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The Forgers

When I read The Forgers by Bradford Morrow, I expected something along the lines of John Dunning’s Bookman series, a bit light hearted, with lots of insight into the rare book collecting industry. This was a bit different, slow moving, but with lots of character development and psychological insights. It starts off with a man, Adam Diehl, dying slowly in the hospital after a brutal attack. It seems Adam was a forger, something his sister, Meghan, struggles to deal with. Her boyfriend, Will, tries to help her but he himself has secrets.   

cover of The Forgers



Looking for a job? Trying to move up? Come to our seminar on Interviewing! You'll get tips and techniques to help you land that job!  Thursday, Feb. 26 from 1 pm to 3 pm in the Robin Bush Room

lady at job interview



Two Mysteries!

I’ve been enjoying reading my mysteries lately. Sometimes, I’m reading books for my reading clubs and I have to take a break from mysteries. But lately, I’ve read two mysteries in a row!

cover of Echo Park



Echo Park by Michael Connelly
Harry Bosch is contacted about an old case and he is hopeful that he can finally locate the body of a young woman, Marie Gesto, who has been missing for thirteen years. Now that he’s in the Open-Unsolved Unit, he works cold cases all the time, but this one has always haunted him. Turns out a killer, Raynard Waits, has made a deal with the DA. He’s agreed to lead the authorities to the graves of Marie Gesto and other victims, in exchange for life instead of the death penalty. Harry doesn’t like it but he does want to give Marie’s parents some closure.

mystery box

Mystery Writers of America presents The Mystery Box edited by Brad Meltzer
This collection of short stories all feature a box somewhere in the story. Sometimes it’s a real box, sometimes it’s metaphoric. But each story has a box and it was entertaining to look for it as I read. One of the writers was my favorite, Laura Lippmann, but I can say I enjoyed all the stories. I find short stories fun to read in between novels. 

Read In 2015!

Barbara Bush Library and E.B.O.N.Y. join forces to participate in the 25th annual African American Read-In. All races and ages are invited. There will be a panel discussion on Starting and Maintaining A Book Club. Authors will be present to sell and sign their books. And there will be children's activities. Come join us!

couple reading


Organizing 101: Tips of the Trade

Join us for our Organizing 101 workshop on Friday at 3:00 pm. We're fortunate enough to have Tina Hazen, owner of Think Inside the Boxx, to let us in on her trade secrets. She helps her clients get organized and she's ready to help you! She'll cover how to declutter and gain control over your paper, surroundings and your life. 

picture of tina Hazen



The Future of Libraries?

Found this interesting article in the online Good magazine.

The Girl on the Train

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins is the new book that everyone wants. It’s a suspense that has been compared to last year’s hit Gone Girl. You can get on the library’s request list, but it’s going to be a while before you get to read it. While you’re waiting, here’s some other books that are similar in tone and plot and you won’t have to wait!

Brrrr! It's cold!

We are experiencing some issues with our  heating system and some areas of the building are a bit chilly. Staff members are bundling up! However, our excellent county workmen are in the process of making repairs. While they are working on this, you may want to bring an heavy sweater or jacket if you're going to be in the building for an extended period. Please accept our apologies for any discomfort! 

cartoon of cold man








Bookstore Volunteers Needed

The Friends of the Library operate a bookstore in our lobby. If you haven't been there, it's a great place to buy gently used books, DVDs, and music. I even bought a Simpsons trivia game there once! They raise funds that help us do all the extra things here, like providing quality performers for our children's Summer Reading programs. They help us buy more books, e-books, and picture of a stack of booksDVDs. So the bookstore is pretty important to us here at the library. Right now the friends need new volunteers to help us in the bookstore. Typical shifts are 3 - 4 hours/half days. We need volunteers that are interested in working a regular weekly time slot and also those interested in being a substitute. Our bookstore is open 6 days a week and is run solely by volunteers.Training will be provided. Interested?  Call the library at  281-376-4610 and ask for Clara!









The Best American Mystery Stories 2014

I enjoy looking at The Best American Mystery Stories each year when it comes out. Otto Penzler and his guest editor always choose great stories. The guest editor this year is Laura Lippman, one of my favorite mystery authors. The first story I read was “Almost Like Christmas” by the late Joseph Heller. Set in the 50’s, it involves a teacher and a sheriff trying to keep their town from exploding after a black man allegedly kills a white man. There are other great stories in here by folks like James Lee Burke, Charlaine Harris, and Annie Proulx. I always enjoy reading the stories by the authors I know and finding some new authors to try out.  

Cover of The Best American Mystery Stories


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