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Cover Art: The outlander : a novel /
The outlander : a novel
Adamson, Gil, 1961-
Adult Fiction ADAMSON
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Cover Art: Carry the one /
Carry the one
Anshaw, Carol, 1946-
This cleverly titled book examines the impact of a fatal accident on a group of people. A character-driven novel full of humor and crisp dialogue.
Adult Fiction ANSHAW
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Cover Art: The long gray line /
The long gray line
Atkinson, Rick
One of a handful of the best books about the Vietnam war and its effects.
Adult Nonfiction Book 355.0092 A
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Cover Art: The Judas Field : a novel of the Civil War /
The Judas Field : a novel of the Civil War
Bahr, Howard, 1946-
Adult Fiction BAHR
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Cover Art: The year of Jubilo : a novel of the Civil War /
The year of Jubilo : a novel of the Civil War
Bahr, Howard, 1946-
Adult Fiction BAHR
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Cover Art: The last first day /
The last first day
Brown, Carrie, 1959-
A fiction favorite for this year. A love story to be sure, but unsentimental. Great characters and fine writing.
Adult Fiction BROWN
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Cover Art: My Antonia /
My Antonia
Cather, Willa, 1873-1947
Adult Fiction CATHER
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Cover Art: English creek /
English creek
Doig, Ivan
Adult Fiction DOIG
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Cover Art: Jim the boy /
Jim the boy
Earley, Tony, 1961-
A wonderful story about a boy growing up under the influence of his mother and his uncles. One of my all-time favorites.
Adult Fiction EARLEY
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Cover Art: Zeitoun /
Zeitoun
Eggers, Dave.
If someone had told me these events occurred in the U.S., I would not have believed it.
Adult Nonfiction Book
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Cover Art: Peace like a river /
Peace like a river
Enger, Leif
Adult Fiction ENGER
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Cover Art: Thank you for your service /
Thank you for your service
Finkel, David, 1955-
A follow up to The Good Soldiers which follows some of the veterans after their return to the U.S. Their stories are heart-rending. Should be required reading by anyone serving in or running for Congress.
Adult Nonfiction Book DS79.767.P79 F56 2013
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Cover Art: The good soldiers [sound recording] /
The good soldiers [sound recording]
Finkel, David, 1955-
Mr. Finkel follows U.S. Army soldiers through their 14 month deployment in Irag. The story is both heartbreaking and infuriating. You are left asking yourself how we could send young men 17, 18, 19, and 20 years old into such a hellish situation. Should be required reading by anyone serving in or running for Congress.
Adult Fiction DS79.764.U6 F56 2010
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Cover Art: Stars in their courses : the Gettysburg campaign, June-July 1863 /
Stars in their courses : the Gettysburg campaign, June-July 1863
Foote, Shelby
Adult Nonfiction Book 973.7349 F
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Cover Art: Cold mountain /
Cold mountain
Frazier, Charles, 1950-
Adult Fiction FRAZIER
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Cover Art: The cellist of Sarajevo /
The cellist of Sarajevo
Galloway, Steven, 1975-
Inspired by an actual event, a powerful story told though the lives of three disparate characters. Excellent storytelling.
Adult Fiction GALLOWA
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Cover Art: Still Alice [sound recording] : [a novel] /
Still Alice [sound recording] : [a novel]
Genova, Lisa.
Adult Fiction GENOVA
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Cover Art: The love of my youth /
The love of my youth
Gordon, Mary, 1949-
A new twist on an old theme. Beautifully written. One of my three favorites for fiction in 2011.
Adult Fiction GORDON
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Cover Art: Snow falling on cedars /
Snow falling on cedars
Guterson, David
Adult Fiction GUTERSON
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Cover Art: The best and the brightest /
The best and the brightest
Halberstam, David
Arguably the best book written about the Vietnam war.
Adult Nonfiction Book 973.922 H
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Cover Art: The coldest winter : America and the Korean War /
The coldest winter : America and the Korean War
Halberstam, David
A complete, compelling, and enlightening history of the "forgotten war".
Adult Nonfiction Book 951.90424 H
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Cover Art: The teammates /
The teammates
Halberstam, David
Adult Nonfiction Book 796.35764 H
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Cover Art: Benediction /
Benediction
Haruf, Kent.
