Star Wars: X-Wing: Mercy Kill by Aaron Allston

Wraith Squadron comes together again with an assortment of old and new characters.  It is Wratih Squadron’s task to find and expose the Galactic Alliance traitor.

I have always been a fan of the Star Wars:  X-Wing series and have been eagerly awaiting this newest book.  I can’t say that it’s the best in the series, but it certainly doesn’t disappoint and I couldn’t put it down!

The story is told from the perspective of one of the non-human characters, which I found to be very refreshing.  Aaron Allston’s ability to write complex plots and resolve them by the end without leaving the reader feeling as though it was rushed is one of the reasons why I love this series and this book so much.

I recommend this for fans of Science Fiction and Star Wars, especially those who enjoyed the X-Wing series.


Audiobooks for Job Seekers

We’ve got some new downloadable audiobooks specifically aimed at people looking for work. Take a look and see if any of them are helpful!

The 250 Job Interview Questions You'll Most LIkely Be AskedThe 250 Job Interview Questions You’ll Most Likely be Asked…and the Answers That Will Get You Hired, by Peter Veruki.

“Why do you want this job?” “Why should I hire you?” “Why do you want to leave your current job?” Do you have convincing answers ready for these important questions? Landing a good job is a competitive process and often the final decision is based on your performance at the interview. By following the advice of prominent career and human resources expert Peter Veruki, you’ll know you have the right answers at your job interview.

48 Days to the Work You Love48 Days to the Work You Love, by Dan Miller.

This book is not so much about finding a new job as it is learning about who we are really called to be in relation to our vocation – whatever shape that career may take in these changing times. According to the author, failing to make that fundamental discovery of calling is why so many people find themselves in jobs they hate. But now, thousands upon thousands are finding the work they love, thanks to practical advice from this leading career counselor.

25 Things to Say to the Interviewer, to Get the Job You Want25 Things to Say to the Interviewer, to Get the Job You Want, by Dexter Hawk.

“If you’re looking for a job that lets you do what you’re good at, pays you what you’re worth, read this book.  And if you want to make your dreams come true, read it over and over again. It takes a lifetime to learn these life lessons. But you don’t have that kind of time. And no one is going to teach them to you. There just aren’t that many good bosses around. Here’s a one-of-a-kind book that’ll teach you how to get past the interviewers.”

Positive LeadershipPositive Leadership: Strategies for Extraordinary Performance, by Kim Cameron.

Positive Leadership shows how to reach beyond ordinary success to achieve extraordinary effectiveness, spectacular results, and what Kim Cameron calls “positively deviant performance” – performance far above the norm. Citing a wide range of research in organizational development and psychology as well as real-world examples, Cameron shows that to go from successful to exceptional, leaders must learn how to create a profoundly positive environment in the workplace.

We’ll be adding more downloadable audiobooks, including ones on career and work-life, in the future. Don’t forget to check our Digital Library often!




Off Balance

Off Balance
By Dominique Moceanu
I have always been interested in gymnastics. I can’t imagine doing the things that they do, but I enjoy watching them. Dominique has an amazing story to tell about her life. Her father ruled the family with an iron fist. He made the decisions for the family. Dominique started gymnastics at three-years old and quickly progress. Fortunately she started with a coach who was nurturing and encouraging. The family move from Florida to Houston for Dominique to be able to work with the Karolys on their ranch. She had that background before moving on to Bela Karoly. He actually didn’t coach her until shortly before the Olympics of 1996. Alexander was her coach at the ranch, but he was fired. Dominique didn’t know why, but she speculated that it was so Bela could get more attention. Both Bela and his wife Marta were traditional Hungarian like Dominique’s father. They didn’t believe in coddling, so they were stand offish and sometimes cruel. It is inspiring to read of how she was able to overcome the obstacles in her life and be successful.

Lori Eskridge