Fiction

A Christmas Carol

Wednesday, December 21, 2016
Charles Dickens
A Christmas Carol

Have you read this classic? Or have you just watched one of the many movies made from the story? I must admit I had never read the novel. My husband and I read it to each other and enjoyed it tremendously. If you haven’t read A Christmas Carol or seen the movie it is the tale of Ebenezer Scrooge, a miserly curmudgeon, visited by three ghosts who show him Christmas past, present and future, in hopes of saving his soul.  Of course it has a happy ending but the journey Scrooge takes and the people he meets are the stuff of dreams! And it is interesting to notice what parts of the original stay true in the movie adaptations and what are added. Each adaptation is a bit different. My husband likes the Albert Finney musical 'Scrooge' the best. I’m partial to The Muppet Christmas Carol.

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Jeanne S., Youth Services

Poison is not polite

Thursday, December 15, 2016
Robin Stevens
Poison is not polite

This is a sequel to Murder is Bad Manners

Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong part of the Wells and Wong Detective Society have another murder to solve. This time it is at Daisy sprawling countryside estate in England.  The cast of characters in this mystery have quite the flair for high drama. It’s a fast paced mystery which keeps you guessing whodunit. Enjoyable for readers young and old. 

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Kate D., Youth Services

Only Time Will Tell

Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Jeffrey Archer
Only Time Will Tell

I love when I stumble upon a book (or in my case an audio book) that delivers not only an epic tale, but provides a great escape.  Only Time Will Tell is the first novel in a series (The Clifton Chronicles) and tells the story of a family across generations.  What appears at the beginning to be a straightforward coming-of-age tale becomes a saga of power, betrayal, and bitter hatred.  There are many cliff-hangers and delightful twist, not to mention surprise endings.  The author weaves a very intricate plot that does not disappoint.   

In addition to the storyline, the two narrators have marvelous voices that make this audio book equally captivating. 

I have just finished the third book in the series; I think it’s fair to say I’m addicted.   Although the author will provide some background in the subsequent books, it is best to start at the beginning of this series in order to fully immerse yourself in the characters and their back story.

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Tanya H., Reference

Breaking Wild

Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Diane Les Becquets
Breaking Wild

Set in the backcountry of Colorado, this thriller slowly reveals the influence of single incidents in the lives of the two protagonists. Amy Raye Latour is a hunter. One night she breaks the rule her grandfather taught her: never leave an injured animal unfound. Vulnerable and distraught because she couldn’t find the animal she shot, she joins in a life-changing game with her cousins. Pru Hathaway is a search and rescue responder, who has used distance to dull the pain of her life-changing incident. Yet both women have astounding perseverance. Les Becquets alternates their backstories as Hathaway and her dog search for Latour who goes missing while hunting. The author writes a believable tale, with details about hunting and search and rescue procedures, about survival.

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Doris M., Reference

 

Lost Lake

Monday, November 7, 2016
Sarah Addison Allen
Lost Lake

Kate spent one memorable summer at Lost Lake Cottages with Aunt Eby. Newly widowed, on impulse she moves to Lost Lake with her eccentric eight-year-old daughter. This is a story about heartbroken people finding hope at a magical place.

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Sue A2, Reference

 

Manitou Canyon

Thursday, October 27, 2016
William Kent Krueger
Manitou Canyon

This is the 15th book in a series that is a "can’t miss" for me. When a man goes missing without a trace while on a fishing trip in the vast wilderness of  Minnesota’s Boundary Waters,  his grandchildren ask Cork O’Connor to continue the search after local law enforcement agencies give up. Despite the fact that his daughter Jenny is to be married in a few short days Cork feels compelled to help. Putting aside the sense of foreboding that November always brings he packs up his canoe and his gear and heads out to the lake where the man was last seen. When days go by without a word, Cork’s worried family heads out on a search of their own. What they find, is an empty campsite – and a lot of blood.  With an early winter storm approaching, Cork’s loved ones struggle to piece together the only clues they have to the mysterious disappearances, uncover the plot that could endanger an entire community, and save both men before it's too late.

Lee Child calls this series “One of today's automatic buy-today-read-tonight series...thoughtful but suspenseful, fast but lasting, contemporary but strangely timeless.”  Krueger delivers with the Northwoods  setting  and the interplay of the Ojibwe culture, and then wraps it all up in great stories filled with suspense and rooted in humanity.
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Sue A., Reference

Breaking Sky

Friday, October 7, 2016
Cori McCarthy
Breaking Sky

This is a great book for any action-seeking reader. This book follows Chase Harcourt as she flies a new fighter jet, the “Streaker.” On top of learning to save the world, Chase deals with the same problems of any other teenage girl. Tristan, another teen learning to fly the “Streaker,” creates plenty of boy drama in Chase’s life. Some past family issues also come back to haunt Chase but she learns to put everything behind her in order to save her country.

I loved this book because the plot was completely unique to any other dystopian novels I’ve read and kept me interested the whole way through! I’d recommend this book to anybody who's at least 14 years old. This book would be great for someone who wants something new and exciting to read!

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Miranda M., Circulation

The Rest of Her Life

Friday, September 30, 2016
Laura Moriarty
The Rest of Her Life

High School senior Kara runs a stop sign and hits another student, killing her. The book focuses mostly on the mother and how she deals with this accident. It is interesting how the community deals with this as does the court system. I read the whole book waiting to see if she had been texting or talking on the phone, but the book never dealt with that issue. Overall I did enjoy the book but felt it really did not wrap up by the end, which was disappointing.

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Sue N., Youth Services

 

The Seafront Tearoom

Monday, September 19, 2016
Vanessa Greene
The Seafront Tearoom

The female friendships that develop in this cozy book are so sweet and will warm your heart and soul--just like the scrummy pastries and good cups of tea that the characters so generously eat and imbibe in this contemporary British novel. The characters are thoughtful and sympathetic, particularly the three protagonists Charlie, Kat, and Séraphine. While serious issues arise for each in turn, the conflicts and problems are resolved with satisfaction and heart. I found myself thinking of my close girlfriends as I read and how there’s nothing like a really good cup of tea and delicious cakes to bring people together.

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Brandi T., Reference

Lilac Girls

Thursday, September 8, 2016
Martha Hall Kelly
Lilac Girls

The story centers around the lives of three very different women, from different countries – the United States, Poland, and Germany – whose lives are irrevocably changed by World War II.

Caroline Farriday is a socialite working in New York’s French Consulate when Hitler’s army invades Poland. Kasia Kuzmerick is a Polish teenager drawn into the resistance underground as a courier when her hometown is occupied by the Nazis. Herta Oberhauser, newly graduated from medical school in Germany, longs for a career as a surgeon that will improve her difficult financial situation.

These three lives are set on a collision course when Kasia is sent to Ravensbruck, the notorious concentration camp for women - the camp where Herta has taken a position that will lead her far from the respected doctor she hoped to be.

From New York to Paris, Poland, and Germany, the struggles of Caroline, Kasia, and Herta to survive the chaos of the world around them are in some cases redemptive, but always heartbreaking. Inspired by the real life Caroline Farriday, Marth Hall Kelly has written a touching debut novel.

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Sue A., Reference

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