Adult Fiction

The Girl With All the Gifts

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While I usually refrain from zombie books, The Girl with All the Gifts, was a treat to read and one of the best endings I’ve experienced in a while. Melanie and the other children wait in their cell daily until it is time for class, Melanie’s favorite part of the day. Unlike regular school children, these pupils eat larva for lunch, and attend school in a highly secure military structure after the virus has taken most of the planet. When everyone is forced to leave camp, boundaries between Melanie and the military personal (including her favorite teacher) become fluid as they fight for their survival among zombies who do not have the rare intellect Melanie features.

The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry

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The irascible A. J. Fikry, owner of Island Books - the only bookstore on Alice Island - has already lost his wife. Now his most prized possession, a rare book, has been stolen from right under his nose in the most embarrassing of circumstances. The store itself, it seems, will be next to go. One night upon closing, he discovers a toddler in his children’s section with a note from her mother pinned to her Elmo doll: "I want Maya to grow up in a place with books and among people who care about such kinds of things. I love her very much, but I can no longer take care of her". A search for Maya’s mother, A. J.’s rare book, and good childcare advice ensues. A new love interest in the form of a book salesperson appears and Fikry's cantankerous shell is further softened. This book is full of humor and tears: a great mix.

Ordinary Grace

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Ordinary Grace is a stand-alone novel written by Krueger, known for his best-selling Cork O’Connor mysteries (also highly recommended). Frank Drum, teenage son of a preacher in a small town in Minnesota, narrates this story of a summer of death, anger, spiritual uncertainty and love. Present is an endearing old-fashioned innocence. I started listening to the CD and was forced to take the book home as I couldn't wait to discover the end of the story. Reviewed by Juli

Under the Wide and Starry Sky

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The improbable love story of the Scottish writer Robert Louis Stevenson and his tempestuous American wife, Fanny. Their life was fascinating and filled with so many adventures.

First Frost

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This book contains the characters of "Garden Spells" after a ten year time elapse. One of the best books that this author has written to date. You will not be disappointed with her beautiful character development and her magical story of Claire and Sydney's families. As one interviewer stated" The Waverly Women know that until the first frost comes each year there will be all kind and sorts of drama, but after it's happened everything will fine and they can celebrate." So come to the library and check this book out and be prepared for a wonderful journey into their lives. A Beautiful Read.

The Same Sky

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Jodi Picoult is quoted" The Same Sky is the timeliest book you will read this year-a wrenching, honest, painstakingly researched novel that puts a human face to the story of undocumented youth desperately seeking their dreams in America. This one is going to haunt me for a long time---and it's going to define the brilliant Amanda Eyre Ward as a leading author of social conscious fiction" One of the best books that I have picked up in a long time - The journey of Carla coming to America was heart wrenching along with Alice's and Jake's determination to find that something special missing in their lives.

Windigo Island

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The award-winning author of the best-selling Cork O'Connor series, William Kent Krueger pens novels with pulse-racing suspense. In Windigo Island, the corpse of an Ojibwe girl washes ashore. What follows is an intense search for young girls missing from the reservation. O'Connor is a former sheriff turned PI with an Irish/Ojibwe heritage. Krueger infuses his novels with a great sense of geography while keeping you on the edge of your seat waiting to see what will happen. Excellent narration makes this a good series for listening.

Mermaids in Paradise

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Equal parts fantasy and social commentary. Millet is a female Christopher Moore. Laugh out loud funny and caustic. Honest and heart-breaking. A story about a honeymoon gone haywire - when you plan on a relaxing get-away you just might get the opposite. But, sometimes what you get can be exactly what you need.

10:04

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A prize winning poet, essayist and an English professor, Mr. Lerner authors a most unique story in this novel which is "on the edge of fiction." The reader is in the narrator's head (possibly Ben Lerner's....or not) enjoying the trip through a few years of his life in NYC. This novel is like no other that I have read. The author’s language will impress you and hold your interest as he jumps from story to story--you will laugh too.

Lottery

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This is a delightful first novel by Ms. Wood's published in 2008. It is a quick, easy read told in first person through 31 year old Perry Crandall who has a 76 IQ. Perry is raised by his grandmother who has taught him many things-- most importantly, who to trust and how to play the Washington state lottery. After the sad death of his Gram, his mother and other relatives want nothing to do with Perry. That is... until he wins $12 million dollars in the lottery. Will Perry survive against the greed of his family and his many new found friends? Perry Crandall is not to be underestimated! Seeing the world through Perry's eyes, done magnificently through simple metaphors, will delight the reader. Enjoy!