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Painted Horses by Malcolm Brooks

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This novel takes place in Montana during the 1950's. A young Catherine Lemay is sent to survey a canyon for the Smithsonian and a wealthy business man that wants to build a power generating dam. When Catherine finds evidence of ancient artifacts she finds out who she really is working for. Along the way she meets a cowboy, John H, who has a unique understanding of the wild horses he paints. A great depiction of the landscape and a glimpse of how the open wilds of the United States get altered for both good and bad. I recommend this book.

Bees by Laline Paull

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Bees is a novel about the life cycle of a hive of honey bees told from the perspective of one of the worker bees named Flora. Flora was born to be a sanitation worker in the hive but worked her way up to be a forager, one who brings nectar and pollen to the hive. She is larger that most bees in the hive and a fierce fighter. She knows she is different that the other bees but this doesn't deter her from giving everything she's capable of for the good of the hive even when she lays an egg and tries to keep it alive while hiding it.
An easy read and good narrative moves the story along and reveals social classes in the hive.

September Library Reads List

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Announcing the September 2014 LibraryReads list!

You voted, we counted, and September's LibraryReads Favorite is:

Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: 
And Other Lessons from the Crematoryby Caitlin Doughty (W. W. Norton & Company) “Part memoir, part exposé of the death industry, and part instruction manual for aspiring morticians. First-time author Doughty has written an attention-grabbing book that is sure to start some provocative discussions. Fans of Mary Roach’s Stiff and anyone who enjoys an honest, well-written autobiography will appreciate this quirky story.” Patty Falconer, Hampstead Public Library, Hampstead, NH And now, the rest of the LibraryReads September Top 10: Station Eleven: A Novel  
by Emily St. John Mandel(Knopf) 

“An actor playing King Lear dies onstage just before a cataclysmic event changes the future of everyone on Earth. What will be valued and what will be discarded? Will art have a place in a world that has lost so much? What will make life worth living? These are just…

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

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“Sometime books don’t find us until the right time” from the Storied Life of A.J. Fikry.
This is a story that the Evening Book Club chose for the August meeting.  I would never have chosen to read this title on my own, but I am glad it was the pick of the month.  Filled with interesting characters about a man that owns a bookstore. A love story about A.J Fikry who finds a mysterious package left in his bookstore that gives him the opportunity to change his life around. A good story to read if you like bookstores……
This is one reason why I belong to a book club, I read interesting books that I wouldn't normally select for myself and end up loving the stories. -- submitted by Michelle P.

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

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This is a first novel for Backman and I hope there are more to come. It is a terrific story of a grumpy old man (well really not so old) and his relationship with his neighbors in a block of row houses in Sweden. Backman's story takes you through a range of emotions and in the end you understand and love his character, the man called Ove.
Truly one of the best books I've read this year!

Bird Box by Josh Malerman

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Suspense with a capital "S"!! A quick read.