New Adult Non-Fiction

Bookworm3Daring Greatly by C. Brene Brown: Drawing upon extensive research, the author presents an alternative to the pressure to conform, and explores being strong by embracing vulnerability and being who you really are.

My Ideal Bookshelf: Dozens of leading cultural figures share the books that matter to them most-books that define their dreams and ambitions and in many cases helped them find their way in the world. Features colorful and endearingly hand-rendered images of book spines by Jane Mount and first-person commentary from all the contributors

Super Brain by Deepak Chopra: Chopra and Tanzi show readers how, through a person’s increased self-awareness and conscious intention, the brain can be taught to reach far beyond its present limitations and become a gateway for achieving health, happiness, and spiritual growth.

Hungry for Change by James Colquhoun: Offers techniques for eating healthy, and features over one hundred simple recipes.

Killing Kennedy by Bill O’Reilly: Recounts in gripping detail the assassination of John Fitzgerald Kennedy, and how a sequence of gunshots on a Dallas afternoon not only killed a beloved president but also sent the nation into the cataclysmic division of the Vietnam War and its culture-changing aftermath.

God: a story of revelation by Deepak Chopra: Explores the evolution of God by examining the paths of ten historical figures, each with a different experience, yet all revealing universal lessons about the true nature of God.

Stop Living in this Land by Woo Myung: Woo Myung breaks down our long-standing preconceptions and explains how a life and world of Truth is within our reach by changing our minds. He explains that the world we dream of but have given up on can be attained when one changes his human mind to the mind of Truth – the mind of the Universe.

A Gift of Hope by Danielle Steel: This book tells the story behind bestselling author Danielle Steel’s crusade to help the homeless of San Francisco as she worked to transform the pain of loss into a service that enriched her life beyond what she could imagine.

Proof of Heaven by Alexander Eben: A neurosurgeon who had no cause to believe in the afterlife or near-death experiences recounts his own experience that changed his beliefs.

Prime Time by Jane Fonda: Jane Fonda shares stories and experiences from her own life, provides advice on living well, and discusses sex, love, food, fitness, spiritual and social growth, aging, and more.

Holiday Hours

The Alliance Public Library staff would like to wish you and your a Merry Christmas!

The library will observe the following hours over the upcoming holiday:

Open with regular hours (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.) on Saturday, December 22nd

Closed Sunday, December 23rd

Open Christmas Eve until 2 p.m.

Closed Christmas

Open with regular business hours on Thursday, December 26th

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:

This is the perfect book for anyone missing a deceased loved one during the holiday season. It is also just a darned good read.

Remembering Blue by Connie May Fowler is a thrilling story of Nick and Mattie’s life on the Gulf Coast of Florida. Mattie, an orphan working at a convenience store, discovers the healing power of love when Proteus Nicholas Blue stops in to purchase gasoline for his pickup. Mattie tells the story of her life, Nick’s family history and his own personal fears. The allure of village life and the courageous people who inhabit it will take you to a place far from our land locked prairie. Remembering Blue is an exploration of grief and transcendence. I particularly marveled at Fowler’s gift for portraying how the joy, humor and incredible love between two people can make them so much more than they were alone. Fowler is passionate and elegant in her storytelling creating an unforgettable masterpiece.

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Based on the Book

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens is likely the most adapted books to screen story to hit the theatres and TV. Mr. Magoo, Bill Murray in Scrooged, Michael Caine in a Muppet’s Christmas Carol, and recently Jim Carrey in Disney’s A Christmas Carol, have all played the infamous miser Ebeneezer. We have three different movie versions available for checkout: Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol, Disney’s a Christmas Carol, and the classic 1938 version.

In addition to movies, we of course have the original classic as well as adaptations. Copies are available on audio, both on CD and on Overdrive, for your holiday travelling enjoyment as well!

Here’s a clip from the newer Disney version, which is true original story.

New Adult Christmas Fiction

The 13th Day of Christmas by James Wright: When eight-year-old Charlee and ninety-year-old Marva are both diagnosed with cancer, the prospects of having a merry Christmas seem bleak. That is, until a series of letters and gifts that coincide with the 12 days of Christmas begin appearing. And the last letter–for the 13th day of Christmas–might just be the most important one of all. 

A Christmas Garland by Anne Perry: In 1857 India, young Lieutenant Victor Narraway, with the help of two small children and a Christmas garland, defends a British medical orderly throughout a murder investigation.

Eleven Pipers Piping by C.C. Bennison: When a performer at the annual Burns dinner at Thornford Regis is found dead under suspicious circumstances, town vicar Tom Christmas uncovers generations-old secrets in his quest for the truth.

The Ghost of Christmas Present by Scott Abbott and Amy Maude Swinton: Patrick Guthrie, a widowed public school drama teacher, will do whatever he can to make the money for a life-saving operation his ten-year-old son needs–including begging on the streets of New York.

