Fiction

A Good Fall

Thursday, July 29, 2010
Ha Jin

A book of short stories seems especially suited to summer reading.  Ha Jin's stories in A Good Fall have a common theme - the experience of Chinese immigrants adapting to life in America.

 
The stories are set in Flushing, New York, which is a flourishing  community of newly arrived Chinese people.  We see the resourcefulness and determination of the new arrivals as we read about their triumphs in overcoming the barriers of language and customs.
 

The author, Ha Jin, won the Nation Book Award for a previous book of fiction, Waiting.



Catherine T., Reference

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The Cider House Rules

Thursday, July 29, 2010
John Irving

I have a "love/hate" relationship with John Irving.  I've read several of his books.  I love some (The World According to Garp, A Prayer for Owen Meany) and I hate some (The Hotel New Hampshire, A Widow for a Year).  Cider House Rules falls into the "love" category.

This is the story of an OB doctor who runs an orphanage and performs abortions on the side ("I deliver babies and I deliver mothers") and the orphan he loves more than all the others, Homer Wells.

If you've never seen the movie version of The Cider House Rules, it's worth checking out.  Michael Caine won the academy award for best supporting actor for his portrayal of William Larch, saint, ether addict and abortionist, as well as an an academy award for John Irving's screenplay.   Toby McQuire does an admirable job of portraying one of my favorite fictional characters, the somewhat sad, but always useful, Homer Wells.

Kathleen M., Administration

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Twenties Girl (Book of CD)

Thursday, July 29, 2010
Sophie Kinsella
Lara Linton never knew her great-aunt Sadie until she started demanding her necklace at her funeral, and Lara was the only one hearing the 105-year-old, now a ghost. Despite coming off sounding like a lunatic, Lara stops the funeral and tells Sadie she'll look for the necklace. But finding the necklace is just one of many things for Lara to deal with, one being, keeping Sadie happy. This is another laugh out loud book by the author of the Shopaholic books.
 
Doris, Reference
 

I am the Messenger

Thursday, July 29, 2010
Markus Zusak

Sometimes, books are so wonderful they deserve to be read twice. I am the Messenger is one of those special books. Without a doubt, it is one of my all time favorites and I will never tire of rereading it. Ed Kennedy is not special in any way. He has no talents. He has no girlfriend. The only thing he has is a smelly, coffee drinking dog named The Doorman. When Ed spontaneously stops a bank robbery, his life abruptly changes. Suddenly, he is receiving playing cards in the mail with clues that Ed needs to riddle out all alone. The clues lead him to different missions around his neighborhood that redefine how Ed views himself.

 

The different messages Ed delivers are thrilling and often beautiful. At the end of the novel, it becomes clear that Ed isn’t just the messenger…he is also the message.



Gabrielle M., Circulation

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Innocent

Thursday, July 22, 2010
Scott Turow

Twenty-three years after writing best-selling legal thriller, Presumed Innocent, Scott Turow is back with Innocent.  Many of the characters are the same in this sequel - lawyer Rusty Sabich is now the Chief Appellate Judge and the main suspect in the poisoning death of his wife Barbara.  His old nemesis, Tommy Molto, is trying once again to prove that Rusty is guilty of murder.

 
Rusty's son, Nate, a young man now and also a lawyer, adds an interesting mix to the cast of characters. In addition to being an entertaining summer novel, Innocent educates the reader in the super-sleuth scientific methods used in solving crimes.
 

In typical Turow fashion, the author keeps us guessing, and comes up with a surprise ending in the last pages.



Catherine T., Reference

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Katy's New World

Thursday, July 22, 2010
Kim Vogel Sawyer

Books about the Amish and Mennonites are always interesting.   In this one Katy, a 14 year old Mennonite girl, is given permission to attend the public high school. She is given all kinds of rules  by her church leaders and her single parent father.  Katy struggles with wanting to learn and also fit in with some of her classmates.  The reader really gets  a feel for the kind of life the Mennonites live.   It is a young adult book but also of interest to adults and probably good 4th and 5th readers.

Sue N., Youth Services

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Big Girl

Thursday, July 22, 2010
Danielle Steele
This is a typical good read from Danielle Steel- she seems to keep cranking them out. Victoria has weight problems and a family with whom she looks nothing alike. When a new baby arrives who is perfect in the eyes of the parents, Victoria is belittled and made to feel ugly and useless. As she matures, her life changes and you see her making her way in spite of her very sad childlhood. I read this in two days, an easy summer read.

Sue N., Youth Services

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Pinkalicious

Thursday, July 22, 2010
Victoria Kann

As stated by the Library Journal, Pinkalicious eats so many pink cupcakes that she wakes up the next morning with pink skin and hair. The color just won't wash off, and the doctor diagnoses her with Pinkititis and tells her to eat green food to get better. Still, when her parents aren't looking, she sneaks just one more treat–and turns red. Startled, she starts to choke down her veggies and finally returns to normal. When everything seems okay, Daddy asks what happened to the other cupcakes, and Pinkalicious's little brother bounds into the room with one in hand, happily showing off his new pink skin!



This book is hilarious and was such a joy to share with my now three year old girl.  She quickly picked up the story and was able to read it to me and her stuffed animal friends.  I will have a wonderful memory to last a lifetime whenever I hear this title.  Listening through the door to my little girl reading to her toys after I have tucked her in for the night. “Now pay attention!” she says “You have Pinkititis, What you need is a steady diet of green food!”



Emily D., Circulation

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Bag of Bones

Thursday, July 22, 2010
Stephen King

A few summers ago, it may be even five or six now; I read this novel that’s been described as “a haunted love story.” I still sometimes think of it and the dark Maine lake that is the setting for much of Bag of Bones.



In this book, King tells the story of 40-year-old author Mike Noonan and his haunting dreams of a house by a lake. Noonan decides to move to Sara Laughs an isolated summer home. While there the dreams continue. Noonan also meets three-year-old Kyra DeVore and her widowed mother, Mattie. The Devores, like many of the other townspeople are being bullied by millionaire Max Devore, Mattie’s father-in-law. Noonan attempts to help Mattie and Kyra while at the same time attempting to understand the mysterious forces haunting him.

 

I have read a handful of King’s novels and I am always entertained. If you are looking for a spooky summertime read, give Bag of Bones a try. 



Cyndi L., Reference

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Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

Thursday, July 22, 2010
Lisa See
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

There is great detail in this book that provides enlightenment about Oriental culture.
A good story!

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Marilyn S., Circulation

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