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A woman walks down a dark alley, the Eiffel Tower is in the background, set against an orange sky

Murder Below Montparnasse

Cara Black
4
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Bethany T.
Friday, Oct 18, 2013

Aimee Leduc, private investigator, starts the novel with her longtime partner Rene Friant absent and out of the country. Already concerned about running Leduc Detective on her own, matters grow exponentially worse when her friend Saj hits and possibly kills a Serb with Rene's car. Soon, the accident is tangled up in the mysterious death of a Russian bookbinder, a missing painting that could be nearly invaluable, and even Aimee's own mother, who's been missing for many years.

Cover where a young man stares out of a forest, a spear tattoo on his left cheek

The Lost Sun

Tessa Gratton
5
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Bethany T.
Friday, Oct 18, 2013

Soren Bearskin has grown up in a United States colonized by the Vikings rather than the Puritans, a country where trolls hide in the mountains and Norse gods walk the land, where children learn how to sword-fight in school and every year the land is renewed by the god of light, Baldur, as he is resurrected from his winter death. Except this year, Baldur fails to appear. A search is begun, a boon is offered by Odin to whomever can return his missing sun, and Astrid Glyn, the daughter of the most famous seer in New Asgard, convinces Soren that it is their fate to find Baldur. Together, the

two people walking away on a beach with a tie-dyed blanket billowing behind them

Summerland

Elin Hilderbrand
4
Rated by
Helen H.
Thursday, Oct 17, 2013

In the vein of Laura Moriarity’s The Rest of Her Life or Chris Bojhalian’s The Buffalo Soldier, Hilderbrand puts normal, everyday people under a microscope after throwing a terrible tragedy at them.

Duck! Rabbit!

Amy Krause Rosenthal
5
Rated by
Tricia S.
Wednesday, Oct 16, 2013

Duck! Rabbit! is a funny Easy Fiction story that challenges you to see images in a different way, similar to an optical illusion, it is a great way to involve everyone in the story. A wonderful childrens' librarian once used American Sign Language signs for "duck" & "rabbit" which allows everyone to participate in the story and extends their experience. This is one of my favorite books because it is fun, silly and a nice ongoing discussion about whether it is a duck or a rabbit.

Cover of A Trick of the Light

A Trick of the Light

Lois Metzger
4
Friday, Oct 11, 2013

This was a very engaging, interesting read. I especially appreciated the unusual point of view; this story was narrated by the disease itself. At first, the narrator was mildly suggestive: eat this, not that; run just a little further. As the anorexia began taking over, it became more and more demanding and controlling until it directed every aspect of 15 year old Mike's life. When he tried to make a decision that did not further the purposes of the disease, the anorexia talked to him, tricked him into believing that another choice was better.

Cover of Swan Peak by James Lee Burke

Swan Peak

James Lee Burke
5
Rated by
Jed D.
Thursday, Oct 10, 2013

Dave, Molly and Clete have gone to Montana for a peaceful summer vacation. But where they go murder seems to follow and Swan Peak is no exception. Two college students are brutally murdered close to the ranch where the friends are trying to relax. Another couple is murdered at a rest stop nearby and the two incidents appear to be connected. Burke is known for the interesting characters he creates with his stories. This tale includes some down-and-out folks trying to better their lives and/or get even with the world for the wrongs done to them. Troyce, Candace, Jamie Sue, Ridley and ot

cover for The Lost Sun by Tessa Gratton

The Lost Sun

Tessa Gratton
4
Rated by
Josh N.
Monday, Oct 7, 2013

The time is now, but the world is more than a little different. The United States were settled and established by Scandinavians who worshipped the Norse gods--who are very real and very active in the world. And so you get Tessa Gratton's new series, The United States of Asgard, and the first book, The Lost Sun.

Cover of the book Wild, with a picture of a worn hiking boot.

Wild

Strayed, Cheryl
4
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Anonymous
Monday, Oct 7, 2013

This is a true account of an impulsive twenty-something woman who chooses to hike the grueling Pacific Coast Trail as a way to stop herself from self-destruction. She has not had an easy life, being raised by a single mother in poverty, but she is in college and in love when her mother succumbs to cancer. Thus starts a spiral of addiction and out of control behavior that is shocking and life threatening.

Thursday, Oct 3, 2013

These days, I read a lot of mom-oirs – enough to feel justified making up a word to describe the sub-genre clash of parenting book meets memoir. My twins are fifteen months old. They toddle and they’re fickle, irrational, urgent, tiny, and I love them. Just like the subtitle says.

Monday, Sep 30, 2013

Lawrence Wright’s journalistic writing is the perfect voice for the subject of Scientology. In the hands of most other writers, Scientology would float into the ether, a dark and unfathomable history left unread by sensible readers. That said, though Wright offers Scientology an even-handed approach, his book is full of strange stories, made stranger when compared to the seemingly (sometimes) sane and healthy lives of people who are associated with Scientology.

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