Monthly Archives: July 2011

Book Review: The American Heiress

The American Heiress

by Daisy Goodwin

Adult Fiction

In this splendid gilded age novel, Miss Cora Cash transforms herself from a beautiful young American heiress, under the thumb of her domineering mother, into a regal Duchess. It’s a difficult transition: Cora doesn’t understand her husband’s withdrawn moods and secretive past, or his formidable mother’s devotion to tradition, or the unwritten rules of English society. Indeed, money can’t buy everything: can Cora figure out what’s important to her in time to save her marriage from unhappiness?

Reminiscent of Masterpiece Theater’s “Downton Abbey” or Anna Godbersen’s Luxe series, the rich detail and historical setting of The American Heiress has combined to create a gem of historical chick-lit.


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Book Review: Carte Blanche

 Carte Blanche

By Jeffery Deaver

Adult Fiction

Bond, James Bond, has been nicely updated in this spy thriller. Although this Bond is in his thirties, a veteran of the Afghan war, and firmly attached to his specialized iPhone-like device (christened by Q branch as the iQphone), he is clearly recognizable as the Bond of old. And though the fast pace of this newest Bond adventure barely gives him time to seduce the ladies or enjoy his signature cocktail, he handles the constant action with his usual aplomb.

Bond’s mission is to protect the Realm – by any means necessary. When intelligence indicates that a mass killing is planned, Bond has less than a week to identify the mysterious perpetrator, infiltrate the organization, and stop the attack.

While the outcome is never really in question – this IS James Bond we’re talking about – the twists and turns it takes to get there will keep you on the edge of your seat.

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SMO-DOT @ your library!

Bring the kids out on Saturday, July 23 for SMO-DOT, an interactive program celebrating the rich history of Oklahoma roads! SMO-DOT was created by the Science Museum Oklahoma and the Oklahoma Department of Transportation in honor of the 100th anniversary of ODOT. The fun includes a zinc experiment, Bridge Building 101, edible roads (potholes served on the side), and instant root beer floats.

When: Saturday, July 23, 2011, at 10:00 am.

Where: The Thomas J. Harrison Pryor Public Library

We’ll see you there!

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Rapid Reviews: new audio books

Five of our newest audio books:

  • Live Wire, by Harlan Coban

The 10th in Coban’s Myron Bolitar series, this techo-thriller is irresistably packed with action and adventure.

  • King’s Speech, by Mark Logue

You’ve probably seen the movie – now read the book! This is a wonderfully detailed account of Lionel Logue, the speech therapist who helped King George VI conquer his stammer and regain his confidence.

  • Unbroken: a World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption, by Laura Hillenbrand

The inspiring true story of Louie Zamperini, who spent weeks on a raft in the ocean after his plane went down, and years more as a POW. The story of how he managed to retain his humanity through years of degradation is inspiring.

  • Death Cloud, by Andrew Lane

Here’s Sherlock Holmes as you’ve never seen him before: fourteen years old, involved in his first case. He’s not the brash Sherlock you’re used to, but as he stumbles his way through investigating a series of mysterious deaths, you see glimpses of the man he’ll become – and what made him that way.

  • Search for Love, Nora Roberts

One of Roberts’ early novels, Search for Love has newly been released on audio. From Washington, D.C. all the way to France, Serenity is a heroine full of wit and spunk. Our hero, Christophe de Kergallen, the Count of Kergallen … well, you’ll have to make up your own mind about him!

Other new audio titles include Cassandra Clare’s City of Bones, City of Ashes, and City of Glass, The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown, The Help by Kathryn Stockett, Jefferson Key by Steve Barry, and I’ll Walk Alone by Mary Higgins Clark.

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