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The Listless by Steven Mohr

It's a simple story about finding ourselves again. It’s really only a couple of weeks in a young college grad’s life. It's written in way that's easy to understand and relate to. If you're ever feeling down or just weird about life, read this book. The end is like some different, bittersweet (sort of depressing but sort of freeing) speech that is oddly motivational. It made me smile. I felt inspired. I recommend this to anyone who has ever felt the pangs of heartbreak, the compression of work life, or the depression of figuring out where to go in a world that’s full of capable people but less opportunity.

Submitted by: Nathan Green

Lost in Yonkers by Neil Simon

This is a funny and heartwarming story. Gramma runs the family, but doesn't give the love that is needed. Self esteem: everyone needs it! The story deserves to be award-winning.

Submitted by: Mary Ann O'Donnell

A Cry In the Night by Mary Higgins Clark

Jenny, an artist with two daughters, lives in poverty. She meets a man who she hopes can take her to a better life. Did she make a mistake? Read the book!

Submitted by: Michael Banakis

The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom

I enjoyed this book; the details of it are great! I had tears in my eyes almost every chapter. It also gave me a feel of what it was like back in the 1900s.

Submitted by: Patricia Kapan

The Worst Hard Time by Timothy Egan

After these three days of heat we've had, the dust storms of America's High Plains were even more horrible. Hiding in basements, sealing windows to keep out the dust ... like the depression wasn't enough!

Submitted by: Mary Ann O'Donnell

A Dog's Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron

If you've ever wondered what your dog was thinking, you need to read this book. Funny, sad, and totally awesome! It let's you know the loyalty of our four-paw friends.

And if you like this book, you should check out Cameron's other novel in this series: A Dog's Journey.

Submitted by: Michael Banakis

Black Hills by Nora Roberts

Another winner by Nora Roberts. I enjoy her romance novels, especially when there is suspense, murder, and intrigue. She weaves her story around the wildlife refuge that is owned and operated by Lil. As a young girl, she built a relationship with the grandson of the neighbors. Coop was sent to spend the summer with his grandparents while his parents attempt to rekindle their marriage. By the time Lil was leaving for college, she and Coop fell in love; but because she knew what she wanted to do with her life. Coop did not want to follow his father in studying the law. He left college, joined the NY police force. Lil tried to forget her love for Coop, after all, he broke her heart.

Or did he? There is a former volunteer who worked at the refuge Lil operated, who believed he was a descendant of Crazy Horse. He believed Lil was dishonoring the Sioux by keeping tigers, cougars, and other such animals locked up. If you enjoy a book which begins with a tentative friendship that turns into love, and then intertwine it with murder and intrigue this is a must read.

Submitted by: Karen Weichbrodt

The Turn of the Screw by Henry James

This tale of evil and mystery involves a governess and two orphaned young children, Miles and Flora. The narrator's voice keeps your interest. She builds the suspense that ends in a horrifying finale. It leaves you having thoughts of evil, horror, imagination, reality, and human relationship. This is not a bedtime tale.

Submitted by: Mary Ann O'Donnell

Public Secrets by Nora Roberts

Nora Roberts is one of my favorite Authors. Her books are rich with likeable characters and stories with twists and turns. In Public Secrets, Emma McAvoy and her famous rock star father, Brian McAvoy, are the main characters. This story spans 23 years, from the British invasion of music to the American 1990s. In 1967, Brian McAvoy is a young man. He comes to fame and fortune with his new pregnant wife and his three old daughter, Emma. Brian is the lead singer of Devastation and they've taken the world by storm.

Brian, the son of Irish peasants, now has fame and the money that goes with it. However, that doesn’t stop tragedy from striking. Brian’s 2 years old son, Darren, is murdered during a bungled attempt at kidnapping. Why? Who would hurt little Darren? The whole world is in love with little Darren. Will they ever find out? Who will have to hurt, lose and come back to make life livable? This story is an example of how life is so strange; how what we do when we are young affects our dreams, futures, and life; and how one incident can your life change everything.

Submitted by: Teresa Seed

Ice Cold by Tess Gerritsen

This is featuring Jane Rizzoli and Maura Isles. Far from a Boston homicide, this features Dr. Isles at a convention in Wyoming where she meets up with a friend who is also a medical examiner. He has his 13 year old daughter with him, and a couple of friends who plan on going to a ski lodge after the convention. They are traveling in a blizzard and here is where the suspense keeps you from being able to put the book down. Stranded in the blizzard, they seek shelter, but soon find something very eerie about the town in which they find themselves.

Tess Gerritsen keeps your attention throughout, gripping the edge of your seat. In her true style of the Rizzoli and Isles books, this is a must read for her fans. Terror, suspense, feelings of being watched, and finding how the residents seemed to have disappeared rather suddenly are just some examples. Jane Rizzoli knows that something terrible has happened to her friend and goes to Wyoming to find her. The investigation and what happens to Dr. Isles and her companions will keep you reading from cover to cover.

Submitted by: Karen Weichbrodt

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