Book Review: Swamplandia by Karen Russell

The Bigtrees have grown up in the Southwest tip of Florida--in the Ten Thousand Islands--where they have run a unique theme park, Swamplandia. With the exception of Ossie, all of the family members are alligator wrestlers. The star attraction is Ava's mother who dives in a pool of seths, their pet name for alligators. Their … Continue reading Book Review: Swamplandia by Karen Russell

Book Review: The River Wife by Joni Agee.

The River Wife is a panoramic story--from the 1812 New Madrid quake to the 1930s. Central to the story is the enigmatic, Jacques DuCharme, a one-armed river pirate whose wealth and wild ways become legendary. Lonely and pregnant, Hedie Ducharmes Rails finds a journal that belongs to Annie Lark, who is married to Jacques Ducharme, a descendant of … Continue reading Book Review: The River Wife by Joni Agee.

Book Review: The Lantern by Deborah Lawrenson

The Lantern by Deborah Lawrenson When she and her boyfriend, Dom, move into a crumbling Provencal house, Eve never expects to be drawn into the hamlet's mystery. Charmed by Dom in Switzerland, Eve quickly moves in with him.Eve never questions her boyfriend's past or why he left his ex-wife Rachel. A mystery woman, Sabine, seems to have … Continue reading Book Review: The Lantern by Deborah Lawrenson

Business/Career–Using Data Axle’s Reference Solutions

Use Data Axle's Business Solutions with your Rockwall County Library Card from home or in the library. To access Data Axle remotely go to the Rockwall County Library website, https://www.rockwallcountytexas.com/library Choose "Resources" from the left hand column. Choose "Databases & Downloads." Choose "Reference Solutions." For access to the database, enter your Rockwall County library card … Continue reading Business/Career–Using Data Axle’s Reference Solutions

Book Review: Turn of Mind by Alice LaPlante

LaPlante's award-winning book is cleverly narrated. The narrator, Elizabeth White, is a murder suspect who happens to have the advanced stages of dementia. She is also a former renowned hand-surgeon. Almost like a stream-of-consciousness novel, Dr. White has many memories that surface at crucial times. Like a pendulum that swings back and forth, she has good days … Continue reading Book Review: Turn of Mind by Alice LaPlante

COVID 19 Resources for Job seekers and Employers

Photo by Ketut Subiyanto from Pexels CareerOneStop Business Center Find local job centers. Use CareerOneStop for career exploration, training, jobs, unemployment insurance. CareerOneStop Employment Recovery Need a job right away? Information on remote jobs, remote interviews, unemployment. If you're an employer, you may want to look at this part of CareerOneStop: CareerOneStop: COVID 19 Resources for Employers The … Continue reading COVID 19 Resources for Job seekers and Employers

Book Review: Borne by Jeff VanderMeer

This is an absolute stunner in every sense of the word--rich prose, tight plotting, and imaginative twists and turns.  The Company has manufactured biotech that wreak havoc upon the City. The actions of Mord, a man-made bear-like creature, and his proxies cause the Magician and her pseudo-children to rebel.  Even before the rebellion, however, the … Continue reading Book Review: Borne by Jeff VanderMeer

Book Review: Instructions for A Heat Waves by Maggie O’Farrell.

While a heat wave rages in 1970s London, a charming family is in crisis. The head of the household--Robert Riordan--has disappeared. The youngest daughter, Aoife, who left for New York, returns to help her family deal with her father's disappearance. Aoife and her sister Monica who have a strained relationship attempt to settle their differences. … Continue reading Book Review: Instructions for A Heat Waves by Maggie O’Farrell.

Book Review: Forest of Memory by Mary Robinette Kowal

Katya is an Authenticities and Antiquities dealer in the far future where the details of life are recorded on Captures. She collects items before this time for their nostalgic value, ordinary things like typewriters and dictionaries.  She relies on her A.I. like many would really one a friend. That is why she find herself so … Continue reading Book Review: Forest of Memory by Mary Robinette Kowal