Library Staff Were Reading 2002 Edition...


[AC = Audiocassette, CD = Compact Disc, LP = Large Print]


April 1865 : the Month that Saved America by Jay Winik, c2001 [AC]

This is a must read for anyone interested in the Civil War.  An extremely well-written and thought-provoking study of the month which was a watershed in the history of our nation. (Arthur M. Woodford from SCS)

Bad Blood by Lorna Sage, c2002

This is a non-sentimental memoir of growing up in a rural village as the granddaughter of the local vicar.  A compelling read, this book is witty, self-deprecating and at times a comedy - a delight to read. No wonder it won the British Whitbread Award for Biography. (Midge Lusardi from CHE)

D-Day, June 6, 1944: The Climactic Battle of World War II by Stephen E. Ambrose, c1994 [AC, LP]

This pivotal "Battle of the Century" becomes even more riveting and amazing when one considers the difficulties recently faced in "Operation Iraqi Freedom" 60 years later. Told by a leading historian of our time, this is a story that every American should hear. (Sue S. from CHE)

Dare to Repair: a Do-It-Herself Guide to Fixing (Almost) Anything in the Home by Julie Sussman & Stephanie Glakas-Tenet, c2002

With its easy-to-follow instructions and simple illustrations, this book deserves a prominent place in every woman's home.  (Suzanne from HPW)

A Dog Year : Twelve Months, Four Dogs, and Me by Jon Katz, c2002 [LP]

A sit down, laugh-out-loud true tale of a man and his four dogs. This book will hit home with any animal lover. (Kathleen from SCS)

Fear Less:  Real Truth About Risk, Safety, and Security in a Time of Terrorism by Gavin De Becker, c2002 [AC]

De Becker's expert analysis and advice helped to replace panic with confidence. (Anne Marie from EPL)

The Final Season : Fathers, Sons, and One Last Season in a Classic American Ballpark by Tom Stanton, c2001

Stanton draws from his personal memoirs to create a powerful tale of fathers and sons, extended families, and a city's love affair with its baseball team. (Dale Parus from HPW)

The Gifts of the Jews : How a Tribe of Desert Nomads Changed the Way Everyone Thinks and Feels by Thomas Cahill, c1998 [AC, CD, LP]

Promise yourself to make it through Chapter 1 or skip it entirely, for the last 200 pages present an entirely thought-provoking look at the relationship of God and the individual. (Dale Parus from HPW)

Kick Me: Adventures in Adolescence by Paul Feig, c2002

This is a very funny memoir about growing up in 1970's Macomb County.  It brought back so many memories and just as many laughs. A gem! (Debbie Vercellone from SHL)

Mad in America:  Bad Science, Bad Medicine, and the Enduring Mistreatment of the Mentally Ill by Robert Whitaker, c2002

A fascinating look at how the philosophy behind psychiatric treatment has--and hasn't--changed over the last two centuries.  Dark humor balancing the seriousness of the subject made the book fun to read. (Anne Marie from EPL)

Nickel and Dimed: On (not) Getting By in America by Barbara Ehrenreich, c2001

A well-known writer poses as a poor working woman in three different American cities for an inside take on those who work hard but can barely get by. (Cindy from CHE)

The Other Side of Ethel Mertz: the Life Story of Vivian Vance by Frank Castelluccio and Alvin Walker, c1998

A must read for all "I Love Lucy" fans. This book goes beyond Vance's "Ethel Mertz" to reveal a fascinating, multi-talented actress. (Suzanne from HPW)

Queen Bees and Wannabes: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends and Other Realities of Adolescence by Rosalind Wiseman, c2002

Along with "Odd Girl Out" by Rachel Simmons, these groundbreaking efforts provide some understanding and finally a "vocabulary" with which to discuss the insidious persecution among some girls in schools today.  Strongly recommended for mothers of daughters in middle or high schools. (Sue S. from CHE)

Retro Desserts: Totally Hip, Updated Classic Desserts from the '40s, '50s, '60s, and '70s by Wayne Harley Brachman, c2000

This is a great cookbook for baby boomers. Remember fondue parties? Bits of historical information precede each recipe. Mouth-watering photos! (Suzanne from HPW)

