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Speaking from Among the Bones
Speaking from Among the Bones by Alan Bradley (3 Winter Readers liked this book)
"excellent" -- ladybug4380, 03/03/2014

"An excellent Flavia DeLuce mystery, this series seems to getting better and more developed with each book. The eleven year old sleuth is both hilarious and a little alarming. Speaking from among the Bones is my favorite of the series, it truly befuddles the reader until the end." -- Lmclevine, 01/17/2014

"Hard to believe that an 11 year old girl is so facile with chemistry and equatons. It is an interesting, page turner read. The ending is most surprising. Those who enjoy reading about Flavia DeLuce will enjoy it." -- kathie, 01/17/2014

Still Foolin' 'Em
Still Foolin' 'Em by Billy Crystal (3 Winter Readers liked this book)
"This is Billy Crystals autobiography. Though this is not something I would normally read I did enjoy it. He is hilarious at times. Interesting insight into his life." -- BStrahl, 02/27/2014

"Just loved listening to this CD read by Billy Crystal himself. If you grew up in the 60's you can identify with everything he talks about. I especially liked all his chapters about his family, growing up in NY, and his love affair with baseball and Mickey Mantle. It will keep you entertained on a long car ride or just short trips in car or around your house. Covers his entire life right up to his 65th birthday last year." -- ropass23, 01/21/2014

"Billy Crystal tells of his years as a writer, standup comedian, and actor. As his career winds down, he looks back on having worked with the best in the entertainment industry as well as the changes in his personal life. Since I'm nearly the same age as he, I could relate well to the times, the TV shows, and the movies he tells about. It was a walk down memory lane for me." -- mrhofferth, 02/20/2014

Sycamore Row
Sycamore Row by John Grisham (3 Winter Readers liked this book)
"A young lawyer in a small southern town must defend a handwritten will by a terminally ill man who commits suicide that leaves his fortune to his housekeeper and cuts out his two children. " -- Kathy5, 01/26/2014

"yes. Quite different than his other books." -- peg looney, 01/30/2014

"A little slow at the beginning, but Grisham's storytelling skills still prevail." -- Alzfighter, 02/09/2014

The Great Gatsby
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (3 Winter Readers liked this book)
"I think I have a higher appreciation for this book now then I did in HS. It was very slow to start up though. 2/3 back story and build up before we get to the "meat" of the book. Over all it was okay. I was disappointed in the ending, and it was sad." -- TruBlu, 02/08/2014

"Not a bad book, though it was hard to understand it was also very sad." -- c317s, 02/19/2014

"I can't believe I hadn't read this book yet and am afraid the hype from the new movie (which I have yet to see) made me want to read this. I almost gave up on this book about half way through. Mostly because I found the characters shallow and unlikeable. After I got to the midway point, it became much more interesting, almost like it was a different book. The characters had more passion and seemed more real. " -- brlhudso, 02/05/2014

The Invention of Wings
The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd (3 Winter Readers liked this book)
"Really good read occurring in early 19th century about a Southern slave owning family and their relationships." -- cpeisner, 02/18/2014

"I didn't want to put this book down. I have a new perspective of life for women in the time period from both sides. The owners were as enslaved as the slaves." -- jacque, 02/12/2014

"The story tells of the Grimke sisters' work to abolish slavery in the early 1800's The daughters of a northern judge, they were born into lives of privilege but early on developed thoughts and feelings that caused them to abhor what they saw in their own home and in the surrounding area of their home in Philadelphia. As adults they worked against this institution, eventually becoming Quakers so they could follow that group's work against the holding of slaves. Their work as public speakers was unlike what was expected of women at that time. This is an excellent account of the time highlighting the work of the sisters as well as that of their parents' house slaves as it alternates chapters telling first of Sarah Grimke and then Handful, the name of her personal slave given to her on her 12th birthday. " -- mrhofferth, 02/20/2014

The Light Between Oceans
The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman (3 Winter Readers liked this book)
"Great story makes you think." -- ozreader, 01/24/2014

"Great read." -- ozgirl, 01/24/2014

"I felt the story was a little contrived but enjoyed it for the most part. I liked the descriptions of the Australian island and the lighthouse." -- Grier, 02/11/2014

The Ocean at the End of the Lane
The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman (3 Winter Readers liked this book)
"A man in town for a funeral visits the neighborhood he grew up in and remembers a fantastical, horrific event from his childhood. Though mostly told from his perspective as a 7-year-old boy, this is a fairytale for adults." -- ldmccormick, 01/14/2014

"This book is a delightful fantasy. Intriguing and magical!" -- jgareis, 02/13/2014

