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2015 Summer Reads

intheunlikelyeventSince Memorial Day and summer are just around the corner, the finderskeepersfirst of the "Best Books of Summer" lists are starting to appear. Publishers Weekly and Entertainment Weekly have already released their picks, which include Harper Lee's long awaited sequel to To Kill a Mockingbird, titled Go Set a Watchman, and Finders Keepers, Stephen King's follow-up to Mr. Mercedes.  Judy Blume's first novel for adults since 1998, In the Unlikely Event, is also getting buzz.


So, there'll be lots of choices for adult summer reading!

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Reading and Riding

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May is National Bike Month

Sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists and celebrated in communities from coast to coast,
National Bike Month was established in 1956 as a chance to showcase the many benefits of bicycling — and encourage more folks to giving biking a try.

 In honor of the month, why not try a book with bikes?

Geared for the Grave by Duffy Brown
Mackinac Island is a peaceful summer resort town where everyone coasts through the gearedforthegravestreets on bicycles. Hoping to shift the chances of a promotion in her favor, Evie Bloomfield heads there to assist her boss's father, Rudy Randolph, who has broken his leg and needs help operating his bike shop, Rudy's Rides. After Evie's arrival, wealthy resident Bunny Harrington dies in what looks like a freak bike accident. Upon closer inspection, it appears Bunny's brakes were tampered with, and now the prime suspect in her murder is also Bunny's number one enemy: Rudy. To stay on her boss's good side, Evie needs to steer Rudy clear of jail. "Marijuana-laced fudge that inebriates local seniors; bike and horse incidents; and family arguments add a liberal dose of zaniness to a clever mystery. Evie and friends provide a unique look at the famous destination in this enjoyable escape." (Booklist)


Adult Summer Reading Program 2015

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June 1 – August 10, 2015

 Discover your hero in a book this summer!
There are two ways to play!

Library Bingo

PDL’s Adult Summer Reading Program, featuring the popular Library Bingo game, is back again this summer. Starting in June, adults will have the chance to win prizes for reading and discovering the Library’s many resources. Complete five boxes in a row on the Bingo form to earn prizes, like Penn movie tickets and certificates to Plymouth stores and restaurants. Bingo forms will be available in the Library and online at
No registration is required – grab a bingo sheet and begin!


Online Adult Summer Reading Log

Bingo not your thing? Try the Online Adult Summer Reading Program. Sign up at to create your adult summer reading account, then read five (5) books of your choice and list the titles on your online log. You can also post a book review, if you like. When you’ve finished your five, stop by the Library to pick up your final prize. Prizes include certificates to Plymouth stores and restaurants and Penn movie tickets. You can start reading on June 1 and continue until August 10.

Hold out for a hero this summer!


Everyone's Reading 2015

The Inner Circle by Brad Meltzer

inner circleIn May and June, PDL will participate in Everyone’s Reading, the one-book community reading program sponsored by Metro Detroit public libraries in Oakland and Wayne counties. Everyone’s Reading promotes public dialogue through the shared experience of reading and discussing the same book with friends, neighbors, and other members of our community.

This year's selection is the The Inner Circle by Brad Meltzer, a thriller with intriguing historical details about a ring of spies working for George Washington during the Revolutionary War. In the present, Beecher White is an archivist working happily with the past until Clementine Kaye, his crush back in school, asks for his help tracking down her long-lost father. After they discover a priceless artifact they were never meant to see - a two-hundred-year-old dictionary that once belonged to Washington -  Beecher and Clementine find themselves suddenly entangled in a web of deception, conspiracy, and murder connected to a secret organization within the United States government.

PARTICIPATE by reading the book and joining the book discussion at the Library: brad meltzerContemporary Books meets on June 9 at 7:30pm. No registration is necessary. Copies of The Inner Circle will be available at the Library.

MEET the author, Brad Meltzer, on June 22 at 2pm at the Rochester Church of Christ  or later that day (June 22) at The Jewish Community Center -  Handleman Hall, West  Bloomfield at 7pm. Tickets are free, but limited - call the Library for ticket availability, 734.453.0750, ext 4.

