adult Services Librarian
|The Square of Revenge by Pieter Aspe, translated by Brian Doyle|
|The Ghost Riders of Ordebec by Fred Vargas, translated by Siân Reynolds|
Kara Logsden – Community and Access Services Coordinator
|The Highway by C.J. Box|
|Breaking Point by C.J. Box|
|Leaving Everything Most Loved by Jacqueline Winspear|
|A Test of Wills by Charles Todd|
Paul Bethke – Collection Services & Children’s Services Assistant
|The Golem and the Jinni: A Novel by Helene Wecker|
Anne Mangano – Collection Services Coordinator
|The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway|
|The Complete Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway|
Chris Wright – Community and Access Services Page
|The Long War by Terry Pratchett|
|River of Stars by Guy Gavriel Kay|
|The Last Word by Lisa Lutz|
Victoria Walton – Children’s Services Librarian
|Jewelweed by David Rhodes|
|Arcadia by Lauren Groff|
|100 Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez|
Azzah Nasraddin – Community and Access Services Page
|And the Mountain’s Echoed by Khaled Housseini|
Brian Visser – Teen Services Librarian
|The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson|
Last December ICPL had it’s first fundraising crafts bazaar, and to say it was a great success would be an understatement. So many wonderful hand made arts and crafts were donated, and people had such great things to say about the bazaar and how much fun they had crafting for ICPL that we’re doing it again!
Details will be out soon, but until then, here are some great new craft books to light your creative fire.
Tie-Dye: dye it, wear it, share it by Shabd Simon-Alexander. Tie-dying fabric or clothing can be as simple or as complicated as you make it. One thing it’s guaranteed to be is FUN!
Tie-Dye leads you step by step through the entire process, from the tools you’ll need, to the types of dyes and additives you’ll want to experiment with. A single dye can look completely different on different types of fabric, so quite a bit is devoted to choosing the right fabric and dye to get the results you want. Twenty two different projects are included, as are a trouble shooting section, cheat sheets and an index.
In the 70′s girl scouts did it with jute and called macrame. Today Paracord Crafts are all the rage.
You can make a lot more than just plant hangers using nylon parachute rope called “paracord.” From key fobs and dog collars to jewelry and fashion accessories, if you can tie a knot you can create with paracord.
Parachute Cord Craft and Paracord Fusion Ties are two new books at ICPL that can get you going. Parachute Cord Craft is a beginners book, with great simple projects using basic simple knots. Paracord Fusion Ties takes it to a whole other level, with advanced ties and projects.
Crochet a Zoo by Megan Kreiner. Elephants and pandas, zebras and giraffes – you’ll find them all in Crochet a Zoo. Instructions for 14 zoo animals and a zookeper follow 12 pages of basic how-to-crochet instructions with well drawn illustrations that seem simple to follow. Knowing a bit about yarn weights and how to read crochet patterns might make this even easier to follow, but none of the projects seem very complicated. The instructions include finishing touches for each critter.
Bewitching Bead & Wire Jewelry. Are you a habitual paperclip bender? Do you enjoy playing with wire? If so you should check out this new book edited by Suzanne J.E. Tourtillott for Lark Jewelry & Beading. She has put together a collection of forty wonderful projects by 27 different designers. Earrings, necklaces, bracelets, pendants and even a ring! A seventeen page guide to the supplies and skills you’ll need to learn starts this well written book. Full color photographs and illustrations are provided for each project. The publishers deserve praise for the layout of this book. A photo table of contents shows you in one glace all the projects and their location – a rarity in crafting books. An index to all the designers, with their websites and email is included.