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January 2014 Library Reads

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           Announcing the
           January 2014 

           LibraryReads list!
You voted, we counted, and January's LibraryReads Favorite is:

The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches: A Flavia de Luce Novel
by Alan Bradley (Delacorte Press) “Flavia de Luce is still on the loose! This time, the almost-twelve-year-old prodigy explores some tantalizing mysteries involving her own family. Flavia uncovers surprising secrets about the characters we know and love and meets some fascinating new people, including a precocious distant cousin. You’ll enjoy seeing new depths in Flavia--this novel takes the series in an exciting direction.” --Nancy Russell, Columbus Metropolitan Library, Columbus, OH
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Labor Day by Joyce Maynard

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Bittersweet, sad and unpredictable. It tells a story of how the life of a 13 year old boy was
changed in six days. Henry, raised by his mother Adel, a lonely women who has been isolating herself since her divorce meets Frank, a fugitive.  The six days with Frank affected Henry and his mother the rest of their lives.  Great read!  This was chosen for the December evening book club at the library.  -- submitted by Michelle

Dot. by Randi Zuckerberg

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I don't normally review picture books but this one really caught my attention.
Dot. is a little girl growing up with today's technology and very "plugged in". When She is told to go outside to play she rediscovers the old way of connecting with the world and friends and surprisingly has fun doing it








Randi Zuckerberg also wrote the recently released "Dot Complicated" for adults about living with social media today.
And yes Randi is related to the famous Facebook Zuckerberg.

Joyland by Stephen King

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Devin Jones plans to work at Joyland, an amusement park in North Carolina, just to make a little extra money over the summer before he heads back to school.  Instead he finds himself losing a love, seeing ghosts, investigating a mystery and becoming a part of a sick boy’s life.  Not as ghostly or as ghastly as a lot of King’s fare, but an enjoyable, quick read nonetheless. 

December Library Reads

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           Announcing the
           December 2013

           LibraryReads list!
You voted, we counted, and December's LibraryReads Favorite is:

No Good Duke Goes Unpunished: The Third Rule of Scoundrels
by Sarah MacLean (Avon) "In the third book of MacLean's Rule of Scoundrels series, Mara Lowe mysteriously disappears on the eve of her wedding day. Widely believed to be responsible for her murder, Temple leaves society in disgrace and becomes a partner in the Fallen Angel club. He doesn't remember what happened that night 12 years ago, until Mara returns asking for his help. Seeking his vengeance and eager to return to his Dukedom, will Temple sacrifice Mara to make it happen?"
--Kim Storbeck, Timberland Regional Library, Tumwater, WA
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Son by Philipp Meyer

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A sweeping Western saga that covers a century and 4 generations of the McCullogh family. From Comanche captive to Texas oil tycoons this will keep you entertained. Very good!

Tilted World by Tom Franklin & Beth Ann Fennelly

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The authors have created memorable characters in Ted Ingersoll and  Ham Johnson, two revenuers working for Hoover to catch bootleggers along the Mississippi during prohibition in 1927. Dixie Clay, a young newlywed becomes a bootlegger for her philandering husband and has a reputation for making the best whiskey in the region.  Along comes an orphan who needs a home and record rainfall that won't stop. Levees are undermined and priorities change. Very good, I recommend this book!

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Maid's Version by Daniel Woodrell

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This is the story of a small town dance hall fire that kills 28 people. Told by the maid's grandson it retells the story of Alma the maid, her life spent in poverty and servitude and the tangled intertwining lives of families in this town  and events leading up to the fire. Desperation, love, lust, madness, survival, intrigue, a well written book and a quick read!

Fall reading lists to tempt you

An Invisible Thread by Laura Schroff

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This is another biography that has touched me. Laura is a busy sales executive who one day passes by a young boy asking her for change.  She keeps walking, then for some reason she turns around and takes him to McDonald's.  From there they meet every Monday.  What they learn from each other cannot be measured in words.  An incredible story and a great read! Who would think that you can change one person's life with just a Big Mac. -- submitted by Marianne

Banned books week is Sept. 22-28

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed

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This amazing biography touched me to the very core.  I usually do not read biographies, however my sister told me and our other siblings we should read it. I'm glad I listened to her. This is the story of Cheryl who after losing her mother to cancer, had a divorce and really did not have a decent job, decided to walk 1,100 miles on the Pacific Coast Trail.  She is hoping to find herself and encounters many interesting stories along the way.  I would highly recommend this book. I loved it! -- submitted by Marianne

