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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Descent by Tim Johnston

The Courtland family's worst nightmare happens while on vacation when their teenage son and daughter go for a run in the mountains and their son is hit by a truck, left by the side of a remote road and the daughter is nowhere to be found. This profound event tears the family apart and affects them in different ways culminating in a most surprising conclusion of what a person is compelled to do to live at all cost and come back to family. A very good page turner!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Fever Dream by Samantha Schweblin

Unlike anything I've read before. Like a dream all of us have from time to time, it doesn't make sense but it does make sense and is disturbing but not really frightening. Once I started reading I couldn't put it down. That's OK because it can easily be read in one sitting. Very different and kind of weird, but I do recommend this book.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Revolver by Duane Swierczynski

Swierczynksi's Revolver is a story about an unsolved murder mystery involving three generations of Polish Philadelphia cops, family secrets, and racism. A very good quick read.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

LibraryReads List Feb. 2017

Announcing the 
February 2017

LibraryReads list!

You voted, we counted, and 
February's LibraryReads Favorite is:
I See You
by Clare Mackintosh
(Berkley)

“Zoe Walker sees her picture in a personal ad for a dating website.  At first she thinks there must be a mistake.  She soon learns that other women whose pictures have appeared in these ads have been subjected to violent crimes. Zoe contacts the police .PC Kelly Smith, a disgraced former detective, works to find the mastermind behind the website and redeem herself. As each day passes Zoe becomes more and more paranoid and suspicious of everyone she meets.Told from three different viewpoints, the tension builds and kept me on the edge of my seat.”
 
-Karen Zeibak, Wilton Library Association, Wilton, CT
And now, the rest of the LibraryReads 
February Top 10:


Norse Mythology
by Neil Gaiman
(W.W. Norton & Company)

“After reading Gaiman’s account of Norse mythology, I doubt that I will ever forget how the gods of Asgard acquired their treasures. Thor’s hammer that never misses its mark, Freya’s incredible ship that shrinks to the size of a pocketable silk scarf, Odin’s powerful spear, all came to be because of Loki’s mischief. Above all, I will not forget the ill-gotten and ill-treated children of Loki who bring about Ragnarok, the end of earth and heaven and the death of the gods. Everything feels very real and very now when told by someone who has obviously drunk of the 'mead of the poets.'”

Catherine Stanton, Madison Library District, Rexburg, IL 


My Not So Perfect Life
A Novel
by Sophie Kinsella
(The Dial Press)

“Katie Brenner has moved from her family’s farm to the big city. She goes to great lengths to present the face that she thinks the world wants to see. When she’s fired from her job and forced to return home she helps her family get their new venture up and running. Learning the truth about herself and those around her leads to the realization that nobody’s life is as perfect as it seems from the outside. Kinsella never loses her sense of humor, even when her characters are facing serious situations. She makes you believe in them and leaves you wanting to know what happens next.” 

Kristen Gramer, Lewes Public Library, Lewes, DE


All Our Wrong Todays
A Novel
by Elan Mastai
(Dutton)

“Mastai's debut is a clever and funny time travel romp which turns into an, action-packed science fiction thriller. Tom Barren stumbles through life and accidentally ruins the glittering jetpack and flying car future of 2016, replacing it with the one you and I know. The world may be worse off, but Tom's life is better than ever. That is, until his mind starts splitting between the two realities and he must track down the genius who invented the other future. Tom's journey through the past, across realities, and inside his mind make for a thrilling conclusion.” 

Dan Brooks, Wake County Public Libraries, Cary, NC 


A Piece of the World
A Novel
by Christina Baker Kline
(William Morrow)

“Andrew Wyeth’s painting “Christina's World” would immortalize a young woman. This is the story of Christina and her life. After almost dying as a child of an undiagnosed illness, her legs are twisted, making her stumble as she walks. As she ages, the effects of this illness get much worse leaving her with a shrinking world. This book immerses us in the life on her farm and into the heart of a young woman. A fantastic, and touching story by Kline that brings to life the story behind a painting and the life of a young girl who always wanted more than she was given, but accomplished so much despite her handicap.”

Diane Scholl, Batavia Public Library, Batavia, IL 


Gilded Cage
by Vic James
(Del Rey)
 
“Welcome to a world where magic grants you access to all the benefits of wealth and power.  This is the story of two families, one from magic and one not. When Abi comes up with a plan to help her family by having them serve one of the most powerful magical families, she thinks it will save them. But when her brother is sent to one of the harshest work camps, the plan seems less likely to keep them alive. Her brother must face the dangers of slavery
while Abi and the others will see grandeur and wealth but also see the rotten core that is gilded in gold.”


