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The Ice Princess
Camilla Lackberg

Erica has returned to her childhood home to take care of some loose ends after her parents' deaths.  She soon discovers the lifeless body of her former best friend.  Who killed Alex and what happened almost 25 years ago that caused their friendship to end?  Erica has help solving these mysteries in the form of police detective Patrik Hedstrom, a former friend who is on the path of becoming much more than that.  Readers may think they have figured things out but there are a few twists and turns to keep the pages turning.

Apr 30, 2012
Susan
Major Pettigrew's Last Stand
Major Pettigrew's Last Stand
Helen Simonson

Major Pettigrew, a lovable, if snarky old widower lives in a small English village. Though he is devoted to the old ways of English country life, twenty-first century ideas are encroaching on his town, challenging the Major and his fellow townspeople to decide whether to fight the new ways or change with the times. The Major finds himself having to decide between love for tradition and his growing devotion to Mrs. Ali, an English Pakistani woman who owns a local shop. As Major Pettigrew and Mrs. Ali grow closer they must face the prejudices of the town and grapple with the traditional confines of Mrs. Ali’s Pakistani heritage. Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand is a great read for anyone looking for a charming love story with witty characters and a happy ending.

Apr 29, 2012
Tara
Unwanted
Kristina Ohlsson

A young child is taken from a train with apparently no witnesses to the abduction.  Shortly afterward, a body is found hundreds of miles away with the word "unwanted" painted on the forehead.  Alex Recht and his team of special investigators must hunt down the killer before he/she strikes again.

Apr 12, 2012
Susan
Ready Player One
Ernest Cline

In the not-so-distant future, people spend most of their day (if not all of it) jacked into OASIS, living online lives not possible in the burned out reality of 2044. When the creator of OASIS, James Halliday, dies and leaves his entire fortune up for grabs, millions of players race to solve Halliday’s final puzzle: a complex game based on everything he loved about 80s pop culture. Wade Watts is a dedicated player, but when he becomes the first person to earn a place on the game’s scoreboard, he becomes the target of every player in the system who seeks Halliday’s prize-including some who are willing to kill for it. Ready Player One is a fun read and a real treat for fans of gaming, nerd culture or 80s nostalgia.

Apr 11, 2012
Anonymous
Why Be Happy When You Can Be Normal?
Jeanette Winterson

Jeanette Winterson has long included aspects of her life in her works of fiction, but now she finally has written her story directly.  Why Be Normal When You Can Be Happy? is her new autobiography addressing her upbringing by her extremely religious adopted mother, her quest to find her real mother and her dealings with literary success at such a young age.  Having a tough childhood, it would be easy for Winterson to be angry at her mothers and her experiences.  Instead, we see the redemptive capabilities of love and forgiveness.  Beautifully written and a quick read. 

Apr 10, 2012
Andrea
The Mothman Prophecies
John Keel

Fans of UFO legend and the paranormal will enjoy John Keel's  The Mothman Prophecies. Between 1966 and 1967, John Keel investigated the mysterious Mothman phenomenon occurring in Point Pleasant, West Virginia, a quiet town of 6,000 people. Among numerous reports of UFO sightings, residents also claimed they saw a large, winged monster with piercing red eyes. Culminating in the tragic collapse of the Silver Bridge, the Mothman sightings and the other supernatural phenomenon that blanketed the town were said to be an omen of the tragic event to come.

While The Mothman Prophecies of course tells the familiar tale of John Keel's bizarre experiences in Point Pleasant, it also ventures into some of the UFOlogist's intriguing conspiracy theories about the Men in Black and other paranormal events.

Apr 9, 2012
Liz
The Knife of Never Letting Go
Patrick Ness

There are no real secrets in Todd’s home town. All his life the thoughts of all men and animals have been transmitted involuntarily, as “Noise.” There are also no women. They all died when the Noise came…or so he had always been told. One day Todd stumbles across a glaring, person-shaped silence on the edge of town, and with no way to hide this new knowledge, Todd leaves the place he has always known and learns the truth about being a man in a world full of Noise. Recommended for mature teens and adults-a great book for readers who enjoyed The Hunger Games.

Apr 6, 2012
Anonymous
Trail of the Spellmans: document #5
Lisa Lutz

If you are a fan of the Spellmans series, the latest offering won’t disappoint. Document #5 continues the zany saga of the Spellmans, a family of private investigators. Although the two eldest “children”, Izzy and David are in their 30’s and the youngest, Rae, is attending college, parents, Albert and Olivia,  maintain a tight rein by using their P.I. skills to keep their family in line. The rest of the Spellmans use their own P.I. skills to muddle through their own lives.

 A few new characters are introduced in this book, each with a unique, albeit, quirky nature, And while the  Spellman children seem to experience what seems to be an emotional growth spurt, it doesn’t last too long before things go haywire, misunderstandings ensue and life, once again, is off-track.

Although this book can be read as a stand alone, (Izzy Spellman provides footnotes throughout the book and a brief description of each character at the end) read the entire series, the laughs will be worth your time.

 

 

Mar 29, 2012
Marilyn
Hope: A Tragedy
Shalom Auslander

Who would've thought a book about a family moving to a farmhouse in rural New York only to discover Anne Frank (yes, the Anne Frank) living in their attic could be so funny?  Shalom Auslander's Hope: A Tragedy is a hilarious meditation on history, remembering and optimism.  This book is truly brash, bold and will undoubtedly make you think for long after you reach the last page.   

Mar 28, 2012
Andrea
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
Susan Cain

If you are an introverted person and have ever felt bad about it, Susan Cain's Quiet will change how you feel about something you might have thought of as a flaw.  Introverts are not necessarily shy and are responsible for some of the world's greatest contributions.  This book is empowering because it is never extreme in its praise of introversion, never once saying that introversion is absolute.  Instead, Cain promotes embracing those who are introverted and recognizing the strengths that only introverts can provide. 

Mar 26, 2012
Andrea

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