Another great novel set in Holt, Colorado from Kent Haruf. Very well written in a no-frills style. Great story, great characters. One of my favorites in 2013.
Adult Fiction HARUF
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Cover Art: Plainsong /
Plainsong
Haruf, Kent.
One of my all-time favorites.
Adult Fiction HARUF
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The descendants : a novel /
Hemmings, Kaui Hart.
One of my three favorites for fiction in 2011.
Adult Fiction HEMMING
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Cover Art: Genesis : Truman, American Jews, and the origins of the Arab/Israeli conflict /
Genesis : Truman, American Jews, and the origins of the Arab/Israeli conflict
Judis, John B.
An unsparing look at Zionism and the pro-Israel lobby and the effects on U. S. politics. An eye-opener.
Adult Nonfiction Book DS119.6 .J83 2014
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Cover Art: Sometimes a great notion : a novel /
Sometimes a great notion : a novel
Kesey, Ken
Adult Fiction KESEY
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Cover Art: Birds in fall : a novel /
Birds in fall : a novel
Kessler, Brad
One mark of a great book is that it's just as good or better the second time. This was not only my favorite work of fiction in 2009, it may be the favorite again in 2010.
Adult Fiction KESSLER
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Cover Art: Mountains beyond mountains /
Mountains beyond mountains
Kidder, Tracy.
No one can read this book and still believe that one man can't make a difference.
Adult Nonfiction Book 921 F2328
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Cover Art: Strength in what remains /
Strength in what remains
Kidder, Tracy.
Adult Nonfiction Book 921 N659 2009a
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Cover Art: The history of love /
The history of love
Krauss, Nicole
Adult Fiction KRAUSS
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Cover Art: The little drummer girl /
The little drummer girl
Le Carre, John, 1931-
Adult Fiction LE CARR
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Cover Art: To kill a mockingbird [compact disc] /
To kill a mockingbird [compact disc]
Lee, Harper
Sissy Spacek's narration will transport you to another time and place.
Adult Fiction LEE
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Cover Art: In the fall /
In the fall
Lent, Jeffrey
Adult Fiction LENT
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Cover Art: The big short : inside the doomsday machine /
The big short : inside the doomsday machine
Lewis, Michael
By telling the story of a few unique individuals who saw the crash coming, Lewis tells the story of the great market crash of 2008. A great story and an education.
Adult Nonfiction Book 330.973 L 2010
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Cover Art: Consequences [sound recording] : a novel /
Consequences [sound recording] : a novel
Lively, Penelope, 1933-
A good book made great by the reader.
Adult Fiction LIVELY
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Cover Art: Family album /
Family album
Lively, Penelope, 1933-
This book relates the memories of six children, their parents, and their au pair during the years the children were growing up. The differences as well as the similarities are remarkable as are the characters, the dialogue, and the humor.
Adult Fiction LIVELY
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Cover Art: How it all began /
How it all began
Lively, Penelope, 1933-
Another wonderful offering from Penelope Lively. An old woman is mugged, and several people's lives are affected. A thoroughly enjoyable read.
Adult Fiction LIVELY
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Cover Art: Making it up /
Making it up
Lively, Penelope, 1933-
The author takes an event from her own life and writes a story imagining a different direction for her life from that event. As always, Liuvely's prose is very engaging and her characters and dialogue are wonderful. One of my favorite authors.
Adult Fiction LIVELY
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Cover Art: Moon tiger /
Moon tiger
Lively, Penelope, 1933-
As she lays dying, an old woman remembers her life, her experiences as a war correspondent and as a writer of popular history. Her memories revolve around her complex and sometimes contentious relations with her brother and with the man who is the father of her daughter. Most significantly, she remembers the man she with whom she had a brief but intense affair in Egypt during World War II. Her description of that relationship is a thing of beauty. All-in-all, a remarkable character study and a wonderfully written novel. Small wonder this won the Booker Prize. One of my four favorites in 2012.
Adult Fiction LIVELY
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Cover Art: Spiderweb /
Spiderweb
Lively, Penelope, 1933-
Penelope Lively's books center on character development, and some of those characters are absolutely magic.
Adult Fiction LIVELY
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Cover Art: The photograph /
The photograph
Lively, Penelope, 1933-
A beautifully written character study with a twist.
