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What’s Circulation Reading This Spring?

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What’s Circulation Reading This Spring?

When our circulation staff isn’t helping out patrons, they’re reading new books in our collection. Here are a few recent reads from our circulation staff that they would like to recommend to all of you!

A Slow Fire Burning by Paula Hawkins

This book begins with the murder of a young man on a London houseboat. Three women with very different personalities and backgrounds are somehow connected to the murder victim and the crime. Laura, who had been in an accident when she was a child that left her with some physical and mental limitations, which gave me insight into a mental health condition I wasn’t very familiar with. Miriam, the houseboat neighbor, with a chip on her shoulder and score to settle. And last, Carla, the victim’s aunt, with a broken heart from a past tragedy in addition to the recent loss of her nephew. This was the first book I’ve read by this author, and I love her style. So well written. I listened to the audio and could not get enough. I had to listen to the ending a second time; it was that good! Brilliant! I look forward to reading more from her.

-Laurie Harris

The Storyteller: Tales of Life and Music by Dave Grohl

While this book may sound dark and brooding, it was actually upbeat and full of light. This is the tale of Dave Grohl’s love of music, drumming, and family. The story starts in Warren, OH, where Dave learned to play the drums by drumming on pillows and weaved through various garage bands. He discusses how he became a member of the band Scream, which got him noticed and eventually got him an audition with the grunge sensation Nirvana. Dave explores how Foo Fighters came about as a way to heal after Kurt Cobain’s death, and he shares sweet family memories as his daughters grow up and find their musical voices. This book has a positive vibe flowing through it, and it’s great for fans of Dave Grohl or his bands.
-Leanne Gilmore


On the Edge of Survival by Spike Walker
My husband and I listened to this audiobook on a recent trip. It is the true story of the Coast Guard rescue of the crew of the cargo ship Selendang Ayu in December of 2004. The ship ran aground off Unalaska Island in western Alaska’s Aleutian Islands chain, with a major storm moving in. This story was riveting! Sometimes we couldn’t get the next CD into our player fast enough to continue the narrative. The book is very well-written, and the audio version, read by Robertson Dean, was well-paced and just pleasant to listen to. Hats off to these Coast Guard guys — what they do is truly amazing. I highly recommend this book, and I definitely recommend it in the audio version if that’s your thing.
-Mary Miller