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Double the Fun: Steph and Debbie’s Booktalk


Double the Fun: Steph and Debbie’s Booktalk
Bethany Branch, January 31, 2014
Debbie A. and Steph E. — Anderson and Bethany Branch Libraries.

Debbie A.

The River of Doubt
by Candice Millard [Biography Roosevelt]

Chronicles the journey of Theodore Roosevelt as he journeys down an uncharted tributary of the Amazon in 1914.

by Christopher Hitchens [Biography Hitchens]

For the eighteen months between being diagnosed with esophageal cancer and his death, Christopher Hitchens offers a riveting account of his affliction and the dignity and worth of man.

The Importance of Being Seven
by Alexander McCall-Smith [McCall-Smith]

The continuing story of an extraordinary group of people, including Bertie Pollock, in the sixth book in the “44 Scotland Street” series.

The False Friend
by Myla Goldberg [Goldbert]

A young woman returns to her hometown to confess the truth about her best friend’s disappearance twenty years earlier, but no one believes her story.

What Was Lost
by Catherine O’Flynn [O’Flynn]

Twenty years after a young girl disappears at a local mall, a young woman who works at the mall and her new friend, a mall security guard, investigate ghostly sightings that might be connected to the girl’s disappearance.

Oryx and Crake
by Margaret Atwood [Atwood (MaddAddam #1)]

A series of flashbacks tells the story of Jimmy the Snowman, in the world before mankind was overwhelmed by a plaque, as he mourns the loss of his best friend Crake, and the beautiful Oryx whom they both loved.

Year of the Flood
by Margaret Atwood [Atwood (MaddAddam #2)]

After surviving the plaque that has obliterated most of human life, Ren, Toby and Amanda must find a way to survive in this new world while seeking out others in their band who may also have survived.

by Margaret Atwood [Atwood (MaddAddam #3)]

Brings together the stories from the first two books and tells the story of Zeb and his brother Adam one, and the Crakers – a gentle species boi-engineered to replace humans.

by Hugh Howey [Howey]

On a post-apocalyptic earth, humanity clings to survival in the Silos, subterranean cities extending over one hundred stories beneath the surface.

by Stephen King [King]

A young man takes a summer job at a local amusement park and finds himself faced with the legacy of a vicious murder and the fate of a dying child.

Broken Harbor
by Tana French [French]

After two children and their father are killed, and the mother left for dead, the Dublin Murder Squad must decipher conflicting evidence and inexplicable details to learn the truth.

Knife Music
by David Carnoy [only available in downloadable audio format]

A prominent doctor is accused of raping and causing the suicide of a 16 year old girl whose life he had saved six months previously.

Steph E.

Anonymous Sources
by Mary Louise Kelly [Kelly]

A former NPR Intelligence correspondent, Kelly has created an intelligent and tenacious young protagonist dealing with her own demons while her coverage of a presumed suicide draws her into a conspiracy that reaches to the White House.

Cuckoo’s Calling
by Robert Galbraith [Galbraith]

Pseudonym for J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter fantasy series. Cormoran Strike private detective.

Ties That Bind
by David Isay [973 Isa]

Stories of love and gratitude from the first 10 years of StoryCorps.

The Goldfinch
by Donna Tartt [Tartt]

13 year old Theo Decker survives an accident that kills his mother, and clings to the one thing that reminds him of her – the painting The Goldfinch.

Maya’s Notebook
by Isabel Allende [Allende]

Maya, raised by her grandparents, falls into a downward spiral of drugs and crime after her beloved Popo dies. When she finds herself on the run from both criminals and the law, her gramma sends her to a remote island in Chile. There Maya is finally able to make sense of her past and come into her own.

The Newsroom
[DVD Newsroom]

TV series starring Jeff Daniels, from The West Wing’s Aaron Sorkin.

The Collini Case
by Ferdinand Von Schirach [VonSchirach]

Collini is an elderly retired man who readily admits to killing a prominent member of the community, but won’t say why he did it. Caspar Leinin has been a lawyer for exactly 42 days when he takes the case that will end up changing both his professional and personal life.

The Rosie Project
by Graeme Simsion [Simsion]

Incredibly endearing story about a brilliant and socially awkward geneticist who creates a survey to try to find a possible wife.

How the Light Gets In
by Louise Penny [Penny]

The latest in the Inspector Gamache mystery series.

Humans of New York
by Brandon Stanton [974.7 Sta]

Collection of photos and stories of people in New York.

by Jeff Abbott [Abbott]

Sam Capra, an ex-CIA agent, is drawn into a complex web of violence and intrigue.

A Fine Romance: Falling in Love with the English Countryside
by Susan Branch [914.2 Bra]

Hand-written personal travel journal through rural England.

by Dan Brown [Brown]

Professor Langdon is again running for his life and working to decode a mystery wrapped in Dante’s Inferno.

by Scott Turow [Turow]

Questions of guilt and innocence when one twin pleads guilty to a murder.