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Reviews Alphabetically by Author

Barclay, Linwood

Elevator Pitch

A thriller where the elevators of New York are being sabotaged.

Bardugo, Leigh

Ninth House

Magic and ghosts, a plucky teen heroine, and murder on the Yale campus.

Barry, Dave

Lessons From Lucy

As humorist Dave Barry turns 70, he turns to his dog Lucy for an example of how to live a happy life - he talks about his dog's influence on him and the changes he's made in his life as a result of her gentle guidance.

Barry, Dave

Dave Barry's Book of Bad Songs

A funny collection of listener comments about the "worst" songs.

Barton, Fiona

Widow (The)

Set in the UK, a man is accused of abducting and killing a little girl. Does his wife know what really happened?

Bauerschmidt, Tim

Driving Miss Norma

A 90 year old woman diagnosed with cancer takes an epic road trip instead of treatment. (mini review)

Beagle, Peter S.

Last Unicorn (The)

Told in a fairy tale style, this lyrical and haunting fantasy is about a unicorn leaving her magical world and searching the 'real' world for more of her kind.

Beanland, Rachel

Florence Adler Swims Forever

A hurtful tragedy, family secrets, a little romance, and friendship make this book a good read.

Bleeker, Emily

What It Seems

A young woman escapes an abusive situation and tries to find herself while working with a YouTube family.

Box, C.J.

Open Season #1

Award winning first book with a game warden who discovers and solves a murder. (mini review)

Box, C.J.

Blue Heaven

Bad cops, a rancher with a good heart, the wilds of Idaho, and two kids on the run.

Boyne, John

A Ladder to the Sky

The story of an aspiring writer who will stop at nothing to achieve his goal. (mini review)

Butcher, Jim

Storm Front #1

The first of a long running series of magic creatures and a wizard detective that is funny and smart.

Buxbaum, Julie

Tell Me Three Things

A YA story about a young girl's family changes & a move to CA where she doesn't fit in, until she makes a friend. (mini review)

Cameron, Bill

Lost Dog

A quickly paced novel about an 'average Joe' gets caught up in a murder investigation. (mini review)

Cameron, W. Bruce

Dog Master: A Novel of the First Dog (The)

Historical fiction set in time of early tribal man and how one man befriends a wolf and it changes things forever.

Chamberlain, Diane

Pretending to Dance

As a couple is trying to adopt, a woman struggles with her past and her own adoptive mom. (mini review)

Charleyboy, Lisa

#NotYourPrincess

A profound book about the Indigenous Woman experience by Native American women.

Clarke, Lucy

Blue (The)

Adventure and danger find two young women who sign on to help crew a yacht.

Coates, Ta-Nehisis

Water Dancer (The)

A powerful story told in the first person about slavery and the underground railroad and strong family ties, all with a splash of magic.

Cohen, Jon

Harry's Trees

After his wife dies a man finds his way back to the world with the help of the woods, a little girl, and her treehouse.

Colgan, Jenny

Bookshop on the Corner (The)

A book about the love of books and the desire to match everyone with their perfect book is the basis for this charming story. This is the story of how a librarian becomes a literary book matchmaker.

Collins, Bridget

Binding (The)

Part historical fiction, part magical realism, this book has an unusual premise....book binders exist to capture your worst memories into a book. And then you no longer have them. Is that a good thing?

DeLos Santos, Marisa

Falling Together

Three college friends. Friends and family. Friends who are your family. Insightful writing capturing deep emotions of loss, love, heartbreak and rejoicing.

Dickens, Charles

A Christmas Carol

The classic story of Scrooge and his three spirits.

Dugoni, Robert

Damage Control

A woman's twin brother is murdered and her investigation leads to a Washington state senator. (mini review)

Dugoni, Robert

Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell (The)

Told from his perspective as a 40 year old man, Sam reflects on growing up different, being bullied, having faith & losing faith because he has red eyes.

Dugoni, Robert

Her Final Breath #2

Tracy Crosswhite is back and trying to find a serial killer while working around an obstructionist boss.

Edwards, Gavin

World According to Tom Hanks (The)

An unauthorized biography about Hanks' life and movies and is full of his gentle humor.

Field, Sally

In Pieces

An autobiography/memoir by a well known actress sharing her inner thoughts and feelings.

Fletcher, C. A.

A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World

A dystopian story of a stolen dog and the adventures and hardships endured trying to rescue her.

Frazier, Charles

Thirteen Moons

Told as memories of an old man as he remembers his life growing up with the Cherokee.

Freudenberger, Nina

Bibliostyle

A beautiful coffee table book celebrating home libraries and collectors.

Gaynor, Hazel

A Memory of Violets

Set in London in the late 1800s, this novel tells the story of a young woman who gets a housekeeping job at a home that attempts to help the orphaned girls that sell flowers on the street corners. Part light mystery, part light romance.

Gilstrap, John

Scorpion Strike #10

#10 in Jonathan Grave series: action packed thriller with Grave and partner held hostage on tropical island. (mini review)

Grippando, James

Most Dangerous Place

Lawyer Jack Swyteck (#13) helps a friend whose wife is accused of murder that occurred years ago. (mini review)

Grisham, John

Street Lawyer (The)

An up-and-coming attorney has an encounter with the homeless and his life changes.

Grisham, John

Innocent Man (The)

The true story of a few men falsely convicted and imprisoned in OK and how the justice system broke down. (mini review)

Grisham, John

Guardians (The)

Fiction, The Guardians is an organization that works to free wrongly convicted people.

Harrow, Alix

Ten Thousand Doors of January (The)

Magical coming of age story of a young girl who finds the mysterious doors between worlds as she's searching for her family, her identity.