Fiction

A Thousand Splendid Suns

Monday, January 28, 2008
Khaled Hosseini

This second novel by the author of The Kite Runner again takes readers to is birthplace of Afghanistan. This time it is the story of two women a generation apart who come together under the most dire of circumstances amid the chaos of changing politics in Kabul, Afghanistan in the early 1990s. Their differing ideas about life and love change for both women as they come together to support each other. Within the recent historic background of Afghanistan, this is a story of endurance, sacrifice and love.

Kathleen Z., Library Director

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If Today Be Sweet

Monday, January 28, 2008
Thrity Umrigar

I just finished reading If Today Be Sweet by Thrity Umrigar, a new fiction written by an Indian woman. Fascinating story about a 60 year old Indian woman, who is living temporarily with her son, white American daughter in-law, and 7 year old grandson. She needs to decide whether to stay in the U.S. or finish her life in Bombay and the book shows the great difference in the two cultures and how she sees our way of life. You get very involved with the characters in this book.

Sue N., Youth Services

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The Book Thief

Monday, January 28, 2008
Markus Zusak

When I started reading The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, I couldn’t help but feel that no matter the specifics, all of the characters were ultimately doomed.Add it up:Germans, Jews, early 1940’s.It’s even narrated by Death itself.It couldn’t really end any other way.As hard as it was to read at times, this book is something truly special.As Death states on the final page:“I wanted to explain that I’m constantly overestimating and underestimating the human race – that rarely do I ever simply estimate it.I wanted to ask her how the same thing could be so ugly and so glorious, and its words and stories so damning and brilliant.”

I couldn’t agree more.

Kathleen M., Administration

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Devil's Corner

Monday, January 28, 2008
Lisa Scottoline

Based on a real-life trial of a Philadelphia gang, the author, a former trial lawyer, brings to life a story that takes Assistant U.S. Attorney, VickiAllegretti, into a rough Philly neighborhood where the action begins and ends.Scottoline’s successfull mixing of humor with serious matters along with her meticulous research into drug trafficking make the story believeable and entertaining.

Kathleen Z., Library Director

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The Razor's Edge

Monday, January 28, 2008
Somerset Maugham

Even though the book was written in the early 1940's, it has a timeless feel.

A young man from Chicago gives up his privileged life, his friends and his fiancee to travel the world to seek knowledge and answers to life's meaning.

Maugham's story, with its many diverse characters, is set against the backgrounds of Paris, the Riviera and the East and is considered to be one of his best.

Catherine, Reference

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Twilight

Monday, January 28, 2008
Stephenie Meyer

So, like a good vampire story?
Not of the horror variety, but a good vampire romance?

Bella moves from sunny and hot Phoenix and her mother to overcast and damp Forks, WA and her father. She leaves behind a large school where she is lost in the crowd for a smaller town where her father is the chief of Police. Suddenly Bella finds herself drawing the attention of other students, especially mysterious Edward. And then there is Jacob. Little does Bella know just how much her life is about to change. These books will grab you and not let you go. Stephenie Meyer has created a world of the supernatural in Forks, WA in the Twilight series (Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse). Warning- you need to read them in order! And there are more books planned.

Holly, Youth Services

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Shark Girl

Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Kelly Bingham

A story about a 15 year old girl (and very talented artist) that has her right arm amputated after a random shark accident. How will she get past this horrible tragedy? And if she can learn to move on forward with her life, will she ever be able to do the things she loves like cook and draw? How can she manage to stay friends with people that talk about regular things like boys and makeup when she is grieving the loss of her right arm?

A good "life" book - lots of great lines to quote. Written mainly in verse, it's a quick read. Great read for teens and adults (although some adults may find it a little whiny).

Janice, Youth Services

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The Blight Way: a Sheriff Bo Tully Mystery

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

I found this mystery through the Library's Online Book Club. I read the first 3 chapters in my email and had to finish it. Chocked full of odd and quirky characters, this entertaining mystery is great fun. When murder comes to Blight County Idaho, Sheriff Bo Tully is overrun with suspects. The Blight Way has everything you would expect from Patrick McManus, outdoor writer and humorist.

Jerilee, Reference
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The Spellman Files

Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Lisa Lutz
If you’re a fan of Stephanie Plum (Janet Evanovich) , you’re going to love Isabel Spellman! Izzy (did I mention that Izzy is addicted to the tv series Get Smart ?!) has been working in the family’s San Francisco PI biz since the age of 12. When she tries to break away from her wacky, dysfunctional family and establish a life of her own all hell breaks loose. You’ll laugh out loud as you follow the antics of Izzy, Uncle Ray, and little sister Rae.
 
Sue A., Reference
 

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