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The Sky is Everywhere
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Title: The Sky is Everywhere

Author: Jandy Nelson

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Review: This young adult novel follows the story of Lennie, whose world collapses when her older sister Bailey passes away.  At heart this is a romance, but it also explores many emotions of an 18 year old girl struggling to find her own way.  The writing is beautifully done – the author is actually a poet, and this novel is her first prose piece.  There are lots of great characters that are quirky, fun, and almost larger than life, but not so large that you don't believe they could exist, somewhere.  I would highly recommend this book to everyone, though I suspect it will be more of a hit with females and romantics.

Suggested by Becky


Pretending to Dance
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Title: Pretending to Dance

Author: Diane Chamberlain

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Review: Molly and her husband are going through the process of adopting a child. She must confront her past which includes living in an adoptive family and seeing a family member live with a difficult illness.

Suggested by Lenore

Lincoln and the Jews
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Title: Lincoln and the Jews

Author: Jonathan D. Sarna and Benjamin Shapell

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Review: This book describes Lincoln's relationship with American Jews. The many photographs handwritten letters, maps and text show Lincoln befriending and welcoming Jews into American life before and after the Civil War. 

Suggested by Lenore

AD 30 & AD 33
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Title: A.D. 30 & A.D. 33

Author:
Ted Dekker

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Review: Relates a journey of Mavia, "Queen of Egypt" through Arabian desert, hardship, struggles, loss of child, finding strength + hope and love to share. 

Suggested by Irene

Touch & Go
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Title: Touch & Go

Author: Lisa Gardner

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Review: A gripping, suspenseful story of a family's abduction, with a totally unexpected conclusion. I couldn't put it down.

Suggested by Audrey

 


The Sister Season
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Title: The Sister Season

Author: Jennifer Scott

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Review: 

Chick lit that was an easy and quick read. About relationships between mother and daughter as well as romantic partners. This delves in to the secrets from one's past that can change their present lives and how we can handle a huge impact like this. It was about not being able to cover things up forever and having to face your actions and choices whether it's when they happen or 20 years later. 

 

 
Suggested by BJ


Gaining Ground
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Title: Gaining Ground
Author: Forrest Pritchard
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Review: An engaging narrative of a young man who recently after graduation from college undertakes the operation of a family farm in the manner in which it had been run in previous generations. While providing an entertainment story the author also educates the reader about the foods we eat and why it tasted better back in the day.

Suggested by Kathy

The Farm
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Title: The Farm

Author: Tom Rob Smith

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Review:  If you are looking for a quicky read during Holiday season, try The Farm  by Tom Rob Smith. It is the story of Daniel’s mother who runs to Daniel to escape his father.  In order to protect her, Daniel must hear her story of the horrors that took place when his parents lived abroad. A surprise ending completes this suspenseful story.

Suggested by Bobbi
 


Where We Belong
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Title: Where We Belong

Author: Emily Giffin

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Review: Chick lit that was an easy and quick read. About relationships between mother and daughter as well as romantic partners. This delves in to the secrets from one's past that can change their present lives and how we can handle a huge impact like this. It was about not being able to cover things up forever and having to face your actions and choices whether it's when they happen or 20 years later. 

Suggested by Lauren