In a novel that's sweetness served up with a side of realism, Walsh explores a small town's inhabitants desire to live the best version of themselves. When a simply plywood cubicle with the word DNAMIX shows up at Johnson's grocery story, it causes the good people of Deerfield to behave in outlandish ways. The machine, … Continue reading Book Review: The Big Door Prize by M.O. Walsh
On his way back from a client on the coast, Andrew Snow, a rare book dealer, cuts through the Downs and has an odd experience. After leaving the main road, he gets lost and finds himself inexplicably stopping at a dilapidated mansion. On The White House grounds, he feels the presence of a small hand gripping his … Continue reading Book Review: The Small Hand by Susan Hill
Evergreen by Rebecca Rasmussen In one of the best novels of 2014, Rebecca Rasmussen describes both the joy and the loneliness of the Minnesota wilderness. Eveline, joins her German husband, Emil, in a hardscrabble existence in Evergreen. Unbeknownst to her, Emil doesn't own the cabin they relocate to. When his father becomes sick, Emil goes to Germany, leaving … Continue reading Book Review: Evergreen by Rebecca Rasmussen
Though its hard to believe, in the not too distant past women could be placed in insane asylums by their husbands or families if they refused to conform to norms. Women could be sent to psychiatric institutes indefinitely if a family member said a woman was not behaving as she should. The novel begins by … Continue reading Book Review: The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox
This memoir, which is in four parts, is Dani Shapiro's most intimate memoir to date. Shapiro who has always considered herself her father's daughter is devastated to learn that he is not her biological father.Despite clues along the way, nothing clicks until she takes a DNA test. She expected to find that she is 100% … Continue reading Book Review: Inheritance by Dani Shapiro
Most readers know Shirley Jackson’s chilling short story, “The Lottery,” or her gothic novel, The Haunting of Hill House. Her masterpiece, We Have Always Lived in the Castle, is not as well known. We Have Always Lived in the Castle is a murder-mystery that combines Gothic elements with psychological suspense. Though it gives the routine … Continue reading Book Review: We Have Always Lived in the Castle
Volunteers from our community are extremely valuable to the us! Adults and teens are welcome to help with shelving books or library special events. If you are interested in volunteering to tutor in the literacy program, contact the literacy coordinator at (972) 204-7705 for information. ADULTS If you're 18+ and would like to work with us … Continue reading Volunteers
Murder in the Stacks Whodunit? It was Anita Mann who murdered ex-rock star librarian Paige Turner! The confession and other statements are on display near the upstairs reference desk. Thanks to everyone who participated! We hope you had as much fun playing as we had plotting the murder… Our winning detective is Cheryl W.