The Book of Longings – Haley – Staff Review

The Book of Longings by by Sue Monk Kidd

The Book of Longings follows the life of Ana, the fictional wife of Jesus, as she matures from a young girl living in her father’s home, into womanhood.

Ana, longing for a life worth meaning, is something I think everyone can relate to. Her journey introduces the reader to many endearing characters such as her brother Judas, her Aunt Yaltha, and best friend Tabitha. Ana yearns a life filled with more than just the role required of woman during that time. Her desire to make an impact, in her own way, is parallel to the desire of her husband, Jesus, and his passion to spread the love of God. In this novel Jesus is written as just a man, a carpenter by trade and a follower of John the Baptist.

This book is a breathing taking work of fiction and I relished getting to know the author’s interpretation of these biblical characters. Do not read if you are looking for accuracy with the historical or theological details.

5 stars

Fall 2020 Reading Challenge – Read Around the World!

This year, take a virtual trip around the world with our Fall Reading Challenge! The categories this year represent regions of the world. Read a book set in the region or by an author from that region. Each category you fill in will give you one entry into the final drawing, for the Grand Prize of four new books of your choice! (Some restrictions apply). Complete four categories and pick up a small gift. Contact the Lending Desk for more info.

This year’s reading challenge will run between September 14th – November 30th.

Drop by the Lending Desk to pick up a reading log or enter online through Beanstack!

Click Here for BeanStack (Our Online Challenge Page)

Click here for the Map and Regions (Each Region then has CloudLibrary book suggestions!)

How to Die in Space – Staff Review – Terry

How to Die in Space: A Journey Through Dangerous Astrophysical Phenomena by Paul Sutter.

How to Die in Space is a fun, somewhat morbid, educational review of astrophysical phenomena written within a framework that is both a “traveler’s guide” and astrophysics lecture. The book is written in an engaging tone, with use of everyday language backed by scientific explanation. The chapters of the book are loosely related, each being a self contained lesson or lecture in itself which makes for easy reading.

4 Stars.

The Lost Girls of Paris – Staff Review – Maddy

The Lost Girls of Paris by Pam Jenoff

In Manhattan 1946, Grace Healy finds an abandoned suitcase tucked under a bench at Grand Central Station on her way to work. Curious, she opens it to find a handful of photographs of different women hidden inside. The suitcase belonged to a woman named Eleanor Tripp who helped lead a network of female secret agents that were sent to infiltrate occupied Europe during World War Two but never made it home.

Switching between the narratives of Grace, Eleanor and Marie Jenoff reveals a story of espionage, mystery, comradery and deceit.

I really enjoyed the way the author wove the three womens’ narratives together to reveal a larger story. For readers who enjoy WWII era historical fiction, I would recommend the Lost Girls of Paris.

4 Stars

Buzz: The Nature and Necessity of Bees – Staff Review – Terry

Buzz: The Nature and Necessity of Bees by Thor Hanson

Buzz is a book for the nature minded and science minded alike.  It is an informative and humorous foray into the world of bees as well as their close cousins and look alikes.  The language and writing that Hanson uses is scientific but with a naturalist outlook, making for an enjoyable and personable read.  Hanson clearly has a love for the subject as well as knowledge and is also willing to share some personal experiences in both the scientific field of entomology as well as his own personal nature experiences with his own family exploring nature trails.  Overall a great read.  

5 Stars

Library Kung Fu Chinese Martial Arts for Young Dragons

APL is excited to offer a one hour workshop utilizing Zoom’s online group meeting technology, a one hour online workshop to introduce young library patrons, ages 7 to14, to the fun, excitement, and challenge of Chinese martial arts practice. Join us on Thursday September 24th at 4 PM.

Shifu Paul DiCrescenzo has been a martial arts practitioner since 1977. His training has included Korean karate and swordsmanship, Japanese classical weapons, and he has been training/teaching Chinese martial arts for the last 22 years. He currently teaches Wudang style Tai Chi/Qigong, Wudang Internal Kung Fu, and Bai Long Quan Kung Fu. More information can be found at Two Dragons Path  http://www.twodragonspath.com/

Please call the library to register at 333-6640 ext.3 so we can send you the link to the Zoom meeting.

The Second Home – Staff Review – Haley

The Second Home by Christina Clancy

The Second Home is the debut novel for author Christina Clancy. The story of the Gordon family jumps between the time periods of 1999 to 2015, as well as switching from their home in Wisconsin to their summer house on Cape Cod. The majority of the novel follows the three Gordon siblings Ann, Poppy, and Michael, told during their teenage years and in their thirties.

