An engrossing thriller

A mother’s life is shattered in an instant when a speeding car runs down her five-year-old son. In  I Let You Go, by Clare Mackintosh, the story alternates between the police search for the driver and the stunned and heartbroken Jenna. She leaves everything behind as she escapes to a remote Welsh town by the […]

Requiescat in pace

When librarians think about Carrie Fisher, who died on December 27 at age 60, we are just as likely to recall her autobiographical and semi-autobiographical writings as her movies.  She wrote with brutal honesty and humor about her struggles with drug and alcohol addiction, mental health, and Hollywood.  Starting with Postcards from the Edge, published in […]

Browsing business books from 2016

Every year Forbes magazine publishes its list of must-read business books. This year’s list, compiled by David Burkus, includes many titles available at Mesa County Libraries.  The other titles are also available by request.  The Mesa County holdings include: Originals: how non-conformists move the world by Adam Grant TED Talks by Chris Anderson Grit: the power of […]

The Lean Startup

Although The Lean Startup by Eric Ries was written only five years ago, it has become a classic read for entrepreneurs and innovators.  Ries has revolutionized how startup companies think and act by applying the concepts of lean manufacturing to startup ventures.  Ries also shows how his Lean Startup concept can be used by intrapreneurs – people […]

NEW History Research Guide

History is the interpretation of past events concerning the human experience. Here at Mesa County Libraries, we have built a new History Research Guide to cater to those interested in the pursuit of the past. One aspect I’d like to highlight on the blog is the Primary Source Guide within this new feature. Primary Sources […]

Fun, snarky, and enlightening

Combining juicy bits of Victorian history and custom with some delightfully scathing social commentary, Unmentionable: The Victorian Lady’s Guide to Sex, Marriage, and Manners, by  Therese Oneill, will delight and infuriate you. The author wishes to not-so-gently disabuse the reader of any romantic notions of a simpler and more gracious time by detailing the rigors of the […]

Love Wins

Having just finished You Will Not Have My Hate, by Antoine Leiris, I am shattered. His writing is beautiful; not just the words and the journey he creates with them, but the raw emotions of someone dealing with an unthinkable tragedy. The author was at home with his 17 month-old boy, Melvil, in November 2015 […]

Want to talk like TED?

If you’re already hooked on Ted Talks, you probably envy the abilities of TED talkers to engage, motivate, and win over an audience.  Who wouldn’t?  If you’re new to TED, the acronym stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design.  It started out as an annual convention built around people, businesses, and projects that operate at the convergence of […]

Good Vibrations

So much has been written about the Beach Boys during their extraordinary fifty-five year history, but Mike Love as the group’s front man and principal lyricist has the inside scoop on the history of the legendary American band with his new book Good Vibrations: My Life as a Beach Boy. Their origins were middle class; […]

Resources for dealing with suicide

Suicide is a very serious and ongoing concern in Mesa County – the overall suicide rate in Mesa County is almost double the national average and suicide is the leading cause of death for youth ages 15-19 in Colorado.  The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline offers free and confidential counseling 24 hours a day by calling […]