Reviews and Blog Posts: family

Teaching the cat to sit : a memoir

by Michelle Theall

DPL Rating:
4

Colorado author Theall's memoir alternates between her early years in a strict Catholic family in Texas and her dealing with her son's Catholic school's decision to expel children of same sex parents in 2010. Theall's story of isolation, yearning for acceptance by her mother and the church, and hiding the...

About time

DPL Rating:
4

On his 21st birthday, Tim (Domhnall Gleeson) learns he has a genetic pre-disposition for time travel. With guidance from his father (Bill Nighy), he sets out to use his powers to find love. He quickly finds out that being able to "fix" your mistakes and smooth out the bumpy moments...

The son

by Philipp Meyer

DPL Rating:
5

This epic Western relates the violent history of Texas through the story of one powerful family. That story begins when 13-year-old Eli McCullough is captured by the Comanche in 1849 and traces his survivor’s spirit of resilience and ruthlessness through his progeny over the next 160 years, told in alternating...

Legends lost

by Charlie Mac

DPL Rating:
2

Giving a new twist to an old story. In his first book, the author, Charlie Mac finds a way to bring home Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. After allowing people to think they had died in a ferocious gun battle with lawmen in Bolivia, with the assistance of Ms....

Better Nate than ever

by Tim Federle

DPL Rating:
4

Nate Foster wants to be on Broadway. Or at least get out of his small Pennsylvania town where it seems no one but his best friend Libby understands him. When they hear about open auditions for E.T.: The Musical, Libby and Nate plot how to get him to New York...

Seraphina

by Rachel Hartman

DPL Rating:
3

Like many other governments, the kingdom of Goredd entered into a peace agreement with another very powerful dynasty in hopes of putting a stop to the senseless death and destruction brought on by war. It's provided four decades of peace between the two, but it's frail.  There are still fears and doubts....

Grimpow [the invisible road]

by Rafael Ábalos

DPL Rating:
4

Running away from his abusive uncle's tavern with a known thief and con artist named Durlib, Grimpow now leads the life of a vagabond. They travel from place to place, but have taken shelter for the winter in a cabin in the mountains of France. The year is 1313.  Coming back...

Full body burden growing up in the nuclear shadow of Rocky Flats

by Kristen Iversen

DPL Rating:
3

Moving to Colorado only a decade ago, I knew very little about Rocky Flats before reading this book.  The last of the (accounted for) plutonium had been shipped out and the name was something I would see in headlines regarding the legal suits but I didn’t know the history.  Iverson’s...

To kill a mockingbird

by Harper Lee

DPL Rating:
5

According to Merriam Webster, a classic is defined as serving as a standard of excellence :  of recognized value <classic literary works>

Always a witch

by Carolyn MacCullough

DPL Rating:
4

Life is merely a series of choices. It's unfortunate that some of the decisions Tamsin Greene has made so far could jeopardize the very existence of her family, the entire Greene lineage.  The story that began in Once a Witch is continued in Always a Witch.  As Tamsin trails Alistair Knight...

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