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Cover ArtInferno : a novel
by Dan Brown
Adult Fiction BROWN
This is another book I listened to. I find myself continuing to listen to books I would probably have set aside if I were reading. This is definitely the weakest entry in the Robert Langdon books. Robert wakes up in a hospital suffering from amnesia after an apparent gunshot wound to the head. When he finds himself in danger he runs out of the hospital accompanied by a doctor. However, after some initial headaches etc. absolutely no further mention is made of any more affects from the wound. He goes running, jumping, climbing etc. with no problem. The first half of the book is fairly interesting as Robert and Sienna follow clues to why someone is chasing them and what Robert did during the time he can’t remember. The only annoying things are the imbedded lectures and Brown’s tendency to melodrama as he ends each of his chapters (over 100!) with cliffhangers and hyperbole. Then, suddenly everything changes in the story in such a way that made me say "Oh come on!" (Probably aloud. I think I got some funny looks on the bus). The second half is kind of a bust and the ending a disappointment. As usual, though chasing around with a woman through the whole book he’s kind of a eunuch. Has he never had a significant other? After three books I don’t feel like I know this character at all.
posted by Laura P. on Apr 14, 2014 at 1:46PM

Cover ArtAugie’s secrets : the Minneapolis mob and the king of the Hennepin strip
by Karlen, Neal.
Adult Nonfiction HV6452.M6 K37 2013
I was very disappointed in this book. Neal Karlen is a great writer, but this book is poorly written. Karlen treats the Jewish gangsters as if the killing and maiming were just cute stunts by lovable Jews. As someone who is Jewish, I find this offensive. Your fondness for either your uncle Augie, or the fact that he passed on these "secrets" to you has clouded your judgement, Neal. And the constant use of Yiddish, where it adds no value, is insulting too. Does this make you feel more Jewish? The story you had to tell was an excellent one and could have made for great reading. You blew it, Bubbe. This book is a 2 on a scale from 1 to 10. At best.
posted by Ted's Review on Apr 13, 2014 at 10:49AM

Cover ArtWhat happened to goodbye
by Dessen, Sarah
Teen Fiction DESSEN
Really cute romance and well set up plot. Sarah Dessen is an amazing author!
posted by booklion246 on Apr 12, 2014 at 10:04PM

Cover ArtEleanor & Park
by Rainbow Rowell
Teen Fiction ROWELL
Eleanor & Park’s friendship begins when Eleanor is unable to find an empty seat on the school bus and Park, with a mutter and a scowl, reluctantly makes room. Day by day, their connection grows, from awkward silence to hushed but animated discussions around comics and music, until they inexplicably find themselves in a relationship. Eleanor is awkward and penniless, living in a dysfunctional family; Park struggles to fit in in his own way as a child of Irish and Korean parents, but he and Eleanor somehow seem to fit together.

Eleanor & Park is a cute, somewhat fluffy read, though with some darker undertones. While the personalities, actions and fears of these two teenagers felt genuine, at times the internal dialogues seemed forced and unreal. However, I considered that it could perhaps be due to how far removed I am myself from the thoughts of a teenager! I think I expected to love the book a bit more than I did, and was for a while leaning toward a three-star rating, but when I recall how enthusiastically I looked forward to my next opportunity to read during my breaks at work, that feeling boosts it up to a solid four.
posted by Ryner on Apr 11, 2014 at 12:03PM

Cover ArtBook lust : recommended reading for every mood, moment, and reason
by Pearl, Nancy
Adult Nonfiction Z1035.9 .P38 2003
The perfect book for someone who is wondering what they should read next. Nancy Pearl provides an incredibly eclectic array of books to choose from, and discusses them all in easy and inviting prose. There is something for readers of any type in this book!
posted by Champlin Library Staff on Apr 9, 2014 at 1:45PM

Cover ArtTolstoy and the purple chair : my year of magical reading
by Sankovitch, Nina
Adult Nonfiction Z1003.2 .S26 2011
After her sister dies of cancer, Nina Sankovitch turns to the books they both loved for comfort and guidance about how to truly move on with her life in this wise, warm memoir. Tolstoy and the Purple Chair is the history of their loving family, and an exploration of the ways reading can provide illumination, pleasure and comfort all at once.
posted by Champlin Library Staff on Apr 8, 2014 at 3:30PM

Cover ArtThe husband's secret
by Moriarty, Liane
Adult Fiction MORIART
* 1/2 stars. Imagine that your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. The letter contains his deepest, darkest secret, something with the potential to destroy not just the life you built together, but the lives of others as well. Imagine, then, that you stumble across that letter while your husband is still very much alive. . . .Cecilia Fitzpatrick has achieved it all—she’s an incredibly successful businesswoman, a pillar of her small community, and a devoted wife and mother. Her life is as orderly and spotless as her home. But that letter is about to change everything, and not just for her: Rachel and Tess barely know Cecilia, or each other, but they too are about to feel the earth-shattering repercussions of her husband’s secret. **** I found it easy to guess the husband's secret before his wife read the letter. It is difficult to find anyone in this book who can claim the moral high ground. Another husband is emotionally unfaithful. His wife who drags her son away from his home abruptly and jumps into bed with an old flame. The denouement seems artificial and largely unbelievable. Years and years of pain are resolved much to easily. Sorry... Cannot recommend.
posted by bookwoman_cat on Apr 7, 2014 at 10:28PM

Cover ArtThe polysyllabic spree
by Hornby, Nick.
Adult Nonfiction PR6058.O689 Z47 2004
Funny, affectionate, and true to life, The Polysyllabic Spree is the first in a series of books that chronicles Nick Hornby's attempts to read every book he buys.
posted by Champlin Library Staff on Apr 7, 2014 at 1:26PM

