Saturday, March 29, 2014

Book of the Week: Happily Ever After by Elizabeth Maxwell

Book of the Week
Happily Ever After by Elizabeth Maxwell
Touchstone/Simon and Schuster     2014

    Forty-six years old, plump, and fairly well-off, Sadie Fuller supports her eleven-year-old daughter, her daughter’s gay dad, and a housekeeper very well with her earnings from secretly writing erotica under a pen name. She had written sweet romances under her own name until her belief in happily ever after was dashed by divorce. Now, with no hopes of romance in her heart, she makes do with a weekly appointment for no strings attached sex with a lawyer she found on Craig’s List. Everything changes one day when, like the ordinary suburban mom she projects as her image, she is shopping for toilet paper in Target. She comes to the rescue of a gorgeous man who is totally out of his element and suffering from amnesia roaming around the store. Later, when she is called by the hospital as the next of kin contact for the mystery man, she uncharacteristically decides to take him home with her.

    Strange things are happening to Sadie. The night before she hadn’t made her self-set word quota but that morning there were several thousand more words in her manuscript that she hadn’t written. Now she has a strange, albeit, breathtakingly beautiful man without a past in her house. Add to that, a witch's curse and characters from her books becoming real. This witty, humorous debut novel is a delight, blending romance, contemporary life, and a just right touch of magic together in an entertaining read.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Book of the Week - The Tropic of Serpents: A Memoir by Lady Trent by Marie Brennan

In a lovely combination of fantasy set in a fully imagined world much like our 19th century where intrepid naturalist, Isabella Camherst, leaves her son behind in Scirland and with a young female companion ventures into the Green Hell, an equatorial swamp, the home of serpents she suspects are dragons. Like the first book in the series, A Natural History of Dragons, this memoir of the fictional Lady Trent prominently features her love of science and the scientific method. Global politics, cultural anthropology, and daring adventure also play a role. The beautiful pencil illustrations are a welcome addition.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

March Reads

March did come in like a lion with wild days at work (including, I kid you not, one day I arrived at 8:30 am and left at 3:30 the following morning!), the big award announcement, and the happy occasion of my mom coming over to the Western Slope to hang out with my favorite guys and their Melissa for a couple of weeks.

Anyway, I've had a little trouble sticking to books as one can see by looking at my "currently reading" list on Riffle. I'm definitely not on a book a day path this month.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

I Won an Award!!!

The RUSA Achievement Awards Ceremony and Reception will be held from 5-6:30 p.m. Sunday, June 29 at the ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas. All conference attendees are invited to the event. Additional event details will be available on the RUSA website in April.

Diana Tixier Herald, program and outreach manager at Delta County Libraries in Colorado, has been selected as the winner of Novelist’s Margaret E. Monroe Award, which recognizes a librarian who has made significant contributions to adult library services. Herald, a voracious and varied reader, has excelled in her readers’ advisory efforts; her unwavering support for readers and literacy has left a national legacy.