Read with us and discover the best kept secret of the United States Presidency!


Horrible Awards

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The Horror Writers Association, an organization of writers and publishers of horror and dark fantasy,"dedicated to promoting dark literature and the interests of those who write it," recently announced the 2014 winners of the Bram Stoker Awards. Named for the author of Dracula, the awards are presented annually for superior writing in several categories of this genre. The awards were presented during the World Horror Convention in Atlanta, held May 7-10.

Superior Achievement in a First Novel:                                         mrwicker

Mr. Wicker by Maria Alexander                                                                                 
After a  suicide attempt, failed horror novelist Alicia Baum arrives at  the Library of Lost Childhood Memories where Mr. Wicker, the sinister librarian, holds the secret to a missing childhood memory that was the cause of her every misfortune. Unable to pass to the hereafter, she returns to life. She awakens in a psych ward, in the care of Dr. Farron, a gentle psychologist researching the concept of childhood bogeymen. Drawn to the mystery of Alicia's past, and then to each other, they team up to find the memory before it, and Wr. Wicker, annihilate Alicia for good. "Illness, loss, and heartache color this splendid, bittersweet ode to the ghosts of childhood." (Publishers Weekly)


New for June

June 2015 LibraryReads List

The top ten books published this month that librarians across the country love

library reads logo websiteThis monthly list is created by librarians and library staff to help connect readers to new books and authors. An online community of librarians vote each month on their favorite new books and the results are tallied. "The list is a straightforward calculation: whichever ten books get the most nominations go onto the monthly list. The book with the most nominations becomes the #1 Pick. It’s as simple as that." The list is not meant to be a "best" list - just a list of collective favorites - books librarians loved and want to share.


#1 for June 2015:
Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave

eighthundredgrapesGrowing up on her family's Sonoma vineyard, Georgia Ford learned some important secrets. The secret number of grapes it takes to make a bottle of wine: eight hundred. The secret ingredient in her mother's lasagna: chocolate. The secret behind ending a fight: hold hands. But just a week before her wedding, thirty-year-old Georgia discovers her beloved fiancé has been keeping a secret so explosive, it will change their lives forever. Georgia does what she's always done: she returns to the family vineyard, expecting the comfort of her long-married parents, and her brothers, and everything familiar. But it turns out her fiancé is not the only one who's been keeping secrets...Set in the lush backdrop of Sonoma's wine country, Eight Hundred Grapes is a heartbreaking, funny, and deeply evocative novel about love, marriage, family, wine, and the treacherous terrain in which they all intersect.


British Crime Writer

Ruth Rendell (1930-2015)

doonwithdeathAcclaimed mystery writer Ruth Rendell, aka Baroness Rendell of Babergh, died on May 03RENDELL-blog4272 in London after suffering a stroke in January. She was 85. Rendell's books, written under her own name and also as Barbara Vine, along with those of her friend P.D. James, are credited with moving British crime novels from puzzle-style detective tales toward more psychologically complex stories with intricate plots and social consciousness. Rendell wrote more than 60 books, many featuring her best-known protagonist, Chief Inspector Reginald Wexford, a "big, ugly," happily married policeman with intelligence and sensitivity, who has a talent for getting under the skin of the crinimal element.  Rendell was quoted as saying,"Women love him." So much so that a British TV series about Inspector Wexford ran for 55 episodes. Over her career, Rendell won three Edgar Awards from the Mystery Writers of America, which named her to its list of grandmasters, and also won four Gold Daggers and a Diamond Dagger from England’s Crime Writers’ Association. Her final novel, Dark Corners, will be published in October.