While initially this may be considered a beach read given the setting in Wellfleet, MA and the focus on the house itself, as you delve deeper into the book it reveals itself to be a dark family saga. The plot line was good, however the characters reactions to the events seemed unrealistic and left me not connecting to the story or invested in the characters. The most enjoyment from the book was its imagery of Wellfleet and the Cape.

3 stars

Midnight Sun – Staff Review – Haley

Midnight Sun by Stephenie Meyer

Midnight Sun is the companion novel to the book Twilight told through the perspective of Edward Cullen, the protagonist vampire.

Fifteen years ago, as a young woman in my mid twenties, I first read Twilight and was hooked from the first page. Twilight was the first pop culture novel of vampire/human romance that most people had ever read, myself included. In 2008, chapters of Midnight Sun were leaked on the internet, much to the satisfaction of fans, who devoured the love story told by Edward. After 12 years, the Midnight Sun novel was released this month in it’s entirety. Having been a fan back in the mid 2000’s I was keen to rejoin these characters and their world.

Well, a lot can change in 15 years and I was bored from the get go. Even knowing the story-line would be much the same as Twilight, it was just too similar. I felt the author did not include enough unique perspective as Edward to keep the reader entertained. More than halfway through the 658 pages I kept wondering, “When is this going to get good?” Perhaps it is because Meyers pioneered the way for what is now an over saturated market, there isn’t any fresh appeal to include in the novel. Or perhaps, as a woman now starting my forties, it just no longer interests me. I am sure there are many fans of the series who would disagree, but I had hoped for more.

2 stars

Craft Bags To-Go 2020

Looking for a fun, simple project? Pick up one of these kits and create!

We are offering craft bags to take home and make some crafts for anyone of any age. Please see the lending desk for craft bags. They are available to pick up from the desk while browsing the library or available for curbside pick up, please email us at request@auburpubliclibrary.org for curbside pickups, by phone, 207-333-6640 ex 2, or simply by stopping at the lending desk . Get them while supplies last!

ADULT PAPER CRAFTS

Fruity Bookmarks

Paper Poppies

Pressing Flowers How-To

Kusudama Flowers

DIY TWEEN CRAFTS–Pick up a kit and check out our how to videos on Facebook!

Tangram Puzzles

Friendship Bracelets

Coloring Sheets

The Vanishing Half – Staff Pick – Cherise

The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

I wasn’t a big fan of it the first couple of chapters, but I think I just wasn’t in the right headspace for this story. It didn’t take long for that opinion to change. I quickly became wrapped into this story and characters, needing to know more about the mystery of Stella. I tend to struggle with books that are family sagas like this one was, but this story somehow did it in a way that wasn’t hard to follow and left you wanting more. The story revolves around Desiree and Stella, twin sisters who live in the town of Mallard in the deep south. The “town” (as we find out later it’s not a real town according to the government, but it’s clear this is simply because of who lives there) is populated by light skin African Americans. At 16 the twins run to New Orleans, escaping the town they grew up, that their own family founded. But not long after Stella disappears, leaving Desiree alone. The story revolves on Stella’s disappearance and the aftermath, as life goes on. Desiree comes back to Mallard years later with a daughter, Jude, who is dark skinned and is ridiculed by the kids at school. We meet Early, a boy that Desiree had fallen for as a teenager and is given a second chance with, who had been hunting down Desiree and Jude (he’s a bounty hunter who was paid to try to find them) only to volunteer to look for Stella while keeping their secret. I picked up this book because it had LGBTQA+ representation and we find that representation when  Jude when she moves to California for college. She meets Reese, a sweet man that is hard not to love instantly. We learn Reese is a trans man and he has gay friends who are drag queens. The whole group of characters are simply really well done and hard not to love. We learn Stella is living a double life, one in which she hides that she’s African American from her husband and daughter, this all in the time of racial discrimination. It leaves the reader wondering, if you had a chance like Stella, would you take it? Would you kill the person you were after all the hate you saw growing up? Or would you be like Desiree who refuses to kill that part of her, even working for the FBI in a time when there was questions of if the FBI had any link to the death of Dr Martin Luther King Jr, only to return to Mallard, the home she was so desperate to escape. Both twins live completely different lives and have daughters that remind them more of their sister than themselves.  I highly recommend this book. It’s a really interesting story that might take you out of your comfort zone. It makes you look at race relations in this country in a different life and forces you to ask what would you do in this situation, knowing the hardships and abuses these women faced and the lives of their daughters.

4 stars

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