Children's... Hatchet. On his way to visit his recently divorced father in the Canadian mountains, thirteen-year-old Brian Robeson is the only survivor when the single-engine plane crashes. His body battered, his clothes in shreds, Brian must now stay alive in the boundless Canadian wilderness. More than a survival story, Hatchet is a tale of tough decisions...Brian discovers that if he is to survive physically as well as mentally, he must discover courage.
Memoirs... The Glass Castle. In this riveting and un-self-pitying memoir, Jeannette Walls' chronicles her upbringing at the hands of eccentric, nomadic parents...she describes in fascinating detail what it was to be a child in this family, from the embarrassing (wearing shoes held together with safety pins; using markers to color her skin in an effort to camouflage holes in her pants) to the horrific (being pimped by her father at a bar)...the author's removed, nonjudgmental stance lets her love for her parents - despite their flaws and overwhelming self-absorption - resonate from cover to cover.
|Mystery/Thriller ... 1st to Die (Women's Murder Club, Book 1). The first book in bestselling author James Patterson's hugely popular series The Women's Murder Club pits four San Francisco women professionals against a serial killer who's stalking and murdering newlyweds. This is a PBS club favorite. The whole series so far (all seven books) is currently available to request. Get your whole summer's reading - although if the couldn't-put-them-down reviews are correct, these books won't last you that long!|
|Contemporary Fiction...The Friday Night Knitting Club. "Walker and Daughter" is Georgia Walker's little yarn shop, tucked into a quiet storefront on Manhattan's Upper West Side. The Friday Night Knitting Club was started by some of Georgia's regulars, who gather once a week to work on their latest projects and to chat-and occasionally clash-over their stories of love, life, and everything in between....they've created not just a knitting club, but a sisterhood. A charming and moving novel about women's friendship.|
Chick Lit... The Next Big Thing. Kat Larson figured she had nothing to lose by becoming a contestant on the new reality show "From Fat to Fabulous" -- except maybe a few dozen pounds. Then she'd finally be able to arrange a face-to-face meeting with Nick, the British hunk she met online, who still thinks she's a size four.... In this funny, poignant debut, a plus-size heroine discovers she's already beautiful enough to be... the next big thing.
PBS Local Chapter News:
Above, Left to right: Diane (onefinetabby), Laurie O (badkitty), Lori G (thebookpimp), Melanie (Melsy626), author Louise Shaffer, Trice D. (Trice) holding Lori's pup Sadie, Jacquelyn (JJO), Lisa E (LisaCC), Lynn D (bears1) & Lynne D (Lynne)
Below: Louise Shaffer holds the group enthralled.
New Local Chapter Leaders:
If you want to be a Local Chapter Leader for PBS, you just need to have a PBS NIckname, a viewable public profile, and some organizational skills...check the Local Chapter Leaders Forum List of Official Chapters to see if your area already has a local Chapter. If not, and you want to do this, just contact us. There are no formal guidelines for being a Chapter Leader. All of the information is in the Local Chapter Leader Discussion Forum topic. If you are an official Chapter Leader and want us to include your upcoming meetup in the Newsletter, send in a message to us with the date, at least a week before the end of the preceding month.
MEMBER OF THE MONTH
Bernhard B (daboss)
Once upon a time, there was a 4 year old girl who had a beanie friend named Steg. Steg went everywhere with the little girl. But one day - disaster! Steg was lost. The little girl was devastated. Her mommy tried to find Steg but couldn't. A very nice man named Bernhard felt very sad for the little girl, and he decided that HE would find Steg and reunite the two friends! He tracked Steg, who had actually gone in search of his sister Stegi, around the country. See this topic to read the whole story. We hope that Steg finds his way home to the little girl very soon!
As the little girl's mommy said:
" Bernhard showed us that this site isn't just about books. It is a site about friends. His was truly a Random Act of Kindness. And I don't know how I will ever be able to repay him."
Dear Librarian- What happens if I get a request on Friday or Saturday (or Sunday!) before the postage change on Monday, and the wrapper prints out with the "old" postal rate on it? What do I do to be sure that the package has enough postage on it? --Worried in Worthington
Don't worry - you'll just have to pay a little extra attention for a few days. Remember that anything you mail on Monday or after must have postage that satisfies the NEW postal rates. Anything you mail before Monday can have the OLD postal rate postage on it. So if you get a request on Friday or Saturday before the rates change, you should be sure to mail the books on Friday or Saturday, using the old postage rate. If you have to mail on Sunday, you should use the NEW postal rate - because packages mailed on Sunday (for example, put into a blue mailbox on Sunday) will not enter the mailstream until Monday, and on Monday the new postal rates will apply.
Dear Librarian- OMG the flu is scary! Did you read The Hot Zone? Is it safe to mail to and from strangers? Why doesn't the government talk about the US mail as a risk factor for getting swine flu? OMG OMG OMG --Caffeinated in Carson City
While influenza is not Ebola virus (as described in The Hot Zone), you don't want to get it if you don't have to! If you are careful to wash your hands frequently and well (using soap), avoid touching your face, eyes, nose or mouth while out and about, and stay away from anyone who is coughing or sneezing, your risk of getting this recent strain of influenza appears to be small. No one is talking about the mail as a risk factor because mail is not a risk factor. Yes, if someone with the flu were to sneeze wetly onto your mail and then hand it to you, that could be a risk. But the influenza virus does not live very long on surfaces, especially in warm weather. If you are very concerned, you can be sure to leave your mail in the mailbox for 2-3 hours before bringing it in. Reasonable precautions will keep you safe, Caffy. Hey, have you ever tried herbal tea? Just a thought!
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