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November & December Library Staff Reading Recommendations

Books read and recommended by Martins Ferry Public Library Staff.

A simple thing - Kathleen McCleary
Publisher: William Morrow
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 07/01/2012
ISBN-13: 9780062106230
ISBN-10: 0062106236
When she and her children move to remote and rustic Sounder Island for one year, Susannah Delaney meets a woman who changes her forever and discovers that leading a simple life doesn't mean that love and family are any simpler.
The Chaperone - by Laura Moriarty
Publisher: Riverhead Books
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 06/05/2012
ISBN-13: 9781594487019
ISBN-10: 1594487014
Hired to chaperone 15-year-old budding starlet Louise Brooks in New York City during the summer of 1922, respectable Kansas housewife Cora Carlisle has her work cut out for her -- Louise is as cunning as she is charismatic, not to mention precocious, willful, and self-destructive. But Cora has her own private reasons for accepting the job, and her pursuit of her hidden agenda will change her life forever. Although The Chaperone takes place more than a decade before Amor Towles' Rules of Civility, both New York-set novels explore complicated relationships between women who test cultural boundaries in the pursuit of self-discovery while defying their era's social conventions to achieve their goals.
Jellicoe Road - Melina Marchetta
Publisher: HarperTeen
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 09/01/2008
ISBN-13: 9780061431845
ISBN-10: 0061431842
Abandoned by her drug-addicted mother at the age of eleven, high school student Taylor Markham struggles with her identity and family history at a boarding school in Australia.
My Berlin kitchen: a love story, with recipes - Luisa Weiss
Publisher: Viking
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 09/01/2012
ISBN-13: 9780670025381
ISBN-10: 0670025380
The creator of "The Wednesday Chef" blog discusses her youth spent shifting between her father's home in Boston and her Italian mother's home in Berlin and her decision to pursue a culinary vocation in Germany.
Hidden America : from coal miners to cowboys, an extraordinary exploration of the unseen people who make this country work - Jeanne Marie Laskas
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 09/13/2012
ISBN-13: 9780399159008
ISBN-10: 0399159002
The award-winning "Significant Others" columnist shares character portraits of remarkable men and women whose low-profile accomplishments contribute to the running of the nation, from coal miners and oil rig workers to migrant laborers and air traffic controllers.
The pioneer woman cooks: recipes from an accidental country girl - Ree Drummond
Publisher: Harpercollins
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 11/01/2009
ISBN-13: 9780061658198
ISBN-10: 0061658197
The author shares homespun stories on adjusting to life on a ranch in the country and offers a number of recipes, including cowboy calzones, ribeye steak with whiskey cream sauce, Patsy's blackberry cobbler, and Iny's prune cake.
The racketeer - John Grisham
Publisher: Doubleday
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 10/01/2012
ISBN-13: 9780385535144
ISBN-10: 0385535147
When a federal judge and his secretary fail to appear for a scheduled trial and panicked clerks call for an FBI investigation, a harrowing murder case ensues and culminates in the imprisonment of a lawyer who imparts the story of who killed the judge andwhy.
Who I am - Pete Townshend
Publisher: HarperCollins
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 10/01/2012
ISBN-13: 9780062127242
ISBN-10: 0062127241
Spanning his entire life, the founding member of The Who presents a candid memoir that reveals his struggles with drugs, sex, and the ghosts of his troubled past, while detailing the band's meteoric rise to international fame.
Last exit to Brooklyn - Hubert Selby
Publisher: Grove Press
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 09/01/1988
ISBN-13: 9780802131379
ISBN-10: 0802131379
The decadence and violence of the urban streets is graphically portrayed in a novel set in a New York slum.
The round house - Louise Erdrich
Publisher: Harper
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 10/01/2012
ISBN-13: 9780062065247
ISBN-10: 0062065246
When his mother, a tribal enrollment specialist living on a reservation in North Dakota, slips into an abyss of depression after being brutally attacked, fourteen-year-old Joe Coutz sets out with his three friends to find the person that destroyed his family.
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