Thursday, August 13, 2015

Summer Reading-What Muskegon is reading this summer






Optimal Aging: Get Over Getting Older
Optimal Aging: Get Over Getting Older
By Ellis, Albert
Joint Author Velten, Emmett
1998-12 - Open Court Publishing Company
9780812693836 Check Our Catalog
The authors believe that everyone can--with the right attitudes, tools, and hard work--invent their own lives, not just live out the scripts provided by an ageist society. Written in a humorous and interactive style, "Optimal Aging" will help readers recognize and combat harmful attitudes that hold them back and develop more productive attitudes. …More


Blackberry Pie Murder
Blackberry Pie Murder
By Fluke, Joanne
2014-02 - Kensington Publishing Corporation
9780758280374 Check Our Catalog
It's been a sleepy summer for the folks of Lake Eden, Minnesota. In fact, it's been a whole four months since anyone in the Swensen family has come across a dead body. And that means Hannah Swensen can finally focus on her bakery. . .or can she? …More


Cinnamon Roll Murder
Cinnamon Roll Murder
By Fluke, Joanne
Author Swenson, H. L.
2012-03 - Thorndike Press
9781410446190 Check Our Catalog
When Hannah learns that the Cinnamon Roll Six jazz band will be playing in Lake Eden, Minnesota, she bakes up a supply of their namesake confections to welcome them. But tragedy strikes when their tour bus overturns on its way into town. But minor injuries for the keyboard player turn deadly when someone plunges surgical scissors into his chest. …More


All the Single Ladies
All the Single Ladies
By Frank, Dorothea Benton
2015-06 - William Morrow & Company
9780062132567 Check Our Catalog

In this fast-paced and evocative novel, beloved New York Times bestselling author Dorothea Benton Frank again takes us deep into the Lowcountry of South Carolina, where three unsuspecting women are brought together by tragedy and mystery
Lisa St. Clair knows a thing or two about weathering storms. A dedicated nurse with a healthy sense of humor, she single-handedly raised her truculent …More


Nice Girls Just Don't Get It: 99 Ways to Win the Respect You Deserve, the Success You've Earned, and the Life You Want
Nice Girls Just Don't Get It: 99 Ways to Win the Respect You Deserve, the Success You've Earned, and the Life You Want
By Frankel, Lois P.
Author Frohlinger, Carol
2011-04 - Crown Archetype
9780307590466 Check Our Catalog
"This book will turn ... nice girls into winning women. That is, women who factor their own needs in with those of others, confront those who treat them disrespectfully, maintain healthy and mutually beneficial relationships with appropriate boundaries and as a result, are happier and more successful in every area of their life."--Amazon.com. …More


Crash & Burn
Crash & Burn
By Gardner, Lisa
2015-02 - Dutton Books
9780525954569 Check Our Catalog
The #1 "New York Times" bestselling author's latest stand-alone thriller, with a cameo by her fan-favorite character, Boston Detective D.D. Warren

"My name is Nicky Frank. Except, most likely, it isn't. "

Nicole Frank shouldn't have been able to survive the car accident, much less crawl up the steep ravine. Not in the dark, not in the rain, not with her injuries. But one
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My Summer of Southern Discomfort
My Summer of Southern Discomfort
By Gayle, Stephanie
2008-05 - Harper Paperbacks
9780061236310 Check Our Catalog
This irresistible debut novel introduces one of the quirkiest, most memorableheroines ever to head south in search of adventure. …More


The Girl Who Came Home: A Novel of the Titanic
The Girl Who Came Home: A Novel of the Titanic
By Gaynor, Hazel
2014-04 - William Morrow & Company
9780062316868 Check Our Catalog

A voyage across the ocean becomes the odyssey of a lifetime for a young Irish woman. . . .
Ireland, 1912 . . .
Fourteen members of a small village set sail on RMS Titanic, hoping to find a better life in America. For seventeen-year-old Maggie Murphy, the journey is bittersweet. Though her future lies in an unknown new place, her heart remains in Ireland with Seamus, the sweetheart she left …More


The Last American Man
The Last American Man
By Elizabeth Gilbert
2002-06 - Viking
0670030864 Check Our Catalog

Acclaimed journalist and fiction writer Gilbert focuses on the fascinating true story of Eustace Conway, who left his comfortable suburban home at the age of 17 to move into the Appalachian Mountains, where for the last 20 years he has lived off the land.
HPL patron: A biography about Eustace Conway, a primitive mountain man from North Carolina thrust into …More


Quilting the Black-Eyed Pea: Poems and Not Quite Poems
Quilting the Black-Eyed Pea: Poems and Not Quite Poems
By Giovanni, Nikki
2002-11 - William Morrow & Company
9780060099527 Check Our Catalog
Awards:
Black Caucus of the American Library Association Literary_award (2003)


A collection of 50 new poems, sketches, and meditations charts new territory, including popular culture and life in America, the poet's own battle with illness, relationships between mothers and their children, legendary historical figures, the South, the recent terrorist attacks, and Giovanni's own childhood.
HPL patron: I loved the book titled poem as well …More


Gray Mountain
Gray Mountain
By Grisham, John
2014-10 - Doubleday Books
9780385537148 Check Our Catalog
John Grisham has a new hero . . . and she's full of surprises

The year is 2008 and Samantha Kofer's career at a huge Wall Street law firm is on the fast track--until the recession hits and she gets downsized, furloughed, escorted out of the building. Samantha, though, is one of the "lucky" associates. She's offered an opportunity to work at a legal aid clinic for one year without pay,
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Playing for Pizza
Playing for Pizza
By Grisham, John
2007-09 - Doubleday Books
9780385525008 Check Our Catalog
Awards:
Colorado Blue Spruce Award (2009)


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John Grisham's comic novel, Playing For Pizza, is about a one-time American football star who moves to Italy to play for the Parma Panthers and finds himself entangled in a series of cultural misadventures.

