Thursday, July 13, 2017

HPL Adult Summer Reading






The Chalk Artist
The Chalk Artist
By Goodman, Allegra
2017-06 - Dial Press
9781400069873 Check Our Catalog


HPL patron: Started out great. About 2/3 of the way through it just tanked. The last part of the book was just read to get it done.
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The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter
The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter
By Goss, Theodora
2017-06 - Saga Press
9781481466509 Check Our Catalog

Based on some of literature's horror and science fiction classics, this is the story of a remarkable group of women who come together to solve the mystery of a series of gruesome murders--and the bigger mystery of their own origins.
Mary Jekyll, alone and penniless following her parents' death, is curious about the secrets of her father's mysterious past. One clue in particular hints that …More


The Nazi Officer's Wife: How One Jewish Woman Survived the Holocaust
The Nazi Officer's Wife: How One Jewish Woman Survived the Holocaust
By Beer, Edith Hahn
With Dworkin, Susan
Preface by Beer, Edith Hahn
1999-10 - Rob Weisbach Books
068816689X Check Our Catalog

For the first time, a Jewish woman tells, in vivid, wrenching detail, how she survived the Holocaust as the wife of a Nazi party member. Included are letters, photos--including those taken inside the labor camps--and falsified documents. …More


Go Set a Watchman
Go Set a Watchman
By Lee, Harper
2015-07 - Harper
9780062409850 Check Our Catalog


HPL patron: The manuscript should have stayed in the bank vault where Harper Lee hid it after her first editor said it didn't merit publishing. Only the flashbacks come alive. The rest is pretentious and preachy.
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The Girl of His Dreams
The Girl of His Dreams
By Leon, Donna
2008-05 - Atlantic Monthly Press
9780871139801 Check Our Catalog


Leon's Commissario Guido Brunetti mysteries have won legions of fans for their evocative portraits of Venetian life. In her novels, food, family, art, history, and local politics play as central a role as an unsolved crime. "The Girl of His Dreams" offers a spectacular, heart-wrenching addition to the series.
HPL patron: Don't care for this author at …More


Falling in Love: A Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery
Falling in Love: A Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery
By Leon, Donna
2015-04 - Atlantic Monthly Press
9780802123534 Check Our Catalog

Donna Leon's Death at La Fenice, the first novel in her beloved Commissario Guido Brunetti series, introduced readers to the glamorous and cutthroat world of opera and one of Italy's finest living sopranos, Flavia Petrelli--then a suspect in the poisoning of a renowned German conductor. Years after Brunetti cleared her name, Flavia has returned to Venice and La Fenice to sing the lead in …More


The Last Place You Look
The Last Place You Look
By Lepionka, Kristen
2017-06 - Minotaur Books
9781250120519 Check Our Catalog


HPL patron: A bad combination of Kinsey Milhone and Stephanie Plum. Quick enough read at least but too cookie cutter to be anything but unmemorable.
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Flannery
Flannery
By Moore, Lisa
2016-05 - Groundwood Books
9781554980765 Check Our Catalog


HPL patron: This book talks about a sixteen year-old who was in love with a guy by the name of Tyrone. She was in love with him since they were teenagers, but he turned into something different as he got older. She couldn't be with him because he turned to a life of crime and that was hard for her. She wanted to finish school. He didn't want to finish school. Her …More


Love Finds a Home
Love Finds a Home
By Oke, Janette
2004-02 - Bethany House Publishers
9780764228551 Check Our Catalog


Belinda finds that she once again faces decisions about her life, but now with God's peace. Love Comes Softly book 8.
HPL patron: The book was an excellent read. It was about Belinda being the youngest and moving on like the rest of her family. Only instead of staying west she went east. She later moved back. Following and waiting on God because he …More


Rocks & Minerals
Rocks & Minerals
By Pellant, Chris
1992-03 - DK Publishing (Dorling Kindersley)
1564580334 Check Our Catalog

Smithsonian Handbooks are the most visually appealing guides on the natural world in the book marketplace. Featuring more than 500 full-color illustrations and photographs, along with detailed annotations, Smithsonian Handbooks make identification easy and accurate. …More


Devoted in Death
Devoted in Death
By Robb, J. D.
2015-09 - Berkley Books
9780399170881 Check Our Catalog

Eve Dallas tracks a pair of Bonnie and Clyde copycats whose heated passion for each other is fueled by cold brutality in this crime thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author of J. D. Robb.



When Lieutenant Eve Dallas examines a fresh body in a seedy alleyway in downtown Manhattan, the victim's injuries are so extensive that she almost misses the
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Blood Magick
Blood Magick
By Roberts, Nora
2014-10 - Berkley Publishing Group
9780425259870 Check Our Catalog

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts comes the final novel in a trilogy about the land we're drawn to, the family we learn to cherish, and the people we long to love...

