Staff Reading Picks

Comfort: A Journey Through Grief

by Ann Hood
ISBN:9780393064568

How does one recover from the plenary grief of losing a precious five-year-old child? Novelist Hood’s answer is simple: one doesn’t. After her daughter died suddenly , she just moved along with life. Next, the grief began to shift from being her primary focus to second place, then into periodic episodes of overwhelming anguish.  The grief never really leaves, she says; it just stops eclipsing all else. Especially after she took up knitting, a pastime that occupied her mind in such a way that she couldn’t knit and grieve at the same time. Ultimately, she, her husband, and their son moved on and, it seems, finally found their way to a likeness of the happiness they once had. -

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Keeping the House

by Ellen Baker
ISBN:9781400066353

Lonely, restless, and bored with her life as a housewife in 1950s Pine Rapids, Wisconsin, Dolly Magnuson becomes fascinated by the abandoned grand old house on the hill overlooking the town and sets out to unravel the dark secrets of the family that had once owned it.

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She got up off the couch

by Haven Kimmel
ISBN:9780743285001

In this hilarious and heartbreaking appreciation of her mother, Kimmel  takes up where she left off in A Girl Named Zippy with more stories about her family and friends and her hometown of Mooreland, IN, once again narrating from a child's point of view. After 20 years of marriage, mother-of-three Delonda Jarvis takes a television ad as a sign from God that the time has come for her to take a College Level Entrance Placement test. But going to isn't so simple: Mrs. Jarvis doesn't know how to drive and has  little money. What she lacks in financial resources, however, is more than made up by her fortitude, determination, and ingenuity.

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Third Degree

by Greg Iles
ISBN:9780446577397

A tale spanning a traumatic single day follows Liz Pike, who awakens in her small-town home to discover her husband frantically preparing for what he claims is an IRS audit, but she soon realizes that he has discovered the truth about her affair with another man.

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The Traveling Troutmans

by Miriam Toews
ISBN:9781582434391

Follow the Troutmans as they learn about themselves and each other through chaos as diverse as their personalities, while embarking on a journey across the United States weathering sleazy motel rooms, car repairs, and bizarre people.

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