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Finale by Thomas Mallon

With the interest in all things 80s these days, Finale by Thomas Mallon should be an extremely popular read.  A fictionalized account of the Reagan years, it’s got all the players – the Reagans, Moynihan, O’Neill, Dole, Iran-Contra, perestroika, Just say No, etc., etc.  Always a political junkie, I really, really enjoyed this book.  Geez, [...]

The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

Lo Blacklock is looking forward to her next writing assignment as a travel journalist. She is to be a guest aboard the Aurora, a luxury ship with only room for a few select passengers. But before she can leave on her trip, her life is threatened by a home invasion and she has a huge [...]

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Another classic tale of poor peasant vs royalty or is that the case at all? Recently I finished reading Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard. A fellow circulation co-worker highly recommended this book since we had both liked the Lunar Chronicles series by Marissa Meyer. Living in a world where your blood color dictates your social [...]

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

If I start a new series and I love book 1, I am often wary of book 2. So often, authors really didn’t plan out their characters or their world well enough to make the second book as good or better than the first. Oftentimes, the second book feels like filler as we wait for [...]

Little Robot & Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke

I have discovered a treasure, and this type of treasure only gets more valuable with the sharing. What treasure, you ask? Clearly, it is not a winning lottery ticket, because would already be living in Hawaii and I certainly would not share. This treasure is an author and illustrator. His name? Ben Hatke, and he [...]

Stillwater by Melissa Lenhardt

Jack McBride, formerly an FBI agent, has taken the Chief of Police job in Stillwater, Texas. He arrives in town with his teenaged son, Ethan, buys the house of a local woman named Ellie Martin, and wonders about how his predecessor, Buck Pollard, left office in such a hurried fashion. Buck Pollard, he is told, [...]

The Wild Robot by Peter Brown

One fateful day, a ship is caught in a hurricane and sinks, but not before five boxes are thrown free to float away. Four of the boxes meet an untimely end on the rocky shores of a distant island. The fifth box makes it to shore before it breaks open. The island otters search the [...]

The Drifter by Nicholas Petrie

Peter Ash came home from the war with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and as a result, he has acute claustrophobia. He spends his time living and camping out-of-doors, but when a fellow Marine commits suicide, Peter decides to help his friend’s widow in any way he can. Since her porch needs repair, he starts with [...]

Innocents and Others by Dana Spiotta

Meadow and Carrie are best friends.  They both grew up in L.A. in the 80’s and both became successful filmmakers. Their story uses the old, “rich girl/poor girl”, and “nice girl/ bad girl” tropes, but defies turning the women into stereotypes. They make very different types of films and have very different outlooks on life. [...]

Orphan X by Gregg Hurwitz

Urban legends exist about a man, a Nowhere Man, who will help those who have no other help. He doesn’t ask for money, rather, he provides his help with only one condition: that you pass along his phone number to one other person in need. Except this Nowhere Man is no urban legend. Taken off [...]

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