Roxi Reviews

Roxi Wilkinson has graciously agreed to share some of her recent reads with us. The following review is part of an ongoing series of guest posts written by Roxi:

The Bird Saviors by William J. Cobb is a raw story taking the reader to Pueblo, Colorado set sometime in the near future.  Seventeen-year-old Ruby Cole, a single mother living with her one-legged fundamentalist father, Lord God, sets in motion a whole torrent of events when she tries to run away.  We meet an equestrian police officer who cannot keep his pants zipped, an aging,unorthodox Mormon with two wives, wanting Ruby as a third, and a variety of knot-heads willing to steal cattle, kidnap and murder.

Dying birds, constant high winds, draught, heat, poverty, wild fires and a deadly flue surround every breath of the story. From this end-of-times grit comes hope in    a larger than life Native American who rescues a woman literally chained to a kitchen, a grieving ‘bird savior’, a tiny child and a courageous fortune teller, just to name a few.

The character development has a slow start.  That with the story’s dirty, oppressive feeling I seriously considered putting the book down permanently when I remembered the librarian’s words, ‘Keep reading, it will be well worth it.’  I was generously rewarded with a great read that belongs with many classics.  Cobb weaves many complex social themes that would be ideal for a book group to explore or a high school Honors English class to study.


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New Adult Fiction

  • Father Night by Eric Lustbader: When reform efforts in the Middle East culminate in a violent power struggle between two criminal underworld bosses, Jack McClure finds himself at the center of a multi-national uprising that is complicated by powerful enemies.
  • Phantom by Jo Nesbo: Determined to prove the innocence of a young man he helped raise, disgraced former cop Harry Hole embarks on an increasingly dangerous investigation linked to Oslo’s most virulent street drug.
  • Silent House by Orhan Pamuk: Awaiting the arrival of her grandchildren in her home outside Istanbul, bed-ridden widow Fatma shares memories and grievances with her late husband’s illegitimate son until his cousin, a right-wing nationalist, involves the family in the Turkish military coup of 1980.
  • NYPD Red by James Patterson: NYPD Red is a special task force charged with protecting the interests of Manhattan’s wealthiest and most powerful citizens. When a world-famous movie producer is poisoned on the first day of a Manhattan film festival called Hollywood on the Hudson, they are the first ones called.
  • Delusion in Death by J.D. Robb: Eve Dallas works to investigate the murder of eighty people in a downtown bar when witnesses begin to talk about having seen monsters and swarms of bees at the scene.
  • The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling: When Barry Fairbrother dies in his early forties, the town of Pagford is left in shock and the empty seat left by Barry on the parish council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen.
  • Mad River by John Sandford: Virgil Flowers joins the growing army of cops trying to run down three teenagers with dead-end lives who are on a crime spree in Minnesota and who think they are just like Bonnie and Clyde, and their sidekick.
  • Severe Clear by Stuart Woods: Stone Barrington must oversee a star-studded gala will be attended by socialites, royalty, and billionaires from overseas. and according to phone conversations intercepted by the NSA, it may also have attracted the attention of international terrorists.
  • The Bridesmaid by Beverly Lewis: Joanna Kurtz, an Amish woman, longs to be more than a bridesmaid and being a closet writer isn’t her only secret when she meets Eben Troyer who hopes to make Joanna his bride, but must wait for his brother to return from the English world in order to leave his families farm in Indiana.

Raffle and Auction

The Alliance Public Library is currently holding two fundraisers to support technology in the library. We hope you will consider making them a part of your seasonal donations! Both will wrap up during our Holiday Open House the evening of Thursday, November 29th!

