Fiction

After You

Monday, April 19, 2010
Julie Buxbaum
After You

A rather quiet story that pulls you into the characters. Ellie goes to London to care for her murdered best friend's 8-year-old daughter. Her shakey marriage, the stress of losing her friend, and dealing with her spaced-out parents make for a complicated few months. It's a book about love, relationships, grief, and is a compelling read.

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Sue N., Youth Services

The Puzzle Lady vs the Sudoku Lady

Friday, March 19, 2010
Parnell Hall ("includes puzzles by Will Shortz!")

How could you resisted the book jacket? I couldn't .. and I'm glad I didn't. "The battle of the century" .. "bestseller lists" .. "murder" .. "puzzles" .. Award winning Parnell Hall authors the delightful Puzzle Lady crossword puzzle mysteries. They read fast and fun ... and in the words of Booklist, "(they are) gosh-darned good."

Donna O., Reference and Technical Services

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Panic Attack

Friday, March 19, 2010
Jason Starr
If you like psychological suspense, this is the book for you. It is the 'ultimate page turner'. A doctor with a perfect life- financially secure, wife and grown daughter, shoots an iintruder in his house and this leads to a series of odd events. When the daughter brings home a new boyfriend, things get really crazy. Can't tell you more but you need to read this book.
 
Sue N., Youth Services
 

In the Heart of the Canyon

Thursday, February 11, 2010
Elizabeth Hyde
Twelve people of assorted ages and lifestyles take a rafting trip through the Grand Canyon. It is the guide's 125th trip and turns out to be his most memorable. Getting to know the characters and their interactions with each other and the guides is fascinating but following along with the included map and details of white wqter rafting add to the enjoyment of this gripping novel.
 
Sue N., Youth Services

Mutant Message Down Under

Thursday, February 11, 2010
Marlo Morgan

This is a fictional account of a woman that travels to Australia. While there, she is summoned by a tribe of Aborigines. Her understanding is that she is to receive an award. She blindly travels in an open jeep dressed to the nines far into the Outback. Once she arrives at her destination with the “Real People” she is stripped of everything she has in her possession (credit cards, keys, ID, clothes). She is given a cotton covering to hide her physical body. She is then led on a 4 month journey through the Outback with her Aboriginal companions that treat her like one of their own. She has to endure the environmental differences (her feet become like hoofs from walking on the desert), living discomforts (eating worms & sleeping on the ground) and language differences. Each day the group walks in no particular direction with little baggage (no food or water-they have to rely on what is provided along the way). She learns that she has been “chosen” to spread the message taught to her during her walkabout that humankind needs to better honor all living things—plants, animals, & the earth. This book reinforced the message to me to be more appreciative of all that we have—water, air, food, housing, etc. and the environmental/health concerns that we are facing. When I mentioned reading this book to my spiritual friends, they said that they had read the book years ago & appreciated the message that it speaks. I am now reading Marlo Morgan’s book, Message From Forever. We need to envision a healthy “Mother Earth."

Geralyn B., Technical Services

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The Test

Thursday, February 11, 2010
Patricia Gussin
Wow, what a gripping book. "Determined to leave something more valuable than money to his 6 children, philanthropist Paul Parnell stipulates a most unusual will "The Test". One year to make a difference and for a fractured family- what a year"
 
A cannot put down novel!

Sue N., Youth Services

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Rainwater

Thursday, February 11, 2010
Sandra Brown
This book includes some Texas and U.S. history in 1934 after the great depression, a child with autism, a single mother running a boarding house, and a helpful boarder. It is hard to put down and is typical of the great characters of Sandra Brown. I recommend it.

Sue N., Youth Services

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Faith, Hope and Ivy June

Thursday, February 11, 2010
Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Two Kentucky girls participate in a two week exchange program. Catherine lives with her wealthy family in Lexington and Ivy June in Hazard, one of the poorest regions in Appalachia. Outhouses, no cell phone connection, and coal mine disasters face Catherine and snooty friends and a fancy school and house are things that Ivy June comes to terms with. The journals the girls have to keep adds to the feeling that you really know these 7th graders. A great read for adults at well as young teen girls.
 
Sue N., Youth Services
 

Dead and Gone

Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Charlaine Harris

I just finished reading the 9th and last book, Dead and Gone, in Charlaine Harris's Southern Vampire series. I loved these! After many years of reading only non-fiction, I was ready to break out of my rut. I started just a month ago with the first one, Dead Until Dark, and was totally addicted from the first few pages. I couldn't stop reading until I'd read them all! They are such a unique blend of mystery, supernatural suspense, romance, and humor. Lots of twists and surprises here. Most of the characters are very strange but lovable, and there are a few that you love to hate. I can't wait to read the newest book, A Touch of Dead. Looks like my homework may suffer a bit for a few days around then......Long live Sookie Stackhouse!

Laura P., Circulation

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Still Life

Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Joy Fielding

A gripping story about a young woman in a coma after an accident who can hear and feel what is going on but can't act on these feelings. She discovers who is really her friend and who is her enemy as she lives this nightmare somwhere between life and death.

Sue N., Youth Services

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