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The Likeness
French, Tana
Tana French follows up her brilliant In the Woods with this equally compelling and gripping suspense novel. The author has an extraordinary ability to reveal layers about her protagonist while connecting them to the complexity of the mystery at hand. The novel is dense, but always readable, moving forward at a deliberate pace towards its satisfying conclusion. If you haven't picked up a Dublin Murder Squad mystery, treat yourself! Each one is a gem in its own right and even more delightful taken as one of a whole.
[Adult Mystery Book FRENCH]
Anne P., Washburn Library
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The Childhood of Jesus
Coetzee, J.M.
"The Childhood of Jesus" is about two refugees, a young boy and a man, who arrive in an unnamed place that resembles an old Soviet country. We never learn of their past and there are no references to identifiable places, people or things. Cotzee’s style is abstract and his story reads like a gray fairytale. The world he creates is one without desires, its people content with bland food, bare apartments and simple work. They want for nothing, seem incapable of imagining anything else. The man is upset by this world. Things don't seem to move here, no one is going anywhere, and he cannot understand why. He is a man of pleasure and is confused by the cold purpose and restraint of his peers. The young child is precocious and difficult. He questions authority—teachers, language, social etiquette- and refuses to acquiesce to the existing order. He seems to possess something this world lacks, to represent the beginning of something new. His is the childhood of Jesus.
[Adult Fiction Book COETZEE]
Alessandra F., Oxboro Library
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Cheerful Weather for the Wedding
Strachey, Julia
This sardonic and beautifully written novella about a family in Forster territory was first published in 1932. 'As delightful and perceptive today as it no doubt was seventy years ago: on her wedding day a girl knows she is about to make a serious mistake'.
[Adult Fiction Book STRACHE]
Anne D., Southdale Library
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The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P.
Waldman, Adelle
I've often wondered what in the world my ex-boyfriends were thinking after the relationship has ended. Adelle Waldman does a bang-up job of getting into the mind of an "enlightened", modern, intellectual young man as he navigates dating and the New York writing scene. I wanted to laugh and scream at Nathaniel pretty much throughout the entire book.
[Adult Fiction Book WALDMAN]
Kristina D., Augsburg Park Library
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Errantry: Strange Tales
Hand, Elizabeth
A collection of strange stories, which sometimes leave readers with an unsettled feeling, but in a good way! Hand writes unexpected characters and scenes and surprises. Her characters have quirks, such as the fungalist who also happens to be a gourmand. It would be both frightening and exhilarating to be a part of Hand's world, which seems to exist only one wild step away from our own.
[Adult Fiction Book HAND]
Lee B., Minnetonka Library
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Dead Souls
Gogol, Nikolai
Can't afford a world cruise? Allow the witty and irreverent Nikolai Gogol to take you on a tour of Old Rus. You'll encounter a hilarious gallery of rogues and an unforgettable panorama of a vast and resource-rich country. Descriptions of foods prepared by portly landowners are mouth-watering!
[Adult Fiction Book GOGOL]
Mary Kay H., Brookdale Library
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Wicked Autumn
Malliet, G.M.
Max Tudor is an unusual vicar. Formerly an MI5 agent, Max now revels in the peace and harmony of his English village. When the president of the Women's Institute is murdered, Max must to solve the murder.
[Adult Mystery Book MALLIET]
Penny J., Minnetonka Library
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Fallen Land
Flanery, Patrick
Paul Krovik has dreamed of building homes since he was a child, but when the housing bubble bursts, his fantasy of creating the perfect suburban community on Poplar Farm quickly crumbles. With dystopian overtones, Flanery crafts a world in which corporations play god, farms are distorted into suburban nightmares, and the past haunts everyone. Perfect for chilly evenings, this is an unsettling read that will leave you questioning modern existence.
[Adult Fiction Book FLANERY]
Crystal H., Long Lake Library
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Empire Falls
Russo, Richard
Richard Russo is unquestionably my favorite living author. His ability to construct a sentence with effortless poetry, subtle wit and striking clarity is unmatched, making his novels a joy to read from beginning to end just for the language. But add to that complex, entirely human characters and a keen sense of small-town life and you have any one of Russo's brilliant novels. Empire Falls, probably the most known and respected of his works, combines the humor of his earlier novels with a deeper sadness and longing to create a rich, satisfying reading experience. The story of Miles Roby, his family and friends will capture your heart.
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Anne P., Washburn Library
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Ready Player One
Cline, Ernest
Even those who don’t play video games will be drawn into Cline’s story about a boy named Wade Watts and the online alternative reality world called the OASIS. The OASIS is where Wade plays games, attends high school, and tries to hunt down three hidden keys to unlock a treasure worth a fortune in real life. As Wade gets closer to finding the secret keys, his real life is in danger and it’s a race against time and other players to find the keys first. Filled with ‘80s trivia and references, this is a fast paced adventure that will especially appeal to anyone who lived through that decade.
