Our Space: People & Books @ HCPL - June 2013
Welcome to the June Issue of Our Space

Welcome to the June issue of Our Space. Each issue includes interviews about books with staff and customers, featured book lists, a top ten list, and information about upcoming events.

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Contributors: Rhiannon Perry, La Porte, Andrea Wyrick, Evelyn Meador, Libby Nelson, West University, Grace Lillevig, eBranch, & Abby Buchold, eBranch

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Our Customers...

Our Customers...

Mitzie Hill is a Evelyn Meador Branch Library customer.

What types of books do you read?

Currently reading young adult. Also enjoy westerns.

Who are your favorite authors?

Louis L’Amour, J. K. Rowling, Jane Austen

Catherine Coulter Louis L'Amour J.K. Rowling Jane Austen

What books are you currently recommending to others?

Harry Potter , The Time Traveler Trilogy by Kerstin Gier

Harry PotterTime Traveler Trilogy

What is your all time favorite book?

Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice

Aside from reading, what are your hobbies or interests?

Interests are cooking and raising my children to be responsible, caring adults.

How does HCPL make a difference in your life?

How much space can I use? We have seven people in our house and we all use the library. We get favorite holiday books (even those “beneath” our reading level) at every holiday to help us celebrate that season. We get books on tape and movies for trips. We get books on tape for my husband’s daily commute, movies for an open Saturday or Sunday night, young adult novels, books for fun, books for required school/summer reading, cookbooks, junior biographies, magazines for mom and dad and children. During the summer we may come just to “take a break.” I come to the library once a week and even if I only get one book, it’s worth the trip. I love the staff and the atmosphere at Evelyn Meador.

Our Staff...

Our Staff...

Anne Garza is a Circulation Assistant at the Octavia Fields Branch Library.

What types of books do you enjoy reading?

I enjoy reading how-to books that I can learn from. Biographies and history books are also always interesting.

Who are your favorite authors?

Some of my favorite authors would have to be Mitch Albom, Angela Johnson, and Carmen Lomas Garza. Although they all have different styles, I read something I could relate to in their books.

Mitch AlbomAngela Johnson

What books are you currently recommending to others?

I am currently recommending a book a patron recommended to me. It’s called Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife. I started reading it, but I couldn’t catch up with the due date. So I requested the audio form of the book and it was great and very convenient. It was also my very first audio book.

Proof of Heaven

What is your all time favorite book?

My all time favorite book is The Little Red Hen; the moral of the story is one you can always relate to.

The Little Red Hen

Aside from reading, what are your hobbies and interests?

Aside from reading I enjoy traveling, going to concerts, doing volunteer work, and most of all spending time with my family and friends.

What do you like best about your job at HCPL?

What I like the best about my job is working with people of all ages. There is always something different, so I look forward to it.

Book Hunters Recommend... Travel

Summer Reading is June 3 – August 10 and this year’s theme is Have Book Will Travel. To get you in the mood, here is a mix of travel fiction and nonfiction.

Are you looking for your next great book to read? Do you need some suggestions? Our Book Hunters! Your Personal Reading Consultants will prepare a personalized book list for you based on your preferences. Get your list started today.

