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Lunch and a Book 2014 Reading List

Lunch and a Book meets the second Thursday of the month from 12:00-1:00PM.  No registration required, participation encouraged.

Quiet: the power of introverts in a world that can't stop talking by Susan Cain — January 9th


Defending Jacob: a novel by William Landay — February 13th





Before you know kindness: a novel by Chris Bohjalian — March 13th

The dog stars by Peter Heller — April 10th


The round house by Louise Erdrich — May 8th

Murder Will Out: 2014 Nero Wolf Award Finalists Announced

The 2014 Nero Wolf Award Finalists were announced this past week.  The winners will be announced in December at the annual Black Orchid Banquet.

Ask Not by Max Allan Collins

Murder as a Fine Art by Charles Morrell

Three can keep a secret: a Joe Gunther novel by Archer Mayor

Murder as a fine art by David Morrell

A question of honor by Charles Todd

Look What's In Large Print: July 2014

The focus is on Mystery. The Agatha Christie Estate has authorized release of the complete Agatha Christie crime novels in Large Print. If you haven't read the Queen of Mystery start with her first book, THE MYSTERIOUS AFFAIR AT STYLES which introduces Hercules Poirot. THE PAWNBROKER is the first Charlie Henry book in Aimee and David Thurlo's new series.

The mysterious affair at Styles [large print]: Poirot's first case by Agatha Christie

No man's nightingale [large print] by Ruth Rendell

Pursuit [large print] by Gene Hackman

The pawnbroker [large print] by David and Aimee Thurlo

That old black magic [large print] by Mary Jane Clark

John Green Read Alikes

If you just can't get enough of John Green's books you may want to try some of these similar titles:

If you love The Fault in Our Stars try:

If I stay: a novel by Gayle Forman

Me and Earl and the dying girl: a novel by Jesse Andrews

Bitter sweet by LaVyrle Spencer

Deadline by Chris Crutcher


Before I die
by Jenny Downham







If you love Looking For Alaska try:

Thirteen reasons why: a novel by Jay Asher

Please ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King

New Book Club in a Bag Kit

Mr. Penumbra's 24-hour bookstore [kit] by Robin Sloan — A gleeful tale of global conspiracy, complex code-breaking, high-tech data visualization, young love, rollicking adventure, and the secret to eternal life--mostly set in a hole-in-the-wall San Francisco bookstore. The Great Recession has shuffled Clay Jannon out of his job as a Web-design drone--and serendipity, sheer curiosity, and the ability to climb a ladder like a monkey has landed him a new gig working the night shift at Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore. But after just a few days on the job, Clay begins to realize that this store is even more curious than the name suggests.

New Comic Book Rack

Kids, do you love reading comic books? We have an amazing
selection of comic books thatcomic book rack you can check out for 1 week.  Some of the titles we have include The Powerpuff Girls, Transformers, Star Wars, the Simpsons, Godzilla, and Archie. Be sure to check out our new rack and find some gems for you to read this summer! Enjoy!

Get your Game On!

Here are some great titles to get you on the path to earning your Game On Badge!

