Book Review: Whispering to Horses

Book: Whispering to Horses
Author: Thomas Nye

I was intrigued to read this novella as it was written by a local author about a man who moves into Amish country.  Thomas Nye’s writing is poetic and calls you to sit down and listen.  As Matt, the main character was rediscovering his roots, I too was pulled to recall my own.  A beautiful read which sweetly reminds us to breathe in our surroundings.

I’ll definitely read another by Mr. Nye.

Review by: A.C.

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@ YOUR LIBRARY… We want to thank all the participants and sponsors of our Summer Reading Program.  We have had a super summer program!  Planning for next summer will begin again shortly!

@ YOUR LIBRARY…  A special thank you to Hills Bank for supplying our Summer Reading T-shirts and to Federation Bank for grilling hamburgers and hot dogs for our end-of-program picnic.

Quote of the Week:  “In a good book, the best is between the lines.” ~Swedish Proverb

 Fiction:     Once and For All by Sarah Dessen

You Will Pay by Lisa Jackson

Love Story by Karen Kingsbury

Not A Sound by Heather Gudenkauf

The Alice Network by Kate Quinn

The Frontiersman: River of Blood by William W. Johnstone

Non-Fiction:      Radical Hope: Letters of Love And Dissent in Dangerous Times

I Can’t Make This Up:  Life Lessons by Kevin Hart (Biography)

Junior Fiction:  The Gold Medal Mess by David A. Kelly

Invisible Emmie by Terri Libenson

Junior Non-Fiction:   Garfield Cooks Up Trouble by Jim Davis

Easy:        Splatypus by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen

Peter the Car and the Cool Cat Boogie by James & Kimberly Dean

Andy & Sandy and the Big Talent Show by Tomie DePaola

DVDs:       Tom and Jerry in Space

BCD (BOOK ON CD): Marrying Daisy Bellamy by Susan Wiggs

Book Review: Hillbilly Elegy

Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance

A sad song for the hillbilly. Vance shares his hard-knock story of growing up in southern Ohio among people who share and perpetuate an Appalachian culture. His is a story of teen pregnancy, broken families, substance abuse, violence and a perpetual cycle of poverty few have a chance to escape. Vance is one of the few who escapes, making his way to the Marines, the Ohio State University and Yale Law School.

As Vance traces his first thirty years of life  he makes interesting observations about his people, the education system, the church, and our political system. He doesn’t offer easy answers or solutions, because frankly there aren’t any.  He describes his high school as poor, yet notes there were teachers who cared and pushed him to do better. The missing element were examples of those who went on to college or successful careers.

The church he is exposed to tells him science is bad and that he should fear the world, but offers no tangible help, or hope, for his dysfunctional family life. People stand on the literal truth of the Bible, but few actually read the Scriptures.

Vance is self-aware enough to realize his family is different, something which is compounded when he makes his way to Yale. His stories of finding himself in situations with wealthy people are cringe worthy and sadly humorous. If there is one concrete solution Vance suggests it is that we need to find ways to bridge the economic segregation present in our society.

Some have suggested the book explains why poor whites voted for Trump, something it does but perhaps in a roundabout way. His people are quick to realize when they are being looked down upon, and resent being told what to eat, drink, and how to live. Towards the end of the book Vance chides his people, saying they need to move on from blaming Obama or Bush and take responsibility for their own failings. He criticizes “his people” in a way those from inside a culture can, pointing to the poor choices made by those who feel the system is and has been rigged against them. It is indeed a sad song for the hillbilly.

Review by M. M.

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@ YOUR LIBRARY…  The Library will be closed from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. so that we may host our Summer Reading Program Picnic in the Park.  Thank you for your understanding.

Quote of the Week:  “If you have a garden and a library you have everything you need.” ~Cicero

 Fiction:     Nighthawk by Clive Cussler

Saints for all occasions by J. Courtney Sullivan

Emma (LARGE PRINT) by Alexander McCall Smith

The Farmer’s Market Mishap by Wanda E. Brunstetter

Death Rides A Chestnut Mare by Ralph Compton

Non-Fiction:      Patient H. M.: A Story of Memory, Madness, And Family Secrets by Luke Dittrich

Young Adult:     Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

Junior Fiction:  The Wimpy Kid Movie Diary: The Next Chapter by Jeff Kinney

Lowji Discovers America by Candace Flemming

Easy:        Touch The Earth by Jullian Lennon

Peteriffic by Victoria Kann

Mama Built A Little Nest by Jennifer Ward

DVDs:       PopStar Minnie

BCD (BOOK ON CD): Just One Kiss by Susan Mallery

Junior BCD:      Adventures In Odessey: Head Over Heels

Book Review

Our young readers are at it again with some more great reviews.


Book Title: The Cat In The Hat

Author: Dr. Seuss

Please share a brief overview of the book, without giving too much away: I read The Cat In The Hat by Dr Seuss. The sun did not shine it was too wet to play so we sat in the house that cold cold wet day.They got the cat out.

Why did you like or dislike this book?: I like it because it is fun. The cat in the hat came to the house.

Would you recommend this book to a friend?: Yes

Anything else you’d like to share?: If people like the cat in the hat they would like this book.

Review by M.J.


Book Title: Lets Go For A Drive

Author: Mo Willems

Please share a brief overview of the book, without giving too much away: In the book Lets Go For A Drive pig and elephant had no car, but wanted to go for a drive. So they play pirates instead.

Why did you like or dislike this book?: I like this book because it is funny. It is funny when elephant yelled.

Would you recommend this book to a friend?: Yes

Anything else you’d like to share?: Read this book if you have no car.

Review by G.K.