Me Before You by JoJo Moyes
Reviewed by Jennifer, Reference Librarian
Louisa is a small town girl who flits from job to job with no extraordinary plans or ambitions. She takes a job caring for Will, a man used to living large and enjoying the finer things in life before his tragic accident. At first their work relationship is caustic and strained but eventually it turns to friendship and more. Two people with completely different outlooks make an indelible mark on each other's souls in the too-short time they have together.
Normally this isn't the sort of book I gravitate towards but I found myself quickly engrossed in the story and in love with each of the characters. Well.. maybe not with Patrick. I devoured the book and found myself laughing and sobbing throughout. The story was well written. The characters are both quirky and compelling. I mourned the end of the book, an experience I find myself having too infrequently and I can't wait for the movie to come out this summer!
Welcome to a new feature at Killingly Reads, known as "Waiting on Wednesday". This is where we will highlight upcoming books we can't wait to read. This week we are featuring the latest by bestselling author Mary Higgins Clark
As Time Goes By
Mary Higgins Clark
Release Date : April 5, 2016
Synopsis from Amazon:
Television journalist Delaney Wright is on the brink of stardom after she begins covering a sensational murder trial for the six p.m. news. She should be thrilled, yet her growing desire to locate her birth mother consumes her thoughts. When Delaney’s friends Alvirah Meehan and her husband Willy offer to look into the mystery surrounding her birth, they uncover a shocking secret they do not want to reveal.
On trial for murder is Betsy Grant, widow of a wealthy doctor who has been an Alzheimer’s victim for eight years. When her once-upon-a-time celebrity lawyer urges her to accept a plea bargain, Betsy refuses: she will go to trial to prove her innocence.
Betsy’s stepson, Alan Grant, bides his time nervously as the trial begins. His substantial inheritance hangs in the balance—his only means of making good on payments he owes his ex-wife, his children, and increasingly angry creditors.
As the trial unfolds, and the damning evidence against Betsy piles up, Delaney is convinced that Betsy is not guilty and frantically tries to prove her innocence. A true classic from Mary Higgins Clark, As Time Goes By is a thrilling read by a master of the genre.
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Cherished: 21 Writers on Animals they have Loved and Lost by Barbara Abercrombie
A poignant collection of reflections of the animals that made an impact on these authors' lives.
One of our patrons rated the collection 4 stars with a warning that you will be crying with laughter and sadness.
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In the not so distant future, the economy has collapsed and with it goes society. Sam and Charmaine, like many others, have been forced to live on the streets or in their cars, and consider survival a day to day endeavor. Then Charmaine hears about a model town system in which residents alternate between living in this Stepford-like town and living in prison. Is it too good to be true?
Margaret Atwood has become synonymous with chilling dystopian themes with elements of the absurd in her novels. This book, featuring life-size sex dolls, Marilyn Monroe and Elvis Presley impersonators, along with more sinister elements certainly continues Ms. Atwood's reputation. Where she fails her readers is in the delivery. The premise of the book is interesting and certainly the beginning is engrossing but as the book progresses it takes on a life of its own and becomes disjointed black comedy within a dystopian world. I might have liked it more if I found the main characters likable but unfortunately I didn't.
Overall I was left with the feeling that the book I started out reading was swapped out with something entirely different in its place.
Rating: 2 stars (even my daughter gave it a "meh" reaction as pictured here)
Welcome to "Waiting on Wednesday, where we will highlight upcoming books we can't wait to read. This week we highlight an upcoming book by a KPL favorite author Liane Moriarty. This book is sure to be a fantastic beach read!
Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty
Release Date: July 26 2016
Synopsis from Amazon
Sam and Clementine have a wonderful, albeit, busy life: they have two little girls, Sam has just started a new dream job, and Clementine, a cellist, is busy preparing for the audition of a lifetime. If there’s anything they can count on, it’s each other.
Clementine and Erika are each other’s oldest friends. A single look between them can convey an entire conversation. But theirs is a complicated relationship, so when Erika mentions a last minute invitation to a barbecue with her neighbors, Tiffany and Vid, Clementine and Sam don’t hesitate. Having Tiffany and Vid’s larger than life personalities there will be a welcome respite.
Two months later, it won’t stop raining, and Clementine and Sam can’t stop asking themselves the question: What if we hadn’t gone?
In Truly Madly Guilty, Liane Moriarty takes on the foundations of our lives: marriage, sex, parenthood, and friendship. She shows how guilt can expose the fault lines in the most seemingly strong relationships, how what we don’t say can be more powerful than what we do, and how sometimes it is the most innocent of moments that can do the greatest harm
2001; a Space Odyssey by Arthur C Clarke
In my opinion 2001 embodies science fiction, all other science fiction is compared to this book. It's been an Icon in pop culture from Inspiring Ship names for Moon missions in the 60s and 70s, to inspiring musicians like David Bowie. (Space Oddity was inspired by this book) The synopsis is the progress of humanity from its humble beginnings to its evolutionary transformation at the end. You have space travel where everything goes wrong. You have politics where a bureaucrat is on the moon ascertaining to keep a cover story in place or to let the truth come out which would ultimately change Man's place in the universe. I have read this book many times and each time I feel like its the first time each time I draw inspiration from it. To me 2001 is a timeless classic masterpiece.
Rating: 5 stars
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In honor of National Library Week, We hope you enjoy this fun little spoof of a "day in the life of a librarian".
Reviewed by Kayla Fontaine - KPL Technology Specialist
In American Sniper Chris tells us about his journey from cowboy to Navy SEAL to husband to one of the greatest snipers to have ever served in the United States armed forces, and finally, to husband again as he relearns how to be a citizen and not a soldier. We learn everything from what he was thinking and feeling, to why he chose specific weapons for his operations, to what motivated him, and even how fast his heart was beating as his comrades fell. This read will stick with you, and Chris Kyle, however humble he may be, truly is a “Legend.” I highly recommend reading his story as he tells it.
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