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Fire Point

by John Smolens
Monday, May 19, 2008

Tensions simmer in Michigan's remote Upper Peninsula when a stranger comes to renovate an old Victorian home and becomes involved with 19 year old Hannah, the town pariah. When Sean Colby, her former boyfriend, returns to town, his jealousy and hostility involve many other townspeople. This is suspenseful up to the chilling end.

Sue N., Youth Services

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Monday, May 19, 2008

Most of us know something of Ellis Island and the amazing number of immigrants who entered the United States in the shadow of the Statue of Liberty.We study the hows and whys that so many left their native countries and traveled here.We know of the terrible conditions that many traveled in on the long journeys.But, did you ever stop to think of the number of immigrants who arrived on the shore of Ellis Island ill or carrying a contagious disease?What happened to those people?

Enter America’s Immigrant Hospital.“The hospital was massive and modern- 22 state-of-the-art buildings crammed onto two small islands, which were man-made from rock...

Manic: a Memoir

by Terri Chaney
Sunday, April 13, 2008

So, the book wasn't about Dick Chaney's daughter. I was wrong about that. Even still, I was hooked from the 1st page.Manic, a Memoir, by Terri Chaney is a no-holds-barred insight into the mind of a manic depressive Vassar alum, high-powered LA entertainment attorney. WOW. I couldn't put it down; I was glad it was a short read. No wonder it's a best seller.
Donna O., Reference

River God

by Wilbur Smith
Sunday, April 13, 2008

While visiting Egypt and after I returned, I read the River God, a fascinating story of history, love, civil war, and the glory of the Pharaoh days. It is very accurate historically and reinforced much that I learned on my trip. It is a long book with much detail but the characters make it flow along with the facts.Wilbur Smith writes "A grand tale of intrigue, deception, true love and exile."I highly recommend this read.

Sue N, Youth Services


Last Night at the Lobster

by Stewart O'Nan
Sunday, April 13, 2008

Set on the last day of business of a Connecticut Red Lobster, this tells the story of Manny DeLeon, a conscientious, committed restaurant manager any national chain would want to keep. Instead, corporate has notified Manny that his—and Manny does think of the restaurant as his—location is not meeting expectations and will close December 20. On this last night, Manny is committed to a dream of perfection, but no one and nothing seems to share his vision. Small but not slight, the novel is a concise, poignant portrait of a man on the verge of losing himself. I would recommend this to anyone who has ever had a job or a relationship.

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