June 4, 2015 - Summer Reading
Mother Nature has sure been doing a good job of providing perfect reading weather. This past weekend what with the cold and the dark and the rain there wasn’t a better activity to find than curling up with a good book under a nice warm comforter with a cat, a dog, or your significant other (or any combination thereof). While summer seems to be a little shy about walking through the door – first one step in, then a couple of steps back—the summer library/learning/reading program has walked right in and made itself at home. If you are a reader, no matter what your age, you can participate. Reading translates to earning Dragon Dollars which you can use to purchase fabulous prizes in our “Summer Lair” or which you can donate them to one of two charities 1) the DeForest Area Needs Network (D.A.N.N.) or the Dane County Humane Society. At the end of the summer library/learning/reading program those dragon dollars will be converted into real dollars and presented to those charities. Reading pays off in many ways! So while you’re waiting for summer to arrive, you will find a list of dandy books to read huddled up in a blanket or sunning on a beach (I’m being optimistic here). Enjoy!
- Adios, America! : the left's plan to turn our country into a third world hellhole / by Ann Coulter. The author shares her trademark controversial views on everything from political correctness to the 2016 presidential election to U.S. immigration policy. By the best-selling author of “Never Trust a Liberal Over 3”.
- Gumption : relighting the torch of freedom with America's gutsiest troublemakers / by Nick Offerman. The star of “Parks and Recreation” and author of the best-selling “Paddle Your Own Canoe” pays tribute to inspiring mischief makers, from George Washington to Willie Nelson, while expounding on such topics as religion, handcrafting and meat.
- Double down / by Fern Michaels. Organizing a top-secret organization to expose and fight injustices, the Sisterhood's significant others work against a pharmaceutical company that is injuring children and a slum landlord who is victimizing impoverished tenants.
- The rocks / by Peter Nichols. A tale set around a popular Mediterranean seaside resort follows the story of two honeymooners who abruptly split in 1948 and live separately for decades until children from their rivaling families fall in love.
- Secret brother : a novel / by V.C. Andrews. A latest novel retelling the events from the Flowers in the Attic series from another perspective follows the experiences of a boy who after being adopted by a wealthy family struggles with amnesia and trauma from his past
- People of the songtrail : a novel of North America's forgotten past / by Kathleen and Michael Gear. Follows the members of a Viking settlement in America, 500 years prior to the arrival of Columbus, who left narrow-minded religious beliefs and political and civil unrest to face the unknown in a new world, long before the Pilgrims.
- Ming tea murder / by Laura Childs. Enduring a night in high society when her boyfriend asks her to accompany him to a gala museum opening that features an 18th-century Chinese Tea House, tea shop owner Theo finds herself investigating the untimely death of a wealthy philanthropist. By the author of the Scrapbook Mysteries. Includes tea-making tips, recipes and historical facts
- Robert B. Parker's kickback / by Ace Atkins. When her teenage son and other kids are imprisoned for misdemeanors, a woman hires private investigator Spenser to find the truth behind a corrupt judge's unusually hard sentencing practices for minors. By the author of “Cheap Shot”.
- Rock with wings / by Anne Hillerman. Separated by different cases, Chee follows cryptic clues to the body of a missing woman while Bernie manages the fallout of a drug bust gone wrong. By the award-winning author of “Spider Woman's Daughter”.
- The fall : a novel / by John Lescroart. Working to defend a middle-school teacher who has been wrongly implicated in the death of a foster teen, lawyer Rebecca Hardy and her father, Dismas, risk their careers to investigate four other suspects. By the best-selling author of “The 13th Juror”.
- The forgotten room : a novel / by Lincoln Child. Investigating a baffling murder-suicide at a Newport mansion that houses a respected think tank, Jeremy Logan discovers a secret room in the mansion filled with obscure scientific equipment related to a dangerous top-secret project. By the best-selling author of “The Third Gate”.
- Solitude creek : a Kathryn Dance novel / by Jeffrey Deaver. A work of suspense by the internationally best-selling and award-winning author of the Lincoln Rhyme thrillers features the return of popular California Bureau of Investigation agent Kathryn Dance.
- Trauma : a novel / by Michael & Daniel Palmer. Quitting her residency after a tragic mistake, Dr. Carrie Bryant returns home to care for her combat veteran brother and pursues an experimental therapy for PTSD before teaming up with an investigative reporter to find a missing patient.