To coincide with our current nonfiction gallery book display, this week’s staff pick is the hilarious travelogue A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson.  This is the story of what happens when two novices set out to hike the entire 2,100 miles of the Appalachian Trail.  Bryson, while always entertaining and laugh-out-loud funny, provides a rich history of the trail.   Read the book before the movie, starring Robert Redford and Nick Nolte, hits theaters in September!

“If nothing else, A Walk in the Woods is proof positive that the journey is the destination. As Bryson and Katz haul their out-of-shape, middle-aged butts over hill and dale, the reader is treated to both a very funny personal memoir and a delightful chronicle of the trail, the people who created it, and the places it passes through. Whether you plan to make a trip like this one yourself one day or only care to read about it, A Walk in the Woods is a great way to spend an afternoon.” — Taken from Amazon


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This week’s staff pick is a dystopian page turner. The story travels back and forth in time to a period before the “Georgian Flu”, a deadly virus that wipes out 99% of the population, and twenty years after the end of civilization.  Following several characters whose stories weave together in unexpected ways, the story touches on humanity, remembering the past and the importance of art and culture.  Our staffer recommended it as “science fiction for non-science fiction readers”.

A flight from Russia lands in middle America, its passengers carrying a virus that explodes “like a neutron bomb over the surface of the earth.” In a blink, the world as we know it collapses. “No more ballgames played under floodlights,” Emily St. John Mandel writes in this smart and sober homage to life’s smaller pleasures, brutally erased by an apocalypse. “No more trains running under the surface of cities … No more cities … No more Internet … No more avatars.” Survivors become scavengers, roaming the ravaged landscape or clustering in pocket settlements, some of them welcoming, some dangerous. What’s touching about the world of Station Eleven is its ode to what survived, in particular the music and plays performed for wasteland communities by a roving Shakespeare troupe, the Traveling Symphony, whose members form a wounded family of sorts. The story shifts deftly between the fraught post-apocalyptic world and, twenty years earlier, just before the apocalypse, the death of a famous actor, which has a rippling effect across the decades. It’s heartbreaking to watch the troupe strive for more than mere survival. At once terrible and tender, dark and hopeful, Station Eleven is a tragically beautiful novel that both mourns and mocks the things we cherish. –Taken from Amazon


Looking for a downloadable book for the weekend?  Check out our newly purchased  ebooks on 3M Cloud Library.  These books can be found on the Featured shelves.

Think that’s all w3mcloude have?  Don’t fret, you can find loads more under the Browse section.  Did you know you can also search for a specific title or author?  Just use the magnifying glass search box and enter your criteria.  For example, Girl on the Train has been moved from the new fiction shelves but you can still find it by searching “Girl on the Train” or Hawkins, Paula.

Happy Reading!

Join us on Saturday, September 12th for a discussion of The Round House by Louise Erdrich.  Meetings take place from 11:00 to 12:30 in the Community Room.  New members always welcome!

roundhouseOne Sunday in the spring of 1988, a woman living on a reservation in North Dakota is attacked.  In one day, Joe’s life is irrevocably transformed.  He tries to heal his mother, but she will not leave her bed.  Increasingly alone, Joe finds himself thrust prematurely into an adult world for which he is ill prepared.

While his father, a tribal judge, endeavors to wrest justice from a situation that defies his efforts, Joe becomes frustrated with the official investigation and sets out with his trusted friends to get some answers of his own.  Their quest takes them first to the Round House, a sacred space and place of worship for the Ojibwe.  And this is only the beginning. (Publisher’s Description)