Monday, November 17, 2014

More Than Books has a new home!

Update your bookmarks and RSS feeds: More Than Books has a new home! Chandler Library's new website has its own blog platform, so we're moving to:

You'll also find our blog featured in a box right on our homepage, with all the same book reviews, library news and highlighted resources.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Looking for... Books about our four-legged friends

Saturday, November 15 is Woofstock! Join your fellow dog lovers at Chandler's Tumbleweed Park for a day of training demonstrations, entertainment, vendors and more. This free-admission event starts at 9:00 am.

Dog lovers have also put their prints on the book world. Travels with Casey takes one man and his dog on a road trip across America - to look at other people and their dogs. The modern classic Marley and Me tells the story of living with "the world's worst dog." Or, you can go back even further and read famous veterinarian James Herriot's Favorite Dog Stories.

Find even more dog-related resources at the library:
Dog stories
Dog training
More books on dog ownership: stop in at your branch and look for 636.7 in nonfiction.

Don't forget our other furry and feathered friends! Books on pets of all sorts are found in nonfiction at 636.1 - 636.9.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Book Review: Liar Temptress Soldier Spy

A young Northern woman cuts her hair and dons a Union uniform. A seventeen-year old Southern woman aims a pistol at the Union soldier who breaks into her house. A notorious Confederate spy struggles to maintain her operations under scrutiny and in prison. And a Union sympathizer in Virginia begins operating an espionage ring out of her home.

Liar Temptress Soldier Spy tells the stories of these four historical figures, real women who defied the conventions of their time to join the fight for their countries during the Civil War. All of them went undercover at some point during the war, carrying intelligence that affected the outcome of numerous military operations. This fascinating historical account reads like fiction, alternating the stories of the four women with cliffhanger chapter breaks, and speculating on the thoughts and emotions that bring them to life. - Michelle (Sunset)

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Looking for… History Resources?

Helping a student do research for a history article? Or do you want to brush up on your own history knowledge? Chandler Library has two new resources to help you: U.S. History in Context and World History in Context. Find overview essays, primary sources, articles from journals and newspapers, and more. Read about the Colonial Era and other time periods, biographies of prominent people, major Supreme Court cases, and other historical topics.

To access these databases, start at and hover your mouse over the purple RESEARCH tab. Then click Databases A-Z, and scroll down to choose U.S. History or World History in Context. You’ll need your library card and PIN if you’re signing in from home. Then you can browse popular topics from the main page or use the search bar at the top to search for your own topic. Also - look for the Citation Tools link that goes with each article. It will tell you how to include the resource in a Works Cited page, just like a regular book or magazine.

Monday, November 3, 2014

The 5th Annual Chuck Wagon Cook-Off

Get your wagons hitched up and head to Tumbleweed Ranch at Tumbleweed Park November 7-9 for the 5th Annual Chuck Wagon Cook-Off. There's fun planned for all ages with a campfire glow, live music, gunfighter shows, and delicious food!

In case you want to get into a more "Western" state of mind before the big weekend, check out our list of Modern Westerns -- a great list of books featuring titles by Charles Portis, Larry McMurtry, Jeff Guinn, and Phillipp Meyer.

For those who want to try their hand at a little campfire cooking, check out a few of the titles below:

Thursday, October 30, 2014

The November LibraryReads List!

The latest batch of librarian favorites are here! We've included descriptions* below and you can head to the LibraryReads website to see brief reviews submitted by librarians from across the country. We'd love to hear what you think about the titles, let us know on Facebook, Twitter, or in the comments below!

Us: A Novel by David Nicholls
Published: October 28, 2014

Douglas Petersen understands his wife's need to 'rediscover herself' now that their son is leaving home. He just thought they'd be doing their rediscovering together. So when Connie announces that she will be leaving, too, he resolves to make their last family holiday into the trip of a lifetime: one that will draw the three of them closer, and win the respect of his son. One that will make Connie fall in love with him all over again. The hotels are booked, the tickets bought, the itinerary planned and printed. What could possibly go wrong?

Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover: The Fourth Rule of Scoundrels by Sarah MacLean
Published: November 25, 2014

By day, she is Lady Georgiana, sister to a Duke, ruined before her first season in the worst kind of scandal. But the truth is far more shocking—in London’s darkest corners, she is Chase, the mysterious, unknown founder of the city’s most legendary gaming hell. For years, her double identity has gone undiscovered . . . until now. Brilliant, driven, handsome-as-sin Duncan West is intrigued by the beautiful, ruined woman who is somehow connected to a world of darkness and sin. He knows she is more than she seems and he vows to uncover all of Georgiana’s secrets, laying bare her past, threatening her present, and risking all she holds dear . . . including her heart.

Lives in Ruins: Archaeologists and the Seductive Lure of Human Rubble by Marilyn Johnson Published: November 11, 2014

Pompeii, Machu Picchu, the Valley of the Kings, the Parthenon—the names of these legendary archaeological sites conjure up romance and mystery. The news is full of archaeology: treasures found (British king under parking lot) and treasures lost (looters, bulldozers, natural disaster, and war). Archaeological research tantalizes us with possibilities (are modern humans really part Neandertal?). Where are the archaeologists behind these stories? What kind of work do they actually do, and why does it matter? Marilyn Johnson’s Lives in Ruins is an absorbing and entertaining look at the lives of contemporary archaeologists as they sweat under the sun for clues to the puzzle of our past. Johnson digs and drinks alongside archaeologists, chases them through the Mediterranean, the Caribbean, and even Machu Picchu, and excavates their lives. Her subjects share stories we rarely read in history books, about slaves and Ice Age hunters, ordinary soldiers of the American Revolution, children of the first century, Chinese woman warriors, sunken fleets, mummies.

The Burning Room (Harry Bosch #19) by Michael Connelly
Published: November 3, 2014

In the LAPD's Open-Unsolved Unit, not many murder victims die almost a decade after the crime. So when a man succumbs to complications from being shot by a stray bullet nine years earlier, Bosch catches a case in which the body is still fresh, but any other evidence is virtually nonexistent. Now Bosch and his new partner, rookie Detective Lucia Soto, are tasked with solving what turns out to be a highly charged, politically sensitive case. Starting with the bullet that's been lodged for years in the victim's spine, they must pull new leads from years-old information, which soon reveals that this shooting may have been anything but random.

Mortal Heart: His Fair Assassin Trilogy Book 3 by Robin LaFevers
Published: November 4, 2014

Annith has watched her gifted sisters at the convent come and go, carrying out their dark dealings in the name of St. Mortain, patiently awaiting her own turn to serve Death. But her worst fears are realized when she discovers she is being groomed by the abbess as a Seeress, to be forever sequestered in the rock and stone womb of the convent. Feeling sorely betrayed, Annith decides to strike out on her own. She has spent her whole life training to be an assassin. Just because the convent has changed its mind doesn't mean she has...

The Ship of Brides: A Novel by Jojo Moyes
Published: October 28, 2014

The year is 1946, and all over the world, young women are crossing the seas in the thousands en route to the men they married in wartime - and an unknown future. In Sydney, Australia, four women join 650 other brides on an extraordinary voyage to England, aboard the HMS Victoria, which also carries not just arms and aircraft but 1,000 naval officers and men. Rules of honour, duty, and separation are strictly enforced, from the aircraft carrier's captain down to the lowliest young stoker. But the men and the brides will find their lives intertwined in ways the Navy could never have imagined.

