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Labor Day by Joyce Maynard

Recommended by Jean

Single mom Adele and her teenage son Henry are taken hostage by an escaped convict within their own home on a hot Labor Day weekend.  The story is told from Henry's perspective and memory as a teenager, and then later on from his adult self.  The events that take place that weekend change their lives forever.  Very well written by Joyce Maynard. Recommended.

 

Posted: 03-07-2014 Posted by: jennifer
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Nine Inches: Stories by Tom Perrotta

Recommended by Jean

Modern day stories involving primarily suburban families, these stories are really entertaining.  Also the stories are written in such a way that when they end, you are satisfied with the outcome.  This is not easy to do with short stories and this author does is very well.  I look forward to reading more from Tom Perrotta.

 

Posted: 01-24-2014 Posted by: jennifer
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After Her by Joyce Maynard

Recommended by Jean

Two sisters whose lives were changed with the events surrounding a serial killer is the basis for this suspenseful novel by Maynard.  Marriage, divorce, and adolescence are also themes in this book.  A good read for mystery fans as well, it kept me guessing until the end!

 

Posted: 11-08-2013 Posted by: jennifer
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Evil Eye: Four Novellas of Love Gone Wrong
by Joyce Carol Oates

Recommended by Jean

This latest from Joyce Carol Oates does not disappoint.  If you are a fan of psychological thrillers, you will love this book.  I finished it in a weekend!

Posted: 10-22-2013 Posted by: jennifer
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The Weight of Silence by Heather Gudenkauf

Recommended by Karen

Two families awaken to find that their 7-year-old daughters, Calli and Petra are missing.  Calli suffers from selective mutism and Petra is her voice and best friend.  As the families struggle to find their children, both set of parents begin to question their decisions, lives, and secrets.

 

Posted: 07-22-2013 Posted by: jennifer
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Into the Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes

Recommended by Karen

Cathy is trying to put her life back together.  But her OCD and the impending release of her ex from prison force her to confront her past once and for all.  It's been a long time since I stayed up late to finish a book.  Reading about Cathy's OCD made me want to double check that my front door was locked!

 

Posted: 07-22-2013 Posted by: jennifer
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Calling Me Home by Julie Kibler

Recommended by Karen

Eighty-nine year old Isabelle asks her 30-something year old hair dresser Dorrie to drive her from Texas to a funeral in Cincinnati.  Both Dorrie and Isabelle share their stories with us (the readers) over the course of this unlikely road trip.  A story about friendship, love and race in the 1930s South, this book moved me more than expected.

Posted: 07-22-2013 Posted by: jennifer
Staff Picks

The Condition by Jennifer Haigh

Recommended by Jean

Turner Syndrome, a condition involving the x chromosome, is the center of this story.  However, there is so much more the author slowly reveals.  Well written and intelligent.  A good summer read!

Posted: 06-25-2013 Posted by: jennifer
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Guilty One by Lisa Ballantyne

Recommended by Jean

A very suspenseful, modern day murder mystery which takes place in England.  Themes of forgiveness, guilt, and anger are woven throughout the story.  For readers who like murder mysteries and psychological thrillers, this would be a good choice.

Posted: 06-23-2013 Posted by: jennifer
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The Dinner by Herman Koch

Recommended by Jean

I enjoyed this author's writing style very much.  This is an unusual story of how two families cope with a horrible crime.  I don't want to give away too much, but it was written very well and it was different from anything else I have read recently.

Posted: 06-21-2013 Posted by: jennifer

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