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The Art of Fielding
The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach (Other Fiction)
I can't say that I am a big fan of baseball, but I truly enjoyed this book. The characters are rich and well developed and the story line is interesting. This is author, Chad Harbach's, first novel and I will look forward to his next. -- Added by thebooklistener on 02/20/2017

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Harmony
Harmony by Carolyn Parkhurst (Other Fiction)
This was an interesting read...not sure if I would recommend it but I would like to describe the book anyways. It is about a family with two children; one has special needs and has had a lot of trouble in school and social situations. This has obviously affected the whole family. In an attempt to find a better solution or coping mechanism, the parents decide to move to a "campsite" in a different state and live with other families in similar situations. The site is led by a character called Scott Beam who promises to help these families find better coping mechanisms. Besides some obscene language (which I was mostly able to excuse since it involved the special needs child), I enjoyed the book in the beginning. But then things just got....odd and inappropriate at times. I felt like the author felt that she had to take a dramatic spin to keep readers interested, when in fact she could have focused on the original story at hand and likely maintained readers' interests with a few tweaks and further developments. This left me wondering if her lack of education regarding the special needs world is what caused things to turn south after a while. The story really became more about the drama in the lives of others instead of focusing on the true reason everyone was there. I did enjoy Iris's character, who is the sister of Tilly (the teenager with special needs). -- Added by lrobakow on 02/20/2017

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Forgotten by Cat Patrick (Other Fiction)
Forgotten is about a girl named London Lane who forgets the past but remembers the future. She writes notes to herself everyday to remind her of the previous day's events and reduce embarrassing moments. This book makes you rethink your life and every action you make, teaching you how little tweaks can change the future. I would recommend it to everyone, as it's the kind of book that makes you stare at it for a couple minutes after you finish because your mind is spinning with all of the possibilities. It's a quick read and perfect when you have a couple hours to spare. -- Added by angieq on 02/19/2017

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Saving CeeCee Honeycutt
Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman (Other Fiction)
young girl has had difficult life with mentally ill mother and absent father; is sent to live with great aunt in Savannah; is loved and cherished by her aunt, by the cook and then her old neighbor joins them and they all live happily ever after. light reading but does have a message of hope, making the most of things, etc. -- Added by ropir1 on 02/19/2017

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Leaving Lucy Pear by Anna Solomon (Other Fiction)
I thought this book dragged a bit. The characters were interesting and the story line good. -- Added by efoland on 02/18/2017

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The Patron Saint of Liars
The Patron Saint of Liars by Ann Patchett (Other Fiction)
I wasn't crazy about this book. The main character didn't seem realistic to me and I had a hard time with the ending. -- Added by efoland on 02/18/2017

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Me Before You
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes (Other Fiction)
A witty read with a heartbreaking twist. Loved it -- Added by amyko15 on 02/18/2017

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Modern Lovers
Modern Lovers by Emma Straub (Other Fiction)
An interesting look into the relationships and families on a Brooklyn block. Refreshing that the relationships are "real" and not fairy-tale, though some "plot twists" were very predictable. Like her other works, "slow-paced" in that there isn't much plot, but observations from each character's perspectives--read lazily and leisurely. -- Added by gfr@IU on 02/17/2017

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Tell the Wolves I'm Home
Tell the Wolves I'm Home by Carol Rifka Brunt (Other Fiction)
This was a good book which dealt with a family and how they handled their lives when their favorite uncle dies of AIDS. This book deals with the thoughts and feeling of losing a love one in the 1980's. -- Added by Jean P on 02/16/2017

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The Hoosier School-Boy
The Hoosier School-Boy by Edward Eggleston (Other Fiction)
Published in 1883, a novel designed to be a school reader. As with The Hoosier Schoolmaster, it is set in small town Indiana in the mid-1800s, the most interesting aspect of the tale for me was a discussion of school yard games: tit-tat-toe, hat ball, bull pen, ships' names, and chasing the fox. Also interesting because of its portrayal of school discipline. -- Added by Indysteve7 on 02/16/2017

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March
March by Geraldine Brooks (Other Fiction)
Brooks' interesting take on "Little Women"--the story told following the adventures of the absent father. -- Added by Indysteve7 on 02/16/2017

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The Good Lion
The Good Lion by Beryl Markham (Other Fiction)
Nice to see the publication of more of Beryl Markham's work especially in a children's story. Her perspective on the nature of wildlife and the description of her experiences in Africa was very engaging. -- Added by passionack on 02/16/2017

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Blood Wedding
Blood Wedding by Pierre Lemaitre (Other Fiction)
WOW!!!! I truly thought Sophie was going crazy. I felt sad for her and was ready to hear about whatever medical condition brought this on. When you find out what really happened?!?!? The ending couldnt have been better! -- Added by emagian on 02/15/2017

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Rare Objects
Rare Objects by Kathleen Tessaro (Other Fiction)
Maeve has a breakdown and while "recuperating" in the hospital she meets another young woman, Diana, who just like Maeve has a desire for freedom in a world where women are seen and not heard. Once out she finds a job at an antique store and learns about rare objects and while there she learns items that are broken are bad for business and usually have a story to tell - and compares that to her life. She is a rare object with a story! -- Added by emagian on 02/15/2017

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The Rent Collector
The Rent Collector by Camron Wright (Other Fiction)
I absolutely loved this book! It was powerful and poignant and sad and beautiful all at once. I felt drawn into this very foreign world and transported into the story. I loved how the characters grew and changed through the novel and how they found the hidden beauty in others. I definitely recommend it! -- Added by rwoolston on 02/15/2017

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