Merry Christmas Alex Cross by James Patterson: Alex Cross and his family are celebrating Christmas Eve when a father takes his ex-wife and children hostage, but just as this situation is being dealt with a second situation explodes that puts millions at risk and Alex is forced to make a decision that may end as many lives as it saves.

My Kind of Christmas by Robin Carr: Patrick Riordan’s plans for a relaxing Christmas–a much-needed break from his work as a Navy pilot–are complicated when he falls for Angie LeCroix, who is visiting Virgin River in order to escape her hovering mother.

The Snow White Christmas Cookie by David Handler: A blizzard-marked first Dorset Christmas for Des Mitry is overshadowed by the drug-related death of Mitch’s neighbor, a shoplifting Kylie, and a mail thief whose activities are linked to a prescription drug gang.

Twelve Clues of Christmas by Rhys Bowen: While serving as an assistant to the hostess of a large Christmas house party in Tiddleton-under-Lovey, Georgie gets the attention of her retired detective grandfather after dead bodies begin showing up.

A Lawman’s Christmas by Linda Lael Miller: Clay McKettrick arrives in Blue River, Texas, to take over as the new town marshal and Dara Rose Nolan, the widow of the last marshal, knows that means she and her daughters will be out on the streets by Christmas, so when Clay proposes a marriage of convenience, she agrees in order to save her family, unaware that Clay has fallen in love with her and plans to win her heart.

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 Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey is a brilliant first novel that is just magically captivating .

Jack and Mabel, are a couple in their early 50’s who take advantage of Alaska’s cheap land homestead act in the 1920’s.  The hard work, brutal weather and isolation magnify the couple’s pervasive sorrow of their inability to have children.  During the lowest of  times, a child arrives at the couple’s yard.  She is initially skittish but with time and patience Mabel and Jack have their dream come true, a child.

I will not tell you where this child comes from or even if she is real or imagined!  She has a name but you will have to discover that for yourselves for it has a very interesting meaning.

Ivey’s style is sparse, rewarding and magnificent just like the Alaskan wilderness her characters wrestle to tame.

The Snow Child is a story of learning to embrace what life brings, choosing joy over sorrow, risk and reward, loss and love.

A memorable paragraph is when Mabel was walking outside trying to fathom the exact science involved in creating a fetus from molecules.  The snow starts to fall.  She likens a fetus’ wondrous growth to the tiny hexagonal snow flake creating a whole world of snow covering her Alaskan world.  The book reads,  “You did not have to understand miracles to believe in them, and in fact Mabel had come to suspect the opposite.  To believe, perhaps you had to  cease looking for explanations and instead hold the little thing in your hands as long as you were able before it slipped like water between your fingers.”

Another favorite passage of mine is when Mabel is sharing her fear of losing the Snow Child with her neighbor and best friend, Esther.

Esther  replies, ” Dear, sweet Mabel,” she said.  “We never know what is going to happen, do we?  Life is always throwing us this way and that.  That’s where the adventure is.  Not knowing where you’ll end up or how you’ll fare.  It’s all a mystery, and when we say any different, we’re just lying to ourselves.  Tell me, when have you felt most alive?”

This literary treat will keep you turning the pages as fast as you can to see how it ends!

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Based on the Book

As a fan of fantasy, especially The Hobbit, I am very excited about this weekend’s release of the first Hobbit movie. At first I was a little skeptical of the book, intended as a story for children, being broken up into three parts, but after doing a bit of reading as to why they chose to do this, I am even more excited te see the films! J.R.R. Tolkien had more material pertaining to the Hobbit and the story of the ring in Appendices in the Lord of the Rings. This material is to be added to the movies.

The Hobbit releases this Friday. Copies of the book are available here in the library and on Overdrive.

Prairie Schooner Reading Tomorrow Night!

Prairie AchoonerEditors from Prairie Schooner, UNL’s international literary journal, will be giving a reading tomorrow, December 13th at 7pm in the library. Please join us!

Prairie Schooner provides high-quality literature in the form of essays, short stories and poems from both established and beginning writers. Copies of the journal are available in the library for checkout. I highly recommend anyone with an interest in contemporary literature to attend the reading!

Click here or more information on the Prairie Schooner Library Tour.

Excerpts from Prairie Schooner:

 

 

 

 

 

 

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:

Great book to read before, during, after any holiday!

The Ghost at the Table by Suzanne Berne grabbed me from the first sentence,  “Going home for Thanksgiving wasn’t something I had planned on…”  I HAD to find out why the narrator, Cynthia, is dragging her feet at the thought of celebrating with her sister, Francis.  After all, Cynthia will only be there a few days.  What can happen in such a short amount of time that would keep sisters apart for years?  This creative take on the definition of family, and the dynamics we all encounter at some point in our lives offers a bountiful feast for pondering.  The age old question is asked in a fresh way:  What are the stories we tell ourselves about ourselves, the stories we tell others?  This page-turning little book will surprise you with it’s take.  How will this conscience raising affect my winter holiday season?  I can only reply; I know it will.

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