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This post is the final part of a 4-part series highlighting the Library staff’s favorite books in our Download Destination eBook collection. Previous posts in this series include: Fiction, Non-Fiction & Biography, and Mysteries.

Even though the popularity of eBooks is growing, the electronic format doesn’t make it easier for readers to find books worth their time. That’s where librarians come in! In this final entry on we are talking about Science Fiction & Fantasy.

The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien
Frodo the hobbit and his companions set out to deliver the One Ring of Power to the dark land of Mordor in order to destroy the ring in the forge of its creation.
What Sarah says: “Tolkien has created a world full of creatures both new and recognizable that has made an impact on generations of readers.”
The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
A hero named Kvothe, now living under an assumed name as the humble proprietor of an inn, recounts his transformation from a magically gifted young man into the most notorious wizard, musician, thief, and assassin in his world.
What Sarah says: “Absolutely thrilling!”

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This post is the third part in a 4-part series highlighting the Library staff’s favorite books in our Download Destination eBook collection. Come back everyday this week to discover more great titles to fill your eReader!

Even though the popularity of eBooks is growing, the electronic format doesn’t make it easier for readers to find books worth their time. That’s where librarians come in! Today we are discussing great Mystery titles that Librarians at the Milford Library have included on our Staff Favorites list. In our final entry on Thursday we will talk about Science Fiction & Fantasy.

The Final Detail by Harlan Coben – recommended by Laurel
Myron Bolitar must cut his Caribbean vacation short when he learns his partner and best friend, Esperanza, has been arrested for the murder of a fallen baseball star and MB SportsRep client.
What Laurel Says: “…sometimes the good guys break the rules because they know better.”
   
A Superior Death by Nevada Barr
While diving at her new station near Lake Superior, Park Ranger Anna Pigeon discovers evidence of a grisly murder connected to an old sunken cargo ship.
What Sue says: “Intriguing story and realistic Lake Superior experience.”

   
The Likeness by Tana French
A young woman is found stabbed to death in a small town outside Dublin, and Detective Cassie Maddox is called to the scene to investigate. The dead girl’s ID says her name is Lexie Madison–the identity Cassie used years ago as an undercover detective–and she looks exactly like Cassie.
What Karin says: “Complex characters and a sense of humor make this book an engaging thriller.”
   
The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith
Working in Gaborone, Botswana, Precious Ramotswe investigates several local mysteries, including a search for a missing boy and the case of the clinic doctor with different personalities for different days of the week.
What Sue says:” A delightful detective with a great deal of warmth…a joy to read!”

   

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This post is the second in a 4-part series highlighting the Library staff’s favorite books in our Download Destination eBook collection. Come back everyday this week to discover more great titles to fill your eReader!

Even though the popularity of eBooks is growing, the electronic format doesn’t make it easier for readers to find books worth their time. That’s where librarians come in! Today we are discussing great Non-Fiction & Biography titles that Librarians at the Milford Library have included on our Staff Favorites list. Wednesday we will talk about Mysteries, and Thursday will be Science Fiction & Fantasy.

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt – recommended by Sarah
In charming, beautiful, and wealthy old-South Savannah, Georgia, the local bad boy is shot dead inside of the opulent mansion of an antiques dealer, and a gripping trial follows.
What Sarah says: “This book is hard to categorize, but a delight to read…reads like a great crime novel.”
   
You Don’t Look Like Anyone I Know by Heather Sellers – recommended by Sue
Heather Sellers is face-blind—that is, she has prosopagnosia, a rare neurological condition that prevents her from reliably recognizing people’s faces. Growing up, unaware of the reason for her perpetual confusion and anxiety, she took what cues she could from speech, hairstyle, and gait. The truth was revealed two decades later when Heather took the man she would marry home to meet her parents and discovered the astonishing truth about her family and about herself.
What Sue says: “If you liked The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls, you’ll enjoy this book.”
   
Shadow Divers by Robert Kurson – recommended by Sarah
A true tale of riveting adventure in which two weekend scuba divers risk everything to solve a great historical mystery-and make history themselves.
What Sarah says: “Fascinating details…a great adventure.”
   


Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
Detroit Free Press journalist and best-selling author Mitch Albom recounts his visits with a dying teacher who had influenced his life years before.
What David says: “Lessons on life from a man who’s dying.”
   
Thunderstruck by Erik Larson – recommended by Sarah
Dr. Hawley Harvey Crippen murdered his wife and tried to escape London on a ship to America in the early twentieth century. He was caught in part due to the new invention of the wireless by Guglielmo Marconi, which was used on the ship.
What Sarah says: “Erik Larson is a fantastic storyteller.”
   
