Fiction

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Beartown : a novel

Fredrik Backman

FICTION Backman Fredrik
Fiction

"From the New York Times bestselling author of A Man Called Ove, My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She's Sorry, and Britt-Marie Was Here, comes a poignant, charming novel about a forgotten town fractured by scandal, and the amateur hockey team that might just change everything. Winning a junior ice hockey championship might not mean a lot to the average person, but it means everything to the residents of Beartown, a community slowly being eaten alive by unemployment and the surrounding wilderness. A victory like this would draw national attention to the ailing town: it could attract government funding and an influx of talented athletes who would choose Beartown over the big nearby cities. A victory like this would certainly mean everything to Amat, a short, scrawny teenager who is treated like an outcast everywhere but on the ice; to Kevin, a star player just on the cusp of securing his golden future in the NHL; and to Peter, their dedicated general manager whose own professional hockey career ended in tragedy. At first, it seems like the team might have a shot at fulfilling the dreams of their entire town. But one night at a drunken celebration following a key win, something happens between Kevin and the general manager's daughter--and the next day everything seems to have changed. Accusations are made and, like ripples on a pond, they travel through all of Beartown, leaving no resident unaffected. With so much riding on the success of the team, the line between loyalty and betrayal becomes difficult to discern. At last, it falls to one young man to find the courage to speak the truth that it seems no one else wants to hear. Fredrik Backman knows that we are forever shaped by the places we call home, and in this emotionally powerful, sweetly insightful story, he explores what can happen when we carry the heavy weight of other people's dreams on our shoulders"--

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This is the first book I’ve read by Fredrik Backman, so I went into it without any expectations based on his previous work. I’m glad because I’d hate to have read this amazing story and feel let down because it lacked the lightness people expected. Beartown is a hockey town and the sport affects everyone, but this isn’t a hockey story. It’s about the people and their actions. Hockey constantly surrounds them, it’s grip strangling at times, but it’s what the characters do off the ice that show their true colors. There’s violence and heartbreak, secrets and lies. You know what’s going to happen — everyone does — but even when it plays out exactly how you expect, you can’t stop reading. Even when I was frustrated, I was captivated. A reviewer on Amazon compared Backman to Dickens and I agree. My heart hurts, but I’m a better person for having read this story. -Meredith

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Boy meets girl

Meg Cabot

FICTION Cabot, Meg
Fiction

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A quick read that will leave you with a smile on your face. -Meredith

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A man called Ove : a novel

Fredrik Backman

FICTION Backman, Fredrik
Fiction

Meet Ove. He's a curmudgeon; the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him 'the bitter neighbour from hell'. But must Ove be bitter just because he doesn't walk around with a smile plastered to his face all the time? Behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness. So when one November morning a chatty young couple with two chatty young daughters move in next door and accidentally flatten Ove's mailbox, it is the lead-in to a comical and heartwarming tale of unkempt cats, unexpected friendship, and the ancient art of backing up a U-Haul. All of which will change one cranky old man and a local residents' association to their very foundations.

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I’m late to the party on this one. I don’t think there’s a new way to describe how much I loved this book. A little advice? Don’t read the final chapter in public. You’ll cry. People will stare. You might have a very Ove-like reaction in response that they won’t understand and then you’ll be sad about that. -Meredith

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Everything you want me to be : a novel

Mindy Mejia

FICTION Mejia Mindy
Fiction, Suspense

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I don't really know what I can say without being all spoil-ey, but I started this as an audio and had to check out the actual book because it wasn't being read fast enough. -Meredith

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Lincoln in the Bardo : a novel

George Saunders

FICTION Saunders George
Fiction

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Lovely book. A bit of a halting read in a print format. Loved the audiobook. David Sedaris reads the part of one of the ghosts! -Melody

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I liked my life

Abby Fabiaschi

FICTION Fabiasch Abby
Fiction

Meredith's picture

This was a beautiful story about a wife and mother who tries to help her family come to terms with her sudden death. It’s a sad premise, but if I had to describe this book in one word, I would choose insightful. I got so much more out of it than I expected. -Meredith

And every morning the way home gets longer and longer : a novella book cover

And every morning the way home gets longer and longer : a novella

Fredrik Backman

FICTION Backman Fredrik
Fiction

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A lovely story. It will make you cry, but it's worth it. -Meredith

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It devours!

Joseph (Fiction writer) Fink

SCIENCE FICTION Fink Joseph
Fiction, Fantasy

From the authors of the New York Times bestselling novel Welcome to Night Vale and the creators of the #1 international podcast of the same name, comes a mystery exploring the intersections of faith and science, the growing relationship between two young people who want desperately to trust each other, and the terrifying, toothy power of the Smiling God. Nilanjana Sikdar is an outsider to the town of Night Vale. Working for Carlos, the town's top scientist, she relies on fact and logic as her guiding principles. But all of that is put into question when Carlos gives her a special assignment investigating a mysterious rumbling in the desert wasteland outside of town. This investigation leads her to the Joyous Congregation of the Smiling God, and to Darryl, one of its most committed members. Caught between her beliefs in the ultimate power of science and her growing attraction to Darryl, she begins to suspect the Congregation is planning a ritual that could threaten the lives of everyone in town. Nilanjana and Darryl must search for common ground between their very different world views as they are faced with the Congregation's darkest and most terrible secret.

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Listened to the audiobook and found the story engaging. -Melody

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Attachments

Rainbow Rowell

FICTION Rowell, Rainbow
Fiction

Beth and Jennifer know their company monitors their office e-mail, but they still spend all day sending each other messages, gossiping about their coworkers at the newspaper and baring their personal lives like an open book. When Lincoln applied to be an Internet security officer, he hardly imagined he'd be sifting through other people's inboxes like some sort of electronic Peeping Tom. Lincoln is supposed to turn people in for misusing company e-mail, but he can't bring himself to crack down on Beth and Jennifer. He can't help but be entertained and captivated by their stories. But by the time Lincoln realizes he's falling for Beth, it's way too late for him to ever introduce himself. After a series of close encounters and missed connections, Lincoln decides it's time to muster the courage to follow his heart, even if he can't see exactly where it's leading him.

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A romantic comedy via e-mail thanks to company policy that gives Lincoln O’Neill the right to monitor the hilarious e-mails between Beth Fremont and Jennifer Scribner-Snyder. -Meredith

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Saving CeeCee Honeycutt

Beth Hoffman

FICTION Hoffman, Beth
Fiction

For years, 12-year-old CeeCee Honeycutt has been the caretaker of her psychotic mother, Camille-the tiara-toting, lipstick-smeared laughingstock of an entire town. But when Camille is hit by a truck and killed, CeeCee is left to fend for herself. To the rescue comes her previously unknown great-aunt from Savannah, Tootie Caldwell, who whirls CeeCee into her world of female friendship, strong women, wacky humor, and good old-fashioned heart.

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CeeCee Honeycutt is a smart 12-year-old girl who has the burden of caring for her mentally ill mother. After her mother’s sudden death, CeeCee is “saved” by her previously unknown great-aunt and her group of women-friends. Through humor, good food, great books, and new friendships, CeeCee discovers a new world. -Meredith