Book Three of The Cousins O'Dwyer Trilogy

Blood Magick


County Mayo is rich in the traditions of Ireland, legends that Branna O'Dwyer fully embraces in her
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Chasing Fire
Chasing Fire
By Roberts, Nora
2011-04 - Putnam Adult
9780399157448 Check Our Catalog


Number-one "New York Times"-bestselling author Nora Roberts--America's favorite writer ("The New Yorker")--delves into the world of elite firefighters who thrive on danger and adrenaline--men and women who wouldn't know how to live life if it wasn't on the edge.
HPL patron: A great insight into the world of smoke jumpers and all the dangers.
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Trajectory: Stories
Trajectory: Stories
By Russo, Richard
2017-05 - Knopf Publishing Group
9781101947722 Check Our Catalog

Following the best-selling Everybody's Fool, a new collection of short fiction that demonstrates that Richard Russo--winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Empire Falls--is also a master of this genre.
Russo's characters in these four expansive stories bear little similarity to the blue-collar citizens we're familiar with from many of his novels. In "Horseman," a professor …More


The Woman on the Stairs
The Woman on the Stairs
By Schlink, Bernhard
Translator Hackett, Joyce
Translator Schmidt, Bradley
2017-03 - Pantheon Books
9781101870716 Check Our Catalog


HPL patron: Very good. Started out a bit odd, like you coming into the story in the middle. Simple and elegant.
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The Fifth Heart
The Fifth Heart
By Simmons, Dan
2015-03 - Little Brown and Company
9780316198820 Check Our Catalog



In 1893, Sherlock Holmes and Henry James come to America together to solve the mystery of the 1885 death of Clover Adams, wife of the esteemed historian Henry Adams--member of the Adams family that has given the United States two Presidents. Clover's suicide appears to be more than it at first seemed; the suspected foul play may involve matters of national importance.

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Shark
Shark
By Deitsch, Jeremy Stafford
Author Stafford-Deitsch, Jeremy
Foreword by Gruber, Samuel H.
1988-08 - Sierra Club Books for Children
9780871567338 Check Our Catalog

This exciting blend of first-person adventure and natural history is the story of a three-year global adventure by a renowned marine photographer and diver who takes a closeup look at all major species of shark. 130 full-color photographs. …More


A Man Called Ove
A Man Called Ove
By Backman, Fredrik
2014-07 - Atria Books
9781476738017 Check Our Catalog


HPL patron: This was a good book easy enough to read yet still had a message worth keeping. Characters were well developed and the back story on Ove was well done.
HPL patron: I liked the story very much, the end made me cry. But I really didn't like the narrative style. Still, a very good story.
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Broken Promise
Broken Promise
By Barclay, Linwood
2015-07 - Berkley Books
9780451472670 Check Our Catalog

From New York Times bestselling author Linwood Barclay comes an explosive novel set in the peaceful small town of Promise Falls, where secrets can always be buried--but never forgotten...

After his wife's death and the collapse of his newspaper, David Harwood has no choice but to uproot his nine-year-old son and move back into his childhood home in Promise
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Overbite
Overbite
By Cabot, Meg
2011-07 - William Morrow & Company
9780061735103 Check Our Catalog


"She is a master at entertaining and amusing readers."

--Booklist

Nobody does vampires like Meg Cabot, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Princess Diaries and Queen of Babble novels. Overbite is Meg's sexy and hip sequel to her bestselling Insatiable, the story of a soap opera writer with precognitive powers who is recruited into the Vatican's war against demons and the …More


The Moth Catcher
The Moth Catcher
By Cleeves, Ann
2016-10 - Minotaur Books
9781250105424 Check Our Catalog


Life seems perfect in the quiet community of Valley Farm. Then a shocking discovery shatters the silence. The owners of a big country house have employed a house-sitter, a young ecologist, to look after the place while they're away. But his dead body is found by the side of the lane--a lonely place to die.
When DI Vera Stanhope arrives on the scene, she finds the body of a second man. …More


A Place Called Rainwater
A Place Called Rainwater
By Garlock, Dorothy
2003-05 - Warner Books
9780446611466 Check Our Catalog


Garlock's Jones family trilogy that began with "The Edge of Town" and continued in "High on a Hill" concludes in this novel set in 1920s Oklahoma, where oil turns a small town into a boomtown--and danger is about to turn one woman's life upside down.
HPL patron: Story of life in an Oklahoma oil town in the early 1900's. Likeable and believable characters, …More


The Second Silence
The Second Silence
By Goudge, Eileen
2000-06 - Viking Books
9780670891597 Check Our Catalog

A mother's worst nightmare brought to life unites a family in this searing, taut new novel by the bestselling author of "One Last Dance". Romantic, suspenseful, and utterly compelling, "The Second Silence" takes readers into the breaking heart of Noelle Van Doren, whose only child is snatched away by her estranged husband. …More