Fiction

Map of Bones

Wednesday, August 11, 2010
James Rollins

Another wild ride, non-stop page turning!  In the second Sigma Force novel, we find Painter Crowe no longer a field agent but Director of the Sigma.  Welcome a new team of field agents lead by Grayson Pierce.  Mix in a Lieutenant of the Carabinieri Corps, special unit that investigates art and antiquity thefts in Rome and her uncle who is the Monsignor who heads the Pontifical Institute of Christian Archaeology at the Vatican.  Hold on as all are drawn into a mystery revolving around the bones of Magi.


Holly, Youth Services

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My Name is Mary Sutter: A Novel

Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Robin Oliveira

A fascinating  Civil War story and a tale of female liberation.  Mary is determined to be a surgeon and when turned down by all the medical schools, takes it upon herself to nurse and doctor the wounded and dying soldiers  during the war.  I had visited Washington DC a few weeks ago and since the book takes place mainly in the city and surrounder area, I was glued to it. It was fun reading about Clara Barton and Lincoln's summer home, the capitol and Willard Hotel, all which I visited in June.

 

The book was long and rather hard to read with a lot of war detail, strategy, battles, medical details, midwives, love interest and social customs. However it was well worth the time I put in and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

 

Sue N., Youth Services

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The Castaways: A Novel

Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Elin Hilderbrand

The lives of four Nantucket couples are turned upsidedown when one of the couples, Greg and Tess,are killed in a boating accident. It's an interesting tale of these interwoven lives and relationships. A great beach (or couch) read. Also Hilderbrand gives us a fun look at life in that area of the country.



Jan K., Youth Services

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The Samurai's Garden

Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Gail Tsukiyama
The Samurai's Garden

This story offers superb insight into Japanese and Chinese culture.  A great read!

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Marilyn S., Circulation

 

A Walk to Remember

Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Nicholas Sparks

A Walk to Remember is a book that will touch your heart and possibly even bring tears to your eyes. It is the story of a rowdy high school senior named Landon and a preacher’s daughter named Jamie. Through getting to know Jamie, Landon is transformed into a wonderful young man as he realizes he hasn’t been living his life to its fullest. Landon ends up falling in love with Jamie and just as you think everything is fantastic, the book takes an interesting twist. While A Walk To Remember was made into a movie in 2002, the movie is quite different than the book.



Laura W., Circulation

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The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flammel

Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Michael Scott

Some people may have first heard of Nicholas Flamel in Harry Potter & the Sorcerers’ Stone, but Flamel is an actual person who was rumored to be a successful alchemist in the late 1300’s.   Flamel’s house still stands in Paris (the oldest stone house in the city – the book has a photo of the house!)



Author Michael Scott uses a gigantic canvas for this riveting fantasy. The well-worn theme of saving the world from the forces of evil gets a fresh look here as he incorporates ancient myth and legend and sets it firmly, pitch-perfect, in present-day California. At the emotional center of the tale are contemporary 15-year-old twins, Josh and Sophie, who, it turns out, are potentially powerful magicians. They are spoken of in a prophecy appearing in the ancient Book of Abraham the Mage, all but two pages of which have been stolen by evil John Dee, alchemist and magician. The pursuit of the twins and Flamel by Dee and his allies to get the missing pages constitutes the book's central plot. Amid all this exhilarating action, Scott keeps his sights on the small details of character and dialogue and provides evocative descriptions of people, mythical beings, and places. He uses as his starting point the figures of the historical alchemist Nicholas Flamel and his wife, who have found the secret of immortality, along with mythical beings, including the terrifying Scottish crow-goddess, the Morrigan; the three-faced Greek Hekate; the powerful Egyptian cat-goddess, Bastet; and Scathach, a legendary Irish woman warrior and vegetarian vampire. While there is plenty here to send readers rushing to their encyclopedias of mythology and alchemy, those who read the book at face value will simply be caught up in the enthralling story. A fabulous read – Look for book 2!



Diane, Administration

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Say You're One of Them

Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Uwem Akpan

I confess that when I see disturbing newspaper headlines I often will quickly turn the page not wanting to know any of the details of an upsetting occurrence. I think I’m not alone. Nigerian-born Jesuit priest Uwem Akpan must have had people like me in mind with this book of five not really short stories, (two of them are more than 100 pages long.) While I turn from the headlines, I did stay with this book and its stories have stayed with me.



In each one, Akpan, who earned his MFA in creative writing from the University of Michigan, tells of the horrors of life in African towns and villages through the eyes of the children who live there. In Fattening for Gabon, a brother and sister think they are preparing to move away with their godparents when they are actually living with an uncle who plans to sell them to human traffickers.



Oprah Winfrey chose this book for her book club selection last fall. Like many of her other picks, I’m sure this book was chosen to raise awareness of the violence and greed destroying so many communities in Africa. It’s not an easy read, but Akpan’s words are so beautiful they take some of the sting out. And, most importantly, he gives voice to the people who are ignored all those miles away.



Cyndi L., Reference

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Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

Thursday, August 5, 2010
Jamie Ford
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

This is a wonderful story of Japanese Americans during the 1940s.

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Marilyn S., Circulation

31 Hours

Thursday, August 5, 2010
Masha Hamilton

"Jonas is isolated in a New York apartment and on a devastatingly confused path toward violence. His mother and his girlfriend have just 31 hours to reach him"  What a scary book- it tells how an idealistic young person can be influenced by terrorists  and talked into doing some terrible act.  The parents realize that something is wrong but don't know how to go about finding Jonas and helping him.   I couldn't put this book down until I had finished it.  I won't spoil it by telling you the ending but you will want to get to the last page in a hurry.



I read this one in about 15 hours - wow!



Sue N., Youth Services

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The Bible Salesman

Thursday, August 5, 2010
Clyde Edgerton

Twenty year old Bible salesman Henry Dampier teams up with car thief Preston Clearwater to steal cars in the post WWII south. Preston has convinced a naive Henry that they are stealing the cars for the FBI and it's all very legal and above board. The adventures are hilarious, some involving Henry's Bapist family and two elderly sisters Henry meets along the way.  Edgerton creates an interesting relationship between Henry and Preston. Although far fetched at times it's a fun read.

Jan K., Youth Services

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