Summers with the Bears : Six Seasons in the North Woods by Jack Becklund, c1999

I love animal stories, especially the true ones! This story of a Minnesota couple's relationship with a group of 10 bears, including one named Little Bit, is amusing, heartwarming and sad. (Margaret DuMouchel from MCL)  

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All Is Vanity by Christina Schwartz, c2002 [LP]

This dark book draws you in with the voice of its main character; to the very end, I could not put it down! (Librarian from SCS)

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon, c2000 [AC]

A story about two cousins whose career writing and drawing comic books mirrors events during WWII.  One of the best books I've ever read. (Kristen from SLC)

The Analyst by John Katzenbach, c2002 [LP]

A psychoanalysist must discover who is sending him letters.  If he fails after two weeks, he must commit suicide or the letter-sender will start killing off his family.  A thriller to end all thrillers. (Ruth Richards from SCS)

Beach Music by Pat Conroy, c1995 [AC, LP]

Ever wonder why you are so tied to your quirky, exasperating family?  This quintessential "southern" novel captures the "soul" of the family, the good, the bad, and that which transcends all reason.  A terrific summer read! (Sue S. from CHE)

The Best Revenge by Stephen White, c2003

This thought-provoking book deals with the issue of crime, punishment and revenge. (Librarian from EPL)

Calculating God by Robert J. Sawyer, c2000

What if a space alien came to Toronto? And what if she challenged a scientist's view on the nature of God? A great science fiction novel that speculates why God lets bad things happens to good people. (Kristen from SLC)

The Chocolate Bear Burglary: A Chocoholic Mystery by JoAnna Carl, c2002 [LP]

Funny and inventive mystery about a woman detective and chocolatier in Michigan.  The description of exotic chocolates will have you running out to the nearest sweets shop. (Annette from MPL)

Coming Back to Me by Caroline Deavitt, c2001

Gary and Molly find their marriage tested, when the birth of their long-awaited first baby, leaves Molly with a life threatening medical condition.  A vivid and emotional story of a marriage and a family coming together in a time of crisis. (Margaret Hanes from SHL)

Darwin's Blade by Dan Simmons, c2000

A thoroughly enjoyable page-turner - almost impossible to put down due to the unfolding suspense, the interesting romantic twist, the unusual accident investigations. (Beth Martin from ROG)

Doomsday Book by Connie Willis, c1992 [AC]

The amount of research that clearly went into this science fiction novel of time travel between the future and the Middle Ages (during the Black Plague) blew me away.  A great story. (Kristen from SLC)

Enemy Women by Paulette Jiles, c2002 [AC, LP]

Canadian book award winner about a young Missouri girl wrongly accused of spying during the Civil War. Love with a Union Major complicates the tale. This is a good historical novel with a prisoner of war setting. (Cindy Bieniek from SCS)

Entering Normal by Anne D. LeClaire, c2002

A story rich in the details of human relationships. (Margaret Hanes from SHL)

Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde, c2002 [AC, CD]

An alternate version of our world where dodo birds have been recreated and literature is all important.  So when characters start disappearing from books, its Thursday Next's job to find the perp quickly. (Catherine from SHL)

A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry, c1996 [AC, LP]

The fact that the unthinkable poverty and despicable socio-political agenda of the 1970's "Emergency" in India did not kill the spirit and kindness of the characters in this story was humbling and awe-inspiring to me. A disturbing but riveting read. (C. Federspiel from MCL)

The Floating City by Pamela Ball, c2002

This book is a small gem.  Set in  turn of the century Hawaii, this subtle mystery features characters whose motives and personal histories are as elusive as sunlight in a dense jungle mist. Pamela Bell writes exquisite prose that evoke the dark side of Hawaii as it was a hundred years ago. (Midge Lusardi from CHE)

Heresy by Sharan Newman, c2002

Catherine LeVendeur saves Astrolabe from being framed for the murder of a noble woman and becomes involved in a major church conference on heresy. You really feel you've visited medieval France when you read Sharan Newman's books. (Catherine from SHL)

In a Dark Wood by Amanda Craig, c2002

Family relationships and depression are described in vivid detail and moves one to understand mental illness and how it affects the family. (Librarian from EPL)

