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February Library Reads List

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Announcing the February 2015 LibraryReads list!
You voted, we counted, and February's LibraryReads Favorite is: A Spool of Blue Thread: A Novel
by Anne Tyler (Knopf) “In this book, we come to know three generations of Whitshanks--a family with secrets and memories that are sometimes different than what others observe. The book’s timeline moves back and forth with overlapping stories, just like thread on a spool. Most readers will find themselves in the story. Once again, Tyler has written an enchanting tale.” Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA And now, the rest of the LibraryReads February Top 10: A Touch of Stardust: A Novel by Kate Alcott

Favorite books of2014

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Memory of Running by Ron McLarty

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Smithy a 40 something man from Rhode Island finds himself on a bicycle road trip after his parents are killed in an auto accident. He finds a letter from California police that his father had received identifying a body as that of his crazy sister Bethany. With his life at loose ends, he spies his old bicycle in the garage and sets off out of the blue for California to claim his sister's body. The trip becomes a life journey meeting people along the way and freeing him from his past life but yet returning him to the neighbor girl who was always there.
Very good - easy read.

The Magicians by Lev Grossman

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A 17 year old nerd Quentin goes to a professor's house for an interview to get into an elite school. He shows up and finds the professor is dead but is handed an envelope with his name on it by the EMT. As he is walking home the wind takes the paper and when chasing it he magically ends up at a school of magic along the Hudson. He of course goes to and graduates from this magic school but then what.? What are he and the friends he has made at the school supposed to do with their lives? How are the "Fillory" fantasy novels he read as a kid directing his magical path?
This is the first in a trilogy. I will read the second to find out how Quentin ends up using the gift of magic he has been given. Will it be for good or evil?

41: A Portrait of My Father by George W. Bush

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A biography by an obviously biased person - a loving son! George (43) talks about his father both as a family man and a political person and it all sounds pretty good. There are places where the son tries to justify some of his father's mistakes; admitting that he made them must have been hard for George (43).
He also slips in a few justifications for some of his own presidential activities, which gives this book the feeling of being off topic once in a while. An interesting and easy book to read.
--- submitted by Joan