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Hannah Swenson Series

Monday, May 23, 2016
Joanne Fluke
Hannah Swenson Series

This cozy mystery series takes place in the small town of Lake Eden, Minnesota. Hannah has returned to her home town and opened a bakery. Quite like Jessica Fletcher of Murder She Wrote, Hannah seems to stumble across dead bodies with amazing regularity! With the help of her sisters, her indomitable mother, two men who are in love with her, and all the quirky small town folks, Hannah manages to solve the mystery. Each book is filled with tempting recipes. A few of the books were adapted for the Hallmark Movies and Mysteries Channel as Murder She Baked.

There are 18 books in the series, from Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder to Double Fudge Brownie Murder.

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Where'd You Go, Bernadette

Monday, March 28, 2016
Maria Semple
Where'd You Go, Bernadette

A delightful, funny tale of modern life. Bernadette so hates to deal with people she has a personal assistant--who happens to be in India. Her husband is devoted to Microsoft and her daughter Bee attends a middle school that is “a place where compassion, academics and global connectitude join together to create civic-minded citizens of a sustainable and diverse planet.”

When Bernadette disappears two days before Christmas, her daughter is determined to find her. Using emails, letters, FBI documents, correspondence with a psychiatrist, and even an emergency-room bill, she finds out about the school fundraiser, the blackberry bushes, and a scandal, all of which have driven Bernadette to take action.

The author wrote for the television shows Mad About You, Ellen, and Arrested Development, and has brought that same lively sense of whimsy to her fiction.

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Some Luck

Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Jane Smiley
Some Luck

This is the first installment in the Last Hundred Years: A Family Saga series by Jane Smiley. Beginning in 1920, this saga follows the family of Rosanna and Walter Langdon, farmers in Denby, Iowa, with a chapter for each year through 1953. Rather than a chronological accounting of the year, each chapter is more of a snapshot of the average, ordinary Langdon family. This rather different format allows the reader an intimate look at the realities of farm life and the cycles of births and deaths, passions and betrayals, triumphs and tragedies. As the children grow up and scatter around the country, you see how world events impact and effect ordinary people who are just trying to live their lives.

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One Last Thing Before I Go

Tuesday, December 1, 2015
Jonathan Tropper
One Last Thing Before I Go

Silver is forty-four, a former drummer with a one-hit-wonder band, and a middle-aged lost soul. He is sad, funny, engaging and frustrating, sometimes all at the same time. His daughter is pregnant, his ex-wife is getting married, and he discovers that he needs surgery, soon, or else he will die. He is constantly getting himself in trouble by not being able to stop himself from saying out loud things he shouldn't be saying at all. Tropper has a way of making his quirky characters and their zany situations real. This is a fun light read.  Check our Catalog

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Our Souls At Night

Friday, November 6, 2015
Kent Haruf
Our Souls At Night

Kent Haruf's final novel , published posthumously, is an homage to love. While this lovely story may appear short and simple, it is not. I would not call this a romance novel, but rather an account of two members of the 'senior' generation who still have a lot of life to live. Addie and Louis come together to talk at night when they are the most lonesome, and find adventure in the simple things in life. Haruf has a way of making everyday things come to life with his beautiful writing. Check our Catalog

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Shotgun Lovesongs

Monday, June 29, 2015
Nikolas Butler
Shotgun Lovesongs

Four men grew up together in Little Wing, Wisconsin where the tallest building in town is the grain elevator. They go on to live very different lives - farmer, stock market investor, rodeo champ, and rock star. This story of who stays, who goes, and who comes back is told in chapters voiced by the four plus the woman they all loved. The language is authentic relating how relationships can become complicated in time, but the draw of home town and old friendships is strong. Butler's simple yet almost poetic description of the town and the landscape will make anyone from the mid-west homesick.  Check it out on MeLCat

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Florence Gordon

Friday, May 1, 2015
Brian Morton
Florence Gordon

Not everyone will like Florence. She is a cranky, blunt old feminist who is suddenly involved in her family's life after years of distance. This story had moments that made me laugh out loud, some that broke my heart, but in the end, warmed my heart. A great story of family dynamics. Check our Catalog

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The Supremes At Earl's All-You-Can-Eat

Monday, March 9, 2015
Edward Kelsey Moore
The Supremes At Earl's All-You-Can-Eat



This tale turned out to have more depth than I thought it would when I began! The story follows the interconnected lives of three women over 40 years of marriage, children, love, loss, sickness, and friendship. There is lots of humor along with moments that will make you cry. This book would be a good read for either a winter weekend or on the beach! Check our Catalog

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Lost Memory of Skin

Thursday, October 2, 2014
Russell Banks
Lost Memory of Skin

I love every Russell Banks novel that I have read.  This is a difficult story of a young man charged as a sexual offender, which is a crime I cannot accept or excuse.  But as I read his story from his immature, unsophisticated viewpoint, I felt myself filled with compassion for the young man. This novel is thought provoking and done with great sensitivity. The story has lingered in my thoughts long after I closed the book. Check our Catalog

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Dark of the Moon

Monday, August 4, 2014
John Sandford
Dark of the Moon

Sandford is known for his series of 'Prey' mysteries with the leading character Police Detective Lucas Davenport.  This book is the first of a series with a different lead character - Virgil Flowers. Virgil works for Lucas, so the stories are still gritty crimes in Minnesota - I know, Minnesota doesn't seem like a rough place, but the crimes ARE gritty - and Virgil is a little more irreverent than Lucas. Well, maybe a LOT more. I usually do not like blood and gore suspense novels, but Sandford's writing and especially his characters draw me in every time. Check our Catalog

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