"I really enjoyed the writing and the narrator. Neil Gaiman makes fantasy believable and his books appeal to me even though I don't normally read fantasy." -- Kristine, 02/16/2014

The Shining Girls
The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes (3 Winter Readers liked this book)
"This book really took place in almost all the decades: the 1920's, the 30's, the 50's, the 80' and the 90's. It is a very different story about murders that happen through the decades that are all committed by the same sick man. Interesting." -- lklugar, 01/28/2014

"This creepy time-travel novel about a serial killer and a woman who lived through his attack is intriguing and certainly skillfully written, but ultimately unsatisfying. Once I started, I had to finish. After I finished, I wished I had never started." -- Madwoman, 01/24/2014

"This takes place in different eras due to the story but majority of it takes place in the 1990s. Basic premise is that a girl who is attacked and left for dead begins looking for her would be killer. You find that she was attacked by a serial killer that travels through time killing women in different eras. While it sounds unbelievable, the story works and is very good. Would recommend it to anyone who likes a good story." -- brlhudso, 02/09/2014

Where the Sidewalk Ends
Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein (3 Winter Readers liked this book)
"Great classic. Absolutely love this book! Read it with my kids at bedtime." -- TruBlu, 02/20/2014

"Full of hilarious poems just how I like it." -- RileyC, 01/26/2014

"Read it with kids" -- jsa, 03/02/2014

A Season of Gifts
A Season of Gifts by Richard Peck (2 Winter Readers liked this book)
"A light little book about growing up in the 50's. It was OK, but I have other (funnier) authors to go to if I want this sort of story." -- Mrs. K, 02/24/2014

"Great book for kids and quick read for adults." -- Ben, 01/30/2014

After Dead
After Dead by Charlaine Harris (2 Winter Readers liked this book)
"If you were disappointed in Dead Ever After... Then don't be surprised to be MORE disappointed in this. It didn't even contain shorts, just blurbs on each character in the series and how they spent the rest of their lives. The only people to get a good end was Sookie and Sam. Everyone else dies young or bad deaths, divorce, dead children, or being alone. CH dropped the ball long ago." -- TruBlu, 01/12/2014

"The last of the Sookie series. I may be alone in this, but I think Sookie "jumped the shark" a few books back. However, this last installment at least revisited all of the major characters along the way and provided a semi-tidy wrap-up which was my personal prediction of what would happen (no spoilers here, read it yourself and see if you don't say, "Yeah, I saw that coming...")" -- skyeokc, 01/22/2014

An American Tune
An American Tune by Barbara Shoup (2 Winter Readers liked this book)
"Not my favorite book, had difficulty getting through her overly detailed writing style. That being said, it is a romp down memory lane for former IU students that lived in Bloomington during this time period." -- kcheesman, 02/16/2014

"Excellent story that takes place in Bloomington and Michigan during the 60's and 2005." -- marysu, 02/06/2014

And the Mountains Echoed
And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini (2 Winter Readers liked this book)
"This book spanned from 1950 to present time. It mainly was a story about Afghanistan and different people in that country. He is a great story teller and it is interesting to see how the characters interact and develop. Not an easy read but wort the effort." -- BStrahl, 02/27/2014

"This is the third book by this Author His 1st book being the Kite Runner, the Second being A Thousand Splendid Suns, all are about the culthure of Afghanistan. This story is about a brother and sister who are separated when the sister is 4 years old and are finally reunited when both are old. Gives you picture of life in Afghanistan." -- ljchouinard, 02/23/2014

Appointment in Samarra
Appointment in Samarra by John O'Hara (2 Winter Readers liked this book)
"Quick little story about fate. Have read/heard the phrase for years and decided to read the story. Neither good or bad recommend. Easy reading however!" -- Ecseitziii, 01/11/2014

"Well, this would be a great text for a classroom study of foreshadowing. I enjoyed it for the literary analysis possibilities. " -- sjg, 02/11/2014

Brave New World
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley (2 Winter Readers liked this book)
"A kind of weird book about cloning,social control and feel good drugs that in the 1930's seemed far fetched but now, many things have come true.Still it seems worrisome." --, 01/20/2014

"A story written before the rise of Hitler, Stalin, and Mao about how human freedom is lost through eugenics, drugs, propaganda, mind-numbing entertainment, and centralized political power. The edition I read also contains Huxley's "Brave New World Revisited" written in the mid-1950s: "The Will to Order can make tyrants out of those who merely aspire to clean up a mess. The beauty of tidiness is used as a justification for despotism."" -- Indy7steve, 01/15/2014

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