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A truly excellent read, the true star of this story is the city itself. Doyle is an expert wordsmith and his characters are deep and genuine.
This is a fun, well paced read about a fictional sailing family and their trials and tribulations, as they reunite to prepare for the big sailboat race. Great characters and quite salty.
A departure from Sanford's usual but a gripping and engaging read. Good science and vivid characters. Gritty, funny, and well-paced. Space war in the near future. Fun read!
Well constructed, relentless and provocative; this is a great read that will have you asking yourself new questions about the meaning of life. Soulful and artful.
Former slave writing the story of his life from his jail cell two days before his hanging for the kidnapping and murder of his masters wife. It's grim and brutal but it's also an enduring glove story. Well paced and written.
Excellent, lyrical writing with deep, often quirky and flawed, but likeable characters. Engaging story of the challenges that go with living on the edge of the frontier.
Music, itself, narrates and along with his famous friends, tell the story of the greatest guitar player on earth. This is a great read! The characters sparkle and Albom is a master story teller.
Creative living- a life driven by curiosity rather than fear. Why? Because that's where the "Big Magic" abides. A truly engaging and entertaining read, and the funniest "self help" books I've ever read.
Excellent historical fiction - based on actual events. Larger-than-life characters including Edison, Westinghouse, J.P. Morgan, and Tesla engage each other in a legal clash over the light bulb. Mystery, thriller, fun read!!
Fast-paced, well constructed story of an unlikely hero in the middle of North Dakota oil boom gang war. There are drugs and criminals and corruption. And boy is it cold!
Meet Sebastian Rudd, rogue lawyer. Outside the box, tough, and eager to take cases no one else will consider. He's rude, smart, and very funny. This may be Grisham's new hero. A great read!!
What begins as a tragedy with a real hero, quickly becomes a "who-done-it?" Entertaining, well constructed and believable.A Melissa, Marlene and Derrick staff pick too! It's that good!!
Powerful, cultural and sociological statement regarding the broken white working class that reads like a reference to American in the 21st century. Very understandable and well written.
In typical Patrick Lee fashion, this read does not let up. If you travel back in time, does the present and future change? What if you go back and forth making little tweaks?
Book #2 in the series that began with Natchez Burning. The story continues off the "Double Eagles." From the 60s to present day, the sons now rule the KKK splinter group, but the fathers still relish the old ways. Historically and culturally well researched. Captivating!!
A truly excellent read, well paced and very well researched. King spins a great story and this is an interesting take on the ramifications of time travel and altering history.
A truly excellent read! It's not often a book and a writer live up to jacket compliments and rave reviews, but Ms. Hulse is the real deal! The book is smart and sensitive and wise. The music descriptions are right on. My pick of the decade. I'm so looking forward to another!
Although it's set in a story of revenge, this is an excellent historical fiction read. Based on real events and starring real historical figures, this is a real story.
As often happens when you read Grisham, you learn so much from his superior research that you can't help adopting a new worthy cause. This time it's the horrors of strip mining and the ravages of black lung disease. A captivating read!
Sheriff gone bad Patrick Drake is on parole and living with Deputy Bobby Drake (Patrick's son). Bobby is suspicious of his father, mostly thanks to the relentless pursuit of Detective Driscoll who is convinced that Patrick is guilty of much more than smuggling. Did dad really kill 2 men and steal $400k? The plot winds to a thrilling conclusion.
High tech global domination and the struggle to change the world. An engaging 1st novel, well written and fresh. Spies with code names like Paige Turner, Trip Hazards and Sarah Tonin saving the globe. I really wish I could read this one again for the 1st time. My favorite so far this year
Fed up with humanity, our hero gets on his boat to sail west and then west and be his own country. He soon acquires an odd group of strays of all kinds. Doyle is, once again, fortunate to spin stories of such interesting beings.
An excellent read. Complex and believable characters plus a plotline that weaves around spot-on historical and cultural research. Written by a real southerner. Book 1 of a trilogy.
Stranded on Mars after a mission-ending accident. It would take months to mount a rescue, even if Earth knew you were still alive. Luckily, you are a botanist/engineer who is good at fixing things AND you have a real sense of humor, which makes your journal a fun and engaging read!
Interesting read about the medical industry's mishandling of the aging process, and it's misunderstanding of the real needs of the aging population.
The subtitle "musings from the road" says it all! Road stories, jokes, pictures, background on songs...a little bit of everything "Willie." A fun read.
Well constructed mystery. An entertaining read with well-researched ties to real life events. Excellent plot that will keep you turning the pages.
A masterful read! Scary, creepy, and thought provoking. Many would argue this is King's best work - I agree.
Box is adept at including the reader on the case. By the time you get through it really seems like everyone did it. Fun read.
A genuine space opera. Rescuing the entire human race at stake. Well constructed and believable, follow the early history of the conquest of the galaxy. Excellent space and future story.
One of the funniest books of all time! You can't go home unless you're insane, and wanting to go home is proof of sanity.
Brian Doyle tells the story of a town. A most fortunate writer: Mr. Doyle is adept at finding the most interesting characters to help spin his tales. Another delightful read by my new favorite.
This little book is loaded with information that will enhance your fly-fishing experience many times over. Tips and insights that take years to learn by accident. Take it with you to the river!
The Breach, Ghost Country and Deep Sky -
An excellent, can't put it down read by Patrick Lee. Global intrigue with complex characters and believable plot. The pace is relentless through all 3 books, and the answers are buried in the future. My favorite read in 2014.
A funny, poignant, enlightening story of one very sad man's encounter with the essence of happiness. Tremendously uplifting and well written.One of Derrick and Melissa's staff picks as well.
McCarthy masterfully paints a dreary, hostile post apocalyptic landscape as a backdrop for a father-son story. A tribute to the depth of hope and spirit.
An excellent read! A survival story packed with life skills we could all use. Patience, focus and persistence. Should be required reading for young people.
"Can't put it down history"-Walter Cronkite.The story of the American Dust Bowl, told in a way that puts the reader inside the story. You can taste the dust.Also, a Derrick staff pick!
A powerful and enlightening journey of self reckoning. No matter what task you are involved in, if your mind is in the right place, you are doing art.
If you like your humor twisted and politically incorrect, Moore is right up your alley. A funny and entertaining read.
An engaging dystrophic tale set in 2025. Follow Lauren Olamina as she struggles to survive in a very hostile world after social chaos destroys her home and family. Believable and literate.
Informative and interesting read that reveals a lot about a remarkable journey. There's personal struggles with his cultural upbringing and his search for truth.
One of the most influential books of the new age movement, Castaneda shares his encounters and experiences as he follows his shaman on the path to become a "man of knowledge."
Complex characters in a deep plotline set against a rugged Oregon coast logging family resisting union encroachment. Kesey writes like Hemingway and the characters and the story line make this book hard to put down from the very first page.