Sheila U's Picks


Still Life

Joy Fielding

Recommended by: Sheila U

Still Life tells the story of a young woman who is hit by a car, and finds herself in a coma, unable to move or communicate, but able to hear what is happening around her.  As the story progresses, it becomes harder to tell who she can trust, and who is trying to kill her.  


Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me (and Other Concerns)

Mindy Kaling

Recommended by: Sheila U

Mindy Kaling got her big break writing for and acting in the show "The Office."  This memoir is a collection of funny stories from her life and career.  


The Racketeer

John Grisham

Recommended by: Sheila U

The Racketeer is Grisham's latest novel featuring a lawyer being chased by the FBI and bad guys, and if you've enjoyed his other works, this won't let you down.  The story is told from the viewpoint of Malcolm Bannister, a lawyer in prison for racketeering; who knows the mystery behind the death of Federal Judge Raymond Fawcett.  He knows who did it and why; but keeps the Feds and the audience guessing until the end.


Folk Shawls: 25 knitting patterns and tales from around the world

Cheryl Oberle

Recommended by: Sheila U

Lately, I've been fascinated by lace knitting.  Folk Shawls is a wonderful source of beautiful pattern ideas for lace work, and stories about the areas and people who created them.  Another place I've found great lace information is one of the new digital magazines offered by the library, through Zinio (http://www.scpls.org/zinio).  The magazine Piecework is a great source of information about lace-making in various forms, including knitting.  


Me Talk Pretty One Day

David Sedaris

Recommended by: Sheila U

A friend recently told me he wanted to start reading David Sedaris, but wasn't sure where to start.  As someone who has read every book Sedaris has published, it was a tough call.  But "Me Talk Pretty One Day" is probably my all-time favorite and a great one to start with.  You'll meet Sedaris' quirky family and enjoy his wonderful stories.  


11/22/63

Stephen King

Recommended by: Sheila U

This fascinating book combines historical fiction with science fiction, asking the question "If you could change an event in history, would you?"  The main character discovers a portal back in time, and develops a plan stop the assassination of John F. Kennedy.   He finds that the "Obdurate Past" resists change, and the results of trying to change history are unexpected.  While there are a few gruesome details typical of King's writing, this story is not about monsters or supernatural beings.  The time travel is only a plot device; the story asks bigger questions about life, time, politics, and history.


In Our Humble Opinion

Tom and Ray Magliozzi

Recommended by: Sheila U

If you listen to NPR, you know Tom and Ray Magliozzi, or Click and Clack, the Tappet Brothers.  Their show is hilarious, and occasionally, you learn a little about cars.  This book is a collection of short essays, ranting about their pet peeves.  


Crochet Noro: 30 Dazzling Designs

Recommended by: Sheila U

If you've never worked with Noro yarn, you may want to give it a try in the new year.  It's expensive, but the beautiful, self-striping colors create very special pieces.  This book is loaded with designs for clothing and accessories, using various weights.  And if you're not ready to invest in Noro yarns, use some of the self-striping yarns from Lion Brand or Hobby Lobby's "Yarn Bee" line.  

And if ever you would like help with your projects, or just want to socialize while you work, visit our knitting and crochet classes.  Crochet class meets on Mondays from 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. and the first Saturday of each month, also at 10:00 a.m.  Knitting Circle meets on Wednesdays from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.


The Christmas Day Kitten

James Herriot

Recommended by: Sheila U

I love James Herriot's writing - the stories are funny, heartwarming, and endearing.  I was thinking of some of my favorite Thanksgiving and Christmas stories, and this one is one of the best.  


The Fifth Witness

Michael Connelly

Recommended by: Sheila U

I'm a big fan of thrillers, and really enjoy when an author takes a great character and writes a series of books with that character.  "The Fifth Witness" is the fourth book in the Mickey Haller series by Michael Connelly, and it is great!  If you haven't read any of the Mickey Haller series, the 1st book (and best place to start) is "The Lincoln Lawyer" - which last year was made into a fantastic movie starring Matthew McConaughey and Marisa Tomei.  Mickey Haller is a middle-age defense lawyer who operates from the back seat of his Lincoln Towncar; and with this novel, has expanded into foreclosure defense.  His client Lisa Trammel is implicated in the murder of the banker who is foreclosing on her house.  Fast-paced, and full of interesting information on the recent mortgage crisis, "The Fifth Witness" has a great ending (the twist ending is not a huge surprise, but how it plays out is very satisfying).

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