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A Man Called Ove
A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman (2 Winter Readers liked this book)
"A curmudgeon gets a new lease on life." -- Nancy, 02/05/2017

"This book was...wow. Written by a Swedish author, this book had a few things that were different, like currency and the layout of the main characters neighborhood - no cars could drive up to their houses? But there's a reason it was a New York Times bestselling book. This book was truly amazing. Sad at parts, but quite a beautifully written story of an old man named Ove. To everyone Ove is a cranky old man, who operates in a strict routine, staunch principles and a short fuse. This book is about the people in Ove's neighborhood, from the old neighbors that moved into the development with him before it was a development, to the new couple with two little girls who backed their trailer into his mailbox when they moved into a house near Ove's, to the stray cat that seemed to be anything but afraid of Ove's exasperated yelling at it to scurry away his shed. But this book is more than that, it's about relationships, it's about friendships, it's about why we get up in the morning. I could probably write for three hundred more words, but I'll leave it at this - this book moved me in a way that I haven't been moved by a book in a long time." -- EBurkhead, 01/11/2017

A Mother's Reckoning
A Mother's Reckoning by Sue Klebold (2 Winter Readers liked this book)
"Disturbing, heart breaking and very much worth reading! Sue Klebold has alot to say about the joys and agonies of parenting a child who keeps his emotional turmoil secret. " -- hdjonesd, 01/09/2017

"Well written book about Sue Klebold, mother of Dylan Klebold--Columbine shooter--and her process of grieving for her son and his atrocious acts of Columbine. " -- Elneukam, 01/09/2017

A Spool of Blue Thread
A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler (2 Winter Readers liked this book)
"There are some interesting and identifiable characters in this book " -- Teacher, 01/10/2017

" Heart-warming account of the evolution of three generations of one family. Characters are strong, honest and compelling. I found it rewarding to see how the characters developed for the better over time. " -- Caffeine girl, 01/11/2017

Below the Belt
Below the Belt by Stuart Woods (2 Winter Readers liked this book)
"Stone is left in charge of a strong case which he believes holds damaging papers about the former President. Holly Barker and Lance Cabot are featured in this book along with mentions of Dino. Christian St. Clair is promoting a new party and a candidate to run again Kate Lee. He has all the money in the world to make this happen." -- raderc, 01/27/2017

"Great storyline and surprise ending. " -- 21690200273848, 02/01/2017

Born a Crime
Born a Crime by Trevor Noah (2 Winter Readers liked this book)
"In this memoir, comedian Trevor Noah intertwines stories from his childhood with the inhumane and oppressive nature of apartheid. The book is funny, touching, and educational. And Noah's "outsider" perspective is always refreshing. Highly recommended!" -- Jhusain, 02/09/2017

"Trevor Noah shares stories of his life growing up in South Africa during apartheid and the aftermath of it. His stories are enlightening and touching, funny and sad." -- ldick, 02/01/2017

Born a Crime
Born a Crime by Trevor Noah (2 Winter Readers liked this book)
"This is one of the best books I have read recently. Trevor Noah, Comedian from the Daily Show, has written stories from South Africa which is where he grew up. His mother is black and his father is Swiss (white) and he is labeled as colored in South Africa. He tells some incredible stories of growing up." -- Jean P, 01/23/2017

"Excellent story. An interesting look in Apartheid South Africa and how one smart kid took opportunity to the fullest. Great that its read by the author too!" -- agfab68, 01/21/2017

Christmas Caramel Murder
Christmas Caramel Murder by Joanne Fluke (2 Winter Readers liked this book)
"Love Joanne Fluke!! Her characters are great! I almost makes you want to live in her darling town excepts for all the murders and SNOW!!" -- lklugar, 01/22/2017

"I love this series! I have read all of them and love the plots and the characters. I can't wait for the next one that is coming out soon!" -- Deedah68, 01/22/2017

Don't You Cry
Don't You Cry by Mary Kubica (2 Winter Readers liked this book)
"This is a pretty good suspense novel with a few interesting twists. " -- EBeliles, 01/30/2017

