Fiction

Nick Adams Stories

Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Ernest Hemingway

I hadn't read Hemingway in many years. Reading this book was exactly what my "reading diet" called for at this time! I forgot the simple, short, direct and very satisfying style that he has. Every word is carefully chosen and what's left unsaid is equally important. I really enjoyed this book. It has great themes of coming of age, relationships, and of war. I absolutely love the outdoor life as Hemingway did, and have visited many Michigan places that he writes about in this book. If you have hiked, fished and camped in the north woods, you will enjoy Big Two-Hearted River. This book was chosen to be the first Great Michigan Read. For more information, go to www.howelllibrary.org and click on Great Michigan Read.

Margaret, Reference

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Rattled

Sunday, February 24, 2008
Debra Galant

The McMansion scene in New Jersey is the locale for this hilarious novel. Any resemblance to Livingston County is purely coincidental. A good laugh.

Mary L., Reference

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The Memory Keeper's Daughter

Sunday, February 24, 2008
Kim Edwards

The story unfolds after the birth of twins, a boy and a girl. The girl has downs syndrome. The year is 1964. The father, a doctor, who delivers his own children inthe midst of a fierce snow storm, sends his daughter away thinking he willsave his family a great deal of grief.

Personally, I couldn't empathize withany of the characters. They all seemed two dimensional – not fullydeveloped. The book received good reviews; so many others probably will enjoy this.

Kathleen Z., Library Director

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The Appeal

Sunday, February 24, 2008
John Grisham

Grisham returns to familiar ground in this legal thriller about what happens after a small Mississippi law firm wins a huge verdict over a large chemical company that dumped carcinogenic toxic waste at one of its facilities. Krane Chemical not only sets out to appeal the huge award, but knowing that it will take more than a year for the Mississippi Supreme Court to hear the case, they begin a plot to elect a justice whose vote will swing the court in their favor. If, like me, you were under the assumption that justices were not subject to the same campaign machinations as other elected officials then the political and legal intrigue that ensues will astound you.

Sue A, Reference

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The Mermaid Chair

Sunday, February 24, 2008
Sue Monk Kidd

A story that keeps unfolding in creative ways following the life and passions of the main character, Jessie Sullivan, as it progresses through thought-provoking turns. After her daughter goes off to college and her mother needs medical care, Jessie is forced to confront the stories about the death of her father when she was a child as her life turns completely in a new direction.

Kathleen Z., Library Director

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Ida B…and her Plans to Maximize Fun, Avoid Disaster and (Possibly) Save the World (Book & Book on CD)

Sunday, February 24, 2008
Katherine Hannigan
Ida B…and her Plans to Maximize Fun, Avoid Disaster and (Possibly) Save the Worl

I’m Ida B., not Ida that’s my Mama, but Ida B. Life is pretty good here on the farm with Mama, Daddy, Rufus our dog and Lula our cat. I’m home schooled, I tried kindergarten for 3 weeks at the Ernest B. Lawson Elementary School, but it wasn’t for me. After doing my school work there is lots to do here. I talk with the trees in the apple orchard – yes, talk. All the trees have names and if you listen closely they answer. I also talk with the brook that runs through our farm. Daddy always says that we don’t own the earth; we are the earth’s caretakers and that we should leave our land better than we found it.
And then Mama found a lump and the lump had cancer, and Daddy sold some of our land, and they cut down my friends the trees and now I have to go to 4th grade at the stupid Ernest B. Lawson Elementary School. What am I going to do?

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Holly, Youth Services

An Absolute Gentleman

Sunday, February 24, 2008
R. M. Kinder

"This novel portrays a segment in the life of a serial killer and his relationships with the people he is surrounded by as a professor and an author. The raw honesty about the killer's perspective on other people, in particular women, and his own psychological breakdown of himself was fascinating. This book does not go into much detail about the murders and has a surprisingly sparse amount of violence considering the premise. Instead, the book focuses on the human interaction of a serial killer. Philosophical types will definitely enjoy this novel."

Jen, Circulation & 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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