Annie’s Ghosts by Steve Luxenberg – recommended by Sarah
Steve Luxenberg thought he knew everything about his mother’s family, until one day she revealed a family secret she had kept hidden for his entire life. After his mother’s death he decided he needed to know more about this family secret.
What Sarah says: “A sad and absorbing story.”

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This post is the first in a 4-part series highlighting the Library staff’s favorite books in our Download Destination eBook collection. Come back everyday this week to discover more great titles to fill your eReader!

Even though the popularity of eBooks is growing, the electronic format doesn’t make it easier for readers to find books worth their time. That’s where librarians come in! Today we are discussing great Fiction titles that Librarians at the Milford Library have included on our Staff Favorites list. Tuesday we will cover Non-Fiction, Wednesday will be Mysteries, and Thursday will be Science Fiction & Fantasy.

What We Keep by Elizabeth Berg – recommended by Sue
In San Francisco, two sisters visit their mother who walked out on the family 30 years earlier to devote herself to art. Now she has cancer and may die. One of the sisters is only doing it to please the other.
What Sue Says: “A little gem of a book…compelling and filled with emotion.”
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman – recommended by Heather
Nobody Owens is a normal boy, except that he has been raised by ghosts and other denizens of the graveyard.
What Heather Says: “A little bit of mystery, a little bit of horror, and a lot of fun to read.”
Bel Canto by Ann Patchett – recommended by Laurel
When terrorists seize hostages at an embassy party, an unlikely assortment of people is thrown together, including American opera star Roxanne Coss, and Mr. Hosokawa, a Japanese CEO and her biggest fan.
What Laurel says: “A beautifully-written study of the Stockholm Syndrome and the human heart.”
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon – recommended by Sarah Despite his overwhelming fear of interacting with people, Christopher, a mathematically-gifted, autistic fifteen-year-old boy, decides to investigate the murder of a neighbor’s dog and uncovers secret information about his mother.
What Sarah says: “Very touching and poignant.”

Do you have any recommendations to make from our Download Destination collection? We’d love to hear them in the comments!

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This year marks the beginning of the 150th anniversary of the U.S. Civil War. The war has continued to fascinate people, and has been the subject of many novels. If you think you’d like to explore the events of the war through fiction, try any of these titles we have in the Milford Library collection:

The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara
A classic. Revisits the battle of Gettysburg, and was the basis for the 1993 film Gettysburg. The events immediately before and during the battle are seen through the eyes of Confederate Generals Lee, Longstreet, and Armistead and Federal General Buford, Colonel Joshua L. Chamberlain, and a host of others. Also look for the prequel Gods and Generals and sequel The Last Full Measure written by Jeff Shaara, Michael Shaara’s son.

Shiloh by Shelby Foote
Recounts the action (and resulting carnage) of the 1862 Battle of Shiloh from the viewpoints of average soldiers, not just those in charge.

The Widow of the South by Robert Hicks
A novel based on the true experiences of a Civil War heroine. Carrie McGavock witnesses the bloodshed of the Battle of Franklin, falls in love with a wounded man, and dedicates her home as a burial site for fallen soldiers.

The March by E.L. DoctorowUnion General William Tecumseh Sherman’s devastating march through Georgia and the Carolinas during the final years of the Civil War has a profound impact on the outcome of the war.

The Black Flower by Howard Bahr
Bushrod Carter stoically awaits each Civil War battle until the Battle of Franklin, during which the Union forces defeat Carter and the Army of Tennessee.
March by Geraldine Brooks
A love story set against the catastrophe of the Civil War. Brooks has taken the character of the absent father, March, from Louisa May Alcott’s classic Little Women and added adult resonance to portray the moral complexity of war and a marriage tested by the demands of extreme idealism.

Homeland by Barbara Hambly
Exchanging letters throughout the devastation of the American Civil War, southerner Susanna Ashford and northerner Cora Poole share their thoughts about their husbands’ military service, literature, and the prospects of 19th-Century women.

Gettysburg: A Novel of the Civil War by Newt Gingrich
A fictionalized account of an alternate American Civil War, based on five years of research, considers how history might have transpired if General Robert E. Lee had won the Battle of Gettysburg in 1863.
Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier
After Inman escapes from a war hospital in 1864 and starts walking to Cold Mountain, Ada struggles to save her mountain farm with the help of Ruby, an illiterate but efficient farmer.

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