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Karrie’s Year of Reading – 2010


Karrie’s Year of Reading – 2010
Gere Branch Library, March 8, 2010
Karrie S.

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The Art of Racing in the Rain
by Garth Stein

A wonderfully sad story about a race car driver and his loyal golden retriever, Enzo. Told entirely from the dog’s point of view we see how fortunate yet absurd humans really are.

The Help
by Kathryn Stockett

Three women (two black, one white) alternate telling about the relationships, working conditions and lifestyle that one is allowed to have in Mississippi in 1962.

Still Alice
by Lisa Genova

A moving story about a Harvard professor who discovers she has early-onset Alzheimer’s disease when she’s only 50 years old.

The Necklace
by Cheryl Jarvis [305.4 Jar]

A true story about 13 women who share the expense of a $22,000 diamond necklace. For most it’s not about the piece of jewelry but about the friendships that form along the way.

Just 5 Things
by Rachel Lane [641.5 Lan]

Exactly what you need when you want to make something fast, without buying a whole bunch of ingredients that you’ll never use again. With great pictures!

City of Thieves
by David Benioff

Two boys journey to find a dozen eggs during the Siege of Leningrad.

Such a Pretty Fat
by Jen Lancaster [Biography Lancaster]

When Jen submits a proposal to lose weight and write a memoir about it, she is reserved about the idea. But when the book deal goes through, she has to prove that she’s serious.

Dream While You’re Feeling Blue
by Elizabeth Berg

Two sisters spend World War II writing letters to the boys they love, who are fighting across the sea.

That Old Cape Magic
by Richard Russo

Pulitzer Prize winning author writes of the trials and tribulations of family in all forms.

Dear American Airlines
by Jonathan Miles

Bennie Ford is stuck in the Chicago airport. As his hopes of getting to his daughter’s wedding get smaller and smaller he unleashes a 180-page complaint letter to the airline.

Waiter Rant: Thanks for the Tip
by Steve Dublanica [647.95 Dub]

Day after day Steve Dublancia slaves away as a waiter at an upscale New York restaurant. He finds relief by blogging about his experiences and then turning them into a book.

Change of Heart
by Jodi Picoult

June Nealon loses her husband and young daughter to murderer Shay Bourne when she is pregnant with Claire. Now, Claire needs a heart transplant, and Shay is the one who wants to give it to her. Will June accept?

Keeping Faith
by Jodi Picoult

After Mariah White goes through a difficult divorce, her daughter Faith begins talking to God. Mariah must fight to keep her daughter safe from the media and custody from her ex-husband.

You Can Do It: The Merit Badge Handbook for Grown Up Girls
by Lauren Catuzzi Grandcolas [158.1 Gra]

Sixty ideas for people who aspire to learn and do more. Each chapter lists a “how-to,” “pay-offs” and “beyond the badge” section.

Before You Know Kindness
by Chris Bohjalian

Every summer Willow and Charlotte spend their summer vacation at their grandmother’s country home. After an accident with a gun leaves Charlotte’s dad paralyzed, the family is never the same again.

This is Where I Leave You
by Jonathan Tropper

Just as his marriage is falling apart Judd’s father passes away and he must spend the next seven days sitting shivah with his family. Hilarity ensues!

The Memory Keeper’s Daughter
by Kim Edwards

On a cold wintry night a doctor’s wife gives birth to twins. One is a beautiful healthy baby boy. The other is a little girl with Down Syndrome. Fearing the repercussions of this disorder, he has the nurse take the baby away and tell his wife she died. He spends his entire life regretting that decision.

The Nanny Returns
by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus

A disappointing sequel about “the nanny,” Nan and how she returns to help Grayer the little boy she left over twelve years ago.

The Unnamed
by Joshua Ferris

The story of a man who is suffering from an unnamed disease which requires him to keep walking aimlessly, and its affect on his family.

The Reader
by Bernard Schlink

15-year-old Michael Berg has a tryst with an older woman, when she suddenly disappears. Many years later, while Michael is studying to be a lawyer he finds her in a court room and learns the reason why.

Twenties Girl
by Sophie Kinsella

When the spirit of Lara’s great-aunt Sadie, a feisty, demanding girl, mysteriously appears, she has one last request: Lara must find a missing necklace that had been in Sadie’s possession for more than 75 years.

The Elegance of the Hedgehog
by Muriel Barbery

Within a high-rise apartment building in New York City, a relationship begins between a 12-year-old girl, an over-educated concierge and a successful Japanese businessman.

Not Quite What I Was Planning
by Rachel Fershleiser [808.88 Fer]

The six-word memoir.

Then We Came to the End
by Joshua Ferris

A wonderful mix of several characters who all work in the same office building. This tells the story of bosses, employees, and one man who comes to work even though he has been fired.

 Olive Kitteridge
by Elizabeth Strout

Short stories from a small town, all intertwined with Olive Kitteridge.

Everything Changes
by Jonathan Tropper

A cancer scare leaves Zachary King reconsidering everything in his life: his fiancé, his career, his relationship with his best friend’s wife, and his estranged father who has just reentered his life.

Book of Joe
by Jonathan Tropper

Joe Guffman writes a National Bestseller while mocking his hometown and all of its residents. When his father becomes ill, he must return to face the town’s wrath.

Half-Broke Horses
by Jeannette Walls

The story of Lily Casey, the author’s grandmother, who works for her dad breaking horses. Lily is a strong woman thriving in a time and place when men dominated the scene.

Unaccustomed Earth
by Jhumpa Lahiri

Short stories all based on the lives of Indian American families and the struggles they have to assimilate in American Culture.

Mennonite in a Little Black Dress
by Rhoda Janzen [Biography Janzen]

A memoir of a 43-year-old woman who in the same week finds out her husband is cheating on her with a man, and is in a car accident which causes her the temporary loss of her legs. She moves home.

by Andrea Portes

This novel by a Lincoln native is a sad portrayal of one girl’s life. When she decides to run away from her abusive family, she meets a whole new batch of people who don’t care about her.

The Professor and the Madman
by Simon Winchester [423 Win]

An interesting book about three subjects: the man who led the effort to create the Oxford English Dictionary, the mental patient who was the OED’s most substantial contributor, and the dictionary.

Finding Nouf
by Zoe Ferraris

Sixteen year-old Nouf, the daughter of a rich Saudi Arabian family goes missing right before her wedding day. It is up to Nayir to solve the mystery of her disappearance and delve into the complicated world of women in the Middle East.