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What We're Reading Fall 2017


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Two couples—best friends living in Southern California—decide to take a holiday cruise down the coast of Central America with their children. What could go wrong?

-Ellen Bottiny,
Tysons Pimmit Library
 
 
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The relationship between Sherman Alexie and his mother Lillian was as fragmented and complicated as the quilts Lillian hand-sewed to support her children on the Spokane Indian reservation. In this memoir, readers of Alexie's novels will discover the extent to which much of his fiction was based on events from his childhood and adolescence.
 
-Suzanne LaPierre,
City of Fairfax Library

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A story involving road trips, salsa, changing tires, vegetables, motherhood and love with truly believable characters.
 
-James Cullen,
Great Falls Library

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An out-of-work young librarian reinvents her life by buying a van and turning it into a portable book shop in rural Scotland. Nina's talent for finding the perfect book for each reader turns out to be not so outdated after all in this cozy read with a twist of romance.

-Suzanne LaPierre,
City of Fairfax
 

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For lovers of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, this book will provide a charming yet poignant trip to an English village trying to cope with the horrors of the advancing WWII. As the women’s lives are turned inside out, secrets come tumbling out as well, along with laughter and tears. And their strength and music soar above it all.

-Lois Glick,
Great Falls Library

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 Based in an alternate reality London where ghosts walk (and kill people), but only children can see them, this fifth volume brings the fantastic Lockwood & Co. series to a satisfying conclusion. Good family reading (or listening), once children are old enough not to be too frightened, because adults will enjoy the books just as much.

-Sondy Eklund,
City of Fairfax Library
 


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  One of the best books I’ve read this year so far: Two lines of an African family diverge and the beautifully written narrative follows the descendants through many generations. That description hardly does it justice.
 
–Ginger Hawkins,
Patrick Henry Library


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President Lincoln’s grief over the death of his son Willie is well known, but this inventive, fictionalized account is unlike any other book in style and form.

–Ginger Hawkins,
Patrick Henry Library
 


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If you have read a lot of WWII fiction, you will be fascinated with this extensive and well-researched study of the women in Paris during WWII and the horrific challenges they faced.
 
-Ellen Bottiny,
Tysons-Pimmit Library

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