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In Search of Small Gods

by Jim Harrison
Thursday, February 11, 2010

This book of poems by fiction writer Jim Harrison is a delight - even readers who don't usually like poetry will enjoy reading it. Harrison, who grew up in northern Michigan, paints vivid pictures in his poetry of birds, wild thickets and frozen landscapes. His latest book shows that Harrison is a multi-talented author, able to tell a good story and write a beautiful poem.

Catherine T., Reference

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Faith, Hope and Ivy June

by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Thursday, February 11, 2010

Two Kentucky girls participate in a two week exchange program. Catherine lives with her wealthy family in Lexington and Ivy June in Hazard, one of the poorest regions in Appalachia. Outhouses, no cell phone connection, and coal mine disasters face Catherine and snooty friends and a fancy school and house are things that Ivy June comes to terms with. The journals the girls have to keep adds to the feeling that you really know these 7th graders. A great read for adults at well as young teen girls.
 
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Dead and Gone

by Charlaine Harris
Tuesday, December 22, 2009

I just finished reading the 9th and last book, Dead and Gone, in Charlaine Harris's Southern Vampire series. I loved these! After many years of reading only non-fiction, I was ready to break out of my rut. I started just a month ago with the first one, Dead Until Dark, and was totally addicted from the first few pages. I couldn't stop reading until I'd read them all! They are such a unique blend of mystery, supernatural suspense, romance, and humor. Lots of twists and surprises here. Most of the characters are very strange but lovable,...

Still Life

by Joy Fielding
Tuesday, December 22, 2009

A gripping story about a young woman in a coma after an accident who can hear and feel what is going on but can't act on these feelings. She discovers who is really her friend and who is her enemy as she lives this nightmare somwhere between life and death.

Sue N., Youth Services

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That Old Cape Magic

by Richard Russo
Tuesday, December 22, 2009

That Old Cape Magic is Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Russo's newest book. The story begins on Cape Cod with a wedding and ends with another a year later. During the year between the two weddings, many changes happen to the various family members whose lives have become intertwined. There are moments of comedy, especially during the second wedding rehearsal, alternating with moments of sadness, and ending in an upbeat and surprising way.

Catherine T., Reference

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