Fiction

Sweetgirl

Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Travis Mulhauser

While searching for her meth-addicted missing mother,16 year-old Percy James discovers a baby girl in the freezing home of a local minor criminal.  Taking the child, (or is it a rescue?), forces her to confront the nature of her mother’s affliction while she finds her own fate tied to that of the child’s.  Mulhauser captures the sweeping sense of cultural and geographic isolation of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula in a story of courage and sacrifice.

Sample some of Percys' story and get an idea of the author's excellent sense of place:

...Still I missed her.  I missed her …and I was tired of the wondering where she was, and of the constant alarm that gripped my heart like a strangler vine.

So I took Detroit to Grove...where the houses and lives improved considerably.  ...the shoreline where the real cash was.  The downstate and Chicago money put their roots down in sand – their seasonals all perfectly placed along the water for maximum panorama, and not a soul there to enjoy it because it wasn’t nice that time of year.

I couldn’t blame them.  It was the middle of January in Cutler County Michigan.  We’re at the northwest tip of the lower peninsula, the top of your left ring finger if you map it by the back of your hand, and unless you go the whole Jack London, ends of the earth vibe, why wouldn’t you fly off to somewhere else if you could?  It was only 9 o’clock at night and downtown was already 3 blocks of black windows behind banks of snow and there wasn’t a single other car in the streets…

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Diane, Administration

The passenger : a novel

Friday, March 17, 2017
Lisa Lutz
The passenger : a novel

Tanya Dubois goes on the run as her husband’s body cools. She claims she didn’t kill him, but why then does she feel compelled to run? And who is she really? This mystery has as many twists and turns as the protagonist has new identities. It’ll keep you guessing until the very end.  Check our catalog.

Doris M., Reference

 

First Light

Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Bill Rancic
First Light
I love survival stories and this one was a gripper.  A plane crashes into a mountain and the passengers struggle to stay alive until rescued. The story is told by one couple to their grown son and there is an amazing twist before it is over. Couldn't put it down.  Check our catalog.
 
Sue N., Youth Services

The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend

Friday, March 3, 2017
Katarina Bivald
The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend

This is a great book for a cold winter night, a warm blanket, and a cup of tea! Young Sara travels from Sweden to the small town of Broken Wheel to visit her pen pal Amy, but arrives just in time for Amy's funeral. When Amy's friends find out who she is, they insist she stay in Amy's house as planned. What happens after that surprises Sara and changes the town forever. Full of delightful characters, readers will also enjoy all the references from popular books that will give you a list of what to read next!  Check our catalog.

Sue A2., Reference

 

The Friends We Keep

Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Susan Mallery
The Friends We Keep
This is the 2nd book of Mallery's Michief Bay Series in which she entwines the lives of three girlfriends.  There is Gabby, who is excited to go back to work when her twins start school in the fall.  Hayley, who wants desperately to have a baby.  And Nicole, who is struggling to raise her young son after her divorce.  All three run up against roadblocks of course, but rely on each other to get through their trials.  A good “light” read. Check our catalog
 
Jan H., Technical Services

The Jungle

Wednesday, February 1, 2017
Upton Sinclair
The Jungle

“The Jungle,” by Upton Sinclair tells the truth about the meatpacking towns like Chicago before World War 1. Through the perspective of a Lithuanian immigrant named Jurgis and his family, readers begin to understand the difficulties of the time for anybody new to America. Jurgis brought his whole family to America because they had heard it was a place of prosperity and opportunity. While not entirely false, this was not what the family arrived too. When Jurgis joined the crowds of people begging for work he became committed to a life of hardship and struggle that never seemed to end. While this book is not the happiest I’d highly recommend everyone in high school or older to read it because it is very thought provoking and a classic piece of literature.

Miranda M., Circulation

The Blight Way: A Sheriff Bo Tully Mystery

Friday, January 27, 2017
Patrick F. McManus
The Blight Way: A Sheriff Bo Tully Mystery

Bo Tully is the sheriff of Blight County, Idaho, a family tradition that goes way back. The sometime unorthodox methods of the family business are know as The Blight Way, and everyone in the county knows Bo. The 6 books in this series will introduce you to all the quirky local town folks as well as the fine upstanding ones. On the 75th birthday of his father, "Pap", a dead body turns up on a local ranch. Bo decides a murder investigation would be the perfect present! Patrick McManus is an American humor writer who writes primarily about the outdoors.  Check our catalog

Sue A., Reference

The Orphan Keeper

Wednesday, January 25, 2017
The Orphan Keeper
The Orphan Keeper
This is an amazing story about a young Indian boy that has been kidnapped and put in an orphanage in India.  He is then adopted by an American couple and sent to the US.  When the boy is able to learn enough english he tells his new parents he was kidnapped and has a mother, father and siblings.   The couple are shocked with this news and proceed to find his family.  All the research they do comes to a dead end.  Eventually the boy adjust to his new life.  He keeps the dream alive that he will one day find his family.  His determination to follow that dream leads him on a fascinating journey of coincidences, luck, great courage and faith.   Very inspiring.  Check our catalog
 
Barb O., Circulation

The Midnight Plan of the Repo Man

Wednesday, January 18, 2017
W. Bruce Cameron
The Midnight Plan of the Repo Man

This book caught my eye because it is set in the Michigan’s upper peninsula.  It’s humorous, has an interesting protagonist and is a good mystery!  Ruddy McCann is an ex-con repo man who gets drawn into solving a murder.

One night Ruddy has a dream that he is being chased through the woods and murdered.  When he wakes up the next day, he has a voice in his head of the actual victim of the murder he dreamed about.  This voice in his head will not let Ruddy rest until the murder is solved!

I really enjoyed getting to know Ruddy and his friends and acquaintances.  If you like this one, Bruce Cameron has written a sequel called “Repo Madness”.  Check our catalog

Peggy G., Circulation

The Rift Uprising

Tuesday, January 10, 2017
Amy S. Foster
The Rift Uprising
The story is about Ryn Whittaker who is a Citadel: an elite, enhanced soldier specially chosen to guard a Rift, a mysterious and dangerous portal to alternate Earths scientists cannot control or close. She was trained from the age of fourteen, and can run faster, jump farther, and fight better than a Navy SEAL.
 
After encountering another human from a different Earth, she begins to question what her and the other citadels real purpose is.  This questioning leads to some knowledge she needs to know but also changes many realities for her.  I look forward to the following books in this trilogy.
 
 
Jeremy E., Administration

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