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Big Little Lies
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty (2 Winter Readers liked this book)
"Great character development - kept me in suspense until the end! " -- rb91048, 02/01/2015

"Recommend read! Keeps you guessing right up to the end!!!!=3" -- sljrncohn89, 02/05/2015

Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant?
Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast (2 Winter Readers liked this book)
"A good book. Humorous,but series,written about her parens,their dementia and eventual death" -- Russell l Judd, 02/20/2015

"I recommend this for anyone dealing with aging/dying parents. After losing my mother, this memoir helps talk about everything we deal with during that part of our lives. It uses humor to talk about tough things. " -- MMC22, 01/31/2015

Crash & Burn
Crash & Burn by Lisa Gardner (2 Winter Readers liked this book)
"Another good one." -- Judy, 02/21/2015

"This was wonderful. A suspense thriller with many twists and turns to keep you guessing until the end. " -- burnnotice, 03/01/2015

Dark Places
Dark Places by Gillian Flynn (2 Winter Readers liked this book)
"Gillian Flynn delivers another compelling novel that explores the dark side of the human soul. Teens who are interested in Gone Girl may find this one more to their liking, since it is more about their age group and less about marriage than Flynn's more famous offering." -- lodmark, 02/01/2015

"This was a suspenseful book! From the same writer of Gone Girl - it was every bit as good, in my opinion!" -- samps, 02/26/2015

Darned if You Do
Darned if You Do by Monica Ferris (2 Winter Readers liked this book)
"Another book in A Needlecraft Mystery series. It was a little slow in the beginning but once I read on I couldn't wait to see who the murderer was. I have read and enjoyed all of her books in this series." -- Deedah66, 02/23/2015

"After a tree falls on Tom Riordan's house, landing him in the hospital,the police discover a mountain of junk piled high in his home. Locals in Excelsior, Minnesota---including Betsy and her Crewel World Monday Bunch---offer to help with the cleanup while Tom recuperates. But when Tom is found murdered in his hospital bed,the sole heir to his property ---his cousin Valentina's---becomes the number one suspect. Betsy believes there's more to the case than meets the eye,but finding clues to the killer's identity in the clutter Tom left behind will be like looking for a needle in a haystack. I have enjoyed all the books in this series!" -- Rosemary86, 02/22/2015

Death in a Strange Country
Death in a Strange Country by Donna Leon (2 Winter Readers liked this book)
""Death In A Strange Country" by Donna Leon is the second book in her series of Commissario Guido Brunetti, a detective in Venice, Italy. This story concerns personnel stationed at an American military base on the mainland of Italy, not too far from Venice. Guido Brunetti investigates several murders and calls in some favors from fellow policemen, family members, and friends. We learn more about various types and levels of corruption in Italy, which is taken for granted by the citizens. Guido's wife and children continue to feature prominently in the stories. This series is very good and worth reading." -- pittsburghpolish, 02/24/2015

"police commissario Brunetti confronts a grisly sight when the body of a young American is fished out of a fetid Venetian canal. Though all the signs point to a violent mugging, something incriminating turns up in the victim's apartment that suggests the existence of a high-level conspiracy." -- Judy, 02/02/2015

Essentialism
Essentialism by Greg McKeown (2 Winter Readers liked this book)
"This was a great book. Although it is primarily for business people, the author also shared how finding out what is essential and doing it in our lives helps one to be more productive and less stressed." -- debmomx5, 03/01/2015

"This was a short read in which the author describes a systematic discipline for discerning what is absolutely essential, then eliminating everything that is not. The whole book is about "doing less, but better" in every area of our lives. Though the most direct applications are in time management and productivity techniques, the principles in this book can be applied to virtually any area of life. Great read!" -- mjcarmichael, 02/10/2015

Guardians of the Night
Guardians of the Night by Alan Russell (2 Winter Readers liked this book)
"This is the first book I've read by Alan Russell and I'm happy to say it won't be my last. The story was engaging and kept me on my guessing. I'm also a huge dog person, so I could relate to his feelings towards his dog. " -- Redwings4life, 02/06/2015

"begins with a homeless man witnessing what he believes is an angel being murdered. I enjoyed this book." -- Judy, 02/13/2015

Identical
Identical by Scott Turow (2 Winter Readers liked this book)
"Mystery surrounds identical twins Cass & Paul when Cass is released from prison after serving 25 years for the murder of his girlfriend. Plenty of twists and turns in this story. " -- Kathy5, 02/18/2015

"Quite a page turner. I almost always enjoy the books recommended by the awesome librarians!" -- cubansuzan, 02/18/2015

Lila
Lila by Marilynne Robinson (2 Winter Readers liked this book)
"The latest installment in the Gilead Series. Fills in many of the mysteries of Lila and how she ended up in Gilead and what her past reveals about her current thoughts and feelings. Informative for those who have read the other books in this series. Wish Marilynne would use chapter breaks. Had to find a good place to stop reading with the format she uses, but she is an engaging writer." -- Bettyintheburbs, 02/19/2015

"LILA took me to insightful places in the human soul I had never been aware of and had never explored." -- lbucher, 02/15/2015

Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore
Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan (2 Winter Readers liked this book)
"This was a fun read. Kept you guessing and has a great underlying thought about preserving human mortality. Enjoyed it. " -- sljrncohn89, 02/02/2015

"If I were to write a book, it would be just like this one. The main character had my sense of humor. I had hoped for a little more at the end, but overall the story was really entertaining and original. I gave it 4 stars out of 5. " -- melissamhall, 02/11/2015

Murder at the Brightwell
Murder at the Brightwell by Ashley Weaver (2 Winter Readers liked this book)
"Interesting story. I wasn't crazy about many of the characters, who were painted as very unpleasant or boring people. " -- Love a Mystery, 02/27/2015

"This debut novel is a cozy mystery set between the wars in Brighton, England. The perky amateur detective is named Amory Ames. Her marriage with handsome rake Milo Ames has lost its fire, but her old flame Gil appears and asks for her help. There are snobs, romance and a level-headed inspector. The author is a librarian from Louisiana." -- DeannaRA, 02/06/2015

Of Mice and Men
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck (2 Winter Readers liked this book)
"Great story but very sad." -- ozreader, 02/02/2015

"I love re-reading the classics, especially when they bring up topics that you could discuss for hours!" -- bookaddict, 02/07/2015

One Perfect Day
One Perfect Day by Lauraine Snelling (2 Winter Readers liked this book)
"A novel of organ donation told by two mothers--one the mother of the donor and the other the mother of the recipient." -- Nancy, 02/16/2015

"This is a story of two mothers, strangers to one another. The first has two children--twins, a boy and girl, who are seniors in high school. She wants their last Christmas as a family living in the same home to be perfect, but her husband is delayed returning from a business trip abroad. And then there's an accident--a fatal one involving the son. Meanwhile, the other mother has a daughter who needs a new heart. She is also preparing for what may be her daughter's last Christmas. The loss of one woman becomes the miracle the other desperately prayed for. While one mother grieves, and pulls away from her family, the other finds that even miracles aren't always easy to receive. This book really makes you think about faith, miracles, and organ donation." -- Deedah66, 01/31/2015

orphan train
orphan train by Christina Baker Kline (2 Winter Readers liked this book)
"Loved it!" -- Barn1006, 02/11/2015

"Forgotten part of history- uplifting story" -- klpeterson, 02/11/2015

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