Fiction

The White Tiger

Monday, July 27, 2009
Aravind Adiga

The narrator, in Adiga's unsettling fictional account, describes his escape from the bottom of India's (still) strict caste system through entrepreneurship...and, while on the path, murdering his mentor/"master". The author mixes tradition with contemporary. The "Indian Dream" (as was last century's "American Dream") is to take advantage of opportunity, for example, grab an outsourcing contract from corporate America and work while America sleeps. Hmmmmm, we have a lot to learn. Good for book groups...but not for the faint of heart.

Donna O., Reference

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The English Major

Thursday, March 12, 2009
Jim Harrison

The English Major is Michigan author Jim Harrison at his best. Harrison's offbeat and eccentric character, Cliff, sixty-something, recently divorced and robbed of his farm in Michigan by his ex-wife, takes off on a road trip across America. Along the way, Cliff renews an acquaintance with a much younger former student, drops in on a snake farm in Arizona owned by an old classmate, and ends up in California at the posh apartment of his son, a big-time movie producer. Harrison, who probably closely resembles the story's main character, proves once again that change can be beneficial at any point in life.

Catherine T., Reference

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The Chase

Thursday, March 12, 2009
Clive Cussler

For years I have been a fan of Clive Cussler’s novels with his character of Dirk Pitt. So I thought I would try this novel which is a period piece with the main character, Isaac Bell, as a larger-than-life detective. Set in 1906 in the western U.S. Isaac Bell of the Van Dorn Detective Agency chases down the most ingenious and ruthless bank robber in history. Much like watching an Indiana Jones movie or reading a Dirk Pitt novel, you must suspend your belief about one man not being able to withstand all of the predicaments that confront him – one after the other. Using the setting and time period in the old west this story weaves a tale of fantastic adventure and nonstop action.

Kathleen Z., Library Director

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Please Don't Come Back from the Moon

Thursday, March 12, 2009
Dean Bakopoulos

This is one of my favorite books - anyone who has lived in Detroit or spent time there will recognize the neighborhood where this story takes place. One summer, one by one, all the men vanish from a working class neighborhood in the southwest corner of the city. One man leaves a note, "I've gone to the moon."How the women and children who are left behind go on with their lives makes this a fascinating debut novel and coming-of-age story.

Catherine T., Reference

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The Kitchen Boy

Friday, December 12, 2008
Robert Alexander

This is one of the best historical fiction books I have read in a long time. Using the facts of the Romanovs' imprisonment and eventual execution, Robert Alexander weaves a tale of mystery and intrigue. Even though you know the fate of the Romanovs, he manages to write the book in such a suspenseful way that you can't put it down. I highly recommend this book. In addition, check out this great website for the book. Hope someone makes this one into a movie.

 
Margaret, Reference
 

Bel Canto

Friday, December 12, 2008
Ann Patchett

I really enjoyed this book. I liked the premise, the setting, the characters, and the "musical" allusions. A terrorist group takes over a private party in a vice-president's home in South-America. An American Opera singer is featured as the entertainer. What happens is extraordinary--the electric mix of guest, dignitaries, servants, terrorist all find that they are witnesses to an amazing musical talent. The music binds them and their lives together as they are held hostage in this house. People fall in love, make friendships; and it all comes to a shocking end.

Margaret, Reference

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Traveler (Audiobook)

Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Ron McLarty
Traveler (Audiobook)

McLarty is able to bring his boyhood hometown of East Providence, RI to life as the main character Jono Reilly, goes back there when he gets notice that his first childhood love, Marie D'Agostino, has died suddenly. 40 years previously she had been shot in the back while walking through a field with Jono. It was a mystery. A motive was never determined and her assailant has never been found. He reopens the investigation with the help of a retired cop. McLarty's characters and settings are vivid and engaging.

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Kathleen Z., Administration

 

The Next Thing On My List

Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Jill Smolinski
After a car accident, June discovers the unfinished list of the victim. "20 things to do before my 25th birthday"- and only two are completed. So June takes it upon herself to finish the list in honor of Marissa and finds her whole life is turned around as is the life of many other people. It is a very funny book and you want to hurry and read it to see if she makes her goal. I won't tell you about the surprise ending.

Sue N, Youth Services
 

Accidents of Nature (Audiobook)

Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Harriet McBryde Johnson
This is a funny, poignant coming of age story that gives one insight to the handicapped world. Seventeen-year-old Jean, who has cerebral palsy, goes away to a camp for the disabled for the first time. She has grown up in a small town where she is the only handicapped person she knows and she considers herself to be part of the normal world. She writes about her 10 days at camp where she gains new insight into the world of the “crips”, the “Mr.’s”, the “walkie-talkies”, the “norms and into herself. The book changed the way I will perceive handicapped people in the future.

Laura G., Youth Services
 

To the Limit

Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Pamela Britton
I don't usually read paperback romances... but a friend showed me this "Nascar library" series of romances and I was intrigued - a NASCAR romance!?
 
I enjoyed reading this on my vacation. Main character was a strong female who's an engineer designing racecars - she has 2 guys interested in her (both very different - one is a driver; one a billionaire who owns the raceteam) and she needs to figure who she's interested in. I gave it 4 stars out of 5 - I found it enjoyable.

Other NASCAR romances by Pamela Britton: On the Edge and Total Control.

Janice, Youth Services
 

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