Adult Fiction LIVELY
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Cover Art: The inhabited world /
The inhabited world
Long, David, 1948-
Narrated by a ghost stuck in place after committing suicide.
Adult Fiction LONG
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Cover Art: A river runs through it /
A river runs through it
Maclean, Norman, 1902-1990
"Then in the arctic half-light of the canyon, all existence fades to a being with my soul..."
Adult Fiction MACLEAN
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Cover Art: Matterhorn : a novel of the Vietnam War /
Matterhorn : a novel of the Vietnam War
Marlantes, Karl
Adult Fiction MARLANT
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Cover Art: Let the great world spin : a novel /
Let the great world spin : a novel
McCann, Colum, 1965-
A complex novel connecting a series of very well developed characters. Beautifully written and very powerful in parts. One of my three favorites for fiction in 2011.
Adult Fiction MCCANN
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Cover Art: TransAtlantic : a novel /
TransAtlantic : a novel
McCann, Colum, 1965-
A story spanning 5 generations, from the Civil war to the present, and historical figures Frederick Douglass and George Mitchell, all inter-connected. "The sky lifted the hem of Belfast." A worthy successor to Let the Great World Spin and one of my favorite new fiction works in 2013.
Adult Fiction MCCANN
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Cover Art: All the pretty horses /
All the pretty horses
McCarthy, Cormac, 1933-
Part One of the Border Trilogy. Like other works by McCarthy, the writing is so strong as to be irresistible.
Adult Fiction MCCARTHY
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Cover Art: Cities of the plain /
Cities of the plain
McCarthy, Cormac, 1933-
Part Three of the Border Trilogy. Ties the protagonists of the first two books together.
Adult Fiction MCCARTHY
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Cover Art: No country for old men /
No country for old men
McCarthy, Cormac, 1933-
Adult Fiction MCCARTH
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Cover Art: The crossing /
The crossing
McCarthy, Cormac, 1933-
Part Two of he Border Trilogy.
Adult Fiction MCCARTHY
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Cover Art: The Lake Shore Limited /
The Lake Shore Limited
Miller, Sue, 1943-
Adult Fiction MILLER
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Cover Art: Starting out in the evening : a novel /
Starting out in the evening : a novel
Morton, Brian, 1955-
My favorite of the works of fiction I read in 2007.
Adult Fiction MORTON
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Cover Art: A prayer for the dying : a novel /
A prayer for the dying : a novel
O'Nan, Stewart, 1961-
Adult Fiction O'NAN
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Cover Art: Emily, alone /
Emily, alone
O'Nan, Stewart, 1961-
Sequel to "Wish You Were Here"
Adult Fiction O'NAN
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Cover Art: Songs for the missing /
Songs for the missing
O'Nan, Stewart, 1961-
Adult Fiction O'NAN
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Cover Art: Wish you were here /
Wish you were here
O'Nan, Stewart, 1961-
Adult Fiction O'NAN
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Cover Art: Dreams from my father : a story of race and inheritance /
Dreams from my father : a story of race and inheritance
Obama, Barack.
Adult Nonfiction Book 921 Ob02
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Cover Art: The%20tiger%27s%20wife%20%3A%20a%20novel%20%2F
The tiger's wife : a novel /
Obreht, Tea
Adult Fiction OBREHT
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Cover Art: The English patient [sound recording] /
The English patient [sound recording]
Ondaatje, Michael, 1943-
This book is very powerfully written and the reader is excellent.
Adult Fiction ONDAATJ
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Cover Art: The unwinding : an inner history of the new America /
The unwinding : an inner history of the new America
Packer, George, 1960-
A look at America in the new millennium through the eyes of some ordinary folks interspersed with chapters about well-known people. The emphasis is on the aftermath of the financial crisis and the Great Recession. A great book. Very readable. Winner of the National Book Award.
Adult Nonfiction Book 973.924 P 2013
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Cover Art: Cry, the beloved country /
Cry, the beloved country
Paton, Alan
Adult Fiction PATON
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Cover Art: The yellow birds : a novel /
The yellow birds : a novel
Powers, Kevin
How wonderful to see a first novel as strong as this! No surprise it is a National Book Award Finalist or that the author is a Michener Poetry Fellow.
