March
John Lewis
January 22, 2015
Reviewed by: Desi

March tells the story of the civil rights movement through the eyes of Congressman John Lewis. It is January 20, 2009 and President Barack Obama is being sworn in as the 44th president of the United States of America. Congressman John Lewis goes to his office before the inauguration and is met by a family interested in history and how African Americans arrived at this point in history. John Lewis grew up in Pike County, Alabama. His whole perspective on the possibilities in life changed on a trip he took with his Uncle Otis. They traveled north to Buffalo, New York. Seeing the way black people lived in the north made john more aware of the differences in south segregation had made. He returned home determined to become an educated citizen.

 
The Book of Unknown Americans
Cristina Henriquez
January 19, 2015
Reviewed by: Robin

A great read that is well written and moving.  A story of immigrants, it gives voice to people that we rarely hear from in today's world.  This book was listed by many as a best book of 2014 and I understand why - give it a read to see if you agree.

Virtual Unreality
Charles Seife
January 12, 2015
Reviewed by: Chrissie

We all know, at least in theory, that much of the Internet is unreliable. Virtual Unreality by Charles Seife shows exactly how unreliable it is. After reading this fast-paced and funny book, I didn't unplug, but I definitely spent less time on Facebook and following clickbait headlines. 

 
Pack of Dorks
Beth Vrabel
January 9, 2015
Reviewed by: Kris

Lucy goes from being the it girl of fourth grade to a total dork.  Her friend tosses her under the bus so she can take the top spot of popular girl.  At the same time, Lucy’s new sister is born with special needs that create stress for her parents.  Lucy has to figure out how to save her reputation when even the class booger picker doesn’t want anything to do with her.   Do wolves have it all figured out?  Maybe Lucy needs to create a her own pack to survive.  

Point Your Face at This
Demetri Martin
January 6, 2015
Reviewed by: Laura

If you’re looking for a laugh-out-loud book that you can read or skim in one sitting, do point your face at Martin’s pictures-only comedic offering. Ranging from Venn diagrams to bar graphs to doodles to pie charts, Martin’s jokes translate well to the illustrated format while preserving the flavor of his more traditional stand-up.

 
Black Hour
Lori Rader-Day
January 3, 2015
Reviewed by: Nancy

Sociology professor Amelia Emmet has no idea why she was shot by a student she didn’t know last year.  The student killed himself, but Amelia has recovered--to a point.  She tries to get her life together while she struggles with pain, newfound disability, and the obvious discomfort of her colleagues.  Her graduate teaching assistant, Nath, is fascinated with violence as a sociological study and with Amelia’s case in particular.  Nath and Amelia, together with a persistent journalist, somehow manage to discover the truth.  A very well-crafted debut novel by Lori Rader-Day.    

 
Soulless
Gail Carriger
December 29, 2014
Reviewed by: Kristin

What’s not to love about a book with a delightfully tough-minded Victorian protagonist, her goofy best friend with atrocious taste in hats, a flamboyant vampire confidant, and a hulking Scottish werewolf romantic lead?  Alexia Tarabotti is a little too blue-stocking, and Italian, to be quite the thing in Victorian London.  Resigned to a life of spinsterhood, she is surprised to find herself embroiled in romance and adventure, not to mention the owner of an excessively well-armed parasol.  Steam-punk meets paranormal romance in this hilarious series opener!

 
The Crossover
Kwame Alexander
December 26, 2014
Reviewed by: Desi

Josh and Jordan are twin basketball stars burning up the court! They do everything together until a young romance drives a wedge between the two brothers. Now Josh must figure out a way to mend a relationship he's depended on all his life.

 
Dare Me
Megan Abbott
December 23, 2014
Reviewed by: Chrissie

Megan Abbott's book, Fever, is good, but I was dazzled by Dare Me, which is a thriller centered around a high school cheerleading squad. In other hands, this could be an ironic, Glee-ish satire, but the tone of this book is deadly serious. If you like a lot of physical action with your suspense, this may not be the book for you, but I was on the edge of my seat throughout.

 
The Martian
Andy Weir
December 20, 2014
Reviewed by: Robin

Another year has flown by and I hope everyone has found some great things to read. My favorite read from this year was The Martian by Andy Weir.  It is a science fiction novel but even if you don't like SF, give it a read as it is more about survival and being human.  Below is the full list of my top reads from 2014 and looking forward to more great books in 2015!

 

Cataract City by Craig Davidson

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Smoke Gets in Your Eyes by Caitlin Doughty

Food: A Love Story by Jim Gaffigan

The Monogram Murders by Sophie Hannah

Horrorstor by Grady Hendrix

Legend by Marie Lu

How It Went Down by Kekla Magoon

Someone by Alice McDermott

This is the Story of a Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett

Popular by Maya Van Wagenen

The Martian by Andy Weir

Mobile Library by David Whitehouse