HPL patron: Although I am not a great fan of football, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Playing for …More


Cane and Abe
Cane and Abe
By Grippando, James
2015-01 - Harper
9780062295392 Check Our Catalog

In this spellbinding new novel of suspense from New York Times bestselling author James Grippando, Miami's top prosecutor becomes a prime suspect in his wife's disappearance, which may have a chilling connection to the woman he can't forget.
Unbelievable was the word for her. Samantha Vine was unbelievably beautiful. It was unbelievable that she'd married me. Even more unbelievable that she …More


The Great Leader
The Great Leader
By Harrison, Jim
2011-10 - Grove Press
9780802119704 Check Our Catalog
Harrison delivers an enthralling, witty and expertly crafted novel following one man's hunt for an elusive cult leader. On the verge of retirement, Detective Sunderson investigates a hedonistic cult near his home. At first, the self-declared Great Leader seems merely a harmless oddball, but Sunderson and his 16-year-old sidekick find him more intelligent and sinister than they realized. 288 pp. …More


It Starts with Food: Discover the Whole30 and Change Your Life in Unexpected Ways
It Starts with Food: Discover the Whole30 and Change Your Life in Unexpected Ways
By Hartwig, Dallas
Author Hartwig, Melissa
2014-07 - Victory Belt Publishing
9781628600544 Check Our Catalog
An outline for a clear, balanced, sustainable plan to change eating habits forever. Over the last three years, the Hartwigs' underground Whole30 program has quietly led tens of thousands of people to weight loss, improved quality of life and a healthier relationship with food. …More


7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess
7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess
By Hatmaker, Jen
2012-01 - B&H Publishing Group
9781433672965 Check Our Catalog
Awards:
Christian Retailing's Best (2013)

American life can be excessive, to say the least. That's what Jen Hatmaker had to admit after taking in hurricane victims who commented on the extravagance of her family's upper middle class home. She once considered herself unmotivated by the lure of prosperity, but upon being called "rich" by an undeniably poor child, evidence to the contrary mounted, and a social experiment turned spiritual was …More


Lydia's Party
Lydia's Party
By Hawkins, Margaret
2014-01 - Viking Books
9780670015764 Check Our Catalog

Lydia is having a party, one she hosts every year for a group of six women friends who look forward to the annual midwinter bash that has become a cherished ritual in their lives. Over a table laden with dishes, Lydia prepares to make a shattering announcement. When Lydia's announcement shocks them all they rediscover the enduring bonds of friendship and find their lives changing yet again in …More


90-Day Geisha: My Time as a Tokyo Hostess
90-Day Geisha: My Time as a Tokyo Hostess
By Haywood, Chelsea
2009-12 - Pegasus Books
9781605980713 Check Our Catalog

The glamorous adventures--and enticing temptations--of Japanese nightlife are laid bare in this introspective book. A former model guides readers through the largely unreported modern geisha lifestyle.
HPL patron: Dumb book!
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The Dead
The Dead
By Higson, Charles
2012-05 - Hyperion Books
9781423134220 Check Our Catalog

"The Dead" begins one year "before" the action in "The Enemy," just after the Disaster--a terrible disease that has struck everyone 16 and older, leaving them either dead or a decomposing, flesh-eating creature.
HPL patron: I liked this book. It had lots of action and adventure. The book is about how everyone 16 and older turns to zombies.
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The Enemy
The Enemy
By Higson, Charles
2011-05 - Hyperion Books
9781423133124 Check Our Catalog

Teens battle diseased grown-ups in this post-apocalyptic thriller full of unexpected twists and quick-thinking heroes.
HPL patron: I liked this book. It is about how Zombies have ravaged the world and how a gang of kids try to survive.
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Cold Cold Heart
Cold Cold Heart
By Hoag, Tami
2015-01 - Dutton Books
9780525954545 Check Our Catalog
#1 "New York Times" bestselling author Tami Hoag delivers a shocking new thriller

Dana Nolan was a promising young TV reporter until a notorious serial killer tried to add her to his list of victims. Nearly a year has passed since surviving her ordeal, but the physical, emotional, and psychological scars run deep. Struggling with the torment of post-traumatic stress syndrome, plagued
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Moody Bitches: The Truth about the Drugs You're Taking, the Sleep You're Missing, the Sex You're Not Having, and What's Really Making
Moody Bitches: The Truth about the Drugs You're Taking, the Sleep You're Missing, the Sex You're Not Having, and What's Really Making
By Holland, Julie
2015-03 - Penguin Press
9781594205804 Check Our Catalog


HPL patron: Everything you wanted to know about how hormones and our brains sometimes work to make us chics the moody bitches we are sometimes. Learned a lot from this book.
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Funny Girl
Funny Girl
By Hornby, Nick
2015-02 - Riverhead Books
9781594205415 Check Our Catalog


HPL patron: While the characters, particlarly Barbara, have all the potential of being clever and intriguing, Hornby's voice in this novel presents everyone with a detached-almost methodical-tone. As such, Funny Girl feels more like a screenplay (depending on an actress to deliver emotion) as oppsed to a novel.
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How to Be Good
How to Be Good
By Hornby, Nick
2001-07 - Riverhead Books
9781573221931 Check Our Catalog

In a humorous yet uncompromising look at what it takes to have the courage of one's convictions, Hornby reinvents himself as Katie--the consummate liberal, urban mom--whose world is being turned on its ear by the outrageous spiritual transformation of her husband, David.
HPL patron: Normally a book of this size would take me only a few days to complete; …More