Shelf Life Blog

07/30/2015 - 2:24am
Punk Farm by Jarrett J. Krosoczka

When Farmer Joe goes to sleep, the animals on his farm are still wide awake. They are preparing for their debut show as the rock band Punk Farm!

Each animal has his own instrument, and the barn works well as a practice space. Thankfully, punk rock focuses on sheer animalistic energy over talent, so these hooved and feathered bandmates have little to worry about skill-wise. But wait....did the farmer's bedroom light just turn back on?

07/28/2015 - 12:29am
The Southern Slow Cooker

You know it’s a Southern slow cooker book when recipes may call for the ingredients to be first kissed by a cast-iron skillet. Heirloom and well-loved vegetables, such as pole beans and sweet potatoes and kale, are a part of the package, along with Smokey Navy Bean Soup (with cornbread), Creamy Cheese Grits, Shrimp Creole, and Carolina-style BBQ—its sauce from scratch, not a bottle.

07/23/2015 - 12:38pm
Moose Tracks by Karma Wilson

"There are Moose Tracks on my back porch. I'm not sure how they got there

One thing I'm fairly certain of-- last night those tracks were NOT there."

08/10/2015 - 10:02am
The Perfume Collector by Kathleen Tessaro
In 1950s London, women of a certain social set have a pattern to their lives. They attend glittering parties where everyone jockeys for social prominence whilst pretending to a vapid joy in an environment of sheer ennui, enlivened by scandals and the occasional backstabbing, husband-stealing hostess.

07/21/2015 - 2:17am
How to Build a Girl by Caitlin Moran

Johanna Morgan knows she is an embarrassment. After humiliating herself on live television, she realizes that to be cool, hip, and respected, she can’t be herself. In How to Build a Girl, by Caitlin Moran, we watch Johanna reinvent herself into the girl she wants to be.

07/17/2015 - 3:12pm
Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin

This readalike is in response to a customer's book-match request. If you would like personalized reading recommendations, fill out the book-match form and a librarian will email suggested titles to you. Available for adults, teens, and kids.  You can browse the book matches here.

Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin: "Rachel White is the consummate good girl. A hard-working attorney at a large Manhattan law firm and a diligent maid of honor to her charmed best friend Darcy, Rachel has always played by all the rules. Since grade school, she has watched Darcy shine, quietly accepting the sidekick role in their lopsided friendship. But that suddenly changes the night of her thirtieth birthday when Rachel finally confesses her feelings to Darcy's fiance, and is both horrified and thrilled to discover that he feels the same way. As the wedding date draws near, events spiral out of control, and Rachel knows she must make a choice between her heart and conscience. In so doing, she discovers that the lines between right and wrong can be blurry, endings aren't always neat, and sometimes you have to risk everything to be true to yourself." (Book summary)

If you liked Something Borrowed, here are some other titles you may enjoy:

The Best Man by Kristan Higgins
Back in her home town after vowing never to return, Faith Holland wants nothing to do with the oh-so-sexy chief of police, Levi Cooper.


The Blue Bistro by Elin Hilderbrand
Adrienne Dealey has spent the past six years working for hotels in exotic resort towns. This summer she has decided to make Nantucket home. Left flat broke by her ex-boyfriend, she is desperate to earn some fast money. When the desirable Thatcher Smith, owner of Nantucket's hottest restaurant, is the only one to offer her a job, she wonders if she can get by with no restaurant experience. Thatcher gives Adrienne a crash course in the business...and they share an instant attraction. But there is a mystery about their situation: what is it about Fiona, the Blue Bistro's chef, that captures Thatcher's attention again and again? And why does such a successful restaurant seem to be in its final season before closing its doors for good? (


07/23/2015 - 12:38pm
Hoot Owl: Master of Disguise by Sean Taylor and Jean Jullien

Night falls in the woods. As some creatures start to rest, others begin to hunt. One predator in particular has a preference for trickery. Prepare yourself for Hoot Owl: Master of Disguise!

Our ambitious bird of prey will go to any lengths to catch his meal. He sees a delicious-looking rabbit and quickly fashions a gigantic carrot costume. Surely the bunny will fall for this clever camouflage...until it hops away. 

07/14/2015 - 2:13am
Isaac’s Storm by Erik Larson

In Isaac’s Storm, Erik Larson tells the story of the fateful year 1900 when Isaac Cline and a hurricane crossed paths in the city of Galveston, Texas. As a meteorologist at a time when that science was still not being taken seriously by most people, performing well at his job was a major goal for Isaac. Despite his commitment, a series of factors—most significantly disillusionment with the Cuban weather reporting and an incomplete understanding of certain weather patterns, would result in absolute catastrophe for Galveston and the people living there.

07/23/2015 - 12:37pm
Hooray for Hat! by Brian Won

Elephant woke up incredibly grumpy, but a surprise present left on the doorstep changes his attitude. The box contains a most elaborate hat, and Elephant's frown turns upside down. Hooray for Hat!

07/21/2015 - 10:01am
Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult

Jenna's mother vanished ten years ago without a trace. In Jody Picoult's latest novel Leaving Time, the precocious 13-year-old is on a mission to crack the mystery and locate her missing parent. Her father Thomas, now committed to a mental institution, can barely recognize his daughter, let alone assist her in her quest. Instead, Jenna solicits the help of a Virgil, a washed-up private investigator—one of two former cops who actually worked her mother’s case—and Serenity—a once famous psychic, now fallen from grace.


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