Meeting Lily - Sarah Woodhouse
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 12/01/1995
ISBN-13: 9780312135638
ISBN-10: 0312135637
Remaining in postwar Italy after her husband's death, Nan opens the small hotel of Villa Guilia, which soon becomes home to such eccentric characters as Molly, a cheerful widow; lovesick convent girl Graziella; and the attentive Dr. Fortuno.
The arrival - Shaun Tan
Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books, 2007.
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 10/01/2007
ISBN-13: 9780439895293
ISBN-10: 0439895294
Although saddened at having to leave the family he loves, the immigrant is certain that moving to the new land is the right thing to do and so ventures off to a strange land to begin a life that will hopefully reap the rewards he seeks through his sacrifice, hard work, and determination.
Bird Cloud : a memoir - Annie Proulx
Publisher: Scribner
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 01/04/2011
ISBN-13: 9780743288804
ISBN-10: 0743288807
The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Brokeback Mountain describes her purchase of 600 wilderness acres in Wyoming and construction of a library-centric home where she contemplated her rich family history, including a river boat captain ancestor who met historical figures.
A passage to India - E. M. Forster
Publisher: Buccaneer Books
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 05/01/1981
ISBN-13: 9780899663005
ISBN-10: 0899663001
In a scathing indictment of British imperialism, Forster's once controversial novel portrays two Englishwomen who experience misunderstanding and cultural conflict after they travel to India.
Sahara - Michael Palin and Basil Pao
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 04/01/2003
ISBN-13: 9780312305413
ISBN-10: 0312305419
The Monty Python comedian and author of Hemingway's Chair presents a detailed personal exploration of the Sahara Desert regions that celebrates its diverse cultures, landscapes, and trades, and is complemented by 175 photographs. 30,000 first printing.
Fiction... Summer
Contributed by Libby Nelson
Beachcombers - Nancy Thayer
Publisher: Random House Inc
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 05/17/2011
ISBN-13: 9780345518293
ISBN-10: 0345518292
Reuniting on Nantucket to start a business and keep an eye on their father's new romance, three sisters work, gossip and squabble while struggling with respective approaches to their responsibilities and losses. By the best-selling author of Summer House.
Summer light - Roxana Robinson
Publisher: University Press of New England
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 08/01/1995
ISBN-13: 9780874517385
ISBN-10: 0874517389
A day at the beach - Helen Schulman
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 06/01/2007
ISBN-13: 9780618746545
ISBN-10: 0618746544
In an insightful novel that takes place over the course of an eventful twenty-four hours, the troubled marriage of famed choreographer Gerhard Falktopf and his dancer wife Suzannah is profoundly affected by the events of September 11, a national tragedy that suddenly brings to light their hidden desires, dreams, conflicts, and differences.
Summer of roses - Luanne Rice
Publisher: Bantam Books
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 05/30/2006
ISBN-13: 9780553587661
ISBN-10: 0553587668
In a continuation of the saga that began in Summer's Child, Lily Malone is forced to confront the events and relationships of the past as she deals with the man who has separated her from everything she has ever loved, but who could hold the key to her young daughter Rose's future. Reprint.
The summer garden - Sherryl Woods
Publisher: Mira
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 01/31/2012
ISBN-13: 9780778313090
ISBN-10: 0778313093
When "Maddening Moira" O'Malley, the woman with whom he had a fling during his Dublin holiday, pays a surprise visit to Chesapeake Shores, Luke O'Brien is unsure if he is ready for a long-term relationship, forcing Moira to do some soul-searching of her own. Original. 467,000 first printing.
Nonfiction... Fathers
Contributed by Andrea Wyrick
Reading my father : a memoir - Alexandra Styron
Publisher: Scribner
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 04/19/2011
ISBN-13: 9781416591795
ISBN-10: 1416591796
The daughter of Sophie's Choice author William Styron discusses what it was like growing up in the same house as a moody literary giant, whose life spiraled out of control when he sank into a deep depression. By the author of All the Finest Girls. 100,000 first printing.
The hired man's Christmas - George W. Givens
Publisher: Scribner
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 11/01/1998
ISBN-13: 9780684856162
ISBN-10: 0684856166
In a charming real-life story, a bookseller remembers the lonely Christmases he used to spend in rural upstate New York and the mysterious hired man who came to show him the importance of family and the endurance of love itself. 150,000 first printing.
My father before me : how fathers and sons influence each other throughout their lives - Michael J. Diamond
Publisher: W. W. Norton
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 02/01/2007
ISBN-13: 9780393060607
ISBN-10: 0393060608
A psychoanalyst reinterprets the dynamics of the family to examine the ways in which fathers and sons influence each other, critically assessing the changing father/son relationship throughout the life cycle in a study designed to help make sense of the question of what it really means to be a man.
The prince of Frogtown - Rick Bragg
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 05/13/2008
ISBN-13: 9781400040407
ISBN-10: 140004040X
A final volume in a series of memoirs that began with All Over but the Shoutin' and Ava's Man details his quest to uncover the truth about the father he had never known and his unseen influence on his life and the choices he has made, inspired by his own relationship with his ten-year-old stepson. 200,000 first printing.
"Love you, daddy boy" : daughters honor the fathers they love - Karyn Mclaughlin Frist and Karyn McLaughlin Frist
Publisher: Taylor Trade Pub.
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 09/30/2006
ISBN-13: 9781589793682
ISBN-10: 1589793684
The wife of senate majority leader Bill Frist presents an eclectic collection of essays by women from all walks of life about their relationships with their fathers, in a volume that includes contributions by such individuals as Barbara Bush, Nadia Comaneci, and Cokie Roberts.
Our Most Read. . .

Our Most Read...

  1. Todd Burpo. Heaven is For Real
  2. Bill O'Reilly.Killing Lincoln
  3. Bill O'Reilly. Killing Kennedy
  4. Eben Alexander. Proof of Heaven
  5. Charles Schulz. The Complete Peanuts
  6. Phillip McGraw. Life Code
  7. Rebecca Skloot. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  8. Cheryl Strayed. Wild
  9. Kay Bailey Hutchison. Unflinching Courage
  10. Robert Lustig. Fat Chance

Data: Most Checked Out Titles, May 2013

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