Carol Hays

Carol’s love of books started at an early age, with many hours spent in local libraries or reading from her grandfather’s overflowing shelves of books.  Some of her favorite books are his collection of Emerson’s writings.

She can’t pick a favorite genre, but you’ll find her frequently in historical and current fiction, personal growth and memoirs.  And with six grandchildren, she is often scouring the kid’s section for that next great storybook!

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There are so many stories in history that often go untold.  The book will make you want to read more about this era and all the efforts that were off of the front line but were so instrumental to the success of the allies defeat of the Germans.

The Four Winds is a heartbreaking story about survival during the Dust Bowl era of the Great Depression and follows the story of a woman desperate to find a new life for herself. The Dust Bowl is just a footnote in our history books, but this story brings that footnote to life and makes it a story all its own.

This is the true story of Christopher Knight who lived alone in the woods of Maine for 27 years, surviving on what he could forge and what he could steal from campsites.  Heralded as the last ‘true hermit’, his story of survival is amazing..  Was he a hermit or simply a thief?  The verdict is mixed, but the story is riveting. 

Do you ever have ‘monkey mind’? I loved how Michael Singer reminds us that our thoughts are simply thoughts and teaches us to step back and “watch” them, rather than allowing them to control our life. .

I slowed down to read this book – each chapter is a delight and you are cheering for the characters along the way. I laughed, cried and just cherished this book – it will go on my short list of books to read again and again.

Three strangers whose lives are forever changed when they join together.  I love the characters in this book; their flaws, sorrows and endurance – a great read!

“What do women hold? The home and the family. And the children and the food. The friendships. The work. The work of the world. And the work of being human. The memories. And the troubles. And the sorrows and the triumphs. And the love.” 
This book has such delightful artwork and statements throughout.  Maira Kalman, artist and author takes you on a visual journey though the lives of women and what they hold. 

Chemist Elizabeth Zott is not your average woman. It’s the early 1960s and her all-male team at Hastings Research Institute takes a very unscientific view of equality. Except for one: Calvin Evans; the lonely, brilliant, Nobel–prize nominated grudge-holder who falls in love with—of all things—her mind. True chemistry results. This book will have you laughing, crying and applauding Elizabeth Zott as she works her chemistry into every situation.