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The Astronaut Wives Club
The Astronaut Wives Club by Lily Koppel (20 Winter Readers liked this book)
"Great read!" -- eepick, 02/19/2015

"The Astronaut Wives Club is not well written but the subject matter kept me engaged. " -- katysouthern, 02/16/2015

"Could not put this one down. All women should read this book--this is a glimpse of what life was like for women of the 60's---especially if you concentrate on the details. Very interesting how the space race impacted their daily lives. After reading this, I found myself searching for more information on them all on the internet. Good winter reading program choice, glad that this story was told." -- Bernadette, 02/26/2015

"Very Interesting, had a lot of info in the book that is not well known. " -- loldson, 02/26/2015

"Not a book I would normally choose, but it was interesting to hear the early events of NASA from the view of the wives." -- readymcbookerson, 02/24/2015

"Surprising selection as the book selection, a lot o fat, not much meat." -- troy hill, 02/09/2015

"A great read about a special time in history, when the nation was focused on a goal that President Kennedy eloquently stated. Fascinating back story on the things the families had to do to keep up appearances." -- read-when-i-can, 02/03/2015

"Loved this book! Enjoyed reading about the history I lived through and also the effects on the families involved. " -- lbtdavis, 02/21/2015

"This book gave a different perspective to the space program. I really enjoyed it!" -- kimrohan, 02/14/2015

"I enjoyed the book although I found it a little slow at times. I am a child of the fifties and sixties so I remember some of the things that happened in the book. " -- Deedah66, 02/26/2015

"Very intriguing look inside the world of these strong women who held things together while their husbands made history. Highly recommend." -- rb91048, 02/23/2015

"Interesting information about NASA that I never knew." -- Judy, 02/08/2015

"Great read." -- ozreader, 02/18/2015

"Very much enjoyed this book. Like a backstage pass to the lives of the Astronaut Wives during a pivotal moment in history. Especially poignant for any of us who remember the early years of the space program and the historical moonwalk." -- caldtins, 02/16/2015

"It was okay. I appreciated learning about the wives and their struggles." -- debmomx5, 03/01/2015

"Interesting history." -- rbellaver, 02/10/2015

"Very good read - it's the story behind the space program that you never knew about." -- GuineaPigLady, 02/04/2015

"I am just now reading this and will update later! " -- ellietimberman, 02/09/2015

"Boring, poorly written, don't waste your time." -- mjscholer, 02/25/2015

"The overly glib writing style and over emphasis on insignificant details about the women made this very disappointing and tough to get through." -- Grier, 02/27/2015

The Girl on the Train
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins (9 Winter Readers liked this book)
"I enjoyed the way the story unfolded - told through three connected narrators. " -- CCPL_Lover, 02/03/2015

"This has been called the next "Gone Girl". The characters are not quite as disturbed as those in Gone Girl, but you still have the same sense of not knowing what is really going on, and the shifting from one viewpoint to another and the shifting in time periods as well. " -- Duckyb, 02/19/2015

"Like Gone Girl but with a better ending." -- riedling, 02/24/2015

"Lives up to all the hype." -- winterread, 02/09/2015

"Oh my goodness! To say this is a page turner is an understatement! This book twists and turns and you just don't know who to believe through the whole book. LOVED IT! It is really hard to put down, so be careful if you read it, you will want to finish it right away!" -- lklugar, 02/10/2015

"An alcoholic woman surmises who is responsible for the murder of a young woman based upon glimpses of the woman's life from the daily train. In my opinion, this does not live up to the rave reviews. Predictable and at times boring. " -- Cindy, 02/19/2015

"I didn't like this book. I found it boring and very hard to get in to. Plodded on but even the end took up way too many pages." -- smugipaw, 02/10/2015

"A good read - figured it out close to the end. " -- GuineaPigLady, 02/16/2015

"The Girl on the Train has more fun with unreliable narration than any chiller since Gone Girl&Paula Hawkins&[is] no slouch when it comes to trickery or malice&Ms. Hawkins scrambles the timing of scenes, with Megan gone in one chapter and then present in the next. She also shifts well among her narrators' points of view to keep the reader on edge, and only as the book progresses do these different perspectives begin to dovetail. Scrambling a story is easy, but it's done here to tight, suspenseful effect. " -- rwinters, 02/10/2015

All the Light We Cannot See
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr (5 Winter Readers liked this book)
"This is an amazing, moving, heartbreaking story. Loved it." -- Amyj04, 02/11/2015

"A great read. Such descriptive writing and a page-turning story. Highly recommend." -- lexako, 02/21/2015

"Excellent book and I see why Amazon selected it as their book of 2014!" -- Jean P, 02/18/2015