Abomination by Jonathan Holt

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This book, in a way, reminded me of Dan Brown's books.  The Venice police end up working with the U.S. Military to try to uncover what they think is a conspiracy theory.  This book could have a sequel. An interesting read. -- Submitted by Mariann

Silent Wife by A.S.A. Harrison

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Another relationship gone bad.  I don't know who said this was better than "Gone Girl" (maybe I read it on Amazon) but they were completely wrong at least in my interpretations of the two books.  The style of this book just seemed to drag on with things I didn't care about.  The only thing it had going for it was it is based in Chicago and my husband's high school was mentioned.. The Silent Wife did not have the same impact as Gone Girl. Even though it is a small book, not may pages, it took me forever to read -- not impressed! -- submitted by Marianne

Buried Secrets by Joseph Finder

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This is a series I came across with a character named Nick Heller. I loved it!  If you like Vince Flynn, David Baldacci, and Michael Connelly you will like this series as well.  I don't know how many books he has written but I hope he continues to do sol I couldn't put it down! -- submitted by Marianne

Even by Andrew Grant

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I believe this is a new author with a character who is much like Mitch Rapp except David Trevellyan is from the Royal Naval Intelligence.  I think the more Andrew Grant writes, his stories will get better.  Not a bad read. If you like Vince Flynn and David Baldacii you may like this book. -- submitted by Marianne

Little Star by John Ajvide Lindqvist

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A creepy story. This book is full of demented, delusional misfits who are seriously off their nuts! Translated from the Swedish to British English you may scratch your head at some of the lingo. Lindqvist has been said to be the Swedish Stephen King. You be the judge.

Light of the World by James Lee Burke

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Burke is a master of suspense in this Montana thriller of a killer escaped from prison bent on bringing down Alafair, a young journalist who interviewed and wrote an article on him. She along with her family are vacationing in Big Sky country at their friend and author Albert’s house who is an environmentalist against the big energy corporation and his neighbor the Youngers.  The Youngers have the local police in their back pocket and secrets to protect at the expense of others. This is a Dave Robicheaux novel a repeat character of Burke who has a mystery to solve where ever he goes.  Another, “ I couldn't put it down” mystery.

Until She Comes Home by Lori Roy

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Based in 1958 this book is about a group of neighbors where the husbands all work at the same place and their wives all go shopping together. A neighbor girl, who is a bit of a simpleton that everyone looks out for, disappears on the one night no one is paying any attention .. After that things go from bad to worse with these characters. A pretty interesting read. -- submitted by Marianne

If You Were Here by Alafair Burke

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Lawyer/journalist McKenna Jordan is trying to solve a 10 year old missing person case. The person missing is her good friend Susan Hauptmann.  Susan appears in a video here she saves a boy from falling on train tracks.  McKenna, while tying to find her long lost friend comes upon many more mysteries involving murder. Now the police and FBI are talking to her.
A pretty good read. I would recommend it. -- submitted by Marianne

Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

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This is an imaginative, enjoyable, fantastical story.  I was reading along thinking this is Gaiman’s own little “Alice in Wonderland” and later on he does make a reference to that book. Ha! I actually think I enjoyed Gaiman’s story more.  Delightful and scary all at the same time! A quick read.

Still Life with Elephant by Judy Reene Singer

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Neelie thinks she has everything a woman could want, a wonderful husband and horses in her barn to train.  Then everything falls apart.  Her husband has an affair and mortgages everything for his new practice.  Needless to say Neelie wants a divorce and finds she is also losing her house.  She ends up going on a trip to Africa to rescue an elephant!  It is during this trip and taking care of this elephant that she finds out who she really wants to be. 


I really enjoyed this book and hope this author will write a second book about these haracters.
 -- submitted by Marianne

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

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Here is a Cinderella story about a Chinese boy and girl who meet in New York. Both are professors at a University. Boy (Nick) takes girl (Rachel) Home to Singapore for a cousin’s wedding and to meet the family.  Little does Rachel know that Nick’s family is one of the wealthiest old money families in China.  When the ladies of the family find out that Rachel does not come from money they do everything they can to make sure Nick doesn't ask her to marry him.  Never have I read a book that talks so much about who is worth how much money what all those rich people buy. It made me want to go right out and buy something myself.  I thought this was a good story.

Tigers in Red Weather by Liza Klaussmannthe

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Nick & Helena are cousins growing up by Martha's Vineyard.  They are two totally different women, yet their relationship is very strong.  The story follows their lives with the husbands they have married and their children. It is the most dysfunctional family story I have ever read.  The author moves to the different main characters point of view making it very confusing at times. I think I will pass on her next book.
-- submitted by Marianne