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The Good Girl

Author: Mary Kubica

Review by: A good book, Appleton Public Library

The basic story is a kidnapping of a young woman by a low-life guy.  But is that really what it is?  Each chapter is told from one of the three main characters.  I found myself liking and feeling empathy for all three even the "bad guy".   The author writes in such way that you can feel the cold...

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The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry

Author: Gabrielle Zevin

Review by: dianevantassel, Appleton Public Library

I liked everthing about this book- the characters, the setting, the humor, and the heartbreak. The story of a grumpy young widower who owns a bookstore is viewed from many perspectives. As A.J. struggles to cope with the death of his wife, some strange events alter his life permanently, starting with the theft of...

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Invisible City

Author: Julia Dahl

Review by: Audreyperry, Algoma Public Library

Very interesting, albeit fiction, book. I've never given much thought to the inner workings/hiding of cultures. The book was riddled with true information and terminology about the Jewish faith. A good listen.

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Where'd you go Bernadette?

Author: Maria Semple

Review by: Audreyperry, Algoma Public Library

I asked a former librarian for a new book to read. She said that this was one she was going to have us read for book club, so I gave it a shot. It's like a book with ADD...it's all over the place. But, a fun, fun read.

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Review by: Evan, OWLS

We had our December drawing today for the 2014 Year of Listening Dangerously Reading Challenge. Each winner will receive a $25 gift card. The winners this month are:

Lost_in_Books
(Seymour) Muehl Public Library
For The Shadow Throne, by Jennifer Nielsen

bpolite46
Peshtigo Branch Public Library
for ...

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The True American

Author: Anand Giridharadas

Review by: dianevantassel, Appleton Public Library

Days after 9/11, Mark Stroman, a troubled, violent Texan, took revenge by going on a rampage to "kill Arabs." Instead he shot an Indian, a Bangladeshi, and a Packistani, and only one survived. The author follows the lives of the perpetrator and the survivor, focusing on the early lives of both and what led...

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The Vacationers

Author: Emma Straub

Review by: dianevantassel, Appleton Public Library

 Jim and Franny Post planned their vacation in Spain with friends and family before Jim lost his job for having an affair with a young employee. He's hoping to reconcile with Franny, and she's ready to leave him. Their daughter Sylvia is aware of the marital tension, but their son from Florida is clueless. They stay in a rented house...

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The Book Thief

Author: Marcus Zusak

Review by: bpolite46, Peshtigo Branch Public Library

This is an excellent book .   The narrator is both unusual and abhorent, to most. The story takes place in Nazi Germany 1939 and progresses from there.   This well written story involves a girl who suffers again and again due to Hitler and his war.  More than once, she looses everything including family,...

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The Virtues of Oxygen

Author: Susan Schoenberger

Review by: Denise C, (Sturgeon Bay) Door County Library

There are two main characters.

The first one is Holly, a young widow trying to makes ends meet. She works in a small town newspaper that is struggling to survive. She is one of the constant volunteers that go in to help Vivian, who has been confined to an iron lung since she was 6 years old, the year she contracted polio.

Vivian is the second main character, who describes in detail her life...

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Reconstructing Amelia

Author: Kimberly McCreight

Review by: Elizabeth, (Seymour) Muehl Public Library

With a pageant of mostly immature and unreliable adults, this book is about the mystery of the death of Amelia, a student at a trouble-filled and dysfunctional college prep academy. Up until close to her death, Amelia had been a diligent and conscientious student. Her world is turned upside down when she makes the...