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Monday, February 28, 2011

Start a Journey from the Library

Posted by Staff

As the weather warms (hopefully!) our thoughts turn to going out, getting around, seeing something new.  Along those lines, our staff suggestions this month are all about travel or journeys.  If you haven't read or seen any of our recommendations, request them and enjoy something new.

Jacob D.: Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier. A Civil War deserter endures many difficulties as he travels home to his sweetheart.

Courtney S.: The Time Travelers Wife by Audrey Niffenegger. Two lovers struggle through life as only he travels through time.

Denise T.: Dragon Rider by Cornelia Funke. A young adult novel about a brave silver dragon, Firedrake, joined on an exciting journey by an orphan named Ben and a group of magical creatures.  Their goal is to find the Rim of Heaven in the Himalayas where silver dragons can live peacefully.

Judy T.: Travels in Siberia.  Author Dan Frazier transports his readers to a vast & somewhat mysterious part of the world with vivid descriptions, humor and affection.

Cary H.: The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova. Unknown family history, a mysterious book, an innocent young woman and Dracula; a compelling read. 

Jacob D.: The Straight Story (DVD, 1999) An older man travels cross-country on his riding lawnmower to visit his dying brother.

Dani G.: Thirteen Moons by Charles Frazier; At the age of twelve, Will is given a horse, a key and a map and sent alone into Indian Territory to run a trading post.

Alana T.: The Lost Books of the Odyssey by Zachary Mason.  A retelling of the classic from different points of view and with many variations and endings.

Pam O.: A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson.  The author's humorous and thoughtful description of his trip on the Appalachian Trail.

Jacob D.: Stephen Fry in America.  British actor Stephen Fry drives across the USA, stopping by roadside attractions and visiting locals.

Theresa S.: Riding the Iron Rooster by Paul Theroux.  A fascinating journey through China by train.

Anne W.: The Kingdom Keepers series by Ridley Pearson.  Fun reads for anyone who enjoys the Disney theme parks.  Part fantasy, part thriller, and extremely action packed!

Karen K.: Saving Fish from Drowning by Amy Tan. Funny, almost magical look at group dynamics, altruism, and self-interest set against the beauty and repressive politics of Myanmar.

Ike D.: Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis. Ten-year old Bud, having lost his mother, escapes a bad foster home and goes on a journey to find his father - a renowned band leader.

Kasey F.: The Thin Place by Kathryn Davis. This is an ensemble piece; the views are numerous and not all human.  The time span encompasses millions of years in one place; Varennes, Vermont

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