Monday, December 3, 2012

Collins Hill Branch Staff Picks

This month the staff at the Collins Hill Branch offers up some of their favorite books for your consideration.

By Ann Aguirre

Why you should read it: This book is set in a future dystopia where the world has been ravaged by a disease and freaks often attack the surviving pockets of humans. Deuce is a newly minted huntress for her small underground enclave when she is suddenly banished from their group for committing the ultimate sin—hoarding a book for herself. Along with her partner Fade, she makes the difficult journey to the surface enduring many hardships to hopefully reach a far-flung outpost of humans. Many of the hardships and Deuce’s strength of character are reminiscent of The Hunger Games. The smooth writing style and the likability of the characters makes this book a quick and enjoyable read.

Like Water for Chocolate
By Laura Esquivel

Why you should read it: In turn-of-the-century Mexico, youngest daughter, Tita, is in love with Pedro. Her mother, however, expects Tita to follow tradition and stay single to care for her in her old age. Each chapter begins with a recipe, and Tita's feelings pour through her cooking and affect those around her in surprising ways. Richly detailed with elements of magical realism, this is an excellent suggestion for fans of Sarah Addison Allen or Alice Hoffman.

The Art of Racing in the Rain
By Garth Stein

Why you should read it: It is a tearjerker but did end up having a happy ending. I love the way it was written, from the perspective of a dog. This story helped me cope with the loss of my recently deceased childhood dog. Definitely five stars.

A Discovery of Witches
By Deborah Harkness

Why you should read it: It is unlike any book I have ever read and I’ve read many. The author is a history professor at USC and her use of historical facts and figures breathes life into a world of witches, daemons, vampires and humans. The story is so well told that the reader is caught up in a world of creatures and warm bloods that is almost believable. This is not your typical vampire story; it is mystery, fantasy, romance and history all rolled into one.

700 Sundays
By Billy Crystal

Why you should read it: This book is short, but packs a punch. If you're looking for a good laugh (I laughed until I cried) and a good cry, you will enjoy this book. Family, love, respect, community, and acceptance are at the heart of Billy's memories. There are many lessons from this book, about how when all is said and done it is our relationships that make life worthwhile.

We'll be back next month with another library branch and another list of favorites. Until then, let us know in the comments if you have any books you recommend!

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