Fiction

Healing Waters

Thursday, July 22, 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

Thursday, July 22, 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 Lake the River & the Other Lake

Thursday, July 22, 2010
Steve Amick

The fictional town of Weneshkeen in northern Michigan is the setting of this summertime novel written by Ann Arbor author Steve Amick.

 

Amick blends the lives of several characters capturing small town life in Northern Michigan with all of its quirks. He writes with humor and warmth introducing us to characters such as Roger Drinkwater, a lifelong resident plotting revenge against jet-skiers, Janey Struska, the no-nonsense deputy sheriff, and Mark Starkey a summer kid from downstate.



If you are looking for a good beach read or just something to help you pretend you’re lounging at the lake, pick up The Lake the River & the Other Lake on the Staff Choice shelf.



Cyndi L., Reference

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Firefly Lane

Thursday, July 22, 2010
Kristin Hannah
Firefly Lane

Friendship….sure many of us have friends, people we know, but what is it that makes that certain friend one that you know you can count on no matter what?  How do you define what makes a best friend vs. a friend?  What would you do for this most sacred friend?  Some of us may never experience this type of bond, others will and some lucky enough already do.  Kristin Hannah shows us with this outstanding novel what friendship really is and how it can endure over the years. She shows us the power of friendship in Firefly Lane.



I began following Kristin Hannah’s writing earlier this summer and it seems that I am hooked!  Make yourself comfortable - set yourself by the lake and grab a cup (or two or three) of your favorite beverage, a box of tissues (the tears will start rolling), and put your feet up. You'll be there for awhile because you won't want to put this book down once you've started.

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Emily D., Circulation

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

Thursday, July 15, 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

Thursday, July 15, 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

Thursday, July 15, 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

Thursday, July 15, 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

Thursday, July 15, 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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