Justice Hall : a Mary Russell novel by Laurie R. King, c2002 [AC, CD, LP]

Latest installment of the Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes series.  All of the novels have offered the Doyle standard of mystery with the addition of an intelligent female assistant. (Kathleen from SCS)

The Laurentian Channel by Christopher Knight, c2001

Christopher Knight (aka Michigan Chillers author Jonathon Rand) spins an adult tale of murder and mystery on the Great Lakes.  Familiar Michigan locations make the imagination run wild. (Cindy Bieniek from SCS)  

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The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien [AC, CD LP]

I reread the Trilogy 25 years after completing it in high school and found its magic still totally enthralling. New insights to the characters were found with a mature eye -- and a faithful screen adaptation as well. (Dale Parus from HPW)

The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold, c2002 [AC, CD, LP]

Mesmerizing, intriguing, bittersweet. The hype is not exaggerated; this was wonderful. (Librarian from SCS)

Must Love Dogs by Claire Cook, c2002

This is a modern-day love story with wonderful characters and often hysterical situations.  A young woman tries to find love but must first find out what love really means.  Similar to Jeanne Ray. (Ruth Richards from SCS)

Our Lady of Darkness by Peter Tremayne, c2002

Sister Fidelma has to save Brother Eadulf from false accusations of murder before he is put to death under new harsh Roman church law instead of the customary Irish law. (Catherine from SHL)

The Runaway Quilt: An Elm Creek Quilt novel by Jennifer Chiaverini, c2002 [LP]

The fourth offering in the Elm Creek Quilts series is a modern-day family mystery that explores the lore surrounding the use of quilts to signal runaway slaves traveling the Underground Railroad. (Annette from MPL)

Second Draft of My Life by Sara Lewis, c2002

How many of us wouldn't like to reinvent our lives at some point? Charlotte Dearborn, decides to do just that.  This novel is part romantic comedy, part manual on teaching strategies, and just a whole lot of fun. (Margaret Hanes from SHL)

Second Hand: a novel by Michael Zadoorian, c2000

Richard and his Detroit-area second hand store made me think about my own relationship with the cherished "junk" in my life. This emotional story is a real keeper. (Debbie Vercellone from SHL)

Seven Up by Janet Evanovich, c2001 [AC, CD, LP]

This book makes one laugh out loud at the hilarius antics of a bounty hunter. (Librarian from EPL)

The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell, c1996

(Celeste from CMS)

Standing in the Rainbow by Fannie Flagg, c2002 [AC, CD, LP]

Lots of heartwarming, funny small town characters made me want to rent a room at the local boarding house and join them! Many great story lines. (Debbie Vercellone from SHL)

The Story of Lucy Gault by William Trevor, c2002

This wonderful novel transported me to early 20th-century Ireland for a beautifully-written, heartbreaking story about love, loss, and trust in human relationships.  Impossible to put down! (Anne Marie from EPL)

Time and Again by Jack Finney, c1970 [AC, LP]

History, mystery, romance, and time travel melded together in an unusual tale that will cause you to forever question what time it really is. (Cindy from CHE)

Tulip Fever by Deborah Moggach, c2000 [LP]

This is a truly wonderful story about the fate of untethered love and greed.  The characters are wonderful as is the authorís description of Holland.  A real gem! (Ruth Richards from SCS)

Utopia by Lincoln Child, c2002

Loved the colorful, Disneyworld-like setting - but much more techno - lots of suspense.  Characters - including a robot - you  care  about, even after the last page.  (Beth Martin from ROG)

Vanishing Act by Thomas Perry, c1995 [LP]

Jane Whitefield, a Seneca Indian woman, uses ancient native Wisdom and high-tech slight of hand to help desperate people "disappear".  First in a riveting series.  (Cindy from CHE)

Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague by Geraldine Brooks, c2002 [AC, LP]

*Historical novel set in a 1666 England village; fascinating in its use of real and imagined characters as well as its point of view (a 20 year old housemaid). (Librarian from SCS)

*Interesting because although this is a novel, it is based on the events in an English village during the Plague; the characters really draw the reader into the story.  (Beth Martin from ROG)

[AC = Audiocassette, CD = Compact Disc, LP = Large Print]  

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