Friends of Coronado Center Library

PICKS AND PANS

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Websites for book lovers

www.bookreporter.com. Newsletters(click on weekly updates). Word of Mouth(under "Enter Contest Here, click on Archives).This is a compilation of reader recommendations.

www.bookpage.com

www.thebigthrill.org

www.dorothyl.com. listserve-sign up to receive emails about books.

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Books You May Have Missed:(and are worth finding)

By Nancy Smith

The Shadow Man...by John Katzenbach

Under the Beatles Cellar...by Mary Willis Walker

Crux...by Richard Aellen

Marjorie Morningstar...by Herman Wouk

Surprise Party...by William Katz

Valentine... by Tom Savage

Scavenger... by Tom Savage

Maybe This Time... by Kathleen Gilles Seidel

More Than You Dreamed... by Kathleen Gilles Seidel

Till The Stars Fall...by Kathleen Gilles Seidel

False Accusations...by Alan Jacobson

Deceptions...by Judith Michael

The Color of Law...by Mark Gimenez

Silent Witness...by Richard North Patterson

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A LAWMAN'S CHRISTMAS

By Linda Lael Miller

(A McKettricks of Texas Novel)

A quick enjoyable book to read.

Clay McKettrick, son of Jeb and Chloe McKettrick of Arizona, has moved to Blue River, Texas, to start a ranch of his own, but has taken on the job of town marshal.

It's early December 1914 when his train arrives in town. While unloading his horse, he is enchanted by six-year-old Edrina Nolan, who seems much older than her years. Edrina and Harriet are the two daughters of Dara Rose Nolan, who was married to the former marshal. Dara Rose is worried about losing her home to the new marshal.

As events progress, Clay offers to marry Dara Rose so she and the girls have a home.

There are a few surprises and being the Christmas season, you will enjoy the season for giving.

Review by: Carole Schappek

THE EIGHTY-DOLLAR CHAMPION

By Elizabeth Letts

This book is a story about Snowman and his owner, Harry de Leyer, who participated in and won one of the most prestigious events, the National Horse Show at Madison Square Garden in New York City in November 1958.

Harry de Leyer first saw the horse he and his children would name Snowman in the back of truck bound for the slaughterhouse. Harry saw a spark in the eye of the drab former plow horse and took a chance by paying $80.00 for him.

Harry sold Snowman for $160.00 to a neighbor as he and his wife had to count every penny. Much to his surprise Snowman kept returning to Harry's stable. He discovered that Snowman jumped difficult fences to make the trip and that's when Harry knew he had a jumper.

Those who saw Harry ride called him the "Flying Dutchman". De Leyer's family was from Holland where they survived the horrors of the Nazi occupation. Harry had an affinity for horses his entire life. He married Joanna and they reared five children on the salary he earned maintaining a riding stable near an all-girl's school.

This story will warm your heart and lift your spirits. It's a lesson in hope and never giving up.

CUTTING FOR STONE

by Abraham Verghese

Pub. 2009

If a multi-layered story set in an exotic location appeals to you, this is a good, good read!

Furthermore, if your taste runs to convoluted familial relationships, political intrigue, medical situations (albeit gynecological ones,) a fallen nun, con-joined motherless, fatherless brothers, a disappearing father and young tentative love, then, this novel is for you.

If you liked "The Kite Runner" there is much about Verghese's book this will call to mind . . if you didn't care for the book, you might just take a chance with this engrossing novel.

Brenda Thomas, Volunteer

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ROOM

By Emma Donoghue

Pub. 2010

I must have picked up this book at least three times, re-shelved it three times and finally decided to go ahead and check it out. Then, I started it a couple of times before I was finally hooked and read it through the next day.

The dimension of "ROOM" is but 11 x 11 feet and in it lives an abducted and traumatized teen-ager along with her small son, who was sired by the abductor. And this little family will live in it for years.

This is a story of grit and determination in which the mom manages to create a nurturing and safe home for her little boy. The book's ending is what the reader hopes for . . But not quite. It will stay with you for a long time.

Brenda Thomas

Volunteer

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Five Star Reading for Guys

I have just finished reading the Informant by Thomas Perry which I obtained from our Library. It is the second book involving a character named "the Butcher's Boy" which is not in our Library. I was pleasantly surprised at the ease of reading this story about a vengeful assassin who turns on his Mafia's clients.

The story is not convoluted or burdened by a bunch of characters that you have to labor to remember. The plot is typical of the tough hero who gets his revenge through cold, violent acts. I would liken the main character to Lee Child's main character, Jack Reacher, but a little more violent.

I would recommend this book to readers who like the cold and calculating character supplying his type of justice to the bad guys. I would give it 5 out of 5 stars in its category.

Bob Cunningham

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Jodi Picoult irritates me. She is a fine writer who invents interesting people in troubling circumstances-as in her latest book, Sing You Home. Again, Jodi Picoult has written about nice people in collision with cutting edge medical technology, medical and personal ethics and the law.

She invests her characters with believable reactions and through them tells all the sides of the dilemma, in this case, the disposition of frozen embryos after a divorce. Then as if the Publisher has yelled, "Time! Turn in your papers!" she wraps up the story hastily into a labored "Kodak moment". She is a better craftsman than that. And that is why Jodi Picoult irritates me.

By Suzette Watson

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