Suzanne Christensen, Spanish Fork Public Library, Spanish Fork, UT


The Chilbury Ladies' Choir
A Novel
by Jennifer Ryan
(Crown)


The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir is a powerful story of both hope and despair. Told through diary entries, this is a wonderful glimpse into life in a small British town during WWII. Ryan is a skilled writer who gives each diary entry a clear voice: Mrs. Paltry is dishonest and scheming, Venetia, the self-centered young woman in love with a mysterious man, Kitty, the love struck teenager with big dreams, and Mrs. Tilling, the midwife and moral compass of the town. Through their entries, you really see them grow. The power of music brings them strength that they didn’t know that they had.”

Shari Suarez, Genesee District Library, Goodrich MI


Setting Free the Kites
by Alex George
(Putnam)                               
“Robert stands watching the demolition of the old paper mill that stood in the center of town and served as a constant reminder of his friend, Nathan. The reader is transported from present day to 1970s Maine, where Robbie finds his friendship with Nathan a literal escape from the bullying at school, and a figurative way of coping with his brother’s struggle with muscular dystrophy. The portrayal of family dynamics in the wake of tragedy is reminiscent of Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng but with an anchoring of boyhood friendship in this coming of age tale.” 
Emma DeLooze-Klein, Kirkwood Public Library, Kirkwood, MO


We Were the Lucky Ones
by Georgia Hunter
(Viking)
“When Georgia Hunter learns that she is a descendant of large family of Holocaust survivors, she knows that she is destined to be the recorder of their story. This is the result of years of research to gather as much detail about her relatives as she possibly can. How this group of people manages to survive years of persecution and imprisonment is astounding. It is an inspiring read, and one that honors the memory and struggle of not just the author’s family, but all of the people who suffered during the war.”
 
Mary Coe, Fairfield Woods Branch Library, CT


Garden of Lamentations
A Novel
by Deborah Crombie
(William Morrow)
“Picking up where To Dwell In Darkness left off, Crombie's new mystery resolves unresolved issues from that book while telling a compelling new story. Gemma is investigating the puzzling death of a nanny while Duncan is dealing with what looks disturbingly like corruption in the police force. As always in Crombie's novels the look we get at the domestic lives of Duncan, Gemma and their children is as interesting as the mystery. Another fine entry in this excellent series.”

Beth Mills, New Rochelle Public Library, New Rochelle, NY



Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Dry by Jane Harper

The death of his best friend, Luke, and family (deemed murder/suicide) brings Aron Falk back to his hometown to help Luke's father figure out why Luke would do such a thing. Upon returning, Falk finds out the town is still blaming him for a mysterious death of a girl friend that occurred 20 years ago, the reason he and his father left town. Wanting a solution to the past mystery almost derails his investigation into his friend's recent murder.
A very good mystery that takes place in Australia during a drought that makes the small town a tinderbox of tension.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Afterlife of Stars by Joseph Kertes




A story of Jewish refugee brothers on their family journey from Hungary to Paris, growing up as curious boys do, trying to figure out life and family secrets in their changing world of the 50's.
A very good quick read.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

LibraryReads List January 2017

Announcing the 
January 2017

LibraryReads list!

You voted, we counted, and 
January's LibraryReads Favorite is:
The Girl Before
A Novel
by JP Delaney
(Ballantine Books)

“A page turner that is sure to be a hit. Each chapter alternates between two time periods. Back “then,” there is Emma, looking for the perfect flat. Her agent suggests One Folgate Street, built by architect Edward Monkford. In present day, Jane, a single thirty-something also ends up on Folgate Street. Both women learn the sinister history of the property and readers won’t know who to trust as Delaney’s debut clutches you by the throat and won’t let you go.”
-Kara Kohn, Plainfield Public Library District, Plainfield, IL
And now, the rest of the LibraryReads 
January Top 10:


The Bear and the Nightingale
A Novel
by Katherine Arden
(Del Rey)

“We journey to 14th century Russia where the old ways still hold sway in the outlying villages and spirits and magical creatures are real. When Vasya's stepmother and the new village priest try to end the pagan offerings, it us up to Vasya to stop the Bear from awakening. Can she find the strength to accept who she really is and protect her family and village? This magical story captivated me and pulled me fully into that world. The last third and the pulse-pounding finish had me on the edge of my seat.”

