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January 2015 Library Reads

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Announcing the January 2015 LibraryReads list!
You voted, we counted, and January's LibraryReads Favorite is:

As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust:
A Flavia de Luce Novel

by Alan Bradley (Delacorte Press) “After the unexpected recovery of her mother's body brings the de Luce’s family secrets to light, Flavia’s life is turned upside down. Now on her way to a Canadian boarding school, she must survive her first term--and more importantly, uncover the mystery of a corpse found in her dorm room chimney the night she arrives. A delightful installment in the series!” Lizzie Gall, Grand Rapids Public Library, Grand Rapids, MI You can download the PDFs of this month's list incolor or black & white--get your patrons excited about the new year of books to come!

And now, the rest of the LibraryReads January Top 10:
The Rosie Effect: A Novel by Graeme Simsion (Simon & Schuster)
“Don Tillman and Rosie are back again, and they’ve relocated to New York. Rosie is continuing her studies, while Do…

Wine and War: the French, the Nazis, and the Battle for France's Greatest Treasure by Don and Petie Kladsrtup

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If you are familiar with "The Monuments Men", you will find this a fascinating tale of how the French people tried to protect their famed wineries and vineyards from the epic battle taking place in France during World War II. The story involves spies and skulduggery, the French underground, and greedy Nazi leaders who want all the best wines for their own cellars. How the vintners fooled the Nazis and saved their wines makes an interesting read.
-- submitted by Joan

Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Olympics by Daniel James Brown

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The story of young men from Washington state who not only struggled with the effects of the Great Depression, trying to maintain good grades, and the extreme effort needed to row competitively, but also with personal trials.  This book explains in detail the training and physical prowess necessary to excel in this sport, and the skill and craftsmanship in creating the beautiful sculls used in racing. Even though one knows the end result, it still is a compelling and fascinating read.
--- submitted by Joan

Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline

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Two women who suffered from early trials brought on by becoming orphans meet and become friends. One is elderly and in need of assistance, the other young and frequently in trouble.  In some respects a depressing tale, but certainly a story of the human ability to overcome great obstacles.   This is based on true situations involving children, many of whom were children of poor immigrants, who were sent out to foster families who often abused them, and used them as unpaid laborers.
--- submitted by Joan

Kept by James Scott

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A very dark story that just when you think nothing could get worse for 12 year old Caleb -- it does.
Raised on a remote farm in upstate New York, (late 1800's) Caleb lives in the barn with the animals, feeling more comfortable with them than with his family after witnessing his father kill and bury a man. It is the one thing that saves him but throws him into the next part of his life that no child should have to face.

This is a first novel and it was a real page turner for me.

Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi

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Escaping an abusive father, 1953 teenager Boy, takes a bus as far from New York as her money will get her and ends up in a small town in Vermont to start a new life.

A good book and a quick read. It has an "I didn't see that coming" that had me Gobsmacked! Not once, but twice.