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Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands (Vintage Contemporaries) by Chris Bohjalian
Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands (Vintage Contemporaries)

The Loopy Librarian, July 14, 2015

Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands is a different kind of dystopian novel in that it feels like something that could happen tomorrow in any city or town. The events that destroy Emily Shepard’s family and town are described so well that I kept having to remind myself that I was reading a work of fiction. Emily, rendered homeless by the tragedy that befalls her town, grabs the reader’s attention with her uncensored honesty and toughness. Her story is dark, disturbing, unsettling, tragic, painful and gripping. The point of view of this young girl as she reflects on the events leading up to her current state is at once hard to read and impossible not to read. Being in her head helps the reader to understand and feel her fear and motivation. A remarkable story of desperation and survival that leaves the reader reeling.
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Hummingbird Lake: An Eternity Springs Novel by Emily March
Hummingbird Lake: An Eternity Springs Novel

The Loopy Librarian, July 12, 2015

For women who want a feel-good read with romance and friendship in a picturesque setting, the Eternity Springs books are a good choice. Like all of the Eternity Springs books, the central themes in Hummingbird Lake are love and healing. A goofy dog adds pleasure to the mix. The romance between Colt Rafferty and Sage Anderson, who suffers from PTSD do to an unimaginably violent event in her past, is complicated by her deep pain and emotional issues. Colt perseveres with an affable smile and nearly unbreakable will and spirit. Although occasionally sappy, the story was also uplifting and positive. It wasn’t always easy for readers or her friends to like Sage, but once the full story of her experiences is learned, it is impossible not to sympathize with and ultimately forgive her.
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Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

The Loopy Librarian, July 12, 2015

It’s official! Rainbow Rowell has become my go-to author when I want witty, quirky and nostalgic stories. Her writing style is clever, including unique and surprising metaphors that are infinitely quotable. Attachments, her debut novel, perfectly captures the twenty-something years when people are trying to find their footing as adults. Her characters are ones that I wanted to meet after work and hang with in order to enjoy whip-smart conversation and share a laugh or two. The year is 1999, and the featured event is the non-event of Y2K. The humor of all the drama surrounding that anticlimactic point in history was well mined. The story was impossibly romantic although occasionally frustrating due to the inability of the two main characters to make a move for so long (resulting in some drag in the middle of the book). What drove this book was not so much the plot as it was the dialogue (largely via email) and the relationships. While some authors seek to give us ideal lovers in fantasy locals under unlikely conditions, Rowell celebrates romance in all its awkwardness and humor between the average oddball in worlds we can all recognize.
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Penn Cage #4: Natchez Burning by Greg Iles
Penn Cage #4: Natchez Burning

The Loopy Librarian, June 11, 2015

Obviously well-researched novel that covers history, civil rights, dirty politics and family secrets. Brutal, heart-breaking, intense, and emotional with the Southern Gothic themes of redemption and regret well-played. The first half of the book takes time because so much information is packed into the narrative: a large, complex network of characters, fictionalized historical events several of which are monstrous acts that are gut-wrenching to imagine, and the unique politics and character of Natchez, Mississippi. Many of the images are violent and graphic. The mysteries are perplexing and compelling. Conspiracy theories and political intrigue weave throughout the story. A heavy, but rewarding read rich in character. While it took me a few days to read the first half due to the amount of information to digest, I devoured the second half, the denouement, in one very late night. Once everything hit the fan, the pace of the novel ratcheted up to an adrenaline-fueled ride. It was all I could do not to pick up The Bone Tree and keep going right away. Despite a few contrivances that seemed a bit too convenient, I thought this was an excellent book. Fans of Southern Gothic, political thrillers, and civil rights era historical fiction, should definitely read this book.
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Mitford Years #1: At Home in Mitford by Jan Karon
Mitford Years #1: At Home in Mitford

The Loopy Librarian, November 9, 2014

As the title suggests, I instantly felt at home in Mitford and was quite content to stay a spell. Delightful characters. Good humor. A dog that likes poetry and responds positively to scripture. Animated descriptions and lively conversations. The town and its residents spring to life in the details. As a reader, I became invested in the lives of the characters, and the town of Mitford is definitely one I'd like to revisit. Honestly, I was a bit surprised to enjoy the read as much as I did. I half expected to be bored by such a seemingly tranquil town and the mild-mannered Father Tim, but I never was. Rich storytelling made all the difference. I found myself quite caught up and felt as though I'd just enjoyed a home-cooked meal with all the fixings when I finished the book. I can see now why the series has enjoyed such popularity for so many years.
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