Joseph Jones, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Cuyahoga, OH


The Dry
A Novel
by Jane Harper
(Flatiron Books)

“Luke lied. You lied. Be at the funeral.” These eight words will change everything for Agent Aaron Falk, summoned by the father or his former best friend. It appears Luke went on a rampage, murdering his wife, son, and then himself. At Luke's father's request, Aaron agrees to look into the murders/suicide and learns that the small town has long held grudges and secrets that may be best kept hidden in this atmospheric, chilling complex tale of anger and revenge.”
Jennifer Winberry, Hunterdon County Library, Flemington, NJ


Behind Her Eyes
A Novel
by Sarah Pinborough
(Flatiron Books)

“Louise meets a charming man in a bar and is smitten. The attraction is mutual, but David confesses he is married. They go their separate ways...until the next morning when Louise goes to work and realizes that the new psychiatrist who has been hired by the practice is David. Adele, David’s wife, is struggling to keep their marriage alive, but David has tired of her lies. A friendship begins between Adele and Louise. David and Louise are still attracted to each other and the triangle is complete. This is not your average thriller. It is absolutely riveting!”

Mary Vernau, Tyler Public Library, Tyler, TX


Books For Living
by Will Schwalbe
(Knopf)

"Every book changes your life. So I like to ask: How is this book changing mine?' Schwalbe, author of The End of Your Life Book Club, focuses on a personal collection of books that changed his life. Each book he selects provides a lesson, a reminder as to how to live his life. Readers will remember favorite books, find new books to try, and lessons to think about. Schwalbe's book is warm, charming, and very personal. It's a book for all avid readers.”

Lesa Holstine, Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library, Evansville, IN


The Second Mrs. Hockaday
A Novel

by Susan Rivers
(Algonquin)
 
“Placidia is seventeen when she marries Major Hockaday, an older man and recent widower with a child. After he is recalled to service in the Civil War, she must manage his farm, take care of his son and all with little help. When he returns, it is to find that she has given birth, and said to have murdered the child. Told in journal entries, letters, and court documents we learn about her life and the answers to this puzzling and horrifically charged event. A dark book that highlights the amazing strength so many of these women had to develop.”

Diane Scholl, Batavia Public Library, Batavia, IL


The Fifth Petal
A Novel
by Brunonia Barry
(Crown)


“Barry takes her readers back to Salem with a mesmerizing tale filled with familiar characters from her previous works and new ones as well. Towner Whitney and John Rafferty come to the aid of Callie Cahill as they attempt to piece together the circumstances surrounding the brutal murder of her mother while trying to keep herself from becoming a victim as well. This is a beautifully written story, full of twists and turns. Fans of The Lace Reader will love The Fifth Petal, though the book stands on its own and can be recommended to all readers.”

Marianne Colton, Lockport Public Library, Lockport, NY


The Most Dangerous Place on Earth
A Novel
by Lindsey Lee Johnson
(Random House)                               
“Not for the faint of heart, Johnson’s first book is a beautifully crafted work that delves into the perils of teen-dom in a wealthy, insulated California neighborhood. The story opens with the suicide of an outcast middle-school boy. Fast forward to high school, where seemingly minor struggles of both teens and adults expose themselves to be deeply ominous, leaving few untouched by the ensuing tragedies. As the plot slowly builds, the intricate web of relationships that intertwine the lives of characters and the events that they experience become apparent, ultimately returning full circle.”
Amy Christiansen, Jefferson County Public Library, Wheat Ridge, CO


Her Every Fear
A Novel

by Peter Swanson
(William Morrow)

“Kate Priddy is moving to Boston to swap apartments with her cousin. Haunted by an abusive ex, she wants to leave behind her previous life. But when her neighbor, Audrey Marshall, is murdered, Kate is drawn into a web of fear even darker than her past. Varying points of view add new perspectives to the narrative as the book goes on; the mystery of what really happened to Audrey is just a part of the intrigue as we delve into the minds of imperfect, broken people. As a fan of Swanson’s previous work, I was not disappointed. “
Cari Dubiel, Twinsburg Public Library, Twinsburgh, OH


Heartstone
by Elle Katharine White
(Harper Voyager)
“A fun take on Pride and Prejudice in a fantasy setting. Merrybourne Manor has a gryphon infestation and has contracted with a band of Riders to kill them. As you can imagine, the main Rider is a little haughty and our heroine has a long memory. Familiar trials and tribulations occur with some detailed world-building, laying the groundwork for a sequel. Good for readers who don't mind literary re-imaginings, love P&P, and Anne McCaffery's Pern novels.”

Jenna Persick, Chester County Library, Exton, PA