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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

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This is the story of a girl growing up in Brooklyn, NY in the years just before WWI. The author uses the main character, Francie, as a vehicle to tell the amazing story of her life in a time when there weren't welfare, social agencies, psychologists or birth control. Francie's family plays a game called Survival when the cupboard is bare. The parents are poor uneducated Brooklynites who struggle to give their children a better life. This book is a testiment to tenecious hardworking people in the early 1900s.

The Colorado Kid by Stephen King

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Although it's by Stephen King, this isn't a horror story, and it also isn't very long. It is a tale of an unsolved mystery in a small coastal town in Maine. Just good storytelling as a couple of smart old guys gradually reveal the story of a dead man found on the beach twenty five years ago to a young newspaperwoman.  Some people might find the ending unsatisfying, but when I thought about it, I kind of liked how it leaves it open to your own imagination. It might even be a good choice for a book club/discussion.  I listened to it on audio, and the reader, Jeffrey DeMunn, did a nice job with the voices and the accents. [Note: for some reason the cover art on this one has no relation to the story!]

Maybe This Time by Jennifer Crusie

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Andie Miller agrees to a favor for her ex-husband, North Archer, which involves going to stay at a haunted house in southern Ohio and taking care of two orphaned children who are distant relatives of his and who really need her help.  Of course she doesn’t believe the house is haunted at first, but after not too long, her mantra is “there are ghosts”.  The question is, how to get rid of them?  There’s humor, paranormal, and a love story, too (turns out she’s still in love with her ex-husband, and he’s still in love with her).  It’s rather long, but it was the kind of story where I wanted it to keep going, so that was OK.  This is the third Jennifer Crusie book I’ve read or listened to, and I've enjoyed them all.

Voter Guides are Here

A good supply League of Women Voters printed voter guides for the November 2 election are available now at the library.  Come in and pick one up, or view the guides online via the links below. 

LOWV Guide for Statewide races 

LOWV Oakland Area Guide for Oakland Co. and local races and issues

More resources for election 2010 from the Michigan eLibrary

Beer Making a Bubbly Success!

Johnny Blast from Hopman's Beer and Wine Making Supply in Waterford provided expert direction and inside tips to making home brew at the Library on October 12, 2010. We learned to cook speciality grains and add malt and hops to get just the right flavors for the perfect brew!

 

Paperback Romances

Attention romance readers: as you may know, our branch library had an extensive and very popular collection of paperback romances, which included novels from all the major romance writers, plus the following series "brands":

  • heartsHarlequin American Romance
  • Harlequin Presents
  • Harlequin SuperRomance
  • Kimani
  • Silhouette Desire
  • Silhouette Nocturne
  • Silhouette Romantic Suspense
  • Silhouette Special Edition
  • Steeple Hill Love Inspired

This entire collection has now been moved to the main library on Civic Center Drive.  Those books you love to read are on the shelves just as you enter the adult department, and are available to you here now seven days a week.

In the Woods by Tana French

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Rob Ryan, police detective for the Dublin murder squad finds himself on the case of a child murder that took place in a woods that has haunted him since his childhood. The author does a fine job developing the characters Rob Ryan and Cassie Maddox along with a huge cast that create the right mix of real and mystical in this super psychological sleuthing. There are many slow twists that take you into the past-psychologically, archeologically and culturally as you sort  through the layers that keep you guessing up to the very end.

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

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Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte is deep, dark and depressing. Characters die of consumption, go insane and become depraved by drink and longing. The setting and the storytelling draw you in to the lives of these tortured souls. Ten times better than the movie. I know now why Bella in Twilight says that this is her favorite book!

Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs by Molly Harper

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nice girls don't have fangs coverJane Jameson is a children's librarian who gets fired by her mean boss, then on the same day gets accidentally shot.  The handsome stranger (Gabriel Nightengale) who saves her is a vampire, so she's turned into a vampire, too.  As she learns about her new vampire lifestyle in the small southern town she lives in (who knew you could go shopping for blood? - late at night, at the all-night store, of course), and gets to know her new friends and enemies, you have got to laugh.  She's afraid to tell her parents she's a vampire, and someone in the vampire community is trying to frame her for murder, but Gabriel seems to like her... This light vampire romance/mystery was quite enjoyable. This is the first in a series. The second book is Read more