Fiction

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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Be Mine

Thursday, July 22, 2010
Laura Kasischke

A Valentine’s Day note left for middle-aged community college teacher Sherry Seymour sets in motion a tale of obsession that will keep you reading long after you should have gone to bed.



Seymour tries to guess who sent the note and ends up in an affair with an unlikely lover. Kasischke is especially good at describing everyday life and the boredom that compels some to self-destruct. 



Chelsea-based poet, author and University of Michigan professor Laura Kasischke is known for her spell-binding cautionary tales of ordinary people caught up in lives of deception. Be Mine, located on the Staff Choice shelf, is no exception. Don’t hope for a happy ending for the characters, with Kasischke's stories you’ll find yourself relieved that they're not you.



Cyndi L., Reference

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A Reliable Wife

Thursday, July 22, 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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