BCL Staff Picks for 2009

Lanetta Sova, Circulation - Youth Services, Beaufort Branch

Just One Wisg coverThe main character is determined to grant her cancer ridden brother’s wishes. For her brother’s birthday she tells him she has a genie and he may have the last two wishes only if the last wish is the experimental treatment will go well. Instead of wishing for the toy Robin Hood that the sister had waken early to get, he wishes for the real person. With her friend, the main character skips off to Hollywood and though many adventures and comic scenes manages to bring back Robin Hood.

This was a feel good book. I enjoyed reading about the love the sister has for her brother and the healing process she goes though as she encounters the Hollywood actor and the healing she brings to others. I look forward to reading other books written by Janette Rallison.

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Ileanna Herrick, Administrative Specialist, Administration

Math Doesn't Suck coverIt is a great book because it made me love math that I did not before. It is addressed to teens in middle school, however, as adult I studied and I understood the math that we all need and it helped me a lot to prepare for the GED. Actually, because I love the book, I purchased it to have in my personal library at home. I highly recommend the book for all who is taking the GED as adult and to all teens.

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Francesca Denton, Reference Manager, Bluffton Branch

Mudbound coverJordan's poignant and moving debut novel, winner of the 2006 Bellwether Prize, takes on social injustice in the postwar Mississippi Delta. Here, two families, the landowning McAllans and their black sharecroppers, the Jacksons, struggle with the mores of the Jim Crow South. Six distinctive voices narrate the complex family stories that include the faltering marriage of Laura and Henry McAllan, the mean-spirited family patriarch and his white-robed followers, and returning war heroes Jamie McAllan and Ronsel Jackson. In every respect, the powerful pull of the land dominates their lives. Henry leaves a secure job with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to buy their farm, never noticing that the refined and genteel Laura dreams of escaping the pervasive mud and dreary conditions of farm life. Ronsel, encouraged by his war-hero status as a tank commander, wants to break away from the past and head North to a better future, while his parents, knowing no other life but farming, struggle to buy their own land. Jordan faultlessly portrays the values of the 1940s as she builds to a stunning conclusion. (Library Journal, vol 132, issue 20, p100)

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Jan Campbell, Circulation Representative, Hilton Head Branch

My Stroke coverMy Stroke of Insight; a Brain Scientist’s Personal Journey by Jill Bolte Taylor , a thirty-seven-year-old Harvard-trained brain scientist, who experienced a massive stroke when a blood vessel exploded in the left side of her brain. A neuroanatomist by profession, she observed her own mind completely deteriorate to the point that she could not walk, talk, read, write, or recall any of her life, all within the space of four brief hours. It would take eight years for Taylor to heal completely. In telling her story, she provides a fascinating look into the human mind.

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Jo Anne Hardyman, Circulation Representative, Beaufort Branch

Nickel and Dimed cover"Any job equals a better life", the rhetoric that inspired her to take time off from her job as a writer and travel to 3 different parts of the U.S., taking jobs as a waitress, hotel maid, house cleaner among others and trying to live on the wages she made. She decided that one job is not enough; you must have 2 jobs if you intend to live indoors!!! What an eye-opener to those of us who have said "there's plenty of jobs around---people just have to look."

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