Library Summer Reading Has Ended

Summer Reading 2015


Summer Reading ended Friday the 14th with an onslaught of new reviews. Everybody won! Prizes may picked up at any branch of the St. Mary’s County Library or the St. Mary’s College of Maryland Library.

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It Starts with Food by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig

I’ve probably tried reading this book 3-4 times before and I finally got through the entire book. It’s not that this book isn’t packed full of great information, it’s almost has too much information that it becomes overwhelming to read. This book explains the Whole30 diet and lifestyle down to the most scientific details. So, if you are interested in finding out all the science behind the Whole30 movement, it’s all there. However, if you want a less scientific and much easier to read book on Whole30, I recommend the book: The Whole30: The 30-Day Guide to Total Health and Food Freedom.

Availability:  COSMOS
Review Submitted by:  Joni Schoeny
Rating: Recommended
Challenge: Book I started but never finished

Knit Two by Kate Jacobs

Knit Two

Knit Two by Kate Jacobs is a sequel to the Friday Night Knitting Club. If you enjoyed the first one, I would definitely recommend this book. Dakota, Georgia’s daughter, is now in college, which is a difficult transition for everyone. The novel follows the girls in the store and what they are doing now, years later. As the women’s lives change, so do their knitting projects, (baby booties, afghans, etc.). I enjoy Jacobs’ writing as an easy read with an easy to follow plot. If you are curious what the knitting club is up to now, pick up this sequel.

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Review Submitted by: Marianne Hamilton
Rating: Recommended

American Ghost by Hannah Nordhaus

American GhostAmerican Ghost: A Family’s Haunted Past in the Desert Southwest

In this family memoir, novelist Hannah Nordhaus investigates the life of her great-great-grandmother Julia, whose ghost is said to haunt her home (now a hotel) in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Guests report strange happenings in the second floor bedroom that once belonged to Julia Schuster Staab, including cold temperatures, flickering lights, and a ghostly apparition of a woman in a long Victorian dress. Some rumors claim that Julia killed herself, that she died of grief, or that her husband Abraham murdered her. But what is the truth?

In American Ghost, Nordhaus traces the story of her ancestor Julia from her childhood in Germany to her difficulties as a young Jewish bride in 1860s Santa Fe, then a rough frontier outpost. Although her husband Abraham become wealthy in New Mexico, Julia never thrived and returned many times to Germany for unknown “treatments” and “cures.”

Nordhaus visits archives, pores over her great-grandmother’s (Julia’s daughter) adolescent journals, consults mediums, and travels to Germany to discover the truth about Julia. She discovers a troubled history – mental illness, disinheritance, and an entire branch of the family lost in a Nazi concentration camp.

American Ghost is a haunting story of immigration, belonging, mental illness, family history, promising new beginnings, and lives lost too soon – a very rewarding ghost story.

Availability:  USMAI
Review Submitted by: Kaitlyn Grigsby
Rating: Highly Recommended

Yes Please by Amy Poehler

Yes Please

Yes Please by Amy Poehler is an autobiography of the one and only Amy Poehler. However, this book is not intended to be a comedy. It surprised me how candid and honest Poehler is about her life, rather than trying to get a laugh out of the reader. If you are interested in Amy Poehler and how she came about to be where she is today, this book is for you. She reveals a lot about her insecurities and childhood, as well as provides snippets of advice here and there based on her personal experiences.

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Review Submitted by: Marianne Hamilton
Rating: Recommended

The Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs

The Friday Night Knitting Club

The Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs is about a woman by the name of Georgia and her life as a single mother running a business. The story discusses the relationship between Georgia and her daughter, as well as her loving coworkers. Her world is turned upside down when her daughter’s father comes back into the pictures and creates a mood change in her daughter. If you like knitting and easy reads, this is the book for you.

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Review Submitted by: Marianne Hamilton
Rating: Recommended

Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel

Station Eleven


If you like post apocalyptic stories with a hint of science fiction, this is a book for you. I personally don’t gravitate to fiction stories, but this one was pretty good. I wanted to find out what happened and how it all connected together. However, I was hoping for just a bit more in the end.

Read Shane’s review of Station Eleven.

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Review Submitted by:  Joni Schoeny
Rating:  Recommend with reservations