Best Books of the Month: January 2016

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The Things We Keep by Sally Hepworth The Things We Keep
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Anna and Luke, the only two nonsenior citizens at their assisted living facility, have a special connection even as they each cope with Alzheimer's and dementia. But their families must decide whether to keep them apart in this unlikely love story. Madeline says, "This novel should come with a packet of tissues—heartbreaking, heartwarming, and ultimately hopeful. Readers will weep, laugh, and cheer for this unforgettable cast of characters. What does it mean to live, to love, to remember?" ...more Anna and Luke, the only two nonsenior citizens at their assisted living facility, have a special connection even as they each cope with Alzheimer's and dementia. But their families must decide whether to keep them apart in this unlikely love story. Madeline says, "This novel should come with a packet of tissues—heartbreaking, heartwarming, and ultimately hopeful. Readers will weep, laugh, and cheer for this unforgettable cast of characters. What does it mean to live, to love, to remember?"
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The Sound of Gravel by Ruth Wariner The Sound of Gravel: A Memoir
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Her father's 39th child, Wariner endured a hardscrabble, violent childhood in a polygamous Mormon community in northern Mexico. This riveting memoir recounts her coming of age and eventual emancipation, and offers a courageous indictment of fundamentalist doctrine. Kelli says, "Ruth is a masterful storyteller…. I marvel at her indomitable spirit, her incredible ability to speak from a place of love and forgiveness, and her bravery. This will be a book you will never forget." ...more Her father's 39th child, Wariner endured a hardscrabble, violent childhood in a polygamous Mormon community in northern Mexico. This riveting memoir recounts her coming of age and eventual emancipation, and offers a courageous indictment of fundamentalist doctrine. Kelli says, "Ruth is a masterful storyteller…. I marvel at her indomitable spirit, her incredible ability to speak from a place of love and forgiveness, and her bravery. This will be a book you will never forget."
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Fallen Land by Taylor  Brown Fallen Land
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Two desperate souls—a young horse thief and an orphaned girl—elude bounty hunters, starvation, and other dangers as they ride through the devastated South in the final year of the Civil War. This bleakly beautiful literary survival tale is earning raves from fans of author Cormac McCarthy. Andria calls it "gorgeous, thrilling, romantic… The writing is infallible... There's no way I could recommend this novel enough: It's a work of art. Get out on the vanguard and read it now." ...more Two desperate souls—a young horse thief and an orphaned girl—elude bounty hunters, starvation, and other dangers as they ride through the devastated South in the final year of the Civil War. This bleakly beautiful literary survival tale is earning raves from fans of author Cormac McCarthy. Andria calls it "gorgeous, thrilling, romantic… The writing is infallible... There's no way I could recommend this novel enough: It's a work of art. Get out on the vanguard and read it now."
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In a Different Key by John Donvan In a Different Key: The Story of Autism
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Journalists Donvan and Zucker put a human face on a complex disorder in this comprehensive and compassionate history of autism, from the first child diagnosed with autism in 1943, through many decades of misguided treatments, to the hotly contested issues of the present day. Bob H says, "There's real heroism in the story, as researchers seek to be heard, as parents of autistic [children] begin to organize, and in recent times [as] people with autism themselves find their voice…this will be a milestone work ...more Journalists Donvan and Zucker put a human face on a complex disorder in this comprehensive and compassionate history of autism, from the first child diagnosed with autism in 1943, through many decades of misguided treatments, to the hotly contested issues of the present day. Bob H says, "There's real heroism in the story, as researchers seek to be heard, as parents of autistic [children] begin to organize, and in recent times [as] people with autism themselves find their voice…this will be a milestone work and important."
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The Good Goodbye by Carla Buckley The Good Goodbye
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Who is to blame? Cousins and roommates Arden and Rory are unconscious in the E.R. after a fire in their dorm room kills another student. Secrets unfold in flashback as their two families—and the police—piece together what happened. Brandi says, "Holy moly this book was so, so good! It really sucks you in and gets your emotions going. I was on the edge of my seat, wanting to find out how the fire occurred and who would ultimately survive." ...more Who is to blame? Cousins and roommates Arden and Rory are unconscious in the E.R. after a fire in their dorm room kills another student. Secrets unfold in flashback as their two families—and the police—piece together what happened. Brandi says, "Holy moly this book was so, so good! It really sucks you in and gets your emotions going. I was on the edge of my seat, wanting to find out how the fire occurred and who would ultimately survive."
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The Love That Split the World by Emily Henry The Love That Split the World
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Kentucky teen Natalie starts catching glimpses of a parallel world, just as she meets and falls hard for football player Beau. This novel for young adults weaves together Native American myth, high school football, and plenty of romance. Jeff says, "I just finished this, and I'm exhausted in the way people are exhausted from a perfect day of standing in the ocean and riding roller coasters. The beauty, intelligence, and profundity of this book are staggering. And the ending. Oh, the ending."
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Kentucky teen Natalie starts catching glimpses of a parallel world, just as she meets and falls hard for football player Beau. This novel for young adults weaves together Native American myth, high school football, and plenty of romance. Jeff says, "I just finished this, and I'm exhausted in the way people are exhausted from a perfect day of standing in the ocean and riding roller coasters. The beauty, intelligence, and profundity of this book are staggering. And the ending. Oh, the ending."
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