Adult Fiction

The Handmaid’s Tale

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Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale envisions a near future where the Republic of Gilead (formerly the USA) is controlled by religious leaders after a theocratic revolution in response to the degradation of society. Women were strictly controlled, had no jobs or money, and were assigned to various classes, one of which was the handmaids. Because of low population levels from wars and toxic waste, handmaids were responsible for replenishing the population. This novel is told through the handmaid Offred and her experience as life as a woman in the new republic.

The Kitchen Daughter

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Ginny Selvaggio, a twenty-something young woman who has Asperger’s Syndrome, finds great solace in cooking. After her parents meet an untimely end in an accident, Ginny discovers her ability to reach the dearly departed by preparing one of their handwritten recipes. The tale is engaging and helps the reader to understand the perspective of a person with Asperger’s Syndrome.

The Solitude of Prime Numbers

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A beautifully written and thought provoking story of loneliness, love, and the weight of childhood experience – one reviewer said it is a book you will love in an instant. It is about 2 “primes” - misfits who seem destined to be alone, but recognize in each other a kindred spirit. Giordano is a 27yr old physicist from Italy who has received a prestigious award for this novel.

The Butterfly’s Daughter

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Following the migrating monarchs across the United States to Mexico, four different women find transformation. The main character is Luz Avila, who has always lived with her grandmother, the butterfly lady. Her grandmother buys an orange VW bug for the long trip from Wisconsin to Mexico. Along the way, Luz attracts a collection of lost women and a dog, seeking change in their lives. This is a very entertaining read about women's friendships and the information on the migrating monarchs is fascinating

The One that I Want

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Thirty-two year old Tilly Farmer thinks her life is perfect. She is married to her high school sweetheart, working as a guidance counselor in her hometown, trying for a baby. Tilly has had a hard life -her mother died when she was young and she took a lot of responsibility for everyone else. But, Tilly is a cheerleader -always plastering a smile on her face. After visiting the local fair one summer, everything changes. Tilly wanders into the fortune teller’s tent and is greeted by an old friend, who gives her the "gift of clarity."

Summer Rental

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If you are looking for a nice quick and predictable read for your summer vacation be sure to check this book out from the library. It is a story about 3 best friends who rent a run-down beach house on the Outer Banks for one month. They come with their own baggage with hopes of finding answers to their life’s questions. Add to this mix a handsome landlord with an ex-wife who is a very beautiful but greedy woman, escaping her abusive husband that just embezzled millions from his friend .There is plenty of adventure in this book. It is a predictable read but in a lovely summer read way as you will want to see what happens next in the characters’ lives.

The Bride’s House

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This is the story of three generations of woman in the historical mining town of Georgetown, Colorado. The beautiful house they live in is the envy of everyone, but full of their secrets of shame, love and betrayal. Dallas does a wonderful job of creating charming characters intertwined with accurate historical depictions of a mining town that is reminiscent of the old days of Park City. With the rise and fall of the mining town, these woman struggle to balance society, class, family and love.

Dreams of Joy

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This book is the continuing story of Shanghai Girls. May & Pearl’s daughter Joy fleas to China in 1957 to uncover the family secrets. At this time Mao’s Great Leap Forward occurs where close to 45 million Chinese experience death. The author does an excellent job in the portrayal of this horrific event and gives us a great story. If you liked Shanghai Girls you will like the continuing saga of this book.

A Discovery of Witches

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This is the first book in a trilogy involving Dr. Diana Bishop (a witch), Matthew Clairmont (1500 year old vampire) and a very old valuable manuscript that contains secrets of the occult’s evolution. This book is a page turned for those who like history, magic, love and romance, and a bit of adventure all rolled into one great read. The last page leaves you hanging on for more to come in the second book.

Dead Reckoning

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Sookie Stackhouse survives the bombing of her employer, Merlotte’s bar. She knows someone is out to finish her off. Emotions run high between Sookie, Eric, and Sam as a major development of the blood bond changes and now Sam has been promoted to her best friend. Sookie makes some great discoveries especially about her family history and finds out who gave her the special gift of telepathy.