Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Adult Summer Reading Week 8-What Muskegon is reading this summer






One Way or Another
One Way or Another
By Adler, Elizabeth
2015-07 - Minotaur Books
9781250058188 Check Our Catalog


HPL patron: No! Don't bother with Adler's supposed thriller One way or another. This book is poorly written intrique or mystery. When the serial murderer is described as a narcissist instead of a sociopath, it leads me to question the writer's ability with words. None of the characters are well developed and a plot with vengence it is NOT! This …More


Bittersweet
Bittersweet
By Albert, Susan Wittig
2015-04 - Berkley Books
9780425255629 Check Our Catalog
New from the author of "Death Come Quickly "and "Widow's Tears"

This Thanksgiving, be grateful for China Bayles who teams up with an old friend to solve a complex case of theft and murder in a South Texas ranching community

It's Thanksgiving in Pecan Springs, and China is planning to visit her mother, Leatha, and her mother's husband, Sam, who are enthusiastically embarking
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The First Phone Call from Heaven
The First Phone Call from Heaven
By Albom, Mitch
2013-11 - HarperTorch
9780062294371 Check Our Catalog

The First Phone Call from Heaven tells the story of a small town on Lake Michigan that gets worldwide attention when its citizens start receiving phone calls from the afterlife. Is it the greatest miracle ever or a massive hoax? Sully Harding, a grief-stricken single father, is determined to find out. An allegory about the power of belief--and a page-turner that will touch your soul--Albom's …More


Rainbow in the Cloud: The Wisdom and Spirit of Maya Angelou
Rainbow in the Cloud: The Wisdom and Spirit of Maya Angelou
By Angelou, Maya
2014-10 - Random House
9780812996456 Check Our Catalog



HPL patron: Always good, very wise, is a joy to read...excellent writing.

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The Prada Plan
The Prada Plan
By Antoinette, Ashley
2011-08 - Urban Books
9781601624604 Check Our Catalog
Disaya Morgan, a character first introduced in "Girls from Da Hood 4," returns in this gritty tale of a money-hungry woman who finds her life spinning out of control. …More


The Prada Plan 2: Leah's Story
The Prada Plan 2: Leah's Story
By Antoinette, Ashley
2014-01 - Urban Books
9781601626110 Check Our Catalog
Street fiction's most infamous bad girl, Leah Richards, holds the fate of an entire family in her hands, in "New York Times"-bestselling author Antoinette's heart-pounding sequel to "The Prada Plan." …More


The Prada Plan 3: Green-Eyed Monster
The Prada Plan 3: Green-Eyed Monster
By Antoinette, Ashley
2013-01 - Urban Books
9781601625373 Check Our Catalog
Awards:
Street Literature Book Award Medal (Slbam) (2014)

Leah has been trying for years to get rid of her competition, and all her crazy scheming has finally paid off--or so she thinks. Now that YaYa is out of the picture, she's ready to step into her shoes and have the life she always dreamed of. The scars that she earned in the fire almost seem worth it if they mean she'll finally be able to have all the money, the family, and most importantly, to …More


Northanger Abbey
Northanger Abbey
By Austen, Jane
2000-10 - Dover Publications
9780486414126 Check Our Catalog
In this spirited, early 19th-century comedy of manners, Catherine Morland meets and falls in love with handsome Henry Tilney while on holiday in Bath. Thinking she is wealthy, his father invites her to be a guest of the family's country estate. …More


Jimmy's Blues and Other Poems
Jimmy's Blues and Other Poems
By Baldwin, James
Introduction by Finney, Nikky
2014-04 - Beacon Press (MA)
9780807084861 Check Our Catalog



HPL patron: Great writer, a poet with something to say that's worth reading.

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The Algebraist
The Algebraist
By Banks, Iain M.
2005-09 - Night Shade Books
9781597800266 Check Our Catalog
Awards:
Hugo Award (2005), Locus Awards (2005)


4034 A.D.: Humanity has made it to the stars. Fassin Taak is in search of a secret that's been hidden for half a billion years. But with each day that passes a war draws closer--a war that threatens to overwhelm everything and everyone he's ever known. A "Locus" bestseller. Nominated for a Hugo Award.


HPL patron: This is a lo-o-o-ong book, but
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The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism
The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism
By Baptist, Edward E.
2014-09 - Basic Books (AZ)
9780465002962 Check Our Catalog



HPL patron: This was a dense read. The author mixed history with one on one former slave accounts that were recorded in the 1920's-30's via a program called the WPA. It showed how Cotton and all things related to cotton, including slavery, drove American capitalism. It was broken down by years beginning 1783-1937. Eyeopening, informative.

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There's Something I Want You to Do: Stories
There's Something I Want You to Do: Stories
By Baxter, Charles
2015-02 - Pantheon Books
9781101870013 Check Our Catalog
From one of the great masters of the contemporary short story, here is an astonishing collection that showcases Charles Baxter's unique ability to unveil the remarkable in the seemingly inconsequential moments of an eerie yet familiar life.

Penetrating and prophetic, the ten inter-related stories in "There's Something I Want You to Do "are held together by a surreally intricate web of
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When You Need a Lift: But Don't Want to Eat Chocolate, Pay a Shrink, or Drink a Bottle of Gin
When You Need a Lift: But Don't Want to Eat Chocolate, Pay a Shrink, or Drink a Bottle of Gin
By Behar, Joy
2007-09 - Crown Publishing Group (NY)
9780307351715 Check Our Catalog

Life is full of ups and downs. And while keeping your chin up may hide a double chin, it won't improve your mood. Looking on the bright side will make you squint, which will lead to crow's feet, and there is nothing cheerful about crow's feet.

