Thursday, December 5, 2019

Gone Without a Trace by Mary Torjussen

Hannah's life is upended when her boyfriend Matt disappears. Hannah lives in the Wirral peninsula and is on the fast track for promotion at the company where she works.

Matt doesn't just disappear. He obliterates his presence by taking every single item he owns from her apartment and deleting every photo and text from her computer and phone. 

A quick call to the architectural firm where Matt worked establishes the fact that he no longer works there. His mother has also changed residences. No one can give Hannah any answers. Worst of all, she has been receiving strange text messages and believes someone has been entering her house without her permission. When she goes for a jog, someone films her, and then sends the video to her phone.

While this tense-filled situation has no easy explanation, several characters are suspect. Katie, Hannah's best friend, has always been insanely competitive with Hannah. Her next door neighbors, members of the neighborhood watch, are seriously creepy. Her co-worker seems to be on her side but he also seems deceitful.

 Given how shady her close associations are, any one of these characters could be gas lighting Hannah. Matt has always seen supportive but maybe she's seeing a side of Matt she never knew existed?

Torjussen gives her character an intriguing puzzle to decipher. The reader gets a jolt when a surprising twist is thrown in to the mix. A thrilling, yet well-developed novel with a unexpected conclusion. 

If you like this book, you may also like Ghosted by Rosie Walsh. 

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Diabetes Awareness Month

Photo by Cayla1 on Unsplash

November is a time for feasting but that doesn't mean your Thanksgiving feast has to be unhealthy.

Here are some titles for Diabetes Awareness month that can help you plan a healthy feast:

American Diabetes Association. Complete Guide to Carb Counting. (2019).

Comerford, Hope. Fix-it and Forget-it Instant Pot Diabetes Cookbook. (2019). 

Feldman, Marie. Healthy Habits for Managing and Reversing PreDiabetes. (2019). 

Hensrud, Donald. Mayo Clinic Diabetes Diet. (2018).

Kalyani, Rita. Diabetes Head to Toe. (2018).

Verdi, Cassandra. Diabetes Superfoods Cookbook and Meal Planner. (2019).

Weisenberger, Jill. PreDiabetes a Complete Guide. (2018).

If you need more ideas, try this website,
Diabetes food hub

Friday, November 1, 2019

Native American Heritage Month

November is a special time to celebrate Native American heritage.

Arana, Marie. Silver, Sword, and Stone: Three Crucibles in the Latin American Story. Arana uses three contemporary people to reflect upon Latin America's past--a Peruvian miner, a Cuban refugee, and a Jesuit priest. 

Brooks, Lisa Tanya. Our Beloved Kin: a New History of King Philip's War. Brooks' work gives new understanding to colonial New England history.

Estes, Nick. Our Heritage is Our Future. Estes chronicles the largest indigenous protest movement.

Harjo, Joy. The Woman Who Fell From the Sky. The current Poet Laureate, Harjo, is a Native American poet.

Hunt, Ben. Native American Survival Skills.

Ostler, Jeffrey. Surviving Genocide: Native Nations and the United States. Documents the seizure of Native lands and ways Native Americans resisted.

Monday, October 7, 2019

National Reading Group Month 2019

Try these books recommended by the National Reading Group Month for 2019:

Bailat-Jones, Michelle. Unfurled

Chung, Nicole. All You Can Ever Know: a Memoir.

Girma, Haben. Haben: The Deaf Blind Woman Who Conquered Harvard Law.
Kimmel, Fran. No Good Asking.
Loewenstein, Laurie. The Death of a Rainmaker

Meissner, Susan. The Last Year of the War.

Rivero, Melissa. The Affairs of the Falcons.

Weiner, Jennifer. Mrs. Everything. 

Zgheib, Yara. The Girls at 17 Swann Street.

For more selections,
national reading group month selections

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Quieres aprender ingles? Do you want to learn english?

unsplash-logoMaarten van den Heuvel

Check out CDs and kits from Rockwall County Library e.g. 
Ingles/English for Spanish speakers. In addition, is a great resource for learning English. If your first language is Spanish, you can find an English course here,

Niveles: Principiante, Basico, Intermedio, Intermedio Avanzado, Avanzado, Experto 

Este curso está compuesto por 6 niveles donde vas a encontrar desde lo más básico, como el alfabeto y crear palabras (beginner), hasta la preparación de exámenes internacionales de inglés (expert).

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

The Child Finder by Rene Denfeld

Naomi's earliest memory is of herself as a ten-year-old running naked in
a strawberry field. She runs towards migrant workers who take her to a sheriff.

Twenty years later, Naomi is a thirty-year-old private investigator trying
to find a child who has disappeared while out on a family trip. Naomi has 
become a private investigator to atone, as she puts it, to "atone" for her past. 

The child she seeks to save, however, has been lost for three years in a remote
part of Willamette Valley. There's no evidence to suggest that the child is alive. 
The case is inactive and its assumed she has perished in the snow. 

Naomi learns from each case and this case gives her most valuable insight yet.
Glimmers of the past return as she finds the living conditions of the girl, a cave 
in a remote claim.

Denfeld, a former private investigator, writes a taut, psychological mystery 
with details that ring true.   

A harrowing work of psychological fiction set in Oregon's Willamette Valley where
fur trapping is still commonplace in remote towns. In one such town, a mysterious
figure lives in obscurity. Years ago, he had been kidnapped and tortured by 
someone he calls simply "The Man."

Could this be mysterious figure be tied to the missing girl?

As Naomi reaches out to her foster bother, some of her lost memories return. 
After solving the case of the missing girl, called the "Snow Girl," Naomi vows to 
solve a more personal missing person case. 

The Butterfly Girl is the second novel in the Naomi Cottle series.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Rockwall Economic Development Corporation

The Rockwall Economic Development Corporation's job fair is coming up September 20th.

Visit this link for more information,

Lake Pointe's Job Connection provides free career workshops. 

Rockwall County Library offers two free career classes:
  • Making Your Resume Speak Louder, 10/22 and 10/24, 6:30-8PM. 
  • Effective Interviewing, 12/10 and 12/12, 6:30-8PM. 
Registration required. Call 972-204-7700 or stop by the Reference desk. 

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