Staff Book Review: “Not Your All-American Girl”

Posted by - October 11, 2021

JCPL Library Assistant Kip Polmanteer shared her thoughts on Not Your All-American Girl by Madelyn Rosenberg and Wendy Wan-Long Shang in Johnson City Press this weekend. If you didn’t see it in the paper, you can read it below! In Not Your All-American Girl, authors Madelyn Rosenberg and Wendy Wan-Long Shang have created a story

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Staff Book Review: “Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage”

Posted by - April 22, 2021

Thanks to JCPL Acquisitions Clerk Michael Evanochko for sharing his thoughts on Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing. If you are a lover of factual adventure stories, Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage is a must-read. It is the account of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s 1914 attempt to cross the Antarctic continent on foot with a crew

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Staff Book Review: “The Book of Dreams”

Posted by - April 21, 2020

Thanks to Library Clerk Pam Murray for sharing her thoughts on “The Book of Dreams” by Nina George. You can check out this book in hard copy when the Library reopens. George’s other books are available as ebooks and audiobooks in the READS catalog. Just before leaving the Library on the last night we were

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Staff Book Review: Light on Snow

Posted by - April 15, 2020

Thanks to JCPL Librarian Lisa Williams for sharing her thoughts about “Light on Snow” by Anita Shreve. You can find the book in ebook and audiobook format in the READS catalog or on the Libby app. Click here if you’d like help using READS or Libby. Written by best-selling author Anita Shreve, “Light on Snow” has

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Staff Movie Review: “The Apu Trilogy”

Posted by - February 7, 2020

Thanks to JCPL’s Acquisitions and Serial Clerk, Michael Evanochko, for sharing his thoughts on “The Apu Trilogy”. —– “Mesmerizing” is always the first word that comes to mind when I think of “The Apu Trilogy”, an insightful, thought-provoking, documentary-style work by Director Satyajit Ray that was released between 1955-1959. The trilogy is in Bengali with

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Staff Book Review: The Golden Compass

Posted by - November 12, 2019

Thanks to Library Clerk Rachel Hulshult for sharing her thoughts on “The Golden Compass”! —– Although Philip Pullman’s “His Dark Materials” series was popular when I was growing up, it’s one young adult fantasy series I had never read. When I heard that HBO was doing a television adaptation, I knew I wanted to read

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Staff Book Review: Nothing Gold Can Stay

Posted by - October 4, 2019

Thanks to Adult Services Librarian Lisa Krekelberg for sharing her thoughts on Ron Rash’s Nothing Gold Can Stay and why she chose it for Tales & Talk, one of your Library’s book discussion groups for adults. When I select titles for the Library’s book discussion groups, I look for forms beyond the standard novel. Last

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Staff Book Review: Bone’s Gift

Posted by - July 25, 2019

Thanks to Teen Services Manager Katelyn Wolfe for sharing her thoughts on this young adult novel! Bone’s Gift by Angie Smibert is the first book in the young adult series Ghosts of Ordinary Objects. The book follows 12-year-old Bone, who lives in a rural Virginia mining town during World War II. With her Mama dead

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Staff Book Review: So Far So Good

Posted by - July 1, 2019

Thanks to Juniper in Technical Services for sharing her thoughts on this book! In Ursula K. Le Guin’s So Far So Good, the author takes us on her final writing journey. Divided into seven sections, Le Guin parses the poems into a written representation of her final musings on life, nature and our shared interconnectedness

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Staff Book Review: Spinning Silver

Posted by - March 5, 2019

Big thanks to Kip Polmanteer in Youth Services for sharing her thoughts on this book! The inexplicable, icy unease permeating Naomi Novik’s Spinning Silver echoes perfectly against the backdrop of winter in the mountains. A supreme example of a fractured folk tale, Novik’s latest standalone has all the mystery and magic of a fairy tale,

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