The Forgers by Bradford Morrow
Published: November 4, 2014

The rare book world is stunned when a reclusive collector, Adam Diehl, is found on the floor of his Montauk home: hands severed, surrounded by valuable inscribed books and original manuscripts that have been vandalized beyond repair. Adam's sister, Meghan, and her lover, Will-a convicted if unrepentant literary forger-struggle to come to terms with the seemingly incomprehensible murder. But when Will begins receiving threatening handwritten letters, seemingly penned by long-dead authors, but really from someone who knows secrets about Adam's death and Will's past, he understands his own life is also on the line-and attempts to forge a new beginning for himself and Meg.

In the Company of Sherlock Holmes: Stories Inspired by the Holmes Canon Edited by Leslie S. Klinger and Laurie R. King
Published: November 24, 2014

The Sherlock Holmes stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle were recently voted as the top mystery series of all time, and they have enthralled generations of readers and writers! Now, Laurie R. King, author of the New York Times-bestselling Mary Russell series (in which Holmes plays a co-starring role), and Leslie S. Klinger, editor of the New Annotated Sherlock Holmes, have assembled a stellar group of contemporary authors from a variety of genres and asked them to create new stories inspired by that canon. Inside you ll find Holmes in times and places previously unimagined, as well as characters who have themselves been affected by the tales of Sherlock Holmes. The game is afoot again!

Jane and the Twelve Days of Christmas: Being a Jane Austen Mystery (#12) by Stephanie Barron
Published: October 28, 2014

Christmas Eve, 1814: Jane Austen has been invited to spend the holiday with family and friends at The Vyne, the gorgeous ancestral home of the wealthy and politically prominent Chute family. As the year fades and friends begin to gather beneath the mistletoe for the twelve days of Christmas festivities, Jane and her circle are in a celebratory mood: Mansfield Park is selling nicely; Napoleon has been banished to Elba; British forces have seized Washington, DC; and on Christmas Eve, John Quincy Adams signs the Treaty of Ghent, which will end a war nobody in England really wanted. Jane, however, discovers holiday cheer is fleeting. One of the Yuletide revelers dies in a tragic accident, which Jane immediately views with suspicion. If the accident was in fact murder, the killer is one of Jane’s fellow snow-bound guests. With clues scattered amidst cleverly crafted charades, dark secrets coming to light during parlor games, and old friendships returning to haunt the Christmas parties, whom can Jane trust to help her discover the truth and stop the killer from striking again?

Mermaids in Paradise: A Novel by Lydia Millet
Published: November 3, 2014

On the grounds of a Caribbean island resort, newlyweds Deb and Chip—our opinionated, skeptical narrator and her cheerful jock husband who’s friendly to a fault—meet a marine biologist who says she’s sighted mermaids in a coral reef. As the resort’s “parent company” swoops in to corner the market on mythological creatures, the couple joins forces with other adventurous souls, including an ex–Navy SEAL with a love of explosives and a hipster Tokyo VJ, to save said mermaids from the “Venture of Marvels,” which wants to turn their reef into a theme park.

Which one will you read first?

If you need help placing a hold with your Chandler Public Library card, give us a call at 480-782-2800. 

If you'd like more book recommendations, browse our Book Lists page or check out the previous LibraryReads lists.

*Book descriptions from the publisher.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Book Review: Reunion

Sometimes in your reading life you just need first person narration. I needed all of Kate's "I's". Sometimes you also need a dysfunctional family... Reunion delivered that, too. And Pittard did a great job of pulling you in with the opening line:

"On June 16, at roughly eight thirty in the morning, I get the phone call that my father is dead."

Well, you have to keep reading after that. At least I did.

Kate's life is pretty well in shambles before she finds out about her father's suicide and before her siblings tell her she has to travel to Atlanta for the funeral -- which will also involve coming face-to-face with her four stepmothers and many half-siblings. As Kate haphazardly deals with her distastrous life, she also comes to terms with her relationship with her father.

This is a quick read and a good one for discussion. There's sibling relationships, adultery, childhood issues, and so much more. It's kind of the less-funny, more serious version of This is Where I Leave You. And check out Pittard's previous novel, The Fates Will Find Their Way. - Melissa (Downtown)