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Fiction

A Funny Little Bird

Author
Jennifer Yerkes

Staff Comment
What a cute book! Being different can be fun!!

Suggested by
Theresa, East Shore Area Library

The Art of Arranging Flowers

Author
Lynne Branard

Staff Comment
A florist deals with love, grief and renewal in a small town.

Suggested by
Meg, East Shore Area Library

Bud, Not Buddy

Author
Christopher Paul Curtis

Staff Comment
He's motherless and on the run in 1936. He's also very smart! Wonderful story and characterization.

Suggested by
Christine, East Shore Area Library

Criminal Justice

Author
Barbara Parker

Staff Comment
In private practice having lost his U.S. Attorney job, Dan Galindo takes a case that ends up in murder. Smart legal thriller.

Suggested by
Ginger, East Shore Area Library

The Invention of Hugo Cabret

Author
Brian Selznick

Staff Comment
Hugo Cabret, an orphan, clock keeper, and a thief, and the stories of his travels. Exciting!

Suggested by
Connor, East Shore Area Library

Never Look Away

Author
Linwood Barclay

Staff Comment
A fast-moving thriller that keeps you guessing until the very end. Excellent dialogue.

Suggested by
Pat, East Shore Area Library

One for the Money

Author
Janet Evanovich

Staff Comment
First of the delightful Stephanie Plum novels. Read it and you'll be hooked!

Suggested by
Pat, East Shore Area Library

On the Ropes: Round One

Author
Tom Schreck

Staff Comment
A surprisingly good first book, fast paced and funny, with an involved plot that has little to do with boxing. Don't miss Round Two.

Suggested by
Millie, East Shore Area Library

The Secret of Raven Point

Author
Jennifer Vanderbes

Staff Comment
A young woman volunteers as a nurse during World War II.

Suggested by
Ellen, East Shore Area Library

Sleeping the Churchyard Sleep

Author
Rett MacPherson

Staff Comment
Set in 1950s West Virginia, this is a rich and engaging novel about family, community and a long ago mystery.

Suggested by
Millie, East Shore Area Library

Your heart is a muscle the size of your fist

Author
Sunil Yapa

Staff Comment
A homeless man travels to Seattle encountering his estranged father, a police chief, other characters & situations combine to create a novel of compassion. Memorable and moving!

Suggested by
Diane, East Shore Area Library

The Hopefuls

Author
Jennifer Close

Staff Comment
This book shows how difficult a political campaign can b on a marriage.

Suggested by
Ellen, East Shore Area Library

Beloved Poison

Author
E. S. Thompson

Staff Comment
Secrets abound in this victoria era crime novel. A rich cast of characters, scientific detail, & Gothic atmosphere. I didn't want it to end.

Suggested by
Phyllis, East Shore Area Library

Falling

Author
Jane Green

Staff Comment
Emma leaves behind her Manhattan life for a new start in Connecticut.

Suggested by
Sydney, William H. & Marion C. Alexander Family Library

The Obstinate Pen

Author
Frank W. Dormer

Staff Comment
The adventure of a pen and the chaos it creates.

Suggested by
Kiri, East Shore Area Library

Out of My Mind

Author
Lauren Sabel

Staff Comment
Beautiful reminder to not make assumptions about those differently-abled than we are.

Suggested by
Ginger, East Shore Area Library

The Matchmakers of Minnow Bay

Author
Kelly Harms

Staff Comment
A light-hearted novel about second chances in love and life.

Suggested by
Phyllis

Prayers for Sale

Author
Sandra Dallas

Staff Comment
A historical novel that takes you into the hard life of women in a small Colorado mining town during the 1800's. Characters are strong and lovable.

Suggested by
Pat

The Memory Keeper's Daughter

Author
Kim Edwards

Staff Comment
A lifelong secret creates emotional troubles and conflict in the lives of two families.

Suggested by
Pat

Fatal Option

Author
Chris Beakey

Staff Comment
One poor decision creates a domino effect in this intricate thriller.

Suggested by
Ginger

Orphan Train

Author
Christina Baker Kline

Staff Comment
A teenager "aging out" of foster care does community service helping an elderly woman and discovers answers to haunting mysteries.

Suggested by
Diane

The Unquiet Grave

Author
Sharyn McCrumb

Staff Comment
This master storyteller gives us another gem. It's based on an incredible American ghost story set in 1896 West Virginia

Suggested by
Pat

Mammy

Author
Brendan O'Carrol

Staff Comment
A delightful look at the life of working class families in the 1960's Dublin, Ireland. Delightful characters, funny and heart warming.

Suggested by
Millie

The Red Hunter

Author
Lisa Unger

Staff Comment
2 Women, both victims of horrible acts on intersecting courses. Great book read in 1 day!

Suggested by
Priscilla

The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend

Author
Katarina Bivald

Staff Comment
Broken wheel, Iowa has never met anyone like Sara, who opens a book shop and revitalizes the dying little town.

Suggested by
Phyllis

Poison : a wicked snow white tale

Author
Sarah Pinborough

Staff Comment
The beginning of a trilogy - Snow White, with a twist.

Suggested by
Alyssa

The Casual Vacancy

Author
J K. Rowling

Staff Comment
Rumors fly, dark secrets are exposed and a village is divided following a town councilman's death.

