The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper
by Phaedra Patrick
Arthur Pepper lives a life of sameness since his late wife Miriam's passing. Same routines, same clothing, same sadness. Everything changes when he finds a charm bracelet in Miriam's belongings. Elephant, book, tiger, thimble... It's 8 charms each tell a part of the story of a life previously unknown to Arthur. He sets out to learn more about a woman he thought he already knew so well. With each charm, Arthur gets closer to understanding what made his beloved Miriam into the woman who chose him and a simpler, decidedly less glamorous life. This heartfelt story is charmingly told, with real emotion, healing and humor. (What about a 69 year old man discovering the ease and comfort of a pair of electric-blue M.C. Hammer pants isn't really fun?!) Christine
The Readers of Broken Wheel
by Katarina Bivald
I picked up this book intending to read just a few pages. It's description intrigued me! A correspondence between two book lovers, a small town setting, quirky characters and a dilemma of epic proportions. Well, nearly 400 pages and four hours later I had read every word of it. I never put the book down, even to drag my sleeve over the tears sliding down my face. This gem is full of heart and humor, wit and some really good book recommendations. I laughed, I cried, I fell in love with Sara, Amy and all the residents of Broken Wheel. I identified with, sympathized with, was entertained by, and loved them all. This book would be my recommendation for readers who loved Saving Cee Cee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman, A Man Called Ove by Frederick Backman, A Redbird Christmas by Fannie Flagg. P.S. Have your tissues ready for this one. I mean this in the best way! Christine
A Man Called Oveby Fredrik Backman
I don't know how to describe this book featuring a fiesty curmudgeon called Ove without using the word charming. I certainly didn't set out thinking that this person, so ridgid and set in his state of grumpy old-man-ness, would resonate with me like it did. Watching this thorny guy thaw throughout the book (entirely without his intent or permission) was sweet and perfect. I So recommend this debut novel by Swedish author Backman, and look forward to his next book "My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She's Sorry". Christine
The Martianby Andy WeirAndy Weir's "Real" science fiction novel The Martian skips readable and amps to devourable in light seconds. Stranded on Mars with limited food and water, Mark Watney could easily throw in the towel and O.D. on the morphine. Someone as intelligent, resourceful and downright MacGyver-ish as he couldn't call it quits that easily though. Hey! a major life-threatening upset crops up, solve it with ingenuity, recycled poopie and duct tape, just like you would (mostly) on Earth. I don't usually like to use the term "Nail Biting" Suspense ( I thought I broke the habit years ago), but nails got bitten as the story roared along to a spectacular end.Weir opened my eyes to a genre that was previously unfamiliar to me: He could "Fly me to the Moon" any time, just let me download some not Disco music first. - Christine
Beat the Reaper
By Josh Bazell
If you like a book like an old sweater, all warm, fuzzy and comforting, stay far, far away from this one! On the other hand, if you don’t know the meaning of the word squeamish, if you prefer your dog book dripping rabid foam, your pride & prejudice with a side of zombies, your girl with a dragon tattoo … then this one is for you. Be prepared for a story that will smack you upside the head, grab you with sharp teeth and shake you until you’re dizzy. - Christine
OK, I admit it. I like my books like some people like their food, spicy enough to cause a little bit of discomfort! Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn is hot with a side of jalapenos. If you like a book that you have figured out in three chapters .. Don't Read this one. This darkly compelling, twisty as hell book will keep you guessing to the very end. It turns everything you think you know about dysfunctional characters on it's ear. And if you are as intrigued by Gone Girl as much as I was, be sure to check out Flynn's other books; Dark Places and Sharp Objects. You will not be disappointed. Enjoy the Burn ...
The Girl on the Train
by Paula Hawkins
Read this for a bird's-eye view of one of the most unreliable narrators in recent fiction. How do you trust a character when what you see is the bleary eyes of a black-out drunk? Is she obsessively stalking or voyeuristically imagining what she is seeing? Told from alternating viewpoints, the suspenseful story draws you in, unfolding very quickly to a satisfying conclusion you just may not have seen coming.