Thursday, April 21, 2011

Staff Brown Bag Luncheon

I did my brown bag luncheon for the library staff yesterday. As always, it was fun. I love to get the chance to share books. And, the comments from staff are always interesting. Here are the books I discussed this time.

Allen, Sarah Addison – The Peach Keeper. In Walls of Water, North Carolina, two young women who seem to have nothing in common, share a history filled with secrets.

Ball, Donna – Keys to the Castle. Sara Graves’ poet husband died only 3 weeks after their wedding, so she’s shocked to discover she inherited a crumbling castle in France, along with problems.

Cleland, Jane K. – Deadly Threads. Josie Prescott’s latest venture, a workshop on building a vintage clothing collection, doesn’t work out when the teacher is found dead under a table.

Coonts, Deborah – Lucky Stiff. Lucky O’Toole, head of Customer Relations for Las Vegas’ Babylon, has plenty on her plate with bumblebees on the loose, the D.A. hiding naked in a laundry room, and an oddsmaker found dead in a shark tank.

Dorsey, Tim – Electric Barracuda. Florida authorities think they’ve finally tracked down Serge Storms, while his Internet travel-advice website shows people how to experience the state through the eyes of a fugitive.

Ephron, Hallie – Come and Find Me. Computer security expert Diana Highsmith has not left her house since her husband’s death, but she’s forced to take action when her sister disappears.

Hannah, Kristin – Night Road. Jude Farraday does everything she can for her twins, but a friendship ruins the life she had planned.

Hoffman, Alice – The Red Garden. A series of interwoven stories tells the story of the town and people of Blackwell, Massachusetts, from its founding through 300 years of history.

Lemmon, Gayle Tzemach – The Dressmaker of Khair Khana. The true story of a young woman who found a way to survive under the Taliban in Kabul, while sewing, and teaching other young women to sew.

McHenry, Jael – The Kitchen Daughter. A young woman with Asperger’s Syndrome has to cope when her parents die. She uses cooking, but her recipes attract ghosts who have a warning.

Palmer, Michael – A Heartbeat Away. When a deadly virus is let loose in the Capitol on the night of the State of the Union Address, only a man in solitary confinement in a federal prison might be able to help.

Rice, Luanne – The Silver Boat. After their mother’s death, three sisters travel to Ireland, looking for the truth behind their father’s voyage there years earlier.

Spencer-Fleming, Julia – One Was a Soldier. Three years after the last book in this series, Clare Fergusson returns to Millers Keep, where Sheriff Russ Van Alstyne hopes to marry her, but he doesn’t know the demons she brings back from the war in Iraq.

Vowell, Sarah – Unfamiliar Fishes. In her own unique voice, Vowell tells the story of Hawaii’s history and involvement with New England missionaries.

Whittle, Tina – The Dangerous Edge of Things. Tai Randolph just moved to Atlanta as heir to a gun shop, but wasn’t prepared to deal with the body in her brother’s driveway.

Wiggs, Susan – The Goodbye Quilt. Linda Davis’ whole life had been devoted to raising her daughter, so she makes the trip across country to take her to college.


Elizabeth Spann Craig/Riley Adams said...

I'm sure the folks at your brown bag luncheon left with a great TBR list!

Lesa said...

Thanks, Elizabeth. Some left with books, and others left with books marked on their list, so they were happy, and so was I.

Inside A Book said...

I am so intrigued by this list. Great recommendations!! What a fun event. When school is out in May I am going to HAVE to come to one. When do you do them? Will you bedoing any over the summer at all??

Lesa said...

I do the brown book luncheons quarterly, and the ones for the public are the second Wednesday of the month at 11:30. So, I have one in May for them, and then the next one is Aug. 10th. Hopefully, you won't be back in school yet. Oh, that would be fun! I hope you can come.