Archive for December, 2014

The Way Back Machine – Best Sellers 1991

Let’s head back to 1991 for the last trip through time for 2015. It was only 24 years ago – and we still see some of the same authors on the Best Seller lists. The more things change, the more they stay the same, n’est-ce pas? A few things you might remember from 1991:

  • In January, the U.S. launched aerial bombs against Iraqi forces in Kuwait, the first military strikes of the Gulf War.
  • In April, Comedy Central began broadcasting in its current format.
  • In November, Magic Johnson announced he has HIV, which ends his NBA career.

If you don’t remember that year very well, check out one of the following books – from the New York Times Best Sellers list for the week of December 15, 1991 – for some nostalgia:



  1. Scarlett by Alexandra Ripley
  2. No Greater Love by Danielle Steel
  3. Needful Things by Stephen King
  4. The Sum of All Fears by Tom Clancy
  5. The Sapphire Rose by David Eddings
  6. Night Over Water by Ken Follett
  7. WLT by Garrison Keillor
  8. Comeback by Dick Francis
  9. The Firm by John Grisham
  10. The Doomsday Conspiracy by Sidney Sheldon
  11. Remember by Barbara Taylor Bradford
  12. Oh, The Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss
  13. All the Weyrs of Pern by Anne Mccaffrey
  14. Lila by Robert M. Pirsig
  15. Maus II by Art Spiegelman



  1. Me: Stories of My Life by Katharine Hepburn
  2. Den of Thieves by James B. Stewart
  3. Under Fire by Oliver L. North with William Novak
  4. Uh-Oh by Robert Fulghum
  5. Memories by Ralph Emery with Tom Carter
  6. Childhood by Bill Cosby
  7. Backlash by Susan Faludi
  8. The Jordan Rules by Sam Smith
  9. Parliament of Whores by P. J. O’Rourke
  10. PrairyErth by William Least Heat Moon
  11. Iron John by Robert Bly
  12. Molly Ivins Can’t Say That, Can She? by Molly Ivins
  13. When You Look Like Your Passport Photo, It’s Time to Go Home by Erma Bombeck
  14. The New World Order by Pat Robertson
  15. Chutzpah by Alan M. Dershowitz
  16. Dance While You Can by Shirley MacLaine

Staff Favorites 2014

It’s December, so that means the staff has been surveyed for their favorite books of the year. One of the great things about our staff is that we’re rather diverse readers, so whatever genre or subject you’re interested in, we’ve probably got someone who will be able to suggest a good read.

You might notice that this year, a number of us chose the same book as a favorite – All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. There are a couple of reasons for that: first, it’s a great book (nominated for the National Book Award, listed on several year-end best of lists, and the winner of the Goodreads Choice Awards for Best Historical Fiction); second, Doerr makes his home in Idaho and has served as the Idaho Writer-in-Residence (and he’s presented at our Library in the past). It’s always a good thing when we can support an Idaho author!

Drop in and pick up one of these, or query the staff on any other recommendations!


Favorite Books Published in 2014

A Beauty So Rare by Tamera Alexander (Amy)

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr (Amy, Beth, Jennifer, and Kate)

The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan (James)

Choose Your Own Autobiography by Neil Patrick Harris (Sara)

Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami (Sara)

Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor (Erica)

The Gods of Olympus: A History by Barbara Graziosi (Cody)

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt (Katie)

Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult (Kate)

The Legend of Sheba by Tosca Moon Lee (Liz)

Mirror Sight by Kristen Britain (Liz)

Mrs. Hemingway by Naomi Wood (Susan)

Mrs. Lincoln’s Rival by Jennifer Chiaverini (Susan)

Murder of Crows by Anne Bishop (Kathleen)

Night of the White Buffalo by Margaret Coel (Barbara)

The One by Kiera Cass (Darby)

Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo (Whitney)

Shots Fired: Stories from Joe Pickett Country by C.J. Box (Barbara)

The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith (Katie)

Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater (Erica)

Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory by Caitlin Doughty by (Stephanie)

A Street Cat Named Bob: And How He Saved My Life by James Bowen (Josie)

Unequal Affections by Lara Ormiston (Jessica)

The Very Cranky Bear by Nick Bland (Beth)

Where the Wind Leads: A Refugee Family’s Miraculous Story of Loss, Rescue, and Redemption by Vinh Shung (Susan)

Why Kings Confess by C.S. Harris (Jennifer)

The World According to Bob: The Further Adventures of One Man and His Streetwise Cat by James Bowen (Stephanie)


Favorite Books Published Before 2014

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey (Darby)

Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut (CJ)

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein (Erica)

Country Cooking of Ireland by Colman Andrews (Liz)

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (Darby, Josie, and Rachel)

The Forgotten by David Baldacci (Barbara)

The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker (Sara)

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (Sara and Rachel)

Good in Bed by Jennifer Weiner (Stephanie)

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (Katie)

Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn

A House in the Sky by Amanda Lindhout (Susan)

The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros (Jennifer)

Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones (James)

Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali

The Light in the Ruins by Chris Bohjalian (Kate)

Lyddie by Katherine Paterson (Beth)

Merciless Eden by Doug Tims (Susan)

The Mysterious Howling by Maryrose Wood (Erica)

The Pig Did It by Joseph Caldwell (Kate)

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (Amy)

Queen and Country: The Last Run by Greg Rucka (Jennifer)

The Secret Language of Color: Science, Nature, History, Culture, Beauty of Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, and Violet by Arielle and Joann Eckstut (Jessica)

The Selection by Kiera Cass (Darby)

Terrier by Tamora Pierce (Stephanie)

A Time of Change by Aimee and David Thurlo (Barbara)

These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman (Beth)

This Book is Full of Spiders: Seriously, Dude, Don’t Touch It by David Wong (CJ)

The Unnaturalists by Tiffany Trent (Liz)

We Are the Ones We Have Been Waiting For: The Promise of Civic Renewal in America by Peter Levine (Cody)

Written in Red by Anne Bishop (Kathleen)


Freegal Music Playlists – Jazzy Christmas

Spark up your holidays this season with some upbeat, jazzy Christmas songs. Some of the tunes in this playlist are classics, but I’m sure there are a few that will surprise you. I dare you not to hum along…

Remember, all of the music – 3 downloads each week – is free with your TFPL card. Just start from our homepage and then click on “Get E-Audio” to pull up the link for Freegal.


Jingle Bells by Duke Ellington (Album: Jingle Bell Swing)

Santa Claus is Coming to Town by Chris Botti (Album: December)

Christmas in New Orleans by Louis Armstrong (Album: 20 Swingin’ Christmas Jazz Hits)

I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm by Billie Holiday (Album: Hark! The Herald Angels Swing)

Frosty the Snowman by Ella Fitzgerald (Album: Ella Fitzgerald Wishes You a

Swinging Christmas)

Let It Snow! by Frank Sinatra (Album: Louis Armstrong, Frank Sinatra, and

Friends Sing Christmas Songs

Winter Wonderland by Wynton Marsalis (Album: A Jazzy Wonderland)

‘Zat You, Santa Claus? by Harry Connick, Jr. (Album: What a Night! A Christmas Album)

The Christmas Song by Mel Tormé (Album: The Best of Christmas Party Jazz)

Deck the Halls by Fourplay (Album: Christmas Jazz with Fourplay and Friends)