With Payson schools back in session, students in the Accelerated Reader Program will have access to many additional titles of books that qualify for the program, thanks to a $7,000 donation from the Library Friends of Payson. Terry Morris, library director, said the gift has added approximately 2,500 titles to the library's existing collection.
Terry's Top 10
"Blonde" by Joyce Carol Oates: In her most ambitious work to date, Oates boldly imagines the inner, poetic and spiritual life of Norma Jean Baker the child, the woman, the fated celebrity and idolized blonde the world came to know as Marilyn Monroe. "Blonde" pays tribute to the elusive magic and devastation behind the creation of the great 20th century American star.
"Empire Falls" by Richard Russo: An epic story about small-town America. Russo is a masterful storyteller with a mission: to chronicle with insight and compassion the day-to-day life of the citizens of Empire Falls. He alternates episodes of boisterous humor with moments of heart-wrenching pathos.
"Stealing Shadows" by Kay Hooper: What if you can enter madman's cruel mind as he plans his vicious crimes? What if you can see the terrified face of his prey as he moves in for the kill but you can't stop his frenzy once he strikes? As Cassie Neill is drawn into the mind of a psychopath, she discovers a frightening truth: he knows who she is. A chilling read.
"Happy Hours" by Devon Jerrsild: This book tells the story of women who fall into the dizzying maze of alcoholism. Mixing cutting edge research with moving stories of women who struggled with alcohol problems, "Happy Hour" challenges our assumptions and expands our awareness of the role alcohol plays in women's lives.
"Spiritual Life of Children" by Robert Coles: Coles explores the results of more than 30 years of talking and listening to children around the world about their inner lives. Unlike any other book on children, this passionate and moving account of a life spent in friendship with children will open up the world of childhood in a new way.
"Winston and Clementine - The Personal Letters of the Churchills" edited by their daughter, Mary Soames: Winston and Clementine wrote to each other constantly throughout their 57 years of life together, from the passionate and charming exchanges of their courtship until the year before Winston's death in 1965. Their letters provide rare and revealing insights into both the great political and social events of a turbulent century and the intimate world of an extraordinary partnership.
"Kids' Wildlife Book" by Warner Shedd: Fascinating insights, remarkable experiences and unforgettable anecdotes about wildlife will dispel myths and encourage understanding in children of all ages.
"The Kids' Nature Book" by Susan Milord: Through 365 indoor/outdoor activities and experiences, this book teaches young readers to see, hear, touch, taste and smell the magic and wonder of the natural world.
"You Gotta Try This" by Vicki Cobb: Winner of the New York Academy of Science's Best Children's Science Book of the Year Award. What makes this book different are the experiments. From studying weight in an elevator, to making a simple hot air balloon, kids will discover science can be fun.
"Buck Wilder's Small Twig Hiking and Camping Guide": A complete introduction to the world of camping for small twigs of all ages. Where to go, what to take, and how to do it. It's a 'Wilder" kind of outdoor guide.
Looking ahead ...
Boyd Nicholl of the Arizona Humanities Council will speak on "History of Bisbee and Mining in the Bisbee Area" at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 10 at the Library Friends of Payson monthly meeting. A potluck luncheon will follow the program.