[Adult Fiction Book CLINE]
Susan L., Hopkins Library
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Bloodroot
Loehfelm , Bill
Loehflem’s specialty is genre thrillers whose characters you actually care about; it reads easily without being vapid. In Bloodroot, one man struggles to understand his reckless, drug-addicted brother’s roots and uncovers a surprising history. The writing is similar to Dennis Lehane.
[Adult Fiction Book LOEHFELM]
Emily L., Eden Prairie Library
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Ordinary Grace
Krueger, William Kent
Although not a Cork O'Connor title, everyone will love this title as it is written by the same author. Frank Drum relives the tragedies of the summer of 1961 when he was 13.
[Adult Fiction Book KRUEGER]
Coreen B., Champlin Library
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Tell the Wolves I'm Home : a Novel
Brunt, Carol Rifka
It’s 1987 and 14-year-old June Elbus has just discovered that her beloved uncle, renowned painter Finn Weiss, is dying of AIDS. She can hardly cope. Not only was Finn her uncle and godfather, he was also her best friend, her only friend, the one who understood her. Following Finn’s funeral, June receives several packages from a mysterious man by the name of Toby, who wishes to meet her. Against her better judgement, June and Toby start meeting regularly, forming a new friendship in which they discover bits and pieces of Finn and bits and pieces of themselves. A moving coming-of-age novel of unexpected love and loss.
[Adult Fiction Book BRUNT]
Bailey D., Minneapolis Central Library
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Vacationland
Stonich, Sarah
Local author Sarah Stonich weaves the stories of visitors to a remote northern Minnesotan resort. Her humorous, Fargoish dialog adds a touch of levity among the tragedies and heartbreak of the characters' lives.
[Adult Fiction Book STONICH]
Sharon N., Excelsior Library
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Doctor Zhivago
Pasternak, Boris
The name "Zhivago" is related to the Russian word for "life." This novel, which won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1958, depicts the unquenchable human impulse to live and to love even in the midst of upheavel, oppression, and suffering.
[Adult Fiction Book PASTERNAK]
Mary Kay H., Brookdale Library
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Love Water Memory
Shortridge, Jennie
A Seattle woman, later identified as Lucie Walker, is found standing fully dressed in the cold water of the San Francisco Bay. While she remembers current events, she remembers nothing of her personal life. As Lucie wakens from her amnesia, she discovers that she is not like the old Lucie and really doesn't care much for her. Pre-amnesia, she would never talk about her past. Post-amnesia finds her searching for the truth so she can finally reconcile the past. From there, Lucie slowly begins to rebuild her life in this remarkable novel about life, death, grief, and love.
[Adult Fiction Book SHORTRIDGE]
Jan G., Penn Lake Library
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The Comfort of Lies
Meyers, Randy Susan
The lives of three women are tethered together through twisted relationships and family ties in this emotionally gripping novel. Meyers presents an utterly honest portrayal of marital difficulties, adultery, and adoption. This is both a heartbreaking and heartwarming read. It was impossible to put down.
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Crystal H., Long Lake Library
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The Three Weissmanns of Westport
Schine, Cathleen
After nearly fifty years of marriage Betty Weissmann loses her Manhattan apartment when her husband files for divorce. Betty's two grown daughters, Annie and Miranda,find themselves in financial and romantic tumult as well. They are saved by dear cousin, Lou, who loans the three a cottage in Westport. With Jane Austen's "Sense and Sensibility" as her template, Cathleen Schine has created an engaging novel of manners set in contemporary times.
[Adult Fiction Book SCHINE]
Maureen M.S., Edina Library
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The Dead Path: a novel
Irwin , Stephen
Widower Nicholas Close returns home to Australia and finds himself caught up in a series of strange events, disappearances, and murders. Scary good! Very similar to Stephen King.
[Adult Fiction Book IRWIN]
Marni B., Eden Prairie Library
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The Human Division
Scalzi, John
This is a great new addition to the “Old Man’s War” universe. The underlying thread of the novel is the conflict between the Conclave (an alliance of about 400 extra-terrestrial races), the Colonial Union (humans away from earth) and earthlings. The Conclave and the Colonial Union are both trying to get earth to join their group and a fourth mysterious group is trying to create havoc among everybody in order to, presumably, start a war. A great read that definitely leaves the door open to future additions to the “Old Man’s War” universe.
[Adult Fiction Book SCALZI]
Lorenzo T., System and Online Services
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