Cover ArtJuliet : a novel
by Fortier, Anne, 1971-
Adult Fiction FORTIER
This book is modern day re-telling of the story of Romeo and Juliet, complete with warring families, a look at Italian history, a family curse and, of course, love. The story follows Julie Jacobs (aka Giulietta Tolomei), following the death of her beloved Aunt Rose, when she learns that the woman who has been like a mother to her has left her entire estate to Julie’s twin sister Janice. The only thing Julie receives is a key—one carried by her mother on the day she herself died—to a safety-deposit box in Siena, Italy. This sets the stage for Julie's trip to Siena to follow clues in search of her family's great secret and possibly a great treasure. The text alternates between Julie's modern day discoveries in Italy and the historical background of the story of Romeo and Juliet (who Julie may be directly descended from). I think this book could be described as historical fiction as well as a thriller, though I felt it was a little thin as a romance. The historical retelling of the Romeo and Juliet was the more interesting part of the novel—some of the modern characters were just a little too silly or obnoxious—leaving the novel somewhat uneven. A 3 ½ out of 5 stars.
posted by Marsap on Apr 7, 2014 at 11:19AM

Cover ArtGenesis : Truman, American Jews, and the origins of the Arab/Israeli conflict
by Judis, John B.
Adult Nonfiction DS119.6 .J83 2014
An unsparing look at Zionism and the pro-Israel lobby and the effects on U. S. politics. An eye-opener.
posted by Minnetonka Library Staff on Apr 7, 2014 at 6:33AM

Cover ArtWill in the world : how Shakespeare became Shakespeare
by Greenblatt, Stephen, 1943-
Adult Nonfiction PR2894 .G74 2004
Pulitzer Prize winner Stephen Greenblatt creates a deep, breathtakingly vivid portrait of Shakespeare by analyzing his words and connecting them to the events of the day. This is not only an incredibly insightful biography, it is also a glimpse into the intense, complicated world of Elizabethan England, and and a magnificently accessible window into Shakespeare's plays.
posted by Champlin Library Staff on Apr 4, 2014 at 4:25PM

Cover ArtBefore I go to sleep : a novel
by Watson, S. J.
Adult Fiction WATSON
Every day Christine wakes up not knowing where she is. Her memories disappear every time she falls asleep—the result of a car accident and a severe head trauma. Her husband, Ben, is a stranger to her, and he must explain to her their life together on a daily basis. With the encouragement of a new doctor, Christine starts a journal to help jog her memory and so that some of her memories will be retained. One morning, she opens it and sees that she's written three unexpected and terrifying words: "Don't trust Ben." Suddenly everything her husband has told her falls under suspicion. Who can she trust? Why is Ben lying to her? Can Christine herself be trusted to be telling the truth? I loved the first-person narrative and the often conflicting episodes of memory resurrections. The ending was a surprise—though I had some suspicion of what was coming about 2/3 into the book. A fast paced book with a compelling plot. 4 out of 5 stars.
posted by Marsap on Apr 4, 2014 at 3:23PM

Cover ArtSacre bleu : a comedy d'art
by Moore, Christopher, 1957-
Adult Fiction MOORE
Well , this was just plain fun ! Crazy , charming - bad to the bone - but a well written , nicely researched book . I'll read more of Christopher Moore's work
posted by LDP on Apr 4, 2014 at 3:16PM

Cover ArtPrincess : a true story of life behind the veil in Saudi Arabia
by Sasson, Jean P.
Adult Nonfiction HQ1729.5.S27 1992
The gripping story of a very privileged woman in Saudi Arabia, Princess recounts the parade of injustices visited upon her and her female relatives. The spirit and intelligence of "Sultana," a pseudonym, make her a hero the reader won't stop rooting for.
posted by Champlin Library Staff on Apr 4, 2014 at 1:51PM

Cover ArtJim Henson : the works : the art, the magic, the imagination
by Finch, Christopher.
Adult Nonfiction PN1982.H46F56 1993
This biography provides a glimpse into the imagination of the creator of Sesame Street, Fraggle Rock, and of course, the Muppets. The 500 color illustrations include some that were taken behind the scenes of the shows.
posted by Champlin Library Staff on Apr 4, 2014 at 1:24PM

Cover ArtThe maze runner
by James Dashner
Teen Fiction DASHNER
Yet another series of dystopian lit for young adults (and now a movie). This first volume creates many more questions than answers. It’s somewhat frustrating because of that. I would say as an adult cross-over this one doesn’t really cut it. I won’t read the next two in the series. Might be a good book for teens and especially for teen guys though.
posted by Laura P. on Apr 4, 2014 at 11:27AM

Cover ArtThe prince & the guard
by Cass, Kiera
Teen Fiction CASS
*fangirl squeal* This book has the two novellas in the Selection series (The Prince and The Guard) as well as having a SNEAK PEEK TO The One!!!!!! Read this!!
posted by booklion246 on Apr 4, 2014 at 8:24AM

Cover ArtAllegiant
by Roth, Veronica
Teen Fiction ROTH
I've finished the series!!! And it was soooooo gooooooodddd!!!!! Everyone must read the Divergent trilogy, now! This book probably tied with Divergent for being my favorite in the series. Make sure to have tissues when you read this book!
posted by booklion246 on Apr 4, 2014 at 8:23AM

Cover ArtAllegiant
by Roth, Veronica
Teen Fiction ROTH
AAhhh!! I'm reading it and it's super, super gooooD!!!!!!
posted by booklion246 on Apr 3, 2014 at 12:43PM

Cover ArtDirty wars : the world is a battlefield
by Scahill, Jeremy.
Adult Nonfiction E897 .S33 2013
Read this and see if you still think we're the Good Guys.
posted by Minnetonka Library Staff on Apr 2, 2014 at 3:00PM

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