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Staff Review

American Dirt

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American Dirt

By Cummins, Jeanine
Posted by Lisa H
5
Reviewer's rating
Jan 23, 2020

Listed as one of the top 10 most anticipated books of 2020 by Goodreads members, American Dirt, by Jeanine Cummins tells the fictional story of Lydia and Luca, a mother and her young son, as they flee from Acapulco Mexico and attempt to cross the US border.

Staff Review

The Wives

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The Wives

By Tarryn Fisher
Posted by Meghan F
4
Reviewer's rating
Jan 6, 2020

The Wives should come with a warning. Settle in, silence your phone, and have some snacks handy. Because once you get into this story, you won't want to stop reading.

Staff Review

My Dark Vanessa

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My Dark Vanessa

By Kate Elizabeth Russell
Posted by Heather C
4
Reviewer's rating
Jan 2, 2020

Warning: This book will make you remember things not forgotten.

As a woman and in the wake of the #MeToo movement it was really hard to read My Dark Vanessa. It is very well written and oftentimes, too well written. It was haunting in its realness. Real predators exist. Real victims don't come forward. Real justice oftentimes isn't served.

Staff Review

Opioid, Indiana

book cover of Opioid, Indiana

Opioid, Indiana

By Brian Allen Carr
Posted by Meghan F
5
Reviewer's rating
Dec 20, 2019

After finishing Opioid, Indiana, I immediately wanted to read it again. Even though it's a fairly short book, Brian Allen Carr handles the difficult subject matter with so much insight and empathy that I was disappointed I didn't get to spend more time with all the characters.

Staff Review

Unlocking the Mind Writing Contest Winner

Posted by Helen H.
5
Reviewer's rating
Dec 19, 2019

Johnson County Library is pleased to announce that LeAnne Hansen has won our Essay writing contest on the theme of Unlocking the Mind with "Thoughts of Grief and Healing."

Staff Review

Middlegame

Hand of Glory

Middlegame

By Seanan McGuire
Posted by Heather C
4
Reviewer's rating
Dec 18, 2019

I am not one that is normally drawn to the fantasy genre.  I mean, sure, I read all of the Harry Potter books (because they were fantastic!).  I am a huge fan of the Xanth series and don't even get me started with the Incarnations of Immortality series (if you haven't read that series, I highly highly recommend it) but I find myself drawn more to thrillers or mysteries or anythi

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Tales From The Loop - Your Gateway to Strange Things

Posted by Andrew E
5
Reviewer's rating
Dec 16, 2019

You’ve heard of Dungeons and Dragons.  Right?

It’s been around for 45 year and been in everything from Simpsons to Stranger things. 

What is it? 

It’s a pen and paper Roleplaying game.  A set of rules to tell a shared story with friends and family with a backdrop of classic sword and sorcery in the vein of The Lord of the Rings.

 

Staff Review

A Year of Reading Harder: Chapter Two

Posted by Hebah A.H.
4
Reviewer's rating
Dec 13, 2019

As part of my 2019 reading goals, I’m working my way through the Book Riot Read Harder Challenge. So far, so good (read part one here). My progress is slow, but I’m back with part two of my reading challenge round-up.

Staff Review

Trickster's Choice

Posted by Anne G
5
Reviewer's rating
Dec 11, 2019

     I previously read Trickster's Choice with courageous teenage girls a little over a decade ago, and I wanted to revisit it.  I had forgotten just how easy it is to get drawn into Aly’s adventures which cause her to become a slave as a girl, and I am so glad to have revisited because it was similar to visiting with an old friend.  This is the story of Alianne Cooper, who wants to be a girl spy, and is the daughter of Spymaster Cooper and the famous Lioness of Tortall and champion of the throne.  Certainly Tamora Pier

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