Agatha Award Winners

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The Agatha Awards, named for the genre’s legendary practitioner, Agatha Christie, are sponsored by Malice Domestic, a nonprofit organization dedicated to celebrating traditional mysteries. The group’s Web site defines these books as “mysteries which contain no explicit sex or excessive gore or violence. Materials generally classified as "hard-boiled" are not appropriate." To be eligible, a mystery novel must have been published by a living author during the calender year of 2014. Prizes were awarded on May 2, during the organization's annual convention.

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Truth Be Told
by Hank Phillippi Ryan
The third book of the Jane Ryland/Jake Brogan series has reporter Jane Ryland following up on the story of a middle-class family evicted from their suburban home after the bank foreclosed. In digging up the facts, Jane soon learns the truth behind a big-bucks scheme and the surprising players who will stop at nothing, including murder, to keep their goal a secret. Meanwhile, Boston police detective (and Jane's boyfriend) Jake Brogan might have  a liar on his hands. A man has just confessed to the famous twenty-year-old Lilac Sunday killing, and while Jake's colleagues take him at his word, Jake is not so sure, despite his personal reasons for wanting to solve the cold case. Author Ryan won this prize last year for The Wrong Girl, the second book in the series.

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Queen of Hearts by Rhys Bowen
Genteely impoverished Lady Georgiana Rannoch, 35th in line for the British throne, is the star of Bowen's Royal Spyness series set in 1930's London. The eighth book finds the amateur spy/sleuth idling away in Kent until her much-married (and divorced) actress mother invites her on a trip to America. Georgie and her hapless maid, Queenie, set sail across the Atlantic on the ocean liner Berengaria, where they make the acquaintance of Hollywood mogul Cy Goldman. Unfortunately, the fun stops when Goldman is murdered once they all reach California. "Bowen moves the classic country-house mystery to a glitzy California castle, portrays real and Hollywood-made celebrities, and adds romance in an engagingly madcap adventure." (Booklist)


May the 4th Be With You!

Intergalactic Star Wars Day 2015


Today is the celebration of all things Star Wars and the Force is strong indeed. The next Star Wars film, Episode VII: The Force Awakens, premiers in December 2015, and 20 new Star Wars books, in various formats, will be released this year as part of the new official canon.  Lucasfilm has kindly provided a chart to help readers and viewers follow the stories' timelines and sort out the proper reading/watching sequence of the new material. Several of the new books (Lords of the Sith, TarkinA New Dawn and Heir to the Jedi) have been released already while others (Dark Disciple, Aftermath: Journey to the Force Awakens) will come later this year. Be warned: this timeline is not the last word - more new novels and comics are still in the works.



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From Page to Screen

Now (or soon) playing:

farfromthemaddingcrowdFar from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
Starring Carey Mulligan and Michael Sheen, this sixth film adaptation of Hardy's first major literary success opened on May 1. The title is taken from a poem, Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard, which meditates on the memories and comfort to be found in  living in the rustic English countryside.  Hardy's plot concerns the independent and headstrong Bathsheba Everdene, a rather modern young woman for her Victorian times, who wants to live her life on her own terms, despite the societal expectations and customs which constrain her. Although not inclined to marry (she has a farm to run) she attracts three very different suitors: Gabriel Oak, a sheep farmer; Frank Troy, a reckless Sergeant; and William Boldwood, a prosperous and mature landowner.


chocchipChocolate Chip Cookie Murder by Joanne Fluke
This is the first book in the mystery series that features Hannah Swensen, a talented baker who runs The Cookie Jar, a bakeshop in tiny Lake Eden, Minnesota, where the gossip flows as hot and steady as the coffee. When she finds her good friend and delivery driver shot dead in the alley behind her shop, Hannah joins the town sheriff in pursuit of the killer. The movie version, Murder She Baked: A Chocolate Chip Murder Mystery, will air on the Hallmark Movies and Mystery Channel at 9pm tonight (May 2) starring Alison Sweeney (Days of Our Lives, Biggest Loser) as Hannah. Fluke has written 17 more  dessert-titled novels about Hannah's exploits, the latest, Double Fudge Brownie Murder, was released in February 2015. All of the books contain recipes.


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