Favorites of 2012 – Deb

Today’s favorites of 2012 come from Reference staffer Deb!

Death at Seaworld by David KirbyTitle:  Death at Seaworld:  Shamu and the Dark Side of Killer Whales in Captivity

Author:  David Kirby

Call #:  599.536 KIR

This book follows the story of Naomi Rose, a marine biologist and animal advocate, and her battle with the multimillion dollar theme park.  It covers the controversial and even lethal ramifications of keeping killer whales in captivity.  If you are a lover of whales and hate seeing these magnificent animals in captivity, then you will love this book.  I learned SO many things about SeaWorld and even whales that I never knew before.  Definitely keeps your attention.

Wild by Cheryl StrayedTitle:  Wild:  From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail

Author:  Cheryl Strayed


In this book, Cheryl tells the story of her 1,100 mile hike on the Pacific Crest Trail.  Horribly unprepared for this journey, she comes to rely on the kindness and assistance of people she meets on the trail.  This book has it all; it’s funny with a few sad parts.  It is a very enjoyable read.

Growing Up Amish by Ira WaglerTitle:  Growing Up Amish

Author:  Ira Wagler


This heartwarming memoir is a very enjoyable read.  Wagler paints a very vivid portrait of Amish life from his childhood days until his ultimate decision to leave the Amish for good at age 26.  It’s a true story of one man’s quest to discover who he is and where he belongs.  A great coming of age story set against the backdrop of one of the most enigmatic cultures in America – the Old Order Amish.

Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree by Robert BarryTitle:  Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree

Author:  Robert Barry

Call #:  JP BAR

One of my favorite Christmas books of all time.  I read this book again and again to my now grown daughter and will continue by reading it to my grandson.  It’s a lovely story of how one Christmas tree turns into many and makes so many different characters very, very happy.  If you have never read this children’s book, you definitely should.  It will surely make you smile and be grateful for all you have.

Recommended by:  Deb



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