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Check It Out: CJ Box

Jul 21, 2015


One of the connections I like to make between books and summer vacations is to read a story set in the place that you'll be visiting. Today I'm recommending author C.J. Box and his mystery series featuring Wyoming fish and game warden, Joe Pickett. Reading any of the Joe Pickett series will transport you to the Wyoming and Montana mountains.

Check It Out: Minimalism

Jul 14, 2015

For readers interested in downsizing or just minimizing the clutter and chaos in their lives, a useful guide for adopting a minimalist lifestyle is Marie Kondo's book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.  

Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes readers step-by-step through her revolutionary method for simplifying, organizing, and storing. She promises that if you properly simplify and organize your home once, you’ll never have to do it again.

Check It Out: The Life We Bury

Jul 7, 2015

A good mystery thriller unravels thread by thread, making it impossible to put the book down. The plot grips you as tension builds, and you wait for the inevitable... sure you know what will happen next!

But a great mystery thriller leaves you doubting even what you were so certain of, and makes you question what you thought you knew about the characters. As I eagerly turned the pages of Allen Eskens's debut novel The Life We Bury by the light of my bedside lamb at 2 a.m., I knew I had found the latter. 

What I’m recommending today is an assemblage of curious and quick-witted writing from one of my favorite authors.

Malcom Gladwell is known for being a “brilliant investigator of hidden extraordinary.” He’s written five books, including The Tipping Point, Blink, and Outliers, which is one of my favorite books of all time.

Check It Out: The Martian

Jun 23, 2015

The phenomenon of making movies based on books has increased over the past several years with franchises like Harry Potter, Twilight, and the Hunger Games and this year is no exception.  Books like Paper Towns by John Green and Me, Earl, and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews are arriving in theaters this month with a flurry of excitement.  And while it can seem like teen stories dominate the books to movie machine, books of all genres are being given the Hollywood treatment these days, including the science fiction best seller The Martian by Andy Weir.