Come on Baby Light My Fire! HD Kindle Fire Raffle

Tickets are $2 each or 6 for $10 and can be purchased at the circulation desk

Bountiful Books and Bits Gift Basket Auction

Library staff and board members have created a wonderful selection of gift baskets centered around books. These would make wonderful Christmas gifts! The minimum bid is $20 and we have baskets on the following themes:

Fifty Shades of Grey – Sylvester and Tweety Bird – Eric Carle – Dr. Seuss -Pink – The Gingerbread Man – School is Cool – Hunting – Cowboy – Legos

New Adult Fiction

  • The Ranger by Ace Atkins: Army ranger Quinn Colson returns from Afghanistan to his home in northeast Mississippi to find his uncle, the county sheriff dead, supposedly a suicide, but whispers of murder lead Colson to mount an investigation to learn the truth.
  • Wide Open by Larry Bjornson: Will Merritt is fiercely protective of the cattle trade that made his father’s fortune and the townsfolk resent the migrant settlers whose new farms are slicing up the rangeland. Will finds himself torn when he meets the beautiful and beguiling Anna, whose dignity and determination test his deepest beliefs.
  • Robert B. Parker’s Fool Me Twice by Michael Brandman: Jesse Stone and the Paradise police department have their hands full when visiting actress Marisol Hinton becomes the subject of a death threat and a collision by a distracted teenage driver leads to political repercussions.
  • Tiger’s Claw by Dale Brown: After he and his team refurbish America’s aging weapon systems, Patrick McLanahan heads to Guam to oversee strategy, which causes the Chinese to take the offensive, launching a preemptive strike on a small American fleet that ignites a battle for the Pacific.
  • Low Pressure by Sandra Brown: Basing her bestselling novel on the night her older sister Susan was murdered, Bellamy Lyston Price becomes the target of an unnamed assailant who either wants the truth about Susan’s murder or is determined to get vengeance for a man wrongfully accused and punished.
  • The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln by Stephen L. Carter: Tells the alternative history story of Abraham Lincoln’s impeachment after he survived the assassination attempt.
  • The Chocolate Moose Motive by JoAnna Carl: Lee’s newest hire at the chocolate shop, Forsythia “Sissy” Smith, has the court of public opinion against her in her husband’s murder, despite having a solid alibi.
  • A Wanted Man by Lee Child: Four people in a car, hoping to make Chicago by morning. An hour behind them, a man lies stabbed to death in an old pumping station. He was seen going in with two others, but he never came out….
  • The Tombs by Clive Cussler: When husband-and-wife team Sam and Remi Fargo are requested to help excavate a top secret historical site, they discover clues that point to hidden tombs and buried.
  • Winter of the World by Ken Follett: Continuing the story of five interrelated families as they become entangled in events from the beginning of the twentieth century, from the rise of the Third Reich, through the Spanish Civil War and the great dramas of World War II, up to the explosions of the American and Soviet atomic bombs.

November/December Book Clubs

With the upcoming busy holiday seasons, we have a few Christmas selections for both November/December. Books are available at circulation and in staying true to the Christmas Spirit, we’ll take care of the postage fee 🙂

Online book club will read The Christmas Chronicles: the legend of Santa Claus by Tim Slover. This is wonderful book that could easily become a Christmas tradition. It truly is an enchanting read. Grinches may wish to pass this one by. Discussion will take place in our Alliance Public Library Online Book Club group via It’s easy to participate. Simply create a free account, join the group, and begin discussing!

“In this new holiday classic, Tim Slover crafts a marvelous, magical novel about how Santa Claus became the man he is today. After reading The Christmas Chronicles, you’ll believe all over again in the magic of the season. Snow is falling, and the clock ticks toward midnight on Christmas Eve while countless children, too excited to sleep, anticipate the arrival of Santa Claus. But in Tim Slover’s deeply charming and utterly thrilling new novel, that’s the end rather than the beginning of the story. In this richly imagined tale of Santa’s origins, the man in full finally emerges. The Christmas Chronicles is at once an action-packed adventure, an inspiring story of commitment and faith, and a moving love story.
It all starts in 1343, when the child Klaus is orphaned and adopted by a craftsmen’s guild. The boy will grow to become a master woodworker with an infectious laugh and an unparalleled gift for making toys. His talent and generosity uniquely equip him to bestow hundreds of gifts on children at Christmas—and to court the delightful Anna, who enters his life on a sleigh driven by the reindeer Dasher and becomes his beloved wife.
Still, all is not snowfall and presents. Klaus will be shadowed by the envious Rolf Eckhof, who will stop at nothing to subvert him. But in the end, Santa’s magic is at last unleashed, flying reindeer come to his aid, and an epic battle between good and evil is waged in the frosty Christmas skies.
By turns enchanting, hair-raising, and inspirational, The Christmas Chronicles is a beguiling tale destined to become a holiday favorite for the ages.”

