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AudioBook Review

Margie Mech
Wittenberg Branch Library
For the Audiobook A Whole New Light by Sandra Brown

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A Good Book
Appleton Public Library
for the Book...

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The Highlander Next Door

Author: Janet Chapman

Review by: Penny, Shawano City-County Library

The 6th in the Spellbound Falls series The Highlander Next Door was a surprise to me.  I expected more involvement from previous characters.

Birch is a strong willed women who runs a women's shelter and is not afraid to do whatever it takes to protect the women who live there. She presents a...

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Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake

Author: Anna Quindlen

Review by: dianevantassel, Appleton Public Library

Fans of Quindlen and women over forty will appreciate this collection of essays on motherhood, careers, and aging. Quindlen has a style that makes writing look easy- a way of putting into words ideas many of us, especially women, have pondered. She can be sarcastic and heartwarming in the same piece. Quindlen, now in her early 60's, has been a reporter, Newsweek columnist, novelist, and mom. I'm looking...

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The Girls from Ames

Author: Jeffrey Zaslow

Review by: Rhonda Blom, Kimberly-Little Chute Public Library


For the author to Interview ten women friends regarding a 40-year friendship was an unique idea for a book, so I was curious to read it.

Staying in touch for that length of time must have been very difficult for the group; especially since they lived in different states.

This is a good story of having lots of fun, being there for friends, keeping secrets and also forgiving each other for...

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Scandal in Skibbereen

Author: Sheila Connolly

Review by: Penny, Shawano City-County Library

The second in A County Cork Mystery  series, Scandal in Skibbereen finds Maura settling into the pub business.  There is more than offering a pint of Guinness for thirsty patrons at Sullivan's Pub.   Maura hears some of the most interesting gossip.  American Althea Melville enters the pub hot on...

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White Fire

Author: Douglas Preston

Review by: Penny, Shawano City-County Library

FBI Agent Aloysius Pendergast is back in another thrilller from Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child.  Pendergast is back to being eccentric, odd, brilliant, still doesn't like rules, but gets results. Our man in the black suit works his magic to find answers to an number of questions. His actions and thoughts take on Sherlock...

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Big Little Lies

Author: Liane Moriarty

Review by: A good book, Appleton Public Library

A very smart read with characters that you find yourself becoming attached to.   It is the story of 3 women whose children are all beginning kindergarten in a small town in Australia.  The author captures the poitics of elementary school moms with humor and brutal honesty...

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Author: Rainbow Rowell

Review by: Denise C, (Sturgeon Bay) Door County Library

A different kind of time travel story.

Georgi could not go to Omaha for Christmas with her husband and two daughters because of work. Her husband was very upset about it, to the point that Georgi thought he was endng the marriage. She decides to go to her mother's house, the house she grew up in because she could not stand the...

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In Defense of Food

Author: Michael Pollan

Review by: dianevantassel, Appleton Public Library

If you enjoyed Pollan's Ominvore's Dilemma, this is a must read. In this book, Pollan examines how what he calls "nutritionalism" movement, and how much about what we think about healthy eating is misguided. He argues that instead of breaking our food down into nutrients to determine what our bodies need, we should "eat food...

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Author: Justine Larbalestier

Review by: dianevantassel, Appleton Public Library

Micah is a 17 year old girl who is a self-professed habitual liar. When her principal announces at school that her secret boyfriend has died, and the death is considered suspicious, she is devastated but determined to keep their secrets. Micah's classmates, when they hear the rumors about their relationship, instantly suspect her, and she...