Austenland by Shannon Hale
Like most of us Austen fans, Jane adores Mr. Darcy, and has a hard time with real men not matching up. She is given a vacation in Jane Austen’s world (costumes, men, and everything!) and the chance to sort out fiction from real life.
In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson
This book really drew me in. Non-fiction but very story-like, this follows the lives of the American ambassador to Germany and his adult daughter during Hitler’s rise to power in 1933-1934. Fascinating and memorable.
The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver
Love the imagery! This was my first Kingsolver book, and I see why she is so popular. Great fiction set in an historically important time. Going down as one of my all time favorites.
Mink River by Brian Doyle
A wonderful cast of characters in a small town on the Oregon coast. The language swoops and dives and runs on like a river or a poem, as several lives unfold. My favorite character is Moses, the talking crow. Excellent Northwest read.
War by Sebastain Junger
Amazing book – I’ll read this one again! Junger takes us right to the war zone in Afghanistan. Detailed look into the brain of a “good soldier.”
The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
Excellent! I look at my dog in a whole new light now. This book was funny, poignant, a great story about father and daughter (and of course, master and dog), and it brought out so many emotions: love, sorrow, grief, anger, humor, melancholy.
The Beauty of Humanity Movement by Camilla Gibb
I was transfixed from page one by the descriptions of food and people. It is very “humane” and humbling. I’m already in line for her next book. This is beautiful fiction which feels so real you could touch the characters.
Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson
Loved this book! An update on the sly wit and comedy of the English village comedy of manners. Brings to mind Jane Austen and Barbara Pym. I think I’ll read it again.
Room by Emma Donoghue
Loved this book! Horrific situation, but presented in such a unique and amazing way that I could not put it down! Jack has been kept in a room all his life, but Ma has made it as educational and entertaining as can be. Loved Jack and Ma.
The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
I expected this book to be corny and trite, but it was quite the opposite. Couldn’t put it down for a second, and I laughed and cried throughout. Great beach read! Also makes you consider what’s most important in your life.
大冰河： 乔良 著
乔良 是一位优秀的军旅作家。他的这本小说集从不同的角度反映了当代军人的风采。尤其是“大冰河”这篇中篇小说， 通过一次救灾，显示的不仅是军人的力量，更显示了他们的情怀和勇于牺牲。
The Other Queen by Philippa Gregory
I truly enjoy Ms. Gregory’s books. This one tells the historical story of Mary, Queen of Scots. The book comes alive with the early English way of life at the court, and Mary’s tragic years of imprisonment.
~ Ashley, Columbia Branch
Stories I Only Tell My Friends by Rob Lowe
You can hear Lowe’s voice while reading his memoir. (I’ve’ heard it’s a great audio book as well). Very enjoyable read for summer. Lots of stories from his youth + the “Brat Pack.”
~ Suzanne, Columbia Branch
Medicus: A Novel of the Roman Empire by Ruth Downie
Great book about Roman legions occupying Britain. Main character, Ruso, is very endearing. This is the first in a series with the same character.
~ Candi, Columbia Branch
Life Strategies for Dealing with Bullies by Jay McGraw
This book is a must have book for every parent, or anyone who doesn’t have kids. It’s very helpful and very enlightening. The book presents many bulling scenarios and teaches many ways to resolve bulling issues.
~ Glenda, NewHolly Branch
Moonlight Mile by Dennis Lehane
Patrick Kenzie must deal with the repercussions of a case 12 years ago. The right decision was not the best decision.
~ Amy, NewHolly Branch
Crave by J. R. Ward
A novel of the Fallen Angels where a soldier must overcome his dark past and forge a future to ensure the continuation of mankind’s struggle not to succumb to evil.
~ John, NewHolly Branch
Elephant Winter by Kim Eichlin
The protagonist — a companion to a dying woman — finds love, loss and drama in a part-time job in a Canadian exotic animal farm. Lovely meditation on family, trust and letting go of loved ones.
The Finkler Question by Howard Jacobson
Last year’s Booker Prize winner caused a polarized discussion at our book group. This satirical story with so many of its characters coming off as cypers, is also an ambitious novel of ideas centered around questions of Jewish identity which encompass themes of friendship and loss.
Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
This audiobook kept me in good company on my roadtrip across the state and back. Lots of twists in this fantasy, so I was kept guessing the whole time !
Bossypants by Tina Fey
In her own voice, Tina tells of her childhood and what it has been like to be a woman working in a male-dominated career. Well written and very funny !