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When Will There Be Good News?: A Novel
Kate Atkinson

ATKINSON

“Jackson Brodie is a private investigator in Cambridge. A former soldier and policeman, he makes his money working from investigating infidelity and finding missing cats. But Jackson’s tough-guy exterior belies a deeply empathetic heart. He’s unable to resist coming to the rescue and increasingly he becomes a magnet for the bereaved, the lost and the dysfunctional. Surrounded by death, intrigue and misfortune, his own life haunted by a family tragedy, the Jackson Brodie series begins as the investigator attempts to unravel three disparate case histories. He soon realizes, however, that in spite of apparent diversity, everything is connected. . .

“I have been hooked on Kate Atkinson novels ever since reading ‘Life After Life.’ She is a superb writer with characters that are very real and plot lines that crash together or veer away just when you least expect.”

—Stephanie at KDL’s Englehardt Branch


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The Trinity Six: A Novel
Charles Cumming

CUMMING

“This book is very well written. It is a spy thriller that takes place in a post-Cold War England, Spain and Austria. I was impressed with how accurately the author described several historical personalities while keeping you on the edge of your seat. I also enjoyed his dry humor that came across throughout the book.

“I strongly recommend this book.”

—Lisa at KDL’s Cascade Township Branch


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The Sandpiper
Susan Brace Lovell

LOVELL

”’The Sandpiper’ is a bittersweet novel about four women, Nina Judd, Ellie Cameron and her two daughters, Kate and Jamie, who are facing seemingly insurmountable challenges. Set against the backdrop of The Sandpiper, Nina’s white-shingled cottage above the limitless blue of Lake Michigan, it is beautifully written and full of in-depth descriptions of both the physical and emotional environment in which the characters live. It reveals the realities of addiction, terminal illness, and infertility; and the power of forgiveness, unconditional love, and acceptance. There was something I could relate to in each of the women and the story pulls you in to the point where you’re cheering for them to overcome their trials as if they are actual friends. I had the privilege of meeting Susan, who lives in Grand Rapids, at my neighborhood book discussion group this month.”

—Cathy at KDL’s Gaines Township Branch


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Golden Son: Book II of The Red Rising Trilogy
Pierce Brown

SF BROWN

“The second book in the ‘Red Rising’ trilogy lives up to the excitement of the first book. It not only keeps the action from the first book going, it intensifies it. Fans of the Hunger Games will enjoy this science fiction based quest as Darrow tries to bring down society from within its most privileged class, and break the barriers between the different classes. However he struggles with this task as he begins to realize how close he has become to some of the elite and what implications it will have for his people.”

—Craig at KDL’s Nelson Township/Sand Lake Branch


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Breaking Butterflies
M. Anjelais

CD TEEN

“Promised to each other before they were born, Cadence and Sphinxie, separated after he deliberately cut her face, are drawn back together at age sixteen, but Cadence is even less stable mentally and Sphinxie, sweet, plain, and attracted to his brilliance, tries to be loyal but fears for her life. This is a tale you won’t forget – and the author was just 18 years old when she wrote this story!”

—Robin at KDL’s Spencer Township Branch


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I'll Give You the Sun
Jandy Nelson

PRINTZ TEEN NELSON

“This was a great read with twin Noah telling the story from the age of 13, looking forward and then switching to Jude three years later. It was interesting reading about the changes in their personalities and circumstances from the different ages.”

—Beth at KDL’s Gaines Township Branch


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Fish in a Tree
Lynda Mullaly Hunt

J HUNT

“Everybody is smart in different ways. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its life believing it is stupid.”—Lynda Mullaly Hunt, “Fish in a Tree”

“Ally Nickerson spends her days watching picture movies play across her mind and drawing them, but Ally has one thing she is terrified that everyone will find out. She can’t read. Struggling with dyslexia and desperate for escape, Ally meets Mr. Daniels, a kind teacher that takes an interest in her and makes her see who she truly is, a smart girl with great talent. For readers who loved ‘Wonder’ by RJ Palacio.”

—Abby at KDL’s Wyoming Branch


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Displacement
Lucy Knisley

BIOGRAPHY GRAPHIC KNISLEY

“Lucy is a twenty-something artist who volunteers to accompany her ninety-something grandparents on a cruise. She beautifully illustrates the many challenges that come with traveling with two people she loves dearly, but who require her supervision and care at all times. Knisley weaves excerpts from her grandfather’s memoir into her own, and overall writes very tenderly and honestly about her short, yet emotionally charged experience.”

—Rosie at KDL’s Caledonia Township Branch


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The Boy on the Wooden Box: How the Impossible Became Possible . . . on Schindler's List
Leon Leyson

BIOGRAPHY JNF LEYSON

“I just listened to ‘The Boy on the Wooden Box’ by Leon Leyson, a memoir of a young boy who survived the Holocaust, thanks to being on Oskar Schindler’s List. Though the story itself is powerful, I found the epilogue to be particulary enlightening, in which Leyson tells of his reluctance to share his memories. Beautiful!”

—Liz at KDL’s Plainfield Township Branch


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Zeus Grants Stupid Wishes: A No-Bullshit Guide to World Mythology
Cory O'Brien

HUMOR OBR

“I will just start out by saying that this book is hilarious. My boyfriend and I took turns reading it out loud and we could not contain our laughter. It is like if ‘Cracked’ and mythology had a baby. An irreverent, incredibly loud, doesn’t take guff from nobody baby. I will say that if you are easily offended that this might not be the book for you. However, if that isn’t an issue I can’t recommend this book enough.”

—Sarah at KDL’s Wyoming Branch


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Meet Me at Emotional Baggage Claim
Lisa Scottoline,Francesca Serritella

RELATION FAMILY SCO

“This nonfiction title is superb as an audiobook read by the authors. Mother daughter duo compile their weekly newspaper column into books, they are entertaining, insightful and generally fun to read.”

—Shaunna at KDL’s Alpine Township Branch


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A Ship Without a Country, A Mast Without a Sail
Mighty Narwhale

LOCAL MIG

“Get ready to fall in love with the music of a great local band, The Mighty Narwhale. Their CD, ‘A Ship Without a Country, a Mast Without a Sail,’ which received the 2008 Local Spin of the Year by John Sinkevics of The Grand Rapids Press, is filled with music ranging from dramatic to upbeat. The seven-piece band created music unlike anything I have ever heard before and it is a great change of pace. Unfortunately the band broke up, so the only way to hear their music is on CD. Pick up a copy from our local indie collection and give it a listen. Check out ‘Shake Your Beautiful,’ one of my personal favorites.”

—Katie at KDL’s Grandville Branch


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St. Vincent
COM DVD ST / PG-13

“I watched a wonderful movie with Bill Murray as the lead actor…’St. Vincent’…wonderful movie about the ups and downs of life…. how we deal with them…or the lack there of…and the courage and bravery we find in the people that help us along the way.”

—Tami at KDL’s Nelson Township/Sand Lake Branch


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Obselidia
DRA DVD OBS / NR

“I had never heard of the Sundance Winner, ‘Obselidia.’ A patron at the Cascade branch twice recommended I watch the DVD. I could tell he wasn’t going to give up, so I took it home and watched it. I loved it. The cover calls it ‘eccentric.’ I like ‘eccentric.’ It also features a public librarian who treasures his collection of the obsolete. The movie explores how much of the world as we know it belongs in his collection or soon will.”

—Penni at KDL’s Cascade Township Branch


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