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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Staff Book Review: Annihilation

AnnihilationBook Title: Annihilation

Author: Jeff VanderMeer

Review: Annihilation paints an interesting portrait of a difficult person struggling to capture a series of extraordinary events. It’s the first book in the Southern Reach trilogy (the Library also owns Authority, the second book. Book three, Acceptance, comes out in September).

This book is a story told through a field report written by an unnamed biologist who partway through the book mentions that she is extremely bad about putting crucial information into field reports. This field report is about the 12th expedition to Area X, which is a wild area which seems completely untouched by humanity.

People who have returned from the previous expeditions have come back wrong. They suddenly show up at home, without clearing any checkpoints and seemingly under the noses of the expedition leaders, and some of them are irrevocably changed.

Our narrator arrives hoping to understand more about an unknown ecosystem, but she stumbles across strange occurrences that make her question her methodology, employers, and the purpose behind Area X. Fast-paced and suspenseful, Annihilation packs a punch in less than 200 pages. Part adventure story, part introspection into human relationships, I’ll definitely pick up the sequel to find out where the story goes from here.

Reviewed by: Stephanie F.

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Summer Reading Adult Book Review: Missing Microbes

Missing Microbes Book Title: Missing Microbes

Author: Martin J. Blaser, M.D.

Review: This is easily one of my favorite books ever read! Blaser introduces the reader to the world of microbiology and microbes and their value to the human species. For some it may not sound too interesting at first. However, he goes into explaining how modern drugs and medical practices are screwing up the peaceful equilibrium our bodies once lived under. Blaser discusses research he has led that suggests some shocking discoveries. For nonfiction, Blaser certainly captivated me while discussing some modern medical practices. 10/10

Reviewed by: Mary P.

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(Note: Adults participating in Summer Reading who submit an original review of one of the books they've read will be entered into a special prize drawing. To find out more, stop by the Reference Desk, or simply email a review of at least one paragraph in length to: reference@roselle.lib.il.us)

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Friday, July 25, 2014

Summer Reading Adult Book Review: The Triple Package

The Triple Package Book Title: The Triple Package

Author: Chua, Amy

Review: Why do some ethnic groups seem to achieve “the American Dream” more than others? Are there common factors? The authors of this book, one of whom gained fame from writing about “Tiger Moms,” who give their children a hard push into overachieving, say yes. The three factors are “sense of superiority,” “insecurity,” and “impulse control.” The book traces the skyward trajectory of Indian, Chinese, Lebanese, Nigerian, and Mormons, the first four as second-generation achievers. While the authors emphatically affirm that achieving the “American Dream” is not synonymous with happiness, they trace many common factors to ethnic groups who achieve great worldly success.

Reviewed by: Laura Kvistad

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(Note: Adults participating in Summer Reading who submit an original review of one of the books they've read will be entered into a special prize drawing. To find out more, stop by the Reference Desk, or simply email a review of at least one paragraph in length to: reference@roselle.lib.il.us)

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Summer Reading Adult Book Review: Riptide

Riptide Book Title: Riptide

Author: Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child

Review: Tells the story of an obsessed treasure hunter who will do anything to find the treasure buried on Ragged Island off the coast of Maine. Over 400 years have gone by since the treasure was buried by an infamous pirate and an architect who designed the Water Pit with all kinds of traps to protect the treasure. Malin Hatch lost his brother over 40 years ago at the treasure site and joins the hunt as the team’s doctor. Very detailed and keeps you interested to the end.

Reviewed by: Jill K.

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(Note: Adults participating in Summer Reading who submit an original review of one of the books they've read will be entered into a special prize drawing. To find out more, stop by the Reference Desk, or simply email a review of at least one paragraph in length to: reference@roselle.lib.il.us)

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Friday, July 18, 2014

Summer Reading Adult Book Review: The Deep Zone

The Deep ZoneBook Title: The Deep Zone

Author: James M. Tabor

Review: Exciting action from beginning to end. Hallie and Team go to a cave in Mexico to find a rare antibiotic that will help prevent an epidemic that is killing soldiers in Afghanistan. Some of the team members die mysteriously in the cave. A member of the team is a traitor but even with narcotraficantes and federales all ends well after a battle outside the cave. The return to civilization and use of the antibiotic saves the day.

Reviewed by: Ursula S.

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(Note: Adults participating in Summer Reading who submit an original review of one of the books they've read will be entered into a special prize drawing. To find out more, stop by the Reference Desk, or simply email a review of at least one paragraph in length to: reference@roselle.lib.il.us)

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Summer Reading Adult Book Review: The Promise of a Pencil

The Promise of a Pencil Book Title: The Promise of a Pencil

Author: Adam Braun

Review: Adam Braun takes readers on a cross continent journey to discover himself and to challenge his notion of what purpose, success, and accomplishment truly are. Unfulfilled by society’s definition, Braun gives up his uber successful job at Bain and Company to start Pencils of Promise, a not-for-profit (or “for-purpose” as he calls it) organization to build schools in impoverished countries around the world. With an initial deposit of only $25, Braun propels the organization into a movement that to date has built more than 200 schools in less than five years, with no end in sight. An easy, inspirational read that I highly recommend.

Reviewed by: Melissa B.

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(Note: Adults participating in Summer Reading who submit an original review of one of the books they've read will be entered into a special prize drawing. To find out more, stop by the Reference Desk, or simply email a review of at least one paragraph in length to: reference@roselle.lib.il.us)

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Summer Reading Adult Book Review: A Room Full of Bones

A Room Full of Bones Book Title: A Room Full of Bones

Author: Elly Griffiths

Review: This book is an easy read. It is a mystery that deals with archaeology. I have a better understanding of this science and the work of an archaeologist as a result of reading this book.

Reviewed by: Dottie H.

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(Note: Adults participating in Summer Reading who submit an original review of one of the books they've read will be entered into a special prize drawing. To find out more, stop by the Reference Desk, or simply email a review of at least one paragraph in length to: reference@roselle.lib.il.us)

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