Listen, if you're feeling down, it's going to take a lot more to set things right than insipid platitudes about a cloud with a silver lining.
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Breach of Promise
Breach of Promise
By Bell, James Scott
2004-02 - Zondervan Publishing Company
9780310243878 Check Our Catalog
How far will a father go to get back his only daughter? And how will he survive in a legal system that crushes those who can't afford to fight back?Mark Gillen has the storybook life other men dream of, complete with a beautiful wife and an adoring five-year-old daughter. Then his wife announces she's leaving him. And taking their daughter with her. The other man is a famous film director with …More


Sins of the Fathers
Sins of the Fathers
By Bell, James Scott
2005-03 - Zondervan Publishing Company
9780310253303 Check Our Catalog
Public defender Lindy Field puts her faith to the test and risks her reputation---and her life---when she defends a young man accused of a series of grisly murders. After all---he may just be innocent. …More


Mutiny: The True Events That Inspired the Hunt for Red October
Mutiny: The True Events That Inspired the Hunt for Red October
By Hagberg, David
Author Gindin, Boris
2008-05 - Forge
9780765313508 Check Our Catalog

"Mutiny!" reveals the real-life story behind Tom Clancy's "The Hunt for Red October," and offers an eye-opening look at the Soviet Union during the height of the Cold War.

HPL patron: A good book to read. Interesting story.

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The Witch Hunter
The Witch Hunter
By Boecker, Virginia
2015-06 - Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
9780316327008 Check Our Catalog
The magic and suspense of "Graceling" meet the political intrigue and unrest of "Game of Thrones" in this riveting fantasy debut.

"Your greatest enemy isn't what you fight, but what you fear."

Elizabeth Grey is one of the king's best witch hunters, devoted to rooting out witchcraft and doling out justice. But when she's accused of being a witch herself, Elizabeth is arrested
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Endangered
Endangered
By Box, C. J.
2015-03 - G.P. Putnam's Sons
9780399160776 Check Our Catalog
Joe Pickett has good reason to dislike Dallas Cates, rodeo champion. Now he has even more reason - Joe's eighteen-year-old foster daughter April has run off with him. And then comes even worse news: the body of a girl has been found in a ditch along the highway - alive, but just barely, the victim of blunt force trauma. It is April, and the doctors don't know if she'll recover. Cates denies having …More


Summer Morning, Summer Night
Summer Morning, Summer Night
By Bradbury, Ray
Editor Albright, Donn
Editor Eller, Jon
2008-10 - Subterranean Press
9781596062023 Check Our Catalog
The 27 new and old stories in this potent collection resonate with timeless power. All set in Green Town, Ill., the vintage highlights include "Miss Bidwell," a sweet romance about a spinster and the delayed homecoming of her first love; the brilliant "The Screaming Woman," featuring the wide-eyed first person narration of a frantic 10-year-old who discovers a woman's premature burial; and "At …More


Power of a Woman
Power of a Woman
By Bradford, Barbara Taylor
2006-07 - HarperTorch
9780061094408 Check Our Catalog
Stephanie Jardine is at the apex of her career and life, running the American branch of Jardine's, the prestigious Crown Jewellers of London. A young widow, she has three grown sons and one very precious teenage daughter, Chloe. Then one day, an unexpected act of violence committed by a stranger on the other side of the world plunges Stevie into turmoil and despair.
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A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail
A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail
By Bryson, Bill
1999-05 - Broadway Books
9780767902526 Check Our Catalog
Back in America after twenty years in Britain, Bill Bryson decided to reacquaint himself with his native country by walking the 2,100-mile Appalachian Trail, which stretches from Georgia to Maine. The AT offers an astonishing land-scape of silent forests and sparkling lakes -- and to a writer with the comic genius of Bill Bryson, it also provides endless opportunities to witness the majestic …More


Unbelievably Gluten-Free!: Dinner Dishes You Never Thought You'd Be Able to Eat Again
Unbelievably Gluten-Free!: Dinner Dishes You Never Thought You'd Be Able to Eat Again
By Byrn, Anne
Photographer Schaeffer, Lucy
2012-10 - Workman Publishing
9780761171683 Check Our Catalog

For the 30 million Americans who have an allergy or sensitivity to gluten and their families, Byrn creates 125 amazing dishes where the gluten is gone and never missed.

HPL patron: This book was pretty good. It had some good recipes. Not enough pictures, though.

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Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
By Cain, Susan
2012-01 - Crown Publishing Group (NY)
9780307352149 Check Our Catalog
Awards:
ALA Notable Books (2013), Books for a Better Life (2012), Indies Choice Book Awards (2013), L.A. Times Book Prize (2012)


Like "You Just Don't Understand" or "Stumbling on Happiness, Quiet" is a paradigm-shifting book that shows how dramatically our culture has come to misunderstand and undervalue introverts, and gives introverts the tools to better understand themselves and take full advantage of their strengths.

HPL patron: It will be like reading about yourself for all you
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Visitors
Visitors
By Card, Orson Scott
2014-11 - Simon Pulse
9781416991786 Check Our Catalog
From the internationally bestselling author of "Ender's Game" comes the riveting finale to the story of Rigg, a teenager who possesses a secret talent that allows him to see the paths of people's pasts.

In "Pathfinder," Rigg joined forces with another teen with special talents on a quest to find Rigg's sister and discover the true depth and significance of their powers. Then Rigg's
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