Sister to the Queen

> I spent a delightful weekend lost in 15th century England at King Henry VIII’s court with The Other Boleyn Girl by Phillipa Gregory. Filled with political intrigue, sibling rivalry, historical every-day life detail, and romance, this is a story you won’t be able to put down, even if you think you know how it ends. Gregory tells the tale of the Boleyn sister we don’t often hear about. Mary Boleyn was also a member of the king’s court and had her own part to play in history. This book tells the luxuries as well as the emotional and physical costs of being at court.

There’s only one small glitch in my enjoyment of this book. Her historical accuracy is a bit sketchy. There is huge debate among historians about what really happened to bring about the downfall of King Henry VII’s second wife. The author latches on to some very controversial theories and some details are pretty much made up. I recommend ignoring that the main characters actually existed and read this book for the great story that it is. If you want the truth afterwards, come in and check out Anne Boleyn: the new life of England’s tragic queen , The Rise and Fall of Anne Boleyn, or The Six Wives of King Henry VIII to get the true scoop.

Bygones by Kim Vogel Sawyer

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With life in its hectic state of summer schedules, my reading must be light and entertaining. A book like Bygones by Kim Vogel Sawyer is just the ticket. A favorite aunt dies leaving Marie’s daughter Beth her estate. Beth just wants to sell out and invest in an antique shop. The catch is Beth must live in the Mennonite community for 3 months before she can become the official heir. While Marie, raised in the community, adapts well to the lack of modern convenience, Beth struggles. Mysterious missing antiques cause the community to suspect Beth as the perpetrator. Marie battles for Beth’s innocence as well as the rising feelings for the beau she once loved.

Starting a Home-based business with help from the Library

>It is no secret that the library has a lot of books. We literally have shelves upon shelves of them. But did you know that the library has quite a few new books all about starting your own home-based business? I bet you did not.

So whether your goal is to set up a small lawn mowing business or to be the next Microsoft, check out these titles for the motivated self-starter:

What No One Ever Tells You About Starting your own Business

This book features real world examples from successful entrepreneurs from all over the business world. Heavy in practical advice and real world examples.

What’s Stopping You?

This book is all about busting the myths that surround starting your own small business, and offering those starting a new business a road map for navigating these myths.

The 200 Best Home Businesses

Now that you are ready to start a business what should the business be? Well, a glance through the 200 Best Homes Businesses should give you some idea of what will work for you.

The Small Business Bible

This volume on small business is all about the nuts and bolts of taxes, business plans, marketing, etc. Basically, the stuff that isn’t quite as fun as coming up with the idea. Not only does this book show you the ways to get started, but also how to keep growing your business.

Home-based Business for Dummies

The “For Dummies” series is one of my best friends. These books are always packed with lots of information, often times guiding the reader to valuable Internet resources. This book also contains the much dreaded exit strategy for when you decide that it is time to close up shop.

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Starting a Home-Based Business

The second cousin to the “Dummies” series is the “Complete Idiot’s Guide” series. This volume offers the same style of advice as the “For Dummies” book, but where this one really stands out is in the back portion of the book that lists small business websites that can offer guidance for the particular type of business you decide to start.

So there you have it. All the resources you need to go out there and start making your own money. But remember, you read it here first. :)

Going Green!

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It seems that everywhere you turn these days people are talking about being “green”.
Being ‘green’ is about making eco-friendly choices about how we live. The publishing world has caught on and there are a lot of new books out there for you to check out.
So come on down to the library and see what all the buzz is about.

Go green, live rich : 50 simple ways to save the earth and get rich trying / David Bach, with Hillary Rosner.

Big green purse : use your spending power to create a cleaner, greener world / Diane Maceachern.

Green, greener, greenest : a practical guide to making eco-smart choices a part of your life / Lori Bongiorno.

Go green : how to build an earth-friendly community / Nancy H. Taylor.

Growing up green : baby and childcare / Deirdre Imus.

Garden Spells

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You step into a magical place when you open up Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen. The Waverly women have always been well known in their small town of Bascom, N.C. for their strange ways. Everyone knows there’s something mysterious about the apple tree in their back yard. Claire Waverly is often hired to cater local gatherings because her food can alter the mood of the party. Aunt Evanelle goes around town giving things to people – a lighter, a shirt, gum – that they find they need soon after. The whole town is stirred up when Sydney returns with a young daughter after ten years of wandering without any word of her whereabouts.

This is a delightful story of magic, romance, and dreams come true.

Twenty Chickens for a Saddle: the story of an African childhood

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Non-fiction vs. Fiction

I find non-fiction at times to be more exciting and engrossing than fiction because it’s real, because it really happens and it’s really out there.

Twenty Chickens for a Saddle: the story of an African Childhood by Robyn Scott is a non-fiction book that I found fascinating. I’ve always wanted to know more about the mysterious continent of Africa. It draws me and repulses me at the same time. I’m intrigued by the unique people, ancient history, and incredible wildlife, and repulsed also by the frightening conflicts, devastating disease, and incredible wildlife.

Robyn Scott moved to Bostwana when she was seven with her very unusual family. Her flying doctor father and homeschooling mother were very loving but eccentric. Life was an adventure with their relaxed view of parenting. Most of their elementary education came by way of being read to and investigating on their own. They were free to explore this wild country and learn by doing. The African bush and it’s inhabitants were quite the education, as were the people they encountered at her father’s rural clinics many of which were dying from AIDS.

Robyn is twenty seven now and has completed a BSc in Bioinformatics at the University of Auckland. In 2004, she was awarded a Gates Scholarship to Cambridge University, where she read an MPhil in Bioscience Enterprise and studied trends in the pricing of medicines in developing countries. I’m looking forward to her next book which will be about a remarkable group of maximum security prisoners in South Africa who have adopted AIDS orphans.

Blood Trail by C.J. Box

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Blood Trail by C. J. Box
It’s elk season in the Rockies, but this year one hunter is stalking a different kind of prey. When the call comes in on the radio, Joe Pickett can hardly believe his ears: game wardens have found a hunter dead at a camp in the mountains—strung up, gutted, skinned, and beheaded, as if he were the elk he’d been pursuing. A spent cartridge and a poker chip lie next to his body.

Ripples of horror spread through the community, and with a possibly psychotic killer on the loose, the governor is forced to end hunting season early for the first time in state history—outraging hunters and potentially crippling the state’s income from the loss of hunting license revenue.

This is the eighth book about game warden, Joe Pickett. Game wardens are unique because they can legitimately be involved in just about every major event or situation that involves the outdoors and the rough edges of the rural new west. They’re trained and armed law enforcement officers.

Pickett is, in a way, the antithesis of many modern literary protagonists. He’s happily married with a growing family of daughters. He does not arrive with excess emotional baggage, or a dark past that haunts him. He works hard and tries, sincerely, to “do the right thing.” He doesn’t talk much. He’s human, and real, which means he sometimes screws up.

Bold, fast-paced, and sure to be controversial, Blood Trail is proof that C. J. Box never fails to keep the pages turning.