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Some Luck by Jane Smiley

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Jane Smiley does a good job of depicting a typical Iowa farm family with a German immigrant background. Her story follows the family from 1920-1953 raising children and caring for parents and neighbors, surviving the wars and depression along with personal struggles of their own and their children's. Marveling at the difference in each one. Each one set on his or her own path. A father, Walter, wanting them to be satisfied with a farm life and stay close, a mother, Rosanna, wanting more for her children than being tied to the land.

High Divide by Lin Enger

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Gretta Pope doesn't know what to think when her husband of seventeen years up and leaves without a word. Eli and Danny take off after their Dad looking for an explanation. Gretta travels to visit relatives for clues and finds out her husband's name is not Pope and that he fought in not only the Civil War but also later under Custer in the Plains Indian war. What else has he not told her and where did he go?
This book will take you from the plains of Minnesota to the Montana badlands. From  a small farming community to Buffalo hunting. From a broken family to strong bonds of faith, growth and love.
I recommend this book.

Lilia by Marilynne Robinson

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Lila a neglected, half starved, toddler was taken from her family and raised by Doll, a homeless lady who protected and cared for her until she was an adult. Now on her own, trying to find her place in the world, Lila begins a new life with a kind old pastor in the small town of Gilead, Iowa.
I found it to be charming, compassionate story.

November Library Reads List

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Announcing the November 2014 LibraryReads list!
You voted, we counted, and November's LibraryReads Favorite is:

Us: A Novel
by David Nicholls (Harper) “Every once in a while you stumble upon a book that makes you wish you could meet the characters in real life. This is the case with Us, the poignant story of a middle-of-the-road British family spiraling out of control, and one man’s attempt to win back their love. Quirky, delightful and unpredictable, the novel delves into what makes a marriage, and what tears it apart.” Kimberly McGee, Lake Travis Community Library, Austin, TX
You still have a few days left to vote for the longlist of the LibraryReads Favorite of Favorites!Get your vote in by October 15 and keep an eye out for the finalists.

And now, the rest of the LibraryReads November Top 10:

Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover: The Fourth Rule of Scoundrels

by Sarah MacLean 
(Avon) 

“Having lost her innocence in a teenage love affair, Lady Georgiana is a social pariah. Trying to save the t…

Those Who Wish Me Dead by Michael Koryta

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A high adventure murder mystery. Young Jace is witness to murders at the abandoned quarry just behind his house. His parents send him to a mountain wilderness survival program run by Ethan Serbin and his wife Allison. It is fire season in those mountains and the brutal Blackwell brothers have more than a boy to contend with when they hunt down the witness who could put them away.
Very good and an easy read.