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Karrie and Steph’s Awesome Winter Book Talk – 2013


Karrie and Steph’s Awesome Winter Booktalk – 2013
Bethany Branch, March 1, 2013
Karrie S. and Steph E.

And When She Was Good
by Laura Lippman [Lippman]

Heloise may seem like any other soccer mom with a forgettable job, but the real life she leads is at risk of being revealed when a so-called “suburban madam” is found dead in her car in the suburb next to hers.

Between the Lines
by Samantha VanLeer and Jodi Picoult [YA Picoult]

Bookworm Delilah, is about to find out that when she closes her book, the characters don’t stop living. And Oliver, Prince Charming, is about to find his way out of the story once and for all.

The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln
by Stephen Carter [Carter]

Did Abraham Lincoln subvert the Constitution to win the Civil War? In this premise Lincoln survives the assassination attempt and is brought to trial to be impeached.

by R.J. Palacio [YA Palacio]

Ten-year-old Auggie Pullman, who was born with severe facial abnormalities, must endure the bullying and difficulties of middle school. A great read for all ages.

by Allison Leotta [Leotta]

When a beautiful young woman plunges to her death from the balcony of a prominent Congressman, the investigation leads Assistant US Attorney Anna Curtis to Discretion, an elite escort service in the heart of Washington DC.

The End of Your Life Bookclub
by Will Schwalbe [Biography Schwalbe]

A little bit of info:What’s left for Will and his mother Mary Anne to talk about when she’s been diagnosed with a fatal cancer and given just six months to live? Books of course! “Throughout, they are constantly reminded of the power of books to comfort us, astonish us, teach us and tell us what we need to do with our lives and in the world.”

The Round House
by Louise Erdrich [Erdrich]

14 year old Joe struggles for understanding and justice after his family is forever changed by a brutal crime.

by Emma Donoghue [Donoghue]

Astray: “into error or morally questionable behavior.” Short stories, all based on factual events in history. Characters range from elephants preparing to travel abroad, to teenage soldiers trying to survive away from home.

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore
by Robin Sloan [Sloan]

When Clay loses his job as a web designer he becomes the night clerk at a 24-hour bookstore with an unusual collection and even more unusual customers.

Be Thrifty
by Pia Catton and Califia Suntree [640.73 Cat]

How to live better with less! A practical guide for all of us. Topics include: when to call a plumber, how to grow a garden, how to make your own greeting cards, how to throw a great cocktail party.

Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk
by Ben Fountain [Fountain]

The vast disconnect between the public at home and the troops fighting in the Iraq War is illustrated by following young hero Billy Lynn through a media-driven “Victory Tour” throughout Texas.

Love Anthony
by Lisa Genova [Genova]

The story of two women, one trying to put her life back together after she catches her husband cheating on her, the other trying to figure out the meaning of her son’s short time on earth.

Far From the Tree
by Andrew Solomon [Solomon]

By looking at the way parents cope with various challenges such as dwarfism, Down syndrome, and autism, Solomon proves that “the experience of difference within families is universal, as are the triumphs of love that result.”

Jeneration X
by Jen Lancaster [Biography Lancaster]

With her normal witty banter and snide remarks, Jen Lancaster is back with a guide for how to grow up. Chapters range from deciding to volunteer, to buying a house, to spying on your new neighbors.

Political Suicide
by Michael Palmer [Palmer]

Dr. Lou Welcome’s good friend is accused of killing a popular senator – Dr. Gary McHugh was found in an alcoholic blackout at the scene of the crime, and he needs Lou’s help to prove he didn’t do it.

Fresh Food Fast
by Cooking Light [641.55 Coo]

A great colorful cookbook from Cooking Light. Includes wonderful pictures, healthy, “normal” food, and index.

by Jonathan Kellerman [Kellerman]

Three gruesome happenings in an upscale LA neighborhood lead Dr. Alex Delaware and detective Milo Sturgis into a quagmire of celebrity privilege and crime.

Standing in Another Man’s Grave
by Ian Rankin [Rankin]

Former Inspector Rebus is now working on cold case files as a retired civilian when he notices a common thread in several old missing person cases.

Sweet Tooth
by Ian McEwan [McEwan]

Serena Frome is a student at Cambridge when she’s recruited by MI5 for an operation code named “Sweet Tooth.”