"Interesting WW11 story; very sad." --, 02/24/2015

"Amazing story" -- dleyndyke, 02/14/2015

The Astronaut Wives Club
The Astronaut Wives Club by Lily Koppel (5 Winter Readers liked this book)
"Since it is a book club book, many have read. Worth reading. I remember all the articles and media about the first flights into space but don't remember all the hype on the wives. Interesting information and the roles they played and what they had to go through being the wives of these famous men who made history. I would not have chosen this as a read but am glad i read it." -- Lyn, 02/21/2015

"Some interesting info about the title women. " -- Love a Mystery, 02/17/2015

"A quick read, but poor writing and flow made this book difficult to get through at times. If you're expecting something like The Right Stuff from the perspective of the astronauts' wives, this is not it." -- lexako, 02/16/2015

"I loved this book. I'm taking it on vacation for my brother and his wife to read. So glad it was recommended by the library." -- smugipaw, 02/10/2015

"Behind the scenes story of the gemini astronaut wives' lives. Easy to read. " -- klpeterson, 02/11/2015

Leaving Time
Leaving Time by Jodi. Picoult (3 Winter Readers liked this book)
"Jodi Picoult never disappoints. I always enjoy the very thorough detail she puts into her subject matter. Be sure you have your box of tissues when you read this one. " -- sljrncohn89, 02/02/2015

" For more than a decade, Jenna Metcalf has never stopped thinking about her mother, Alice, who mysteriously disappeared in the wake of a tragic accident. Refusing to believe she was abandoned, Jenna searches for her mother regularly online and pores over the pages of Alices old journals. A scientist who studied grief among elephants, Alice wrote mostly of her research among the animals she loved, yet Jenna hopes the entries will provide a clue to her mothers whereabouts. Desperate to find the truth, Jenna enlists two unlikely allies in her quest: Serenity Jones, a psychic who rose to fame finding missing persons, only to later doubt her gifts, and Virgil Stanhope, the jaded private detective whod originally investigated Alices case along with the strange, possibly linked death of one of her colleagues. As the three work together to uncover what happened to Alice, they realize that in asking hard questions, theyll have to face even harder answers. As Jennas memories dovetail with the events in her mothers journals, the story races to a mesmerizing finish. A deeply moving, gripping, and intelligent page-turner, Leaving Time is Jodi Picoult at the height of her powers. Praise for Leaving Time Piercing and uplifting . . . a smart, accessible yarn with a suspenseful puzzle at its core.The Boston Globe Poignant . . . an entertaining tale about parental love, friendship, loss.The Washington Post In Jenna, Picoult has created an unforgettable character who will easily endear herself to each and every reader. . . . Leaving Time may be her finest work yet.Bookreporter A riveting drama.Us Weekly [A] moving tale.People A fast-paced, surprise-ending mystery.USA Today [A] captivating and emotional story.BookPage Praise for Jodi Picoult Picoult writes with unassuming brilliance.Stephen King Its hard to exaggerate how well Picoult writes.Financial Times Picoult writes with a fine touch, a sharp eye for detail, and a firm grasp of the delicacy and complexity of human relationships.The Boston Globe Picoult is a master of the craft of storytelling.Associated Press " -- rwinters, 02/10/2015

"Loved this book and learned alot about elephants as well. Very enjoyable. Did not want it to end..." -- Barn1006, 02/11/2015

Station Eleven
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel (3 Winter Readers liked this book)
"Such a good read couldn't put it down. Not you typical apocalyptic novel." -- anagle, 02/16/2015

"On the same snowy night that actor Arthur Leander collapses onstage during a production of "King Lear," a virulent strain of influenza arrives in North America. Within a matter of weeks, the planet's population has been decimated. Years later Kirsten, an actress who as a child performed in that same ill-fated production, is a member of a travelling band of performers, journeying between the isolated settlements that are all that remains of human habitation. This vivid, thought-provoking novel, which could be a good selection for book groups, would appeal to readers who enjoyed Karen Thompson Walker's "The Age of Miracles."" -- ChristyAV, 02/05/2015

"Makes you think about what things would be like after a pandemic!" -- GuineaPigLady, 02/04/2015

The Boston Girl
The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant (3 Winter Readers liked this book)
"A well-told young Jewish woman's coming of age story" -- Claudia, 02/01/2015

"Good, easy reading about life in Boston at the turn of the last century" -- dleyndyke, 02/14/2015

"This book was as if my great Aunt told me about her life as a young woman. You learn about the struggles of immigrant families and of girls and women through the eyes of the Addie. It is an easy and compelling read." -- genevieve, 02/15/2015

The Great Gatsby
The Great Gatsby by F.Scott Fitzgerald (3 Winter Readers liked this book)
"recommend. great period piece" -- grace lilly, 02/03/2015

"If you haven't read this yet, I don't know what you're waiting for. Pick up a copy at any bookstore and start reading. It's an excellent critique on 1920s America and has something for everyone. It's one of those books that only gets better with each reread, as you gain more insight into the characters and their lives. I highly recommend it." -- arya_stark17, 02/07/2015