Adult Fiction POWERS
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Cover Art: Gilead /
Gilead
Robinson, Marilynne.
A simple story beautifully written. Along with its companion piece, Home, one of my all-time favorites.
Adult Fiction ROBINSON
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Cover Art: Home /
Home
Robinson, Marilynne.
The companion piece to the Pulitzer Prize-winning Gilead. My favorite of the works of fiction I read in 2008.
Adult Fiction ROBINSO
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Cover Art: Cost /
Cost
Robinson, Roxana.
A beautifully written story of a mother trying to cope with her son's drug addiction.
Adult Fiction ROBINSO
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Cover Art: Nobody's fool /
Nobody's fool
Russo, Richard, 1949-
Rick Russo writes dialogue better than most, and this is a terrific example.
Adult Fiction RUSSO
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Cover Art: Dirty wars : the world is a battlefield /
Dirty wars : the world is a battlefield
Scahill, Jeremy.
Read this and see if you still think we're the Good Guys.
Adult Nonfiction Book E897 .S33 2013
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Cover Art: The reader /
The reader
Schlink, Bernhard
Written in a very clear and straightforward style. A very powerful story.
Adult Fiction SCHLINK
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Cover Art: Brewster : a novel /
Brewster : a novel
Slouka, Mark.
Recommended by a library patron. A coming-of-age story and a story of domestic abuse that is beautifully written. Great characters. A favorite in 2013.
Adult Fiction SLOUKA
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Cover Art: Crossing to safety /
Crossing to safety
Stegner, Wallace Earle, 1909-1993
Adult Fiction STEGNER
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Cover Art: The help [sound recording] : a novel /
The help [sound recording] : a novel
Stockett, Kathryn.
This is a great story and wonderful in audio.
Adult Fiction STOCKET
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Cover Art: Wish you were here /
Wish you were here
Swift, Graham, 1949-
A beautifully written story of family and loss told in flashbacks. Graham Swift does an incredible job of conveying the minds and hearts of his characters. One of the best new fiction works I've read this year and one of my four favorites for 2012.
Adult Fiction SWIFT
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Cover Art: The garden of evening mists : a novel /
The garden of evening mists : a novel
Tan, Twan Eng, 1972-
This writer's second novel, short-listed for the Booker prize. Similar themes and settings to his first work, "The Gift of Rain". One of my favorites in 2013.
Adult Fiction TAN
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Cover Art: The gift of rain /
The gift of rain
Tan, Twan Eng, 1972-
The author's first novel and one that was long-listed for the Booker Prize. Set in Malaysia primarily during World War II and deals with the Japanese occupation. One of my 2013 favorites
Adult Fiction ENG
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Cover Art: The nightingale's song /
The nightingale's song
Timberg, Robert
The other great book about the Vietnam war and its effects.
Adult Nonfiction Book 327.73 T
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Cover Art: Brooklyn : a novel /
Brooklyn : a novel
Toibin, Colm, 1955-
The story of a young Irish woman who emigrates to New York circa 1950. What a writer!
Adult Fiction TOIBIN
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Cover Art: The blackwater lightship /
The blackwater lightship
Toibin, Colm, 1955-
The story of a young woman, her mother, and her grandmother, who, along with two of her brother's friends, are caring for her brother as he is dying of AIDS. A very emotional book about character and family dynamics. One of my top four in 2012.
Adult Fiction TOIBIN
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Cover Art: The testament of Mary /
The testament of Mary
Toibin, Colm, 1955-
The life of Mary, the mother of Jesus, told from her perspective. A work of great imagination. Written in the first person, Mary comes to life in ways quite different from what you may have learned in catechism class. A short and very intense book. Colm Toibin is a master. One of my four favorites for 2012.
Adult Fiction TOIBIN
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Cover Art: Once%20upon%20a%20car%20%3A%20the%20fall%20and%20resurrection%20of%20America%27s%20big%20three%20auto%20makers%2D%2D
Once upon a car : the fall and resurrection of America's big three auto makers--
Vlasic, Bill.
Adult Nonfiction Book 338.47629 V 2011
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Cover Art: Old school : a novel /
Old school : a novel
Wolff, Tobias, 1945-
Tobias Wolff is best known for his short stories. The ending of this novel is out of this world.
Adult Fiction WOLFF
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