Tag Archives: character-driven

A 21st Century Grinch

If your favorite Christmas holiday classic is The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, you might want to give international bestseller, The Man Who Called Ove, a try. Written by Swedish author, Fredrick Backman, the novel starts off with the curmudgeonly Ove. … Continue reading

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Joy for Beginners by Erin Bauermeister

Joy for Beginners by Erica Bauermeister is the perfect read for any middle-aged women who needs to gather up her courage and “just do it!! This women’s fiction title tells the story of six friends who gather to celebrate their … Continue reading

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Audio Review: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Recently NPR had posted the Best Young Adults Novels selected by their listeners and John Green’s name came up five times on that list!  I had recently heard about John Green from a glowing  review posted on our Adult Summer … Continue reading

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Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter

The much-talked about novel, Beautiful Ruins, has it all. “This is about Italy in the 1960s, Hollywood now, Hollywood then, the Seattle music scene, the Donner party, World War II,” the Spokane-based, 47-year-old author said in a recent LA Times article.  … Continue reading

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Staff Review: Anne Kennedy, The Beginner’s Goodbye by Anne Tyler

I love Anne Tyler! I love her big smile, her bangs that are always a bit too long, her hair gently escaping its clasp. Only two years have passed since her last novel but it seems much longer and I … Continue reading

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Book Review: Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka

For a short book, The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka, packs a literal punch!  This National Book award finalist tells the tale of Japanese- American war brides from their homeland departure all the way to their interment in … Continue reading

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Audio Review: The Last Days of Ptolemy Gray

I just finished listening to The Last Days of Ptolemy Gray  by Walter Mosley and absolutely loved it!  Mosley, known for writing several crime series, takes a wonderful departure to write the tale of 91 year old African American, Ptolemy … Continue reading

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