Book Review: Uprooted by Naomi Novik

20140157_1370676343028594_5196560782523727674_nEvery ten years the Dragon, one of the most powerful immortal wizard in the land, takes a young woman to live in his home as his servant. The young woman is always the prettiest, most talented girl in the land and everyone is positive that it will be the same this year. This is the tenth year and Agnieszka is 17 and destine to be one of the possible chosen. But, she is not concerned, she is too-skinny with big feet and tangled brown hair and her only gift is to be always getting dirt, losing things and tearing her clothing. Agnieszka’s only fear is that her best friend is the one everyone knows will be chosen. Kasia is the most beautiful talented young lady and is sure to go. So it comes to a great surprise that Agnieszka is not only chosen but that she has the gift to be the most powerful witch and rid the land of the dangers that attack out of the shadows from the wood.

Review by Leslie B.

Wat’s New at the Library?

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See what’s new this week at the Danville Public Library at:

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There are two new bestsellers, ten new videos, six new music CDs, 14 new children’s books, and 35 other new books.

The new bestsellers this week are “Why Buddhism is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment” and “The Good Daughter: A Novel.” The new videos this week include “A Quiet Passion,” “Yu-Gi-Oh! the Dark Side of Dimensions,” and “Beaches.”

Faithful by Alice Hoffman

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REMINDER: Page Turners Book Club will be discussing Faithful on August 10 at 3PM at Danville Public Library.

After a horrific car accident, Shelby’s survivor’s guilt throws into into a tailspin of depression and self-harm. On a whim, she moves to New York with her drug dealer boyfriend and gets a job at a pet store. Things start to change for Shelby when she takes in a couple of rescue dogs and makes friends with a coworker.

The book starts off pretty depressing because that’s where Shelby is at that point of the story, but just as things improve for Shelby when the dogs come into her life, the book itself improved for me as well. The idea of a little French Bulldog named the General cracks me up and I hope to give my future pets similarly ridiculous names. Shelby’s life is rough and she frequently makes poor decisions, which served to make her more real for me. I felt as though I knew her, or a character very much like her before. The book is billed as magical realism but really there’s very little magic. Just a bit of talk of miracles performed by Helene, and the book never comes down one way or another whether or not the miracles are real. I liked that ambiguity. The book wasn’t my cup of tea on the whole, but I’d definitely give Alice Hoffman another try.

Review by Jessica A.

Monday Spotlight: Audiovisual Department

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The Audiovisual Department houses the library’s nonprint materials (DVDs, Blu-rays, CDs, CD-ROMs, video & audiocassettes, Playaway digital media) and also offers a collection of downloadable & streaming media.

 

Free Classical Download

Every two weeks, we offer a free classical music download to highlight our subscription database Music Online.

 

New to the Collection

Audiobooks  |  DVDs/Blu-rays  |  Music CDs

We also have a complete list of our movies on DVD and Blu-ray

Book Review: Blood of the White Bear by Marcia Calhoun Forecki and Gerald Schnitzer

20638059_1364012387028323_855370805554296074_nWhen Rachel was 5 her and her parents where in a plane crash, in which her parents were killed. It is not 20 years later and Rachel works for a pharmaceutical company and is sent by the CDC to the Four Corners region of the West to help to find a vaccine for a pandemic that is 100% fatal. Little does she know, that the crash that killed her parents will figure strongly into the discovery of a cure.

Review by Leslie B.

What’s New at the Library?

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See what’s new this week at the Danville Public Library at:

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There are two new bestsellers, 21 new videos, five new music CDs, 17 new children’s books, and 50 other new books.

The new bestsellers this week are “Dying: A Memoir” and “Talon of God.” The new videos this week include “Gifted,” “Ghost in the Shell,” and “Gifted [Blu-ray].”