Fiction

A Reliable Wife

Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Robert Goolrick

This book has more twists and turns than a barrelful of snakes, more than a box of screws, even more than an old country road.  The plot appears simple. It's the turn of the 20th century.  Hunkered down in (frozen) northern Wisconsin, wealthy, widower Ralph is looking for a wife.  He places an ad in the newspaper.  He choses one response out of the many the "honest woman".  She arrives on the train. They live happily ever after.  (If you've read the book, this is where you LAUGH OUT LOUD!)

Two thumbs up! Recommended for book clubs - reader's guide included.  PS If you are considering building a cabin up in the frozen white north, read this book first!  Keep a winter place somewhere sunny!

Donna O., Reference and Technical Services

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Slaughterhouse Five

Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Kurt Vonnegut

Billy Pilgrim has become unstuck in time. This means that throughout the course of the novel, the events in Billy’s life are completely jumbled and confused. At one moment, Billy is being transported on a hectic railway to a Prisoners of War camp in Germany. At the next, he is being chartered to an optometry conference decades later. The time travel in this book made it very unique.

Another unique aspect to Slaughterhouse Five, is the fact that some of Billy’s memories take place on another planet entirely. Billy swears he has been kidnapped by aliens resembling upside down toilet plungers, and taken to a planet called Tralfamadore. There, he is exhibited in a zoo and mated with movie actress.

The perception of time in this book is probably the most interesting part. Tralfamadorians view life in the fourth dimension and explain their way of thinking to Billy. Earth is the only planet that entertains the idea of free will.

This book is entertaining and an extremely quick read. I certainly recommend it to anyone interested in history or time travel.

Gabrielle M., Circulation

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Whiplash

Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Catherine Coulter

For those of you who follow Catherine Coulter, FBI agents Dillion  Savich and Lacey Sherlock are at it again in this latest thriller.  This time Savich must figure out what is causing the ghostly apparition appearing to US Senator Hoffman.  The case becomes more involved when people close to the Senator are killed.  At the same time Savich and Sherlock are working on a suspicious drug shortage at Schiffer Hartwin Drug Co. After a break-in and a murder there, things really get complicated.  Although I found the story interesting, I have to say this was not my favorite Coulter novel.

Jan H., Technical Services

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Healing Waters

Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Joyce Moyer Hostetter

Thirteen year old Pia is sent to Molokai when he contracts leprosy.  The book is told from the boy's experience which is not good.  Life was desperately hard and the 'aloha' spirit did not exist on that island.  The book also discusses the arrival of Father Damien who was instrumental in helping the sick and discouraged people.  This is a very interesting book for anyone over the age of nine.  Adults would find this an eye opener.



Sue N., Youth Services

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Sandstorm

Wednesday, July 21, 2010
James Rollins

I love when I get the chances to talk books while I’m checking books out for people.  Excitement over a favorite author inspires me to try something new, an author that I never would have discovered on my own.  Enter James Rollins’s Sigma Force, a special unit within the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (which oversees the research-and-development are of the Department of Defense).  Sigma Force’s job is to protect and maintain the technological superiority of the United States.  An unexplainable explosion at the British Museum, antimatter, a partner’s betrayal, a lost city buried beneath the Arabian Desert all just pieces of a much larger puzzle that is the thrill ride that starts on page one and doesn’t let go.  Sandstorm is just the beginning of the Sigma Force series.



Note- I used MelCat to interloan Sandstorm.  Haven’t tried MelCat?  Just ask at any desk and we’ll get you started.

Holly, Youth Services

The Art of Racing in the Rain (Book on CD)

Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Garth Stein

Everyone knows a dog is a man's best friend. In this book, the dog narrating the story truly exemplifies that adage. (I listened to the audio edition.)  Enzo has a love of car racing just as Denny, the man in his life who is known for his skill at racing in the rain. After the death of his wife, Denny puts his racing career on the back burner while he fights his in-laws for custody of his daughter. Enzo is there for him throughout it all with compassion and fierce loyalty. You'll rejoice at the ending.



Doris, Reference

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Handle With Care

Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Jodi Picoult

One overwhelming element resides in this novel; controversy. Like the majority of Jodi Picoult’s books, this one involves a court case, different perspectives, and clashing morals that tear apart a family. It was very readable and certainly made me think.


Willow is born with OI, or brittle bone syndrome. Even the simplest of activities can cause her to break, like a sneeze or rolling over in bed. The court case revolves around the quality of Willow’s life. Her mother is suing for wrongful birth. Her father flees to the opposing side to fight his wife in court. And Willow’s sister is elapsing into a bulimic and entirely unhealthy state of existence. The entire OI community regards Willow’s mother a trader for even considering that Willow’s life isn’t worth living, and the only person she could possibly turn to is her best friend, Piper-except Piper is the Ob-gyn doctor who is being sued.


This novel is wonderful. It’s deep and daunting, but the revolving perspectives offered all opinions I would never have even considered. This book is undeniably sad, but certainly worth reading.
 

Gabrielle M., Circulation

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Worst Case

Wednesday, July 14, 2010
James Patterson
This is a typical James Patterson- short chapters, fast read, lots of suspense and mystery.  Children of wealthy New York City families are being targeted, abducted and murdered by a fanatic who thinks the whole world is doing wrong.  The city police and the FBI try to track him down before a last exciting scene in... no I won't tell this one, Read it for yourself and enjoy.
 
Sue N., Youth Services
 

The Wild Zone

Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Joy Fielding

Joy Fielding always writes exciting books with great characters.  Two brothers and a friend try to pull a scam on a woman they meet in a bar and it backfires on them.  The emotions and crazy actions of all the characters really pull you into this story.  A don't put down read.



Sue N., Youth Services

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Stephen Chbosky

The Perks of Being a Wallflower is exactly what its name suggests; a fun, unusual and memorable novel. The entire book is a compilation of letters written by a boy who uses a false identity. As a reader, the recipient of the letters is never revealed, but Charlie’s life is captured quite poetically and comically in his many letters.

 

Unlike many teenage boys, Charlie is quiet, contemplative and unusually intelligent. His English teacher, who insists that Charlie call him Bill, becomes one of Charlie’s best friends. He urges Charlie to stop being a wallflower and just observing his own life. He inspires Charlie to actually participate.

 

This novel is entirely uplifting and joyful. Charlie’s letters could convey emotions in his life better than anything I have ever read, and inspired me to fully participate in my own.



Gabrielle M., Circulation

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