Monthly Archives: May 2016

Outrun the Moon – Stacey Lee

In 1906, San Francisco, fifteen-year-old Mercy Wong is determined to have a successful future in business and help her family.  She has read and memorized a business book by a strong female Texas cattle rancher, and applies the business principles … Continue reading

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Every Exquisite Thing – Matthew Quick

Soccer star Nanette is an only child raised in a privileged environment.  Colleges are competing for her to join their team with the lure of a full academic scholarship, yet Nanette is unhappy.  Nanette does not enjoy playing soccer and … Continue reading

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Sweet, Thoughtful Valentine: An Isabel Dalhousie Story – Alexander McCall Smith

Sweet, thoughtful Isabel is once again confronted with a moral dilemma. She made a promise to keep a friend’s secret, and then finds that in order to keep that secret, she must betray another friend. If you are a reader … Continue reading

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The Sisters – Claire Douglas

Abi sees Lucy everywhere.  She forgets for a second that she’s gone and then is devastated again when the memory returns and she knows that she will never see her again. That’s what started it all, for Bea looked so … Continue reading

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The First Signs: My Quest to Unlock the Mysteries of the World’s Oldest Symbols – Genevieve von Petzinger

Two hundred thousand years ago modern humans appeared in Africa. Language was completely formed about 100,000 years ago, but when did written communication begin? They had our bodies and brains, but when did they become us? As an undergraduate in … Continue reading

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The Crown’s Game – Evelyn Skye

Imperial Russia is in need of the services of a Royal Enchanter to protect the realm from threats.  Years of peace have lulled the people of Russia into forgetting that magic was part of the country’s defenses.  However, in secret, … Continue reading

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The Star-Touched Queen – Roshani Chokshi

Maya’s father is the Raja, ruler, of the Bharata Kingdom.  Her mother, one of the Raja’s many wives, died when Maya was quite young leaving her upbringing to the petty wives in the harem.  For the most part, Maya is … Continue reading

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Whisper to Me – Nick Lake

Withdrawn, awkward, and lonely Cassie’s life rapidly tumbles into darkness.  She hears a voice punishing her, criticizing her, controlling her.  She thinks finding a human foot on the beach triggered the voice.  The small beach community has suffered a series … Continue reading

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Britt-Marie Was Here – Fredrik Backman

Britt-Marie believes in normal life, a life with rules and regulations. For instance, cutlery drawers must be arranged just so:  forks, knives, spoons. One needs coasters for cups and glasses. Dinner is at six.  Lists are very, very important. Britt-Marie … Continue reading

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Everyone Brave is Forgiven – Chris Cleave

  Mary North and her best friend Hilda saw the coming war as a great adventure. As soon as war was declared, Mary North signed up. She left finishing school in Lausanne and hurried to London, determined not to miss … Continue reading

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Prayers the Devil Answers – Sharyn McCrumb

Moving to town was a hard thing, but the jobs were in town, and Mr. Hoover’s Depression had no end in sight. A regular paycheck seemed like an answer to prayer. And the schools were better. So Ellie and Albert … Continue reading

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