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LibraryReads List November 2016

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Announcing the
November 2016

LibraryReads list!
You voted, we counted, and 
November's LibraryReads Favorite is: Faithful
A Novel by Alice Hoffman
(Simon & Schuster)

"With only a touch of her usual magical realism, Hoffman crafts a tale that still manages to enchant. In Faithful, a young girl who survives a car accident that almost kills her best friend spends the next decade doing penance to try and alleviate her guilt. Despite her best efforts to avoid it, love, hope, and forgiveness patiently shadow her as she slowly heals. Shelby is a complex character and through her internal growth Hoffman reveals that she is a person worthy of love, a bit of sorcery that readers will hold dear. Simply irresistible." -Sharon Layburn, South Huntington Public Library, Huntington Station, NY

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A Whole Life by Robert Seethaler

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This is a story of Andres Egger a strong Austrian, living a life in the mountains. His was not a particularly happy life but the mountains were his home. The story reminds me a bit of Edith Wharton's "Ethan Frome", which I also recently read. Another story of a lonely man who's hard existence relies on his strong sense of place in the world. The two novellas together could make for an interesting book discussion.

News of the World by Paulette Jiles

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A very good historical fiction story. It takes place after the Civil War and Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd has created a job for himself traveling from town to town in Texas reading the news of distant places to folks. While in northern Texas he finds himself charged with returning a 10 year old girl back to her family. She had been held captive by the Kiowa for four years and was recently recovered. This turns out to be a more challenging task than he first thought. The slow journey south finds them not only in different predicaments but getting to know each other.
If you enjoy this story then read Jiles' other excellently researched historical novels " The Color of Lightning", "Enemy Women" and "Stormy Weather", I recommend them all.

LibraryReads list October 2016

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Announcing the
October 2016

LibraryReads list!
You voted, we counted, and 
October's LibraryReads Favorite is: News of the World
A Novel by Paulette Jiles
(William Morrow)

“Readers fortunate enough to meet Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd, an old ex-soldier who makes a living reading the news to townspeople in 1870s Texas, and Joanna, the Indian captive he is charged with returning to her relatives, will not soon forget them. Everything, from the vividly realized Texas frontier setting to the characters is beautifully crafted, right up to the moving conclusion. Both the Captain and Joanna have very distinctive voices. Wonderful storytelling.” --Beth Mills, New Rochelle Public Library, New Rochelle, NY

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