Kristie Plank

Families and Choices

UPDATE:  I know most of you are probably getting tired of the word “update”, but this is not frightening or medical in nature.  As all of you know our new library is on lock down and it may seem silly to have monthly book reviews.  It is not though.  Many of you read books electronically…

Lifestyles Created Issues

When you pick up Tata Westover’s memoir Educated (2019) you better be ready for quite an experience.  Tara’s story begins in the mountains of Idaho and makes its way to Cambridge University. Tara, the youngest of seven children in the Westover family lived an entirely different life than most us reading her book.  She was…

Hope and Heartbreak

Want to read something inspirational?  The Red Bandanna (2016) by Tom Rinaldi should fill the bill. From a youngster to a hero plus the red bandanna that was so much a part of who Welles Crowther was all his life. Chapter I You will meet Welles growing up just before they moved to Upper Nyak,…

All About The Boys

This month’s reviews both have young men who came from different backgrounds, grew up in different decades, and faced obstacles that would define who they would become as adults. The Boys in the Boat (2015) by David James Brown is a good old American tale of working hard towards accomplishing a goal.  The goal set…

Two Completely Different Reads

The moment you start reading The Whole Town’s Talking (2016) by Fannie Flagg be prepared.  You are going to meet several delightful residents of Elmwood Springs, Missouri.  The author has a different way of telling a story.  It is not told in numbered chapters.  The telling of this small town is broken into decades, from…

Always Time for a Fast Read

The moment you start reading The Whole Town’s Talking (2016) by Fannie Flagg be prepared.  You are going to meet several delightful residents of Elmwood Springs, Missouri.  The author has a different way of telling a story.  It is not told in numbered chapters.  The telling of this small town is broken into decades, from…

From Appalachia to Scotland

Author Leah Weiss takes readers on a journey back to the 1970s to the fictional Baines Creek, a very remote mountain community in North Carolina, in her debut novel If the Creek Don’t Rise (2017). In this tiny corner of Appalachia, you are going to get to know ten characters very well.  So well in…

Mysteries To Solve

The month of September has managed to work its way into our lives right on time.  Every month of the year has its own personalities.  No two are alike.  The books reviewed for this month have mysteries to be solved.  Just like the months their similarities end there. A Study in Treason (2018) by Leonard…