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Valhalla

Author: Robert Mrazek

Review by: Penny, Shawano City-County Library

Vikings, Norse mythology and world domination come together in this suspenseful novel.  This first novel in a new series was fast paced.  The characters were compelling and interesting.  But the storyline really intrigued me -- Archaelogy under the Greenland icecap. The twists and turns on Vikings, secret religions, and conspiracies...

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The Lost City of Z

Author: David Grann

Review by: dianevantassel, Appleton Public Library

The author, fascinated with Colonel Percy Fawcett, a British explorer obsessed with finding a lost civilization in the Amazon forest, sets off on his own quest to solve the mystery of the explorer who never returned. The book gives a detailed account of Fawcett's life up until his disappearance on his last trip into the Brazilian wild, as well as the stories of other explorers who tried to solve the mystery of what...

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The Clockwork Universe

Author: Edward Dolnick

Review by: dianevantassel, Appleton Public Library

Those interested in the history of scientific discovery and the great men competing to prove their theories of the workings of the universe will enjoy this book. It highlights the 17th century, when The Royal Society of London brought many great thinkers together to explore, experiment, and present their findings. As much quackery and hocus pocus as sciene, the society nonetheless promoted men of science who...

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The Good Girl

Author: Mary Kubica

Review by: Audreyperry, Algoma Public Library

This was a good book, but took awhile for me to get into the meat of the story. Had a great twist at the end.

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Peony

Author: Pearl Buck

Review by: Audreyperry, Algoma Public Library

Another very good book by this author. Slow starter, but it finishes strong.

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The Shoemaker's Wife

Author: Adriana Trigiani

Review by: Audreyperry, Algoma Public Library

Ever since being exposed to this author in book club, she's become a favorite and I wasn't disappointed with this book.

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Seabiscuit: An American Legend

Author: Laura Hillenbrand

Review by: karron, Kimberly-Little Chute Public Library

Audiobooks are great for road trips! Seabiscuit was an amazing horse. This book showed the love the main characters had for this phenomenal horse. It must have been quite a time to live, to see Seabiscuit race.

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The Book Whisperer

Author: Donalyn Miller

Review by: dianevantassel, Appleton Public Library

All reading and language arts teachers will appreciate this book on the importance of giving students reading time and reading choices. Those who've been in education for awhile will find it very similar to Nancy Atwell's reader's workshop approach for the 90s. There may be nothing new here, but for teachers who value...

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Cooked

Author: Michael Pollan

Review by: dianevantassel, Appleton Public Library

Pollan becomes an apprentice barbecuer, chef, baker, brewer, and cheesemaker in this story of his use of fire, water, air, and earth to master the earliest of cooking skills. His adventures with Southern barbecue masters and their recipes for the best barbecue make for the most entertaining part of the book, but the accounts of...