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The American Way of Death Revisited
4.00
Here's the classic anatomy of our society's funeral and cemetery industries, revised and expanded. In 1963, the first edition of this exposé was a bes ...more
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Jun 05, 2014
 
Murder at the Vicarage (Miss Marple, #1)
3.99
Christie introduces us to about half the villagers in Saint Mary Mead, and we learn that most of these colorful characters had a motive to murder Colo ...more
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Jan 02, 2014
 
The Mysterious Benedict Society (The Mysterious Benedict Society, #1)
4.10
After responding to a newspaper ad seeking "gifted children for special opportunities," four bright orphans are dispatched by Mr. Benedict on an under ...more
Aug 2010
Aug 27, 2010
 
The Golem and the Jinni
4.09
The best thing I can say about this wonderful novel is that I can't wait for Wecker's next one to be published. It may take a while though, if she giv ...more
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Jun 05, 2014
 
Hack: Stories from a Chicago Cab
3.43
Amidst all of the blogs-turned-into-books floating around out there, Dmitry Samarov's Hack: Stories from a Chicago Cab stands out as one of the best. ...more
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Dec 31, 2011
 
Crazy Horse In Stillness
4.30
One poem is merely five words: "Before the ink was dry." The title is X. Picture the Sioux chief taking quill in hand to approve a treaty with white s ...more
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Jul 06, 2013
 
Stay
3.86
In an effort to console herself after the love of her life marries her best friend, an intoxicated Savannah Leone buys a six- thousand dollar Slovakia ...more
Jul 2010
Jul 16, 2010
 
The Expats
3.39
A spy novel masquerading as the story of a marriage or the story of a marriage disguised as a spy novel? Both descriptions work for this story that ke ...more
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Jun 30, 2012
 
Say Hello to Zorro!
4.08
One of the pleasures of working at our North Branch library is the opportunity it offers to see what's happening with children's books. This one cross ...more
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Mar 01, 2012
 
Dear Life: Stories
3.75
This latest collection (and possible last according to recent interviews) by the 2013 Nobelist in literature explores various themes found throughout ...more
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Jun 05, 2014
 
Without Feathers
4.03
I first read Allen’s short pieces about thirty years ago. They’re still hilarious, and you’re in for a treat if you know him only from his movies. He’ ...more
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Dec 31, 2011
 
The Night Strangers
3.17
Bohjalian's latest novel offers readers a genre-blending departure from his usual fare. The Night Strangers peers into the world of a family escaping ...more
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Nov 30, 2011
 
The Hand That First Held Mine
3.82
There is often a puzzle at the core of O'Farrell's novels. In this one, we have two disparate story lines. One is set in the 1950s and 60s, one in con ...more
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Nov 30, 2012
 
Bleeder: A Memoir
4.01
Imagine being a little kid who falls down, gets a bruise, and then never heals. Shelby Smoak is one of the rarest of the rare: a hemophiliac with less ...more
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Sep 05, 2013
 
Tell the Wolves I'm Home
4.04
My first thought when this novel was pushed on me was, "Oh, please, not another of coming-of-age story!" But as my luck had it, this was an exceptiona ...more
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Aug 07, 2014
 
Year of Wonders
3.99
Having read and enjoyed “People of the Book” by Geraldine Brooks about the Sarajevo Haggadah , I decided to try another of her books. In this work of ...more
Jul 2010
Jul 12, 2010
 
Strength in What Remains: A Journey of Remembrance and Forgiveness
4.00
In his latest work of nonfiction, Tracy Kidder brings us the story of Deogratias. And what a story it is. In May of 1994 Deo flies from Bujumbura, Bur ...more
Apr 2010
Apr 02, 2010
 
American Savage: Insights, Slights, and Fights on Faith, Sex, Love, and Politics
3.93
There’s nothing quite like a middle-aged, gay, married, “monogamish” man to put your love life into perspective. In this book famed sex columnist, Dan ...more
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Sep 05, 2013
 
Alien: Out of the Shadows
3.79
This novelization of the 1979 film (and its sequels) is available from EPL only in downloadable format, which feels appropriate: following the action ...more
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Jul 03, 2014
 
Black Seconds (Inspector Konrad Sejer, #6)
3.81
9-year old Ida Joner is missing. She'd left her house to ride her bike to the candy kiosk a mile or so away. This happens at the get-go in Fossum's ch ...more
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Aug 07, 2014
 
The Marrying of Chani Kaufman
3.55
To most of us, the frum (religiously observant Jews-don't worry, there's a glossary) all look alike, the women enveloped in their dark clothing, follo ...more
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Aug 07, 2014
 
Framing Innocence: A Mother's Photographs, a Prosecutor's Zeal, and a Small Town's Response
3.83
The photo on the cover tells much of the story. To me it looks like a sweet picture of a young girl in a meadow. But to others, with a different squin ...more
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Jul 30, 2011
 
He Who Fears the Wolf (Inspector Konrad Sejer, #3)
3.79
Inspector Sejer has his hands full this time. An elderly widow living on a remote lane outside town, is found brutally murdered. The prime suspect is ...more
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Oct 03, 2014
 
Becoming Strangers
2.65
Dorothy and George, married for 50 years, travel to a luxurious Carribean resort for their first vacation abroad. There they meet Jan and Annemieke, a ...more
not set
Jan 30, 2009
 
A Time of Gifts
4.12
In 1933, when he was 18, Patrick Leigh Fermor left his home in England to walk to Constantinople (now Istanbul). This book describes the first leg of ...more
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Jan 30, 2009
 
A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)
4.44
Having watched and thoroughly enjoyed season one of the TV series based on the book, I am a little surprised to find that I am so deeply caught up in ...more
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Sep 29, 2012
 
Where'd You Go, Bernadette
3.92
Written mostly in an epistolary form, with emails and letters from characters as central as Bernadette and as peripheral as a neighbor's gardener, Whe ...more
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Feb 28, 2013
 
U is for Undertow (Kinsey Millhone, #21)
3.88
Sue Grafton first introduced us to private eye Kinsey Millhone in her 1982 mystery novel A is for Alibi, creating a bestselling and popular series. No ...more
Mar 2010
Mar 15, 2010
 
Dear American Airlines
3.08
This debut novel by Jonathan Miles hinges on a simple premise which gradually unfolds to reveal a book that manages to be both subtly moving and extra ...more
Feb 2009
Jan 30, 2009
 
Elegies in Blue
4.03
“We know geography and the nuances of language well enough to understand that the border is not simply the end of civilization, but a frontier—the beg ...more
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Jun 30, 2011
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