Fiction

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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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

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Pie Peel Society

Thursday, July 22, 2010
Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
Aside from absolutely hating the title of this book (waaaay too long), it's quite a lovely story.  Almost too lovely.  I enjoyed reading this book, written entirely as a series of letters, but I was never in a hurry to finish it.  The characters were interesting, but not especially compelling, as they told of life on the British island of Guernsey once occupied by the Nazis.  I would pick it up and continue reading, but never felt compelled to see how it ends.  I did eventually finish it (just this week) and would call it worth reading, most especially a very touching scene concerning the death of one of the characters in a Nazi concentration camp.  I read those particular pages more than once and cried each time.

Kathleen M., Administration

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Last Shot: A Final Four Mystery

Thursday, July 15, 2010
John Feinstein

We listened to this on a looong drive across Utah.  My husband, who generally doesn’t care for audiobooks actually told our 4-year-old daughter, (normally Daddy’s darling), to be quiet because he was listening to the story!  And now she knows who Coach K, while our son says “ABD – anybody BUT Duke.”



Grade 6-10 - This action-packed mystery is set at the NCAA Final Four men's basketball tournament. Eighth-graders Steven Thomas and Susan Carol Anderson are aspiring journalists and winners of the U.S. Basketball Writer's Association 14-and-under writing contest. Their prize is a trip, with press credentials and reporting responsibilities, to the Final Four in New Orleans. While exploring the Superdome, they overhear a blackmail threat leveled at Minnesota State University's star player. Threatened with a falsified transcript that would disqualify him and his team, Chip Graber is pressured to deliberately lose the final game against Duke. Stevie and Susan Carol become resourceful sleuths determined to save Chip and to expose the scandal. Throughout the story, famous basketball personalities make memorable guest appearances, including spirited sports analyst Tony Kornheiser and irrepressible commentator Dick Vitale. References to real players and coaches mingle, almost eerily, with the fictitious characters. Feinstein shares his extensive sports expertise, smoothly weaving into the tale a wealth of background information about NCAA regulations, tournament traditions, recruitment and eligibility issues, and gambling. Although the action on the court is vividly described, this story also breaks new ground for teens, focusing primarily on the influential role of media in promoting college basketball. Readers will enjoy the rivalry and chemistry between outspoken but insecure Stevie and savvy-beyond-her-years Susan Carol, and their spunky determination to get the scoop. Mystery fans will find enough suspense in this fast-paced narrative to keep them hooked.



Diane M., Administration

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