"I have read her first book and really enjoyed it. This book was also entertaining." -- krohan, 01/13/2017

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child  Parts One and
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child  Parts One and by J.K. Rowling (2 Winter Readers liked this book)
"Always enjoy anything Harry Potter, took a bit of getting used to it being in script format. Helps in my mind extend the series and what happens to the next generation of wizards related to original main characters. A very quick read in one sitting. " -- SuzyZee, 01/10/2017

"I am a HUGE Harry Potter fan! I read this book which is actually a play. It was an easy read with plenty of twists and turns. I liked it." -- Sharondodom, 01/21/2017

Hidden Figures
Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly (2 Winter Readers liked this book)
"Amazing True Story Of Af. American women working for NASA throughout the 40's & 50's & 60's" -- tgoode, 01/09/2017

"Intriguing detailed account of the black women who worked at Langley Memorial Aeronautic Laboratory in Hampton, VA from the 1930's through the 1970's. This scholarly work reveals a lot about the U.S. in that period as well as the lives of some of the most prominent women in the group. I hope the movie does the heroines justice without unduly romanticizing their incredible achievements. This book could serve as inspiration for young women to pursue education and careers in science and mathematics." -- ERobinson, 02/06/2017

Homegoing
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi (2 Winter Readers liked this book)
"I liked the way it moved along from one generation to the next." -- janegmorrison, 02/01/2017

"Once I got used to only meeting each character for a chapter, I really enjoyed this book. I have spent the summer in Ghana so I especially enjoyed being able to picture the scenary and remember the foods the book mentioned. The author does a great job covering many generations whose paths divert and then come back together. " -- Jammin' Reader, 01/29/2017

Johnstown Flood
Johnstown Flood by David McCullough (2 Winter Readers liked this book)
"The description of the causes for for dam breaking, the incredible wall of water and debris filling the Pennsylvania valley, the frantic attempts to reach safety and the rescue and clean-up efforts are unparalleled in books about disasters. McCullough is a master of make detail fascinating. What a dreadful tragedy of human error, natural forces, and helplessness. Yet, heroes are always present and America recovers. Read this book!" -- Ellie, 01/19/2017

"Detailed information about this flood." -- scbowers131, 01/29/2017

Karolina's Twins
Karolina's Twins by Ronald H. Balson (2 Winter Readers liked this book)
"Interesting Holocaust legacy story with a Chicago link. I recommend it highly." -- aisencf, 01/20/2017

"A saga inspired by true events of a Holocaust. An elderly woman, enlists the help of a legal team to help her solve the mystery of missisng children that she believes were misplaced during the Holocaust. Througout the novel you hear her stories of living through the atrocity of the Holocaust. She has secrets unknown to her legal team and they work to help her solve the mystery of the missing children while trying to unveil her secrets. A captivating read and I hope to read more from this author! " -- efoland, 02/20/2017

Love Warrior
Love Warrior by Glennon Doyle Melton (2 Winter Readers liked this book)
"This is a memoir about a lady who struggled with alcoholism & bulimia, and she is at a crossroads with her marriage. I loved this book. Mrs. Melton is an eloquent writer and has many poignant insights into life. " -- amd, 02/03/2017

"For all the hype that this book got, I wasn't blown away by it. She touches on some interesting themes, but in my opinion these are "revelations" that have been made known by others in the past that she tries to credit to her own divine intervention. She touches on religion and God but seems to water down both to appeal to a broader audience. At times, I had a hard time she was even reporting the truth rather than just trying to add shock value for the reader. A good read for sure, but didn't live up to all the hype in my personal opinion." -- boilerbir, 01/26/2017

My Sister's Grave
My Sister's Grave by Robert Dugoni (2 Winter Readers liked this book)
"A bit clumsy with the romance, but an interesting mystery nonetheless. " -- Craftcj, 01/27/2017

"First of series with Tracy Crosswhite, homicide detective in Seattle. Love the protagonist and other characters!" -- crbauer, 02/07/2017

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