I’m Thinking of Ending Things by Iain Reid – “In this deeply suspenseful and irresistibly unnerving debut novel, a man and his girlfriend are on their way to a secluded farm. When the two take an unexpected detour, she is left stranded in a deserted high school, wondering if there is any escape at all. What follows is a twisted unraveling that will haunt you long after the last page is turned.” - Lisa C.
My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell you She’s Sorry by Fredrik Backman – “Elsa is seven years old and different. Her grandmother is seventy-seven years old and crazy—as in standing-on-the-balcony-firing-paintball-guns-at-strangers crazy. She is also Elsa’s best, and only, friend. At night Elsa takes refuge in her grandmother’s stories, in the Land-of-Almost-Awake and the Kingdom of Miamas, where everybody is different and nobody needs to be normal. When Elsa’s grandmother dies and leaves behind a series of letters apologizing to people she has wronged, Elsa’s greatest adventure begins. Her grandmother’s instructions lead her to an apartment building full of drunks, monsters, attack dogs, and old crones but also to the truth about fairy tales and kingdoms and a grandmother like no other. Mr. Backman has given us another heartwarming story that will reaffirm your faith in humanity. I am looking forward to reading his next book, “Britt Marie was Here”. – TJ
Dark Matter by Blake Crouch – “Are you happy with your life?” Those are the last words Jason Dessen hears before the masked abductor knocks him unconscious. After blasting through the Wayward Pines series by this author (a sci-fi/thriller set in rural southern Idaho) I won a copy of his new thriller and finished it within 24 hours. Another reviewer summed it up as “a sci fi/speculative fiction love story with philosophy sauce all over it” and I can’t say more without giving away the plot. – April
A Great Reckoning by Louise Penny [Release date: August 30, 2016]. This is the 12th book in the bestselling Chief Inspector Gamache series by Louise Penny. This latest mystery places Armand Gamache in a new role as a commander of the Sûreté Academy d Québec, and leads investigators back to Three Pines, the remote village where Gamache now lives. “Gamache fans will be thrilled by the way this installment unlocks some of the series’ enduring questions: Why is Three Pines off the grid? Why do we know so little about Gamache’s past? At the same time, the main plot offers a compelling mystery and a rich human drama in which no character is either entirely good or evil, and each is capable of inspiring empathy.” [Booklist, June 2016] This is a fascinating read that will keep you guessing until the last page. – Claudia
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah – This was a book club selection for us recently and the author makes characters come to life, you can really feel their feelings. “With courage, grace and powerful insight, bestselling author Kristin Hannah takes her talented pen to the epic panorama of WWII and illuminates an intimate part of history seldom seen: the women’s war. The Nightingale tells the stories of two sisters, separated by years and experience, by ideals, passion and circumstance, each embarking on her own dangerous path toward survival, love, and freedom in German-occupied, war-torn France--a heartbreakingly beautiful novel that celebrates the resilience of the human spirit and the durability of women. It is a novel for everyone, a novel for a lifetime.” – Paula
A Man Called Ove: a Novel by Fredrik Backman – This book reminded me of my Uncle Louie, a tough but caring man. I definitely came to love Ove. This wonderful story on the way our lives affect others features Ove (pronounced Oo-vuh), a grumpy yet loveable man finds his solitary world turned on its head when a boisterous young family moves in next door…”a comical and heartwarming tale of unkempt cats, unexpected friendship, and the ancient art of backing up a U-Haul.” - Shawn
The Aromatherapy Garden by Kathi Keville - Very detailed with wonderful pictures! The Aromatherapy Garden explains how fragrant plants can be as therapeutic as they are intoxicating, and how easy it is to add this captivating element to gardens large and small. It reveals the scents, secrets, and science behind fragrant plants, and how to optimize the full benefits of fragrance. Hone your powers of concentration with lemon verbena. Beat the blues with wintersweet. And use rose geranium to relieve anxiety and stress. Revealed here are the scents, secrets, and science behind plant aromatherapy, and how to optimize its full benefits. Detailed plant profiles will help you create a beautiful source of restorative aromas, oils, sachets, teas, and more. The nose knows—and with Keville’s expertise, now you too can create your own sanctuary of health and happiness. - Dena
Painted Horses by Malcom Brooks - The Everybody Reads! Choice for 2016. "Painted Horses is the story of a young woman on a journey to tame a wild landscape, the tide of progress in the middle of the 'American century,' and a beautiful and passionate love story told by an extraordinary and exciting new literary voice. " Brooks’ ability to make a descriptive impression with even the sparest of words gives the reader the feeling he/she is truly looking through the eyes of the character. His imagery is absolutely stunning, in my opinion. He uses his settings to develop the depth of his two main characters and the reader gets a strong sense of the forces, conflicts and choices which ultimately bring them to knowledge of their own minds and convictions. Because of the frankness of his writing I would recommend this selection for mature readers. – Jenny
The Sneetches and Other Stories by Dr. Seuss - This book has a story about sneetches with green stars on their tummies. It teaches us that just because some sneetches have certain characteristics (green stars) that it doesn’t make them better than any of the other sneetches that do not have the green stars. I used this book to teach kids that it doesn’t matter what you look like; it is what is inside that matters. – Chris
Everybody Reads 2017
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S.M. Hulse will be visiting area libraries including Nezperce on Nov. 8.
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