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Storm Front / Jim Butcher. Harry Dresden is a hard-boiled private investigator, with a twist: he is the world’s only professional “wizard for hire.” The premise alone was enough to grab my attention, but I was immediately drawn in by Harry’s wise-cracking and self-deprecating sense of humor. In this first installment, Harry has to race against time and a mysterious mage known as the Shadowman to clear his own name from skeptics on the Chicago Police Force. Full of mystery, action, and humor, Storm Front is making me anxiously anticipate getting the next book in the Dresden Files series. Reviewed by Ed.
Outlander / Diana Gabaldon. Claire and her husband Frank are reunited after a six year separation due to war. On their second honeymoon in the Scottish Highlands, they enjoy each other’s company, and the local residents lore of the area. After witnessing a ritual in the foothills, Claire decides to go back and visit the area once again. While exploring she touches a stone that transports her back about 200 years to 1743. While tumbling down a grassy hill, she is spotted by her husband’s ancestor the evil British Captain Jonathan “Black Jack” Randall. She is confused, because he looks just like her husband, but yet not exactly like him. She is finally saved and is brought to live with a Scottish Clan that cares for her. In return, she uses her nursing skills to care for the members of the Clan. She misses her husband and wants to return to him, but Jamie, a local farm hand is proving to be a someone she could fall for. This is the first novel in the Outlander series. Reviewed by Karrie.
The Magicians / Lev Grossman. If Harry Potter and tales of Narnia are your guilty pleasure, take one adult step up into Lev Grossman's The Magicians. Grossman has thought through how it would feel to stumble upon real magic and this story of college, struggle, sex, horrible power and danger, and childhood fantasies coming true takes the reader on a fantastic adventure. I can't recommend this highly enough. It's the first installment in trilogy. Reviewed by Don.
Riding Lessons / Sara Gruen. Annmarie is struggling with a sort of midlife crisis. She has lost her job and her husband all in the same day. When she finds herself and her daughter moving back to her parent’s home, she is overcome by emotions. Her father is slowly dying of ALS, her daughter is rebellious, and her former high school love is back in the picture. Can she overcome all these obstacles and heal her emotional wounds from her past? This was Sara Gruen’s first book, and it does not disappoint. You should also read the sequel Flying Changes. Reviewed by Karrie.
Me Before You / Jojo Moyes. I love finding a new author to read! Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl in a small English town, with little education and a family to help out financially, who takes a job caring for wealthy Will Traynor, a recent quadriplegic. Told mostly in the first person by Louisa, we gradually understand more about her life, and about Will, as they both begin to learn from each other. Reviewed by Connie.
The Time Traveler's Wife / Audrey Niffenegger. Henry is a librarian who has the special, and involuntary, gift of time travel. During one such step back in time, he meets Claire as a young girl and is reunited with her again in the future. Their love for each other endures through the scary and unknown throes of time. Reviewed by Natasha.
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking / Susan Cain. A fascinating study and expose of opposite personality types. Author Susan Cain examines extroversion and introversion in our individual physiologies, cultures, personal relationships, academic achievement, business aplomb and even stock market investing. She shares her investigation with noted psychologists and business moguls to reveal some astonishing explanations and predictions, making for interesting reading. Both extroverts and introverts can obtain great insight into our different decision making styles and gain helpful suggestions to improve our human experience. The audio book is well done as read by Kathe Mazur. Readers can expand their understanding of this book as it developed by listening to the author’s TED Talk online. Reviewed by Karen.
Sh*tty Mom: the parenting guide for the rest of us / Laurie Kilmartin. This hilarious tongue-in cheek contemporary parenting guide will have you laughing in stitches as you deal with kid's never-ending antics, "Noms" - non Moms, Dads, Strangers in the Mall. Your children want to ruin you, but sometimes they are awesome. It will be the most inappropriate parenting book you'll ever read. Reviewed by Marsh.
Last Ape Standing : the seven-million-year story of how and why we survived / Chip Walter. What a fascinating explanation for the progression that made us Homo sapiens and the last of at least 37 hominum species to survive. To think it all started with the big toe! I learned about neotany, Neanderthals and the epigenetics that make us so unlike the chimps that share most of our genetic code. One AHA! moment after another. Reviewed by Celeste.
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