Running loose by Chris Crutcher


Screaming quietly by Evan Jacobs


Dairy queen [sound recording]: a novel by Catherine Gilbert Murdock


The game of triumphs by Laura Powell


The killing woods by Lucy Christopher


Panic by Lauren Oliver


Z by Michael Thomas Ford

Game On Fiction

Calico Joe by John Grisham



For love of the game: a novel by Michael Shaara






Foul lines: a novel about the NBA by Jack MacCallum and Jon Wertheim



Miracle cure by Harlan Coben



Dream breakers by Elizabeth Gill



Hide & seek: a novel by James Patterson






Running the rift: a novel by Naomi Benaron

Great Outdoor Fiction

Winter study by Nevada Barr



Prodigal summer: a novel by Barbara Kingsolver



The call of the wild by Jack London



Once upon a river: a novel by Bonnie Jo Campbell



True north: a novel by Jim Harrison



Ordinary wolves by Seth Kantner

Curtains Up Fiction

Messy: a novel by Heather Cocks & Jessica Morgan

Hollyweird by Terri Clark

The art of wishing by Lindsay Ribar

Broadway lights: a novel by Jen Calonita

Love me by Rachel Shukert

So much it hurts by Monique Polak

Starstruck by Rachel Shukert

The trouble with flirting by Claire LaZebnik

Curtains Up Fiction

The redhead revealed by Alice Clayton

Actors anonymous: a novel by James Franco

A decent interval by Simon Brett

Lucky break: a novel by Esther Freud

Box office poison by Phillipa Bornikova

From Notting Hill with love - actually by Ali McNamara

An accidental affair by Eric Jerome Dickey

Not without you by Harriet Evans

Best Summer Books of 2014

Take a look at Publishers Weekly's Best Summer Books for 2014, or Huffington Post's 30 Books You Need To Read in 2014. We've listed some of the titles below:

Half a king by Joe Abercrombie


The black-eyed blonde: a Philip Marlowe novel by Benjamin Black


Another great day at sea: life aboard the USS George H.W. Bush by Geoff Dyer ; with photographs by Chris Steele -Perkins


Comics Squad: recess! by comics by Jarrett J. Krosoczka, Gene Yang, Eric Wight, Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm, Ursula Vernon, Dan Santat, Raina Telgemeier and Dave Roman, Dav Pilkey ; edited by Jennifer L. Holm, Matthew Holm, and Jarrett J. Krosoczka


We were liars by E. Lockhart

Fiction for Dog Lovers

 

The art of racing in the rain: a novel by Garth Stein


Dog: a novella by Michelle Herman


Dog stories by edited by Diana Secker Tesdell


Dogs and goddesses by Jennifer Crusie, Anne Stuart, and Lani Diane Rich


A dog's journey by W. Bruce Cameron


A dog's purpose by W. Bruce Cameron


A girl's best friend by Elizabeth Young

Fiction by East Indian authors

A good Indian wife: a novel by Anne Cherian


Brick lane: a novel by Monica Ali


The inheritance of loss by Kiran Desai


The god of small things by Arundhati Roy


The white tiger: a novel by Aravind Adiga


The death of Vishnu by Manil Suri


Cutting for stone: a novel by Abraham Verghese

Books about Teens and Illness

The fault in our stars by John Green

Broken by CJ Lyons


Charm & strange by Stephanie Kuehn


Breathless by Lurlene McDaniel


All these lives by Sarah Wylie

Get well soon by Julie Halpern


Cameron and the girls by Edward Averett

Teen Adventurers and Survivors

Being Henry David by Cal Armistead
Why We Took the Car by Wolfgang Herrndorf
Navigating Early by Clare Vanderpool
Searching for Sky by Jillian Cantor
Peak by Roland Smith
Let's Get Lost by Adi Alsaid
Museum of Intangible Things by Wendy Wunder
Night of the Howling Dogs by Graham Salisbury
White Darkness: a Novel by Geraldine McCaughrean

Kids on Stage

Annabel the actress, starring in camping it up by Ellen Conford ; illustrated by Renee W. Andriani

Stage fright by David Lubar ; illustrated by Matt Loveridge

Lights, camera— cats! by Carolyn Keene ; illustrated by Macky Pamintuan

Better Nate than ever by Tim Federle

Picture perfect by P.G. Kain

William's midsummer dreams by Zilpha Keatley Snyder

Starring Jules (in drama-rama) by Beth Ain ; illustrated by Anne Keenan Higgins

Michigan Fiction

The burning of Rachael Hayes by Doug Allyn


Company man: a novel by Joseph Finder


Eden Springs: a novella by Laura Kasischke


Freshwater boys by Adam Schuitema


The river swimmer: novellas by Jim Harrison


Ford Road by Amy Kenyon


Say nice things about Detroit by Scott Lasser

Michigan Mysteries