The Book Shelf: Flora & Fauna

As you run from work to home and take care of your family, make sure to take a moment to relax and enjoy what nature has to offer. Spring is in the air, flowers are starting to bloom, and the temperature is warming up. If you are looking for some spring themed entertainment, check out these items to fulfill your desire to enjoy nature.


Find Her

By: Lisa Gardner

The New York Times Bestselling author of the Detective D.D. Warren series, Lisa Gardner, has continued Warren’s story with her latest novel, Find Her. In this latest installment, Warren stumbles into an investigation involving kidnapping victim Flora Dane. Flora’s abduction was a unique case. Her abductor, Jacob, imprisoned her for over a year. During her time in captivity, Flora became a shell of her former self due to the physical and mental torture that was inflicted by Jacob as he moved her from state to state while evading authorities. Jacob’s abuses also included harassing Flora’s family and centered on taunting postcards that he had Flora pen to her mother at regular intervals. Once Flora escaped and returned home, her life was far from normal. She found herself unable to hold down a professional job and fixated on helping other girls who had been kidnapped. When Warren finds Flora at the scene of a murder/abduction as the apparent victim of a second kidnapping, she begins to question Flora’s motives for killing her attacker. Just as the investigation starts to get interesting, Flora unexpectedly disappears. Did she fall victim to another abduction? Is there another predator out there who is familiar with Flora’s case? The deeper Warren digs into this case the more questions she encounters.

This chilling mystery will leave readers not wanting to go out alone at night. Gardner’s style is striking and her attention to detail allows readers to identify with her characters. Gardner lives up to her reputation and with this work has created another edge of your seat crime novel that will leave readers asking for more.



Miniscapes: Create Your Own Terrarium

By: Clea Cregan

Miniscapes is a great practical resource that explains how to create terrariums. Cregan does an excellent job describing how terrariums work and provides step-by-step instructions on how to create your own. If you enjoy the visual effects and health benefits that can be obtained by having plants in your home, you may enjoy using this work to create your own terrarium. Throughout the work, Cregan discusses the positive aspects of terrariums. A couple of the advantages to creating your own terrariums are: they can be easily put together, require little maintenance, and are affordable. Cregan provides a helpful visual list of plants and other supplies that you will need to create a terrarium, as well as important information on what type of environment is well suited for each plant. This book also has a section that details how to care for your terrarium, once you have created it. The information provided in this work is presented in a factual and easy to follow manner that make it a valuable tool for a gardening novice.

This work is great for any reader with an interest in creating a terrarium and could easily be put to use by individuals as well as groups looking for fun hands-on projects. The author’s pictures and method for organizing the work ensure that anyone can follow the steps provided and create their own terrarium. If you are looking to learn how to garden on a small scale, this book is worth checking-out!

If you like these books and would like to find similar titles, check out NoveList Plus. This online resource, available through the Mid-Continent Public Library, will help you find fiction books that appeal to your personal reading style. For non-fiction titles, check out Books & Authors.

Stacy Hisle-Chaudri is the Assistant Branch Manager at the Parkville Branch of the Mid-Continent Public Library. Stacy has worked in library and archival environments for ten years, and is a native of the Kansas City area. She has a Master of Library and Information Science from Wayne State University and a Master of Arts in History from the University of Central Missouri. Her areas of expertise are reader’s advisory, technology instruction, and genealogy research.