Traditional book club will read The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry. The club will have special meeting/pot luck lunch on Monday December 5th at noon in the Staff workroom. Click here for a free ebook copy available via Project Gutenberg.

“One dollar and eight-seven cents is all the money Della has in the world to buy her beloved husband a Christmas present. She has nothing to sell except her only treasure — her long, beautiful brown hair. Set in New York at the turn of the twentieth century, this classic piece of American literature tells the story of a young couple and the sacrifices each must make to buy the other a gift. Beautiful, delicate watercolors by award-winning illustrator Lisbeth Zwerger add new poignancy and charm to this simple tale about the rewards of unselfish love”



Roxi Reviews

Roxi Wilkinson has graciously agreed to share some of her recent reads with us. The following review is part of an ongoing series of guest posts written by Roxi:

Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman is the story of a girl who looses her mother but finds many others.

Twelve year old CeeCee is sent to her Great Aunt Tootie’s home in the deep south in the l960’s after her psychotic mother is hit and killed by a truck.  CeeCee was her mother’s primary care giver. She is wise, hard working and feeling very lost. Her new world is full of strong women with memorable eccentricities.

CeeCee is an engaging narrator.  Her voice sings with honesty and suffering as she searches for stability.  This debut treasure is about love, friendships, faith and forgiveness of all forms. CeeCee keeps the story sprinting ahead with surprises around each page.  I belly-laughed through many many pages and even shed a tear here and there.

When Saving CeeCee Honeycutt ended I was sad to leave the characters behind.  I couldn’t pick up another book for days because my head was full of CeeCee and her people. I even bought if for my daughter’s birthday gift.  Yes, it IS that good!”


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Patriotic Sing-a-long

Don’t forget to join us tonight at 6:30 for a patriot program in honor of the upcoming Veterans Day. A number of classic patriotic songs will be sung accompanied by Cynthia Horn on the keyboard, and the Daughters of the American Revolution will read historical texts.

The program will be held in the main library sitting area. We hope you can join us!

Roxi Reviews

Roxi Wilkinson has graciously agreed to share some of her recent reads with us. The following review is part of an ongoing series of guest posts written by Roxi:

“Maya Angelou is one of my favorite literary figures.  Whenever I see a greeting card with her words I buy it for someone dear to my heart.  Maya’s words are comforting, empowering and leave me grinning with contentment.  Letter to my Daughter is another work of perfection written by Maya Angelou dedicated to the daughter she never had but sees all around her.  In the introduction Maya writes,  ‘I gave birth to one child, a son, but I have thousands of daughters.  You are Black and White, Jewish and Muslim, Asian, Spanish-speaking, Native American and Aleut.  You are fat and thin and pretty and plain, gay and straight, educated and unlettered, and I am speaking to you all.  Here is my offering to you.’

Letter to my Daughter is a collection of 28 short essays and poems of invaluable life lessons on kindness, courage and love.  Maya’s words grab you with richness.  Don’t just read the book, study it.  I believe it is a book for both men and women.  It is the perfect gift for readers and non readers alike because it is super easy to read.  You will come to trust every word she writes.  It is hard to explain it’s power.  Laughing, crying, pondering, what more can you ask for?!

The sentence I take away from this book is;  ‘Be certain you do not die without having done something wonderful for humanity.’  Maya is sheer inspiration.  She writes the words my heart loves to read!”


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