"Really ? Classic. What a tale to be told." -- Scottie, 02/28/2015

The Husband's Secret
The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty (3 Winter Readers liked this book)
"Good book, lots of interesting thoughts on marriage/relationships. Not really on solid moral ground (IMHO) but interesting plot turns. I enjoy a storyline that progresses and unfolds well. (Which I'm sure is completely subjective lol) I enjoyed getting to know the characters and thought the story length was just right. I tend to miss characters after I'm finished with a book, but the author did such a good wrap-up that I was OK saying goodbye to them. (and yes, I DO know they're not real ;)" -- Mrs. K, 02/22/2015

"Another 5 star. Great ending!!" -- sljrncohn89, 02/12/2015

"three women in an impossible situation and doesn't cut them any slack. Cecilia Fitzpatrick lives to be perfect: a perfect marriage, three perfect daughters, and a perfectly organized life. Then she finds a letter from her husband, John-Paul, to be opened only in the event of his death. She opens it anyway, and everything she believed is thrown into doubt. Meanwhile, Tess O'Leary's husband, Will, and her cousin and best friend, Felicity, confess they've fallen in love, so Tess takes her young son, Liam, and goes to Sydney to live with her mother. There she meets up with an old boyfriend, Connor Whitby, while enrolling Liam in St. Angela's Primary School, where Cecilia is the star mother. Rachel Crowley, the school secretary, believes that Connor, St. Angela's PE teacher, is the man who, nearly three decades before, got away with murdering her daughtera daughter for whom she is still grieving. Simultaneously a page-turner and a book one has to put down occasionally to think about and absorb, Moriarty's novel challenges the reader as well as her characters, but in the best possible way. Agent" -- rwinters, 02/10/2015

The Rosie Project
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion (3 Winter Readers liked this book)
"An unusual love story for an autistic man." -- winterread, 02/01/2015

"I can see this as a movie. Poorly written as a book." -- pamott, 02/16/2015

"Don tillman, the protagonist, is a teacher of genetics at a Melbourne University in Australia. He, along with his only 2 friends, Claudia and Gene set out to set up the "Wife Project." Then Rosie comes along seeking to find out who her father is and the "Wife Project" turns into the "Father Project.". I would give it 4 stars. You'll love it." -- billrye, 02/18/2015

The Silkworm
The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith (3 Winter Readers liked this book)
"I don't usually care for crime or "best-sellers", but this was excellent!! Well-written, steady-pace." -- ErinKruger, 02/15/2015

"And this one is better than the first (Cuckoo's Calling )" -- sljrncohn89, 02/02/2015

"I have enjoyed all of JKRowlings non-Harry Potter books." -- GuineaPigLady, 02/16/2015

Top Secret Twenty-One
Top Secret Twenty-One by Janet Evanovich (3 Winter Readers liked this book)
"Another story in the topsy-turvy life of Stephanie Plum. Not enough Ranger in my opinion. It is a little awkward to have a woman's voice covering so much male dialog, but I got used to it. Made my commute seem so much smoother regardless." -- readymcbookerson, 02/13/2015

"Easy read, funny" -- angelarlee, 02/13/2015

"I think Janet Evanovich is hilarious!" -- Lorimiller234, 02/08/2015

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand (3 Winter Readers liked this book)
"After his B52 crashed into the sea during WWII Louis Zamperini survived forty seven on a life raft only to be captured by the Japanese. Most of the book relates his life as a POW." -- Nancy, 02/16/2015

"Very hard to stomach. Pictures were graphic and disturbing. " -- realvamps, 02/03/2015

"What an unbelievable story!!!" -- louisewright, 02/09/2015

A Spool of Blue Thread
A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler (2 Winter Readers liked this book)
"i read this book in three days because I could not put it down. You never knew exactly where the story was going and that spool of blue thread was so elusive. I almost gave up on it ever being mentioned in the story- blue shirt, blue swing, blue paint but no blue thread till almost the end. " -- Barken, 02/20/2015

"Wonderful story, as always with Ann Tyler." -- dleyndyke, 02/28/2015

As You Wish
As You Wish by Cary Elwes (2 Winter Readers liked this book)
"Charming book about the making of the movie The Princess Bride. Contains the memories of not only "Westley" but many of the other cast members, the director Rob Reiner, and others associated with the film. Apparently, its making was a magical experience for them all. Makes me want to see the movie again! " -- Love a Mystery, 02/28/2015

"Cary Elwes wrote this book about his experiences while making the movie "The Princess Bride." I am glad that I chose to listen to the book rather than read it because it is narrated by Elwes and includes comments from other people associated with the movie including Rob Reiner, Billy Crystal, Carol Kane, and Robin Wright. I cannot wait until I get a chance to watch the movie again, now that I have more insight into the making of it." -- lisliben, 02/12/2015