Saturday, September 27, 2014

Book Review: The Monogram Murders

The Monogram Murders by Sophie Hannah

It is no mystery that Agatha Christie died nearly 40 years ago.  It is also no mystery that she and the characters in her mysteries remain among the most popular in literature and on television.  Perhaps best known among these is Hercule Poirot.  The famous Belgian detective appeared in 33 novels, one play (Black Coffee), and more than 50 short stories published between 1920 and 1975.  Many of the Poirot mysteries have been made into movies and television shows, the most recent being on PBS featuring David Suchet.  Now in the pages of The Monogram Murders, Sophie Hannah has brought Ms. Christie's most famous detective back to life.

This fine addition to the Poirot cannon was authorized by the Christie family and contains all the twists and turns one would expect from a Christie mystery.  The author wastes little, if any, space on unnecessary background, scenery, or history.  Nearly every line drives the plot, reveals a clue, or undoes the readers' previous suspicion.  As in any good mystery, the brilliant and accurately revived Hercule Poirot reveals the solution in the final pages.

Christie fans will enjoy a new adventure with this popular sleuth and a new generation of mystery readers may discover a new (old) favorite.

Submitted by Jim Ritter, Library Clerk

Monday, September 22, 2014

Top Ten Places to Park Your Bike at the Library

10) Against the book drop

9) In the grass

8) In the rocks

7) Against the fountain

6) In the hallway

5) In the dirt

4) Against the picnic table

3) On the bench

2) Directly in front of the steps

1) Directly in front of the door


"Aaalllll byyyy myyyyseeeeelf.  Don't wanna be aaalllll byyyyy myyyyseeeeelf anymore."

Posted by Grahm Underwood, Library Clerk

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Book Review- UnPHILtered: The Way I See It

UnPHILtered: The Way I See It by Phil Robertson with Mark Schlabach

Phil Robertson, the star of the popular reality show Duck Dynasty, is truly unfiltered both on the show and in his new book, UnPHILtered. The book is divided into three parts: Personal Lifestyles, Hot Topics, and Faith.

In the "Personal Lifestyles" section, Robertson addresses political correctness, dieting, money, social media, and family.  Under "Hot Topics" he addresses politics, race, entitlements, government, and gun control.  In the "Faith" section he covers intelligent design, good vs. evil, sin, death, and the good news of salvation through faith in Jesus.  In each chapter, he offers a fix for the problems he sees in these areas.  In the prologue titled "The Way I See It," he summarizes much of what is to follow in the remainder of the book.  He writes, "I'm not saying I can fix it.  What I'm saying is God can fix it when we live out two simple principles: love God and love one another. (p. 5)

The book includes many examples of the problems Robertson sees in the nation, as well as Bible references personal insights, and candid advice for individuals, families, and the nation as a whole.  It is a bold almost in-your-face call to faith in Christ and an even bolder call to live that faith in our daily lives.  The author says what he means and means what he says and at least appears to be trying to practice what he preaches.  He also believes that if more of us were striving to love God and love our neighbor our nation and indeed the world would be much better for it.

Submitted by Jim Ritter,  Library Clerk

Sunday, September 14, 2014

On This Day In...2009

Actor Patrick Swayze died of pancreatic cancer on this day in 2009. Swayze made his film debut in Skatetown USA, a movie almost as good as you would expect from a 1979 roller-disco comedy featuring Scott Baio and Maureen McCormick. A decade later, however, Swayze's career would be at its absolute peak with a run of hit films including Dirty Dancing, Road House, and Ghost. He even had a top ten single with his song "She's Like the Wind" from the Dirty Dancing soundtrack and was named "Sexiest Man Alive" in 1991 by People. Inevitably his fame faded some, but Swayze continued to act for the rest of his life, even throughout his battle with pancreatic cancer.

Key Library Checkouts:

Keeping Mum - We're going to avoid the obvious greatest hits and go for some of Swayze's deep cuts, like this 2005 British comedy where our man shows up as a sleazy golf instructor who seduces Mr. Bean's wife. Props to the costume designer on this one, as Swayze's wardrobe does much of his comedic work for him.

Donnie Darko - A teen comedy about a schizophrenic high schooler who unlocks the secret of time travel. Again Swayze plays a slime ball who spends too much time on a golf course. Just avoid the director's cut which adds a bunch of deleted scenes that should of been left on the cutting room floor, none of them even featuring Patrick Swayze.

Posted by Grahm Underwood, Library Clerk

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Rosetta Stone!

Did you hear the great news?  The library now offers access to Rosetta Stone's online courses!  Get started today by creating an account.

Posted by Kyla Waltermire, Adult Services Librarian