The Sweetheart of Prosper County

From Teen Book Reviewer
author: Alexander, Jill S.
The Sweetheart of Prosper County

For people, who enjoy activities like horse-back riding, and strive in open areas, then this is the book for you. This book is about a girl named Austin Gray. She always wanted to be the sweetheart of prosper county. She did everything she could to be a sweetheart. The only thing in her way was momma. Momma was the kind of person who was very overprotective of Austin. However, she was always there when Austin needed her. As Austin tries to become a sweetheart, she faces challenges like constantly being insulted by Dean Ottmer. However, Austin never gave up on her dream, and Austin finally got to ride in the parade. Want to learn more about Austin and her challenges through becoming the sweetheart of prosper county? Then borrow the book at the library to find out!

Shape of Mercy

From Ginny Pisciotta
author: Meissner, Susan
The shape of mercy : a novel

College student Lauren Durough takes a part-time job with an elderly retired librarian.  Her job is to transcribe the journal entries of her employer’s ancestor, Mercy Hayworth, a victim of the Salem witch trials.  She is really drawn to the young girl who lived and died over 400 years ago.  Lauren learns a lot about life, love and mercy. The author goes back and forth between the past and present weaving a compelling story of both girls.  You will not want to put this book down.

Changes : a novel of the Dresden files

From Rosemarie Jerome
author: Butcher, Jim
Changes : a novel of the Dresden files
Being the 12th book in the Dresden Files series, we have seen Harry fight demons, vampires, ogres, rogue wizards, werewolves and other nefarious creatures to help others and save the world but now he must face his past.  In his latest case he must save the daughter, he never knew he had, from an old enemy.  Harry, the wisecracking wizard investigator, becomes a darker character filled with somber desperation facing a no win situation.  The Dresden Files (from first to last):  Storm Front, Fool Moon, Grave Peril, Summer Knight, Death Masks, Blood Rites, Dead Beat, Proven Guilty, White Night, Small Favor, Turn Coat and Changes.

Chelsea Chelsea bang bang

Chelsea Chelsea bang bang

From Jackie Cantwell
author: Handler, Chelsea

Warning: contains scatological humor, sex/drug references, adult situations, cursing, etc. It is also laugh-out-loud funny.  Skip the first two chapters: she covered similar ground in previous books (including trying to get a Cabbage Patch doll). There’s a practical joke involving a supposed dead dog and her boyfriend, Ted.  There are also vacations on Martha’s Vineyard with her siblings in her father’s filthy house and on Turks/Caicos with her entourage. One story consists of e-mails amongst her siblings of their efforts to sell the dilapidated NJ home of their father (whom they nicknamed “Platypus” and who may be sleeping with his Jamaican housekeeper).  There’s also a friend’s rooftop wedding, and will Ted’s helicopter land on them as the vows are exchanged?

Menopause matters : your guide to a long and healthy life

From Lola Ferris
author: Schlam Edelman, Julia
Menopause matters : your guide to a long and healthy life
If you are confused by the many contradictory and misleading sound
bites about women’s health, you will find this book a refreshing change.
Dr. Edelman is a specialist in menopause, and her advice is a welcome alternative.
Her book, based on respected research studies, covers the full
spectrum of topics important to perimenopausal and postmenopausal women: hot flashes, vaginal dryness, memory loss, mood changes, depression and hormone replacement therapy, among other issues.
“Menopause Matters” provides clear explanations of anatomy and
includes prevention strategies for lowering the risks of osteoporosis and cancer. It helps empower you to become active in your own health decisions, together with your doctor.
Reading this book will put you on the road to a happier, healthier

The supernatural power of a transformed mind : access to a life of miracles

From Ginny Pisciotta
author: Johnson, Bill
The supernatural power of a transformed mind : access to a life of miracles

If you are tired of reading and talking about a gospel of power, but not seeing it in action, this book is a must read. Miracles should be a normal part of Christianity. To return to the orginal mission, to do what Jesus did, we must radically change our thinking. We must renew our minds. Bill Johnson does a great job of showing us what happens when we allow God’s supernatural power to work through us, and also how we can bring this kingdom reality into our lives.

Cowgirl cuisine

From Jackie Cantwell
author: Disbrowe, Paula
Cowgirl cuisine : rustic recipes and cowgirl adventures from a Texas ranch
Successful NY food writer moves with baker/husband to Texas Hill Country. Think: scorpions, campfires, cowboys, ranch life, chuck wagons, horse riding. Excellent recipes for salsas, desserts, meats, appetizers, potato salad, cocktails. Most recipes have many ingredients (15 or more) which is daunting. One sandwich has 21 ingredients!  Warning about handling chile peppers (use rubber gloves, don’t touch face) should be on p. 1, not p. 78.  Great dulce de leche method.  Cooking terms not explained, nor sources for ingredients. Not for beginner cooks.

Flow : the cultural story of menstruation

From: Rosalia Millan
author: Stein, Elissa
Flow : the cultural story of menstruation

This book was such a brilliant idea, and the authors did a great job.  Flow tells the cultural history of the period and how women’s status and health care have changed over time. It’s written in a friendly, personable style to try and make a topic that makes many people uncomfortable a little bit friendlier. The book isn’t couched in a bunch of scientific jargon that most of us will never understand; everything is in language that is respectful and completely understandable.

There are lots of fun facts and a wonderful collection of advertising for feminine care products from the late 1800s to today. However it is absolutely terrifying to see how woman’s bodies have been mistreated over the years due to lack of scientific study and information.  While there is a lot of good explanation in this book regarding fertility and how a woman’s cycle really works, the most important thing I think anyone can take away from this book is to make sure that you are well informed about exactly what it is you are doing to your body when you make decisions regarding periods and fertility.

The Supergirls: Fashion, Feminism, Fantasy, and the History of Comic Book Heroines

From Rosalia Millan
author: Madrid, Mike
The Supergirls: Fashion, Feminism, Fantasy, and the History of Comic Book Heroines
This book gives a great overview of the place that female superheroes have held in comics over the last 70 years. The author writes in a very easy to read style that makes the book fun and easy to enjoy. For each decade since comics first became popular, the author addresses the changes occurring for women in the decade and how these changes were reflected or in some cases not reflected in comic books. There are also chapters devoted to specific characters or even arch-types within the comic book industry.

While it would be completely crazy to have a book on female superheroes without devoting a chapter to Wonder Woman, the author does cover parts of Wonder Woman’s background in other chapters so by the time you get to her chapter the beginning feels a little bit repetitive, but hold out because the end of the chapter is very interesting.  Otherwise this is a great read for any girl that’s into comics and graphic novels or anyone who wants to see how women’s issues are reflected in the media of the day.


from Lisa Kropp:

Centered around a private high school, Testimony relates what happens to lives, both young and old, when one horrible decision spirals out of control. The story is told through the voices of different characters, so instead of traditional chapters, the pages alternate from character to  character; each adding their own pieces to the complex puzzle that is spreading out on the pages for the reader to follow.  Fans of Anita  Shreve’s other titles, and those who like Jodi Piccoult’s works, should try this book.