Picks of the Week as published in The Roanoke Rapids Daily Herald
APRIL 4, 2019 – INTERNATIONAL TATTING DAY
“Queen Anne’s Lace” by Susan Wittig Albert
China Bayles and Ruby Wilcox are business partners. China’s Thyme & Seasons and Ruby’s Crystal Cave share a loft, which desperately needs cleaning. Tackling this chore leads to the discovery of a box full of old photographs and exquisitely handcrafted, antique lace. China becomes curious about their origin and decides to investigate.
“Tatting” by Irene Waller
Some of us are familiar with the delicate art of making lace called tatting. However, few of us have ever attempted the craft. This comprehensive resource explains the art of tatting from the tools you need to the finished product. Even if you are not into crafting, this book will give you a new appreciation for the skill and patience it takes to make lace.
“The Weight of Feathers” by Anna-Marie McLemore
The Palomas and the Corbeaus are traveling performers with competing acts. Over the years, their conflict has grown from simple rivalry to raw hate. While they are both performing in the same town, there is a terrible explosion at the factory. In the aftermath, Cluck Corbeau saves Lace Paloma. An act of such heroism should be applauded; but, Cluck’s and Lace’s families are arch enemies. What will they do when Cluck and Lace discover that they feel more than friendship for each other?
“Lacey Walker, Nonstop Talker” by Christianne C. Jones
Lacey Walker loves to talk, talk, talk! If her eyes are open, her mouth is moving! But what will happen when she loses her voice?
APRIL 11, 2019 – NATIONAL SUBMARINE DAY
“SSN: Strategies of Submarine Warfare” by Tom Clancy
Based on the CD-ROM game “Tom Clancy SSN”, this book is composed of fifteen scenarios for the fictional U.S.S. Cheyenne and Captain Bartholomew Mackey in a national time of warfare. The author’s goal is to give the reader a taste of what life is like aboard a submarine and an idea of the dangers sailors face each day.
“Submarine” by Tom Clancy
Author Tom Clancy gained security clearance for information, diagrams, and photographs of submarines that had previously been unavailable to the general public. With this information, he has reconstructed life aboard a nuclear submarine. Pick up this incredible resource to gain a deeper appreciation of the history and evolution of submarines, as well as the bravery of the men and women who serve on them.
“Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea” by Jules Verne
Pick up this classic to enjoy an incredible adventure under the high seas. When a U.S. Navy ship sets out to investigate a mysterious sea monster, they discover it is not a monster at all. It is an incredibly advanced submarine commanded by an incredibly complicated Captain Nemo. Follow the adventures of three survivors who find themselves as a captive audience to Nemo and his competing thirsts for knowledge and revenge. Which thirst will Nemo quench?
“The Fantastic Secret of Owen Jester” by Barbara O’Connor
Owen Jester had not wanted his family to move when his dad lost his job. Between his grandfather’s grumpy, killjoy nurse and the bossy, nosy girl next door, Owen doesn’t think he will ever be able to enjoy exploring the woods or the pond or anything! Then one night, Owen hears the train go by—but he also hears a mysterious “thud”, the sound of wood cracking, and the sound of something tumbling down the hill. What is it?
APRIL 18, 2019 – NEWSPAPER COLUMNISTS DAY
“Betting on Hope” by Debra Clopton
When columnist Maggie Hope is ordered to step out from behind her newspaper desk and in front of a camera, she is very reluctant. However, she owes Amanda, the reporter who’s down with the flu. When the interview she is doing ends in a bet that involves champion horse trainer Tru Monahan teaching her to ride a horse, Maggie gets a lot more than she bargained for—and so does Tru!
“Wake Up and Smell the Coffee!” by Ann Landers
Famous advice columnist Ann Landers has compiled a number of her answers to the questions asked by her readers over the span of forty years. Within the pages of this book are Ann’s personal favorites dealing with such subjects as marriage, pets, children, health, and everything in between.
“Adam Canfield of the Slash” by Michael Winerip
Adam Canfield co-edits the school newspaper with his friend Jennifer. A third grader brings him a story about the school janitor. Adam is reluctant to consider it; but, Jennifer convinces him to give it a chance. When the school principal censors the article, Adam and Jennifer become suspicious that there is more to the story.
“The Paperboy” by Dav Pilkey
Pick up this wonderful story of how paperboys used to deliver the newspapers in the early morning hours by bicycle to their neighbors.
APRIL 25, 2019 – WORLD PENGUIN DAY
“Arctic Drift” by Clive Cussler & Dirk Cussler
Dirk Pitt is the director of the National Underwater and Marine Agency. In the search for a solution to global warming, Pitt and his team uncover a number of unexplained deaths, including an entire ship’s crew. When serious international incidents begin to threaten American security, Dirk and his team must determine if these incidents are related before a shooting war actually erupts.
“Wild Alaska” by Dale Brown and the Editors of Time-Life Books
Due to its size, Alaska may be thought to be teeming with a variety of plant and animal life. In fact, there are only about fifty species of land mammals native to Alaska, and only half as much variety of trees as in most other states. Check out this interesting overview of wild Alaska to learn more.
“Arctic Thaw: Climate Change and the Global Race for Energy Resources” by Stephanie Sammartino McPherson
The thawing of the Arctic region has revealed a number of resources and made them more accessible. However, with those resources come grave responsibilities for the future. The outcome of balancing resources against responsibilities will determine earth’s environmental future.
“Penguin Problems” by Jory John
Penguin has a problem. Actually, Penguin has a LOT of problems! The more he numbers them, the more he seems to find. Then, Walrus makes a suggestion.