Suggested by
Ginger

The Daughter of Time

Author
Josephine Tey

Staff Comment
Different, interesting and convincingly researched. A mystery in history... solved?

Suggested by
Ginger

Whistling Past the Graveyard

Author
Susan Crandall

Staff Comment
In 1963, a 9 year old girl runs away and accepts a ride that changes her life. Poignant, funny & Memorable.

Suggested by
Millie

Stoner & Spaz

Author
Ronald Koertge

Staff Comment
Extremely well written story of a young man with cerebral palsy and his friendship with a "drugged out" woman. A quick, absorbing read.

Suggested by
Connor

How to love

Author
Kate Cotugno

Staff Comment
A shockingly real love story of two teenagers.

Suggested by
Ellen

Impact

Author
Douglas Preston

Staff Comment
What connects a meteoroid in Maine with the murder of a scientist in California? Wyman Ford in on the case, and the solution is out of this world (literally).

Suggested by
Ray, Northern Dauphin Library

The Lost Order

Author
Steve Berry

Staff Comment
In this latest Cotton Malone adventure, author Steve Berry intertwines Confederate gold, the threat of shifting the balance of power in the U.S. Government, the Smithsonian Institution, and the mysterious Knights of the Golden Circle. A great read as you try to sort fact from fiction!

Suggested by
Ray, Northern Dauphin Library

A Man Called Ove

Author
Fredrik Backman

Staff Comment
Delightful read! The main character seems to be a grumpy old man set in his ways, but slowly you begin to see a deeper connection to many people in some surprising ways. Don't judge a book by it's cover: some grumpy old men have big hearts!

Suggested by
Marie, Northern Dauphin Library

Two Graves

Author
Lincoln Child & Preston Douglas

Staff Comment
At last we learn about special agent pendergast's family. A past he didn't know he had now haunts him. Neo-nazis, eugenics, and southern-style detective work!

Suggested by
Ray, Northern Dauphin Library

An Irish Country Doctor

Author
Patrick Taylor

Staff Comment
Following the lives of a young doctor who comes to work for an older, rather gruff, general practitioner, who has unusual ways of doing things. He also has some VERY unusual patients. This story is humorous, relaxing and draws you into life in the village of Ballybucklebo and makes you want to stay for a cup of tea.

Suggested by
Moira, Northern Dauphin Library

Orphan Train Girl

Author
Christina Baker Kline

Staff Comment
Before "aging-out" of foster care, Molly takes a volunteer position helping an elderly womam. Their similarities are amazing.

Suggested by
Millie, East Shore Area Library

The Last Midwife

Author
Sandra Dallas

Staff Comment
This author is a master at telling tales of the joys and struggles of a 19th century colorado mountain life. This is one of her best. Strong female characters.

Suggested by
Pat, East Shore Area Library

A Man Called Ove

Author
Fredrik Backman

Staff Comment
A curmudgeon hides beneath a cranky exterior following a painful loss while developing and unexpected friendship with his new neighbors.

Suggested by
Maryann, East Shore Area Library

Camino Island

Author
John Grisham

Staff Comment
Jobless and in debt, a young writer gets caught up in the theft of rare manuscripts. Ingenious plot.

Suggested by
Ginger, East Shore Area Library

Wishin' and Hopin'

Author
Wally Lamb

Staff Comment
The innocence of 1964 America shines in this witty, charming tale of a 5th-grader's unforgettable Christmas

Suggested by
Ginger, East Shore Area Library

Kissing Christmas Goodbye

Author
M.C. Beaton

Staff Comment
Light, amusing "whodunit" in a cozy english village, complete with an old manor house and all the trimmings.

Suggested by
Ginger, East Shore Area Library

Keeping Christmas

Author
Dan Walsh

Staff Comment
Empty nesters struggle with how to celebrate Christmas without their children. Moving ahead isn't easy.

Suggested by
Millie, East Shore Area Library

Angels and Other Strangers

Author
Katherine Paterson

Staff Comment
Stories that illuminate the true meaning of Christmas. Inspirational!

Suggested by
Millie, East Shore Area Library

How to be Single

Author
Liz Tuccillo

Staff Comment
Better than the movie, about a young woman finding herself.

Suggested by
Alyssa, East Shore Area Library

A Place for Us

Author
Fatima Farheen Mirza

Staff Comment
Will Hadia's wedding reuinte her family or are they too broken already?

Suggested by
Ellen, East Shore Area Library

The Bullet Catcher's Daughter

Author
Rod Duncan

Staff Comment
A steampunk mystery featuring a woman disguised as her "brother" prowling the dark streets of London.

Suggested by
Leslie, East Shore Area Library

The Girl Before

Author
JP Delaney

Staff Comment
A quick read with a surprising ending!

Suggested by
Priscille H, East Shore Area Library

The library at the Edge of the World

Author
Felicity Hayes-McCoy

Staff Comment
Hanna Cosey regretfully returns from london to her rural Irish hometown to become its librarian. Told with wit and charm.

Suggested by
Maryann, East Shore Area Library

Ready Player One

Author
Ernest Cline

Staff Comment
A coming of age cyber-quest. The young hero is on a virtual treasure hunt.

Suggested by
Meg, East Shore Area Library

Capital

Author
John Lanchester

Staff Comment
"We want what you have." A postcard from a londer realty company, or from someone with sinister intent?

Suggested by
Ginger, East Shore Area Library