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Burial Rites
Burial Rites by Hannah Kent (2 Winter Readers liked this book)
"A well written debut novel, Burial Rites is the story of Agnes Magnusdottir, a young woman from Iceland, charged with the murder of 2 men. She is placed on a family farm to await her execution. As she lives with the family, her story unfolds. It was well written, and although the ending is known, you turn each page to get to know Agnes and her motives. I would rate it a 4 of 5." -- kcheesman, 01/22/2014

"A very dark but beautifully written book. I recommend listening to it." -- Barken, 02/01/2014

Code Name Verity
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth E. Wein (2 Winter Readers liked this book)
"This book deals with a female spy during WWII and her capture. I wasn't a fan of the book as it never seemed it climax and tended to ramble. However, as I read this for my book club, several ladies really enjoyed the plot line and would recommend....I would not." -- Spetzie, 01/17/2014

"Wonderful, engaging read focusing on two women who helped the British defeat Germany during WW2." -- CFA, 01/11/2014

Cross My Heart
Cross My Heart by James Patterson (2 Winter Readers liked this book)
"C minus minus" -- billz, 02/21/2014

"This was a very exciting book and I throughly enjoyed it until the end. The ending was abrupt and didn't complete anything. I felt cheated and disappointed in Patterson" -- saz1991, 03/02/2014

Daniel and Ian
Daniel and Ian by Nora Roberts (2 Winter Readers liked this book)
"This is the beginning of the MacGregor series. Yippee!" -- acousins, 01/27/2014

"This is a MacGregor story that gives you a look back at Daniel meeting his wife. " -- burnnotice, 02/17/2014

Dark Witch
Dark Witch by Nora Roberts (2 Winter Readers liked this book)
"Fans of Nora Roberts will enjoy this book, but if you were hoping for a better story, be prepared to be dissappointed. Wish N. R. would switch it up. Same formula from this writter witch is old. Not reccomending this book. " -- realvamps, 02/16/2014

"1st Book of another of Nora Roberts trilogy's can't wait for number 2 "Shadow Spell"" -- ljchouinard, 01/24/2014

Dear Girls Above Me
Dear Girls Above Me by Charles McDowell (2 Winter Readers liked this book)
"If you're looking for a laugh-out-loud funny, quick read - this is it! Especially if you have ever experienced the perils of apartment life. Somehow, Charlie puts a positive spin on it all, making the reader simultaneously wish they lived in his apartment, while being extremely grateful that they don't. & let's be honest - even if they didn't live above us, we all know a Cathy & Claire duo." -- cmv823, 02/05/2014

"This book cracked me up! Based on true events (hence the title), it follow Charlie and his interactions with his upstairs neighbors and his roommate. Lots of funny parts and worth reading. " -- AnotherJessica, 01/30/2014

Empty Mansions
Empty Mansions by Bill Dedman (2 Winter Readers liked this book)
"A biography of Huguette Clark, an eccentric heiress to a multimillion dollar family estate. This biography spans more than one hundred years and details the earning and spending of a family fortune, and the empty mansions that stood uninhabited for over half a century. " -- cmcard, 01/20/2014

"Hugette Clark was the daughter of W.A. Clark, a man who acquired an immense fortune, starting with copper mining and then branching into other investments that simply added to his riches. This is a fascinating story of a woman who eventually became very reclusive, actually living in a hospital the last twenty years of her life instead of enjoying any of the fabulous mansions she owned or enjoying any of her great wealth except in the ways she could generously give it away. She lived to be 104 and died just recently (2007) in her room at Beth Israel Hospital in New York City. She was not ill but simply felt most secure there so administrators finally allowed her to stay. " -- mrhofferth, 02/20/2014

Fever by Mary Beth Keane (2 Winter Readers liked this book)
"This is a fascinating fictional story of a Typhoid Mary. I did a little online research on Mary Mallon and the book dies seem to present a realistic portrayal of her life. I loved this book and could not put it down!" -- Barken, 01/11/2014

"This historical fiction is based on the life of Mary Mallon "Typhoid Mary". It's a touching story wonderfully read by Candace Thaxton. It paints an in depth portrait of life in New York from about 1899 to 1915 from Mary's perspective." -- Mrs. K, 02/21/2014

Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe
Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg (2 Winter Readers liked this book)
"I didn't know which decade to put this in since it covers almost a century! As it was written in the 1980's, I chose that one. This book is a lot more in-depth than the movie. There were some surprises but I think I will let you find out for yourself. Keep in mind that the book was written about a different time and in many respects, a different world." -- Roundaboutgirl, 02/03/2014

"I can't believe I took so long to read this book. It's as delightful as the movie and then some. I'm heading south in a couple of months and I will be sure to order okra and fried green tomatoes! I am putting it in the 1930's since my favorite parts of the story took place in that decade." -- Kristine, 02/16/2014

Ginger Pye
Ginger Pye by Eleanor Estes (2 Winter Readers liked this book)
"Good childrens book." -- ozreader, 02/21/2014

"Fun read especially if you like dogs." -- ozgirl, 01/13/2014

Heart in the Right Place
Heart in the Right Place by Carolyn Jourdan (2 Winter Readers liked this book)
"Autobiography of a successful woman who returns home to help her physician father in his practice as a receptionist." -- marysu, 02/21/2014

"This is a memoir. The author is the daughter of a country doctor whose whole life, and that of his wife, has been dedicated to the patients of a small backwoods town in Tennessee. When her mother has a heart attack, Carolyn returns home to help her father for what she believes will be a short time but becomes much more. She has left a very fast paced job in Washington, DC, as a U.S. State Council and finds herself dealing with many unexpected situations, some medical and some emotional. I enjoyed the book very much. It is written with both humor and an insight into the lives of the inhabitants of this tiny town. It is about finding your place in life and learning that one person can make a difference, however small, in many lives." -- Sanibel, 02/26/2014

Hollow City
Hollow City by Ransom Riggs (2 Winter Readers liked this book)
"This second installment of the Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children series pickups up immediately where the first left off. The action is fast paced and storyline intriguing as the children face the horrors of the war accompanied with the hunters after them while trying to help their beloved teacher and mentor." -- ldmccormick, 02/06/2014

"The follow up to the bestselling Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. Full of action, and we get to know the other peculiar children better. A good read. " -- msgwenniepennie, 02/21/2014

Hyperbole and a Half
Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh (2 Winter Readers liked this book)
"Very honest personal stories from the author, based on her blog. So, so funny - a book has not made me laugh like this in a long time." -- crashweaver, 02/17/2014

"Based on Brosh's popular blog, this book is more of an illustrated anecdotal accounting of Brosh's life. I enjoyed it very much." -- Qcoatl, 01/12/2014

In the Garden of Beasts
In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson (2 Winter Readers liked this book)
"Detailed examination of efforts of the historian who served as US ambassador to Germany during Hitler's rise to power int he 1930's. Excellent." -- CFA, 01/19/2014

"This was slow to start but it picked up halfway through. I like how it demonstrates the politics of the time. " -- brlhudso, 02/12/2014

In the Wet
In the Wet by Nevil Shute (2 Winter Readers liked this book)
"Written in the 1950s, the book forecasts a Great Britain in the 1980s that is failing because of radical socialism and consequent action taken by Queen Elisabeth. The author manages these time differences most creatively. The main characters live in Australia, and the title is a phrase used by Australians to describe the rainy season. The author, an aeronautical engineer, was expert at telling intriguing stories in natural language and with no superfluous characters or subplots. All of his books were reprinted four years ago, demonstrating his continued popularity." -- 6thgenhoosier, 01/15/2014

""In The Wet", by British author Nevil Shute, was written in 1953, but a large percentage of the book takes place in 1983, in future Britain, Canada, and Australia. An Anglican priest ministers to a dying man, and learns the story of an Australian Air Force pilot in the future! 1983 England has been ruined and bled dry by Socialism. The Royal Family is inconvenienced and abused; the Queen enlists the Australian Air Force pilot to help her and her family seek refuge in Australia. An interesting characteristic of democracies in the "future" is the "multiple vote"; everyone gets one vote, but additional votes can be earned by individuals for advanced education, integrity, and fidelity in marriage." -- pittsburghpolish, 01/12/2014

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