Fiction

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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That Old Cape Magic

Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Richard Russo

That Old Cape Magic is Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Russo's newest book. The story begins on Cape Cod with a wedding and ends with another a year later. During the year between the two weddings, many changes happen to the various family members whose lives have become intertwined. There are moments of comedy, especially during the second wedding rehearsal, alternating with moments of sadness, and ending in an upbeat and surprising way.

Catherine T., Reference

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The Geek Girl's Guide to Cheerleading

Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Charity Tahmaseb

A fun chick-lit for teen girls...
Two girls (self-proclaimed as geeks), decide to try-out for the high school cheerleading squad and throw the school's social hierarchy a little haywire. They had no idea cheering & carrying pom-poms would cause such an upset among the geeks and the jocks. A fun and entertaining story.

Janice, Youth Services

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The Lightning Thief

Sunday, November 22, 2009
Rick Riordan
This story grabs you from the very beginning and doesn't let you go until the end. A fantasy page-turner filled with lots of action, sword fights, Greek Gods, and even a betrayal. The story of a boy who find out he's a "half-blood" (his mother was mortal but his father apparently wasn't) and the quest he goes on to save the world.

Not a "new" book or series but one I finally got around to starting and it was worth it!
Recommended for Teens, avid fantasy readers & Harry Potter fans.

Janice, Youth Services
 

Unaccustomed Earth

Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Jhumpa Lahiri

Jhumpa Lahiri's writing spans the world of India where her parents were born, and the United States where she was raised. Her latest book, Unaccustomed Earth, portrays first generation Americans like herself trying to reconcile the Old World values of the previous generation with contemporary life.

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author takes the readers from Cambridge and Seattle to India and Thailand, telling stories of the lives of sisters and brothers, parents and children as they move from India to America and back again.

Two other books by this talented author are The Namesake (a movie was made of this) and Interpreter of Maladies for which she won the Pulitzer Prize.

Catherine T., Reference

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The Girl With the Dragon Tatoo by Stieg Larsson; translated from the Swedish

Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Reg Keeland
This is the BEST BOOK that I've read in a long time! If you like Harlan Coben, with a little James Patterson sprinkled in the mix, with a Nordic European flavor (ie the ice, the cold, the isolation, burrrr) and themes (ie female victimization; female vanquishing tormentors), this this SERIES is the read for you! Yes, this is the first of what was intended as a 10 piece series and touted as an International Bestseller. Unfortunately, the author succumbed to his demise in 2004, under somewhat cloudy circumstances, if my sources are to be believed. I'm reading the second book now ... and I can't put it down.

Investigative business journalist/business magazine publisher gets caught in a set-up trap, is convicted of fraud, defamation, etc., loses all credibility and sentenced to prison. Meanwhile, he is offered a lucrative and seeminly dull writing proposition from extremely eccentric, wealthy, retired industrial mogul. He has nothing else to do, so ... and I'll tell you no more. Not even about ... the girl with the dragon tattoo. Another GREAT Book Club read.

Woo hoo!
 
Donna O., Reference
 
 

The Leisure Seeker

Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Michael Zadoorian

The Leisure Seeker is the most compelling novel I have read in a long time. An elderly couple-wife with terminal cancer and husband with Alzheimers, drive in an RV from Michigan to Disneyland in California on Route 66. Frequent reference to the Detroit area make for local interest and the people they meet, adventures they have and the emotions of very old people make a 'don't put down till you're done' book.

Sue N., Youth Services

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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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