Reader's Advisory

July Staff Picks


Oh the glory of it all

Oh the glory of it all

By Sean Wilsey

Call # 979.4 WIL

From the publisher: "In the beginning we were happy. And we were always excessive. So in the beginning we were happy to excess." With these opening lines Sean Wilsey takes us on an exhilarating tour of life in the
strangest, wealthiest, and most grandiose of families.

Todd / Clerk: This is a memoir and yet so much more. It dives deep into California history, makes a pit stop at a teen rehabilitation center in Mt. Shasta and visits with some of the inspirations from Armistead Maupin’s classic “Tales of the City” series. This is the type of story that you want to talk about with friends and is impossible to put down. Read it!

defending jacob book cover

Defending Jacob

By William Landay


From the publisher: Andy Barber has been an assistant district attorney in his suburban Massachusetts county for more than twenty years. When a shocking crime shatters their New England town, Andy is blindsided by what happens next: his fourteen-year-old son is charged with the murder of a fellow student. As the crisis reveals how little a father knows about his son, Andy will face a trial of his own--between loyalty and justice, between the truth and allegation, between a past he's tried to bury and a future he cannot conceive.

Sally / Library Director: All I can say is wow did not see that coming. First of all it was one of those books that I couldn't wait to get back to, and as a parent it really made me think. Jacob a 14 year old boy is accused of murder. His father is the DA and the evidence keeps mounting. How far does a parent go to save their child, and when it keeps getting worse when do they stop. Are some people just born evil and is there such a thing as the murder gene. Read this book it will startle you in the end, and make you want to hold your children close.

Orphan Train

Orphan Train

By Christina Baker Kline


From the publisher: Penobscot Indian Molly Ayer is close to 'aging out' out of the foster care system. A community service position helping an elderly woman clean out her home is the only thing keeping Molly out of juvie and worse ... As she helps Vivian sort through her possessions and memories, Molly learns that she and Vivian aren't as different as they seem to be. A
young Irish immigrant orphaned in New York City, Vivian was put on a train to the Midwest with hundreds of other children whose destinies would be determined by luck and chance. Molly discovers that she has the power to help Vivian find answers to mysteries that have haunted her for her entire life--answers that will ultimately free them both. Rich in detail and epic in scope, Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline is a powerful novel of upheaval and resilience, of unexpected friendship, and of the secrets we carry that keep us from finding out who we are.

Mags / Clerk:  In 1929 an Irish immigrant girl becomes an orphan. Later in life she shared her story with a modern day orphan. Together they pieced the story of an orphan train journey. This book is a very special story of courage. Check it out at the Tehama County Library.




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