Fiction

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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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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