Monday, July 8, 2024

The Ferryman

 By Justin Cronin

Adult Fiction, Sci-Fi/Dystopian

Reviewed by Rachael-Altona Branch Administrator

    In The Ferryman we meet Cynthia, who lives on the  island of Prospera, a place that is hidden from the outside decaying world to keep the residents safe. The people of Prospera are reborn as teenagers to start new lives when their health is in decline and through this process they take on wards to help guide them back into adulthood. Before Cynthia is gone, we learn about how she came to love her ward and husband.     

    As we get into the story, we meet Proctor, Cynthia's grown son. Proctor is a ferryman, an important job that involves helping retirees board the ferry to the nursery where they reintegrate and start new lives.  While most people are willing to go to the nursery, some are not so it becomes the ferryman's job to help these residents transition when it is time.

    There is unrest in Prospera, the residents that live in the Annex are not like the people of the island, they live and work to serve the people of Prospera. Life is not easy for them and they and they do not have the ability to retaliate. The treatment of the people of Annex has started an uprising and gradually you find some of the Prospera residents are also not okay with the treatment. 

    Proctor ends up having to transition a family member for the ferry and things do not go as planned.  He overhears things he was not meant to and this puts him in danger.  As he starts to find out more about the mystery surrounding their cozy little island, he falls deeper and deeper into trouble.  The conclusion to this story is truly shocking and most people would never guess what is actually happening.  

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Monday, July 1, 2024

All the Living and the Dead

 By: Hayley Campbell

Adult Non-Fiction

Reviewed by Michelle from the Altona Branch

    In this book, the author goes on a journey through the business of death.  Interviewing many professionals that help the living with their dead, she learns the many facets of how to treat our dead with dignity.

    While there are many similar books on the topic of death, this one is intriguing because Campbell covers topics and people I had not seen before, including, an executioner, a death mask creator, and a murder scene clean-up crew.

    I especially enjoyed the chapter about the embalmers who work with children and babies.  It taught me about the great lengths professionals go through to support families who have lost little ones.

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Monday, June 24, 2024

Style for Everybody

 By Kim Appelt

Adult Non-Fiction

Reviewed by Tracy

    After losing a fair bit of weight, I am having to learn how to dress for my body shape.  In this book, Kim Appelt teaches you what the classic body types are, what different trends are (dressy, edgy, boho, etc.). She also talks about what looks good on what shape for different occasions.

    Appelt also talks about how to store your clothing, what should be hung or folded, how to organize your closet effectively, and covers what kind of accessories you should choose.

    I would recommend this book to anyone who needs help with any of the above topics.

    Copies available in Morden and Winkler.

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Monday, June 17, 2024

The Road Years: A Memoir, Continued

By: Rick Mercer

Adult Non-Fiction

    In this memoir, Rick Mercer talks about many of the stories he experienced during his time working on The Rick Mercer Report TV show.  He met many people as he traveled across Canada, and this book tells the stories of these interesting people.

    This is a good book and really held my interest. I rate it 9 out of 10.

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Monday, June 10, 2024

Goodbye: A Story of Suicide

 By Hailee Joy Lamberth

Young Adult Non-Fiction

    Trigger Warning: This is a Young Adult graphic novel about suicide.

    Hailee Joy Lamberth was a girl that was constantly bullied in school.  She chose not to tell her parents for various reasons and even though her school was made aware of the situation, they chose to ignore it.  Ultimately, Hailee chose to end her own life.  While her story is devastating and emotionally hard to read, it is important.  Her parents decided that they needed to share her story and tell other kids not to give up.

    I found this graphic novel heartbreaking. Not just for Hailee, but for her parents and her brother.  I recommend that teens, preteens, parents and anyone that works in a school read Goodbye.  Hailee's parents point out that something could have been done if they had been made aware.  Where was the school administration? Why did they not act? These are definitely questions that need an answer.  I have personally witnessed acts of bullying.  Sometimes it was addressed well and immediately; sometimes it was not.

    In this graphic novel, the author points out that things need to change.  Since Hailee's death, "Hailee's Law" was passed in Nevada, US. This law states that all acts of bullying must be reported to the victim's families as well as the bullies families.  If the families are not made aware, a teacher or a school could lose their license or even be prosecuted.

    "Live and love; forgive and forge on; shine and outshine; say hello to life, not goodbye."

            -Hailee Joy Lambeth

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Monday, June 3, 2024

Appalachian Song

 By Michelle Shocklee

Adult Inspirational Fiction

Reviewed by Dorothy

    This was a new author to me, but I will definitely be reading more of her books!

    Appalachian Song is a historical inspirational novel set in the Great Smoky Mountain region of East Tennessee.  The story goes back and forth between some pivotal characters, and encompasses the pre-war period up to the current day.  The book delves into the world of adoption, both from the parent side and from the adoptee side.

    Songbird is a young unmarried girl who is pregnant.  Her father tries to kill her, so she runs away and finds herself being cared for by a country midwife and her sisters.  Years later, a popular singer finds out that he was adopted. While reeling with the news, he searches out his history.  Bringing in a few other supporting characters, this is a book that drew me in, leaving me wanting to remain in the story as long as possible.

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Monday, May 27, 2024

In The Lives Of Puppets

 By: T.J. Klune

Adult Fiction

    Victor is human, but he has never seen another human being. He lives deep in the forest and has been raised by Giovanni, his robot inventor dad, who has always told him he was left in his care as a baby by Vic's terrified human parents who were fleeing from something unknown.

    Vic has grown up in the company of his two robot friends, Rambo (an ancient vacuum cleaner) and Nurse Ratchet (the obsolete Nurse Registered Automaton To Care, Heal, Educate and Drill), whom he salvaged from the Scrap Yards and reassembled with spare parts.  These characters make the book for me: Rambo, an insecure and charmingly innocent motor mouth, has a tendency to get them all into hot water while Nurse Ratchet's multiple personalities, from sociopath to empath, keep everyone on their toes.

    When Vic manages to repair a decommissioned and partly disassembled android that he names HAP, dark secrets start to reveal themselves that turn Vic's world and everything he thought he knew about his father on its head.

    When Giovanni is captured and taken away to the City of Electric Dreams, Vic and his three companions set out on a dangerous mission to save him, during which Vic makes a devastating discovery about mankind, his father and HAP. As he grapples with his human emotions of betrayal, distrust and fear, he hopes that he can still find enough love in his heart to forgive, and enough courage to help change the world for the better.

    If you want to read something that is totally different, somewhat quirky, at times hilarious, at others poignant, this book is for you.

    This book reminded me of the Wonderful Wizard of Oz (remember the Tin Woodman who wanted a heart) and Pinocchio (the puppet who wanted to be a boy-except perhaps in reverse). It may not be for everyone, but I would recommend you give it a try.

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The Ferryman

  By Justin Cronin Adult Fiction, Sci-Fi/Dystopian Reviewed by Rachael-Altona Branch Administrator     In The Ferryman we meet Cynthia, who ...