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

Best In Show

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This film is a mockumentary! The actors in the film got an outline of the story, and they made the rest up as they went along, in front of the cameras! This film gives you a faux-inside look at the life inside dog shows. One of my all-time favorite movies!

In A World

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If you are one of those people who is slightly annoyed when you hear women talking in baby Mickey Mouse voices then you will appreciate this comedy. It has excellent and hilarious dialogue that pokes fun at a cut throat industry full of outlandish and over the top characters. Not to mention an important reminder that sexism is alive and well in some of our most lauded professions. Lake Bell is smart and funny - a winning combination.

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 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared

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A thoroughly entertaining story with a bit of history thrown in for good measure. An epic tale like “Forrest Gump” or “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” but WAY better. Rollickingly absurd but tender at the same time. A story that shows the importance of a positive attitude! Excellently narrated by Steven Crossley!

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.

Begin Again

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From the director that brought us “Once”(the lovely film about two street musicians) John Carney delivers another music themed film. This time, it’s a washed up producer in the midst of mucking up his life who stumbles upon some authentic lyrics sung by a meek young woman. They give each other something to believe in and save themselves. It’s a love story about music but it resists the temptation to become romantic.

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.