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Adult Winter Reading Program: 2000s Titles

American Gun
American Gun by Chris Kyle (2000s)
great book!! -- Added by jsa on 03/09/2014

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The Edge of Normal
The Edge of Normal by Carla Norton (2000s)
Great suspenseful story of a former abducted woman who returns to help others. -- Added by jgareis on 03/08/2014

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The First Phone Call From Heaven
The First Phone Call From Heaven by Mitch Albom (2000s)
Good book, but not as good as his earlier novels. It is a short read and finishes quickly. -- Added by Joy on 03/08/2014

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Agent 6
Agent 6 by Tom Smith (2000s)
Great ending to the triology. -- Added by mattlane on 03/08/2014

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Murder Most Persuasive
Murder Most Persuasive by Tracy Kiely (2000s)
This is the 3rd book in a series set in modern-day suburban Maryland near Washington, D.C. The author mimics the plot & characters of Jane Austen's novel Persuasion. Elizabeth Parker's great-uncle Martin dies shortly after selling his country home. The new owners of the home dig up the swimming pool, a body is discovered, which turns out to be the former fiance, Michael, of one of Elizabeth's cousins, Reggie. He had disappeared eight years before, when a huge sum of money was embezzled from Martin's company, where Michael was an officer. Everyone in the family assumed Michael had taken the money and left town after Reggie broke off their engagement. Now they must figure out who murdered Michael and why. A complicated picture of family dynamics emerges as you read this light, cozy mystery. An appropriate quote from an Austen book introduces each chapter. An enjoyable read, Austen fans may like the updating of her classic story. -- Added by ElizabethR on 03/08/2014

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Simply Irresistible
Simply Irresistible by Jill Shalvis (2000s)
This is a quick book to read when you just need some entertainment. Pretty predictable story, but I might be inspired to read some others in the series. -- Added by crashweaver on 03/08/2014

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The Final Cut
The Final Cut by Catherine Coulter (2000s)
This is the first book by this author. It is the first in a series introducing a Scotland Yard Agent on loan to the FBI to help with a case involving a Jewel thief. Very good and I hope to read more in this series. -- Added by ljchouinard on 03/08/2014

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The Hit
The Hit by David Baldacci (2000s)
This book follows "The Innocent," the author's previous book that features the hit man Will Robie. A new female CIA assassin, Jessica Reel, is introduced in this book, and the interaction between Robie and Reel makes for a suspenseful story, but I thought "The Innocent" was a more interesting read. -- Added by ebammerlin on 03/07/2014

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Cover Up
Cover Up by Peter Lance (2000s)
The author provides a documented account of the information that failed to be included in the 911 Commission Report. It's a disturbing story of disfunction, negligence, and criminal activity by individuals in the government for which there has been no accountability or punishment. -- Added by ebammerlin on 03/07/2014

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All for Anna
All for Anna by Nicole Deese (2000s)
The story of a young woman haunted by guilt after a car accident that kills a young child. It's an engaging story that is very realistic - you really feel her pain and relate to her struggles. -- Added by fisherslisa on 03/07/2014

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How Not to Die
How Not to Die by Jan Garavaglia,M.D. (2000s)
I hadn't heard of the show before, but the book had several easy-to-read health advice blocks after stories of people who had ended up on the doc's table before their time due to homicide, accident, and deaths preventable by lifestyle changes (she has also had her own health scare- what was thought to be ovarian cancer turned out to be benign, but still, she does clearly understand why people don't want to hear bad news). -- Added by sg0307 on 03/07/2014

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Me Vs. Me
Me Vs. Me by Sarah Mlynowski (2000s)
This book reminded me of the movies Sliding Doors and Wish Upon a Star. The main character wishes she didn't have to choose between a career she's always wanted and her fiance. Then her wish comes true and she's living in both worlds. I like how they alternate and the ending was pleasing. -- Added by AnotherJessica on 03/06/2014

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The Men's Guide to the Women's Bathroom
The Men's Guide to the Women's Bathroom by Jo Barrett (2000s)
This book was entertaining and had laugh out loud moments throughout. Fun and quick read, plus likable main character. -- Added by AnotherJessica on 03/06/2014

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THE GREEN BOAT: Reviving Ourselves in Our Capsized Culture by Mary Pipher (2000s)
I've recommended it and yes, I do. Been so sad about the futures for my grandchildren, I certainly needed this author's fine take on acknowledging the grief and using it toward some action which involves seeking, building, honoring community. -- Added by june on 03/06/2014

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It's Kind of a Funny Story
It's Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini (2000s)
Inspired by the author's real-life, five-day, in-patient treatment for depression, this 2006 novel was made into a movie in 2010. On December 19, 2013, the author died of an apparent suicide at the age of 32. For me, knowing the tragic ending to Vizzini's real-life struggle with mental illness changes this novel from instilling a sense of hope to underscoring the seriousness of depression, especially among perfectionists and high achievers. The novel is told from the point of view of a 15 year-old boy who worked hard to get into a prestigious Manhattan prep school only to feel not-good-enough after he is admitted. Unable to eat or sleep, overwhelmed by his own high expectations, and jealous of his friend's easy successes, the main character thinks about jumping off the Brooklyn Bridge. Instead, he calls the Suicide Hotline, checks himself into the hospital, and thrives in the scheduled routine of the adult psychiatric ward with its controlled choices, simple tasks, and art-and-crafts therapy where he discovers a hobby he loves - drawing brain maps. The tentacles-and-anchors metaphor might resonate with readers who feel over-scheduled, over-emailed, and overwhelmed - while the fear of a single failure leading to a domino effect of failing at life might be all-too familiar to perfectionists. A good book for group discussion. -- Added by Nimble Novice on 03/05/2014

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