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Patty's Recommends

The Boys in the Boat

I barely even knew what 'crew' racing was before I picked up this book. But the story of the hard work, teh hard knocks, drive and determination of these nine young men was very inspiring. Joe's story was especially touching. Cast out by his father and step mother as a teenager, living by himself in the cold, working in the woods, ALWAYS hungry, he overcame so much to get an education and row for the UW team. You will not be able to put down this absolutely amazing book. - Patty

ISBN-13: 9780143125471
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Books, 5/2014

Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher by Timothy Egan

ISBN-13: 9780544102767
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Published: Mariner Books, 8/2013

In this biography about Edward Curtis, Egan really

brings out the drive Curtis had to record for posterity

the customs, family life and traditions of Native

Americans before it all disappeared.  I think we all

have seen one of Edward's photos at one time or

another; they are moving & unforgettable. Curtis

sacrificed his own family & health for his vision & we

are all fortunate that he did.  A great read.  -Patty

The Silver Star by Jeannette Walls

The Silver Star (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9781451661507
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Published: Scribner, 6/2013

When their mother disappears from home for over 2

weeks, the two "semi" abandoned sisters, Liz & Bean

board a bus and travel cross country to the only other

relative they know - Uncle Tinsley.  They arrive in Vir-

ginia (unexpected of course) and try to get settled in

the small town of Byler.  A town where the girls  find

that living isn't always as innocent & simple as they

thought, but "family" can be constant & protective. -Patty

Gone Girl

Gone Girl (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9780307588364
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Published: Crown, 6/2012

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

This is modern fiction at its best.  Edgy, dark razor-

sharp characters and writing with a psycho twist.  The

book starts a little slowly but all of the sudden, you

discover you are on a roller coaster heading down a

100 foot drop! Compelling - - you won't be able to

put it down.  Warning: This is not a book for your



The Aviator's Wife

The Aviator's Wife (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9780345528674
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Published: Delacorte Press, 1/2013
One of my favorite historical novels of the last year, written from Anne Morrow Lindbergh's perspective.  We see what a strong, loyal, loving woman she was.  Anne grew up a shy young woman first thrown into fame as the wife of the world-famous Charles Lindbergh, then with the kidnapping and death of her first son.  Her strength and character were the guiding posts of her life, especially in her relationship with her husband.  This is an absolutely wonderful, fascinating novel - a must read!  -Patty

Back Fire

Backfire (Mass Market Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9780515153019
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Published: Jove, 6/2013
For a quick, fast-paced summer read, you can't beat one of Coulter's FBI thrillers.  Married agents Savich and Sherlock travel to San Francisco to help investigate the shooting of their friend Judge Hunt.  So sit back, relax, and have some "brain candy". -Patty

Queen's Gambit

Queen's Gambit (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9781476703060
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Published: Simon & Schuster, 6/2013
I love historical fiction, and this novel about Katherine Parr's life is a winner.  As the final wife of Henry VIII, one fo the most well known kings in English history, this novel explores theworld of power, intrigue, and danger (both political and especially religious) that Katherine was swept into when Henry saw her at court and decided to marry her.  Well-written and enjoyable.  -Patty

Above All Things

Above All Things (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9780399160585
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Putnam Adult, 2/2013
Much has been written about mountain climber George Mallory.  He was dashing, daring, and adventuresome.  What I really liked about this story were the thoughts and feelings of his wife Ruth.  Through her we learn how his expeditions affected her and their children.  Ruth stayed home not knowing if or when her husband would return, and managing to hold the family together with little money or resources.  When her husband was away, she rarely went out because she was constantly pestered by the media, neighbors, and even strangers for updates about George.  Even though we know how this book ends, it is well worth reading.  Beautifully written and very moving.  -Patty

The Orchardist

The Orchardist (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9780062188519
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Published: Harper Perennial, 4/2013
What makes a family?  Is it the sharing of common blood, or the affection of the heart?  In this well-written novel we meet lonely William Talmadge, an eastern Washington orchardist.  His quiet world changes as two pregnant sisters enter his life and he takes responsibility for not only the girls but their unborn babies also.  I loved the detail of Talmadge's life and work in the orchard.  A thoughtful, satisfying novel. -Patty

Eighty Days

ISBN-13: 9780345527264
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Ballantine Books, 2/2013
I enjoyed traveling around the world with the "plucky" Nellie Bly.  At a period in time when women weren't allowed to do much on their own, Bly managed to set up and execute an adventuresome trip.  Traveling by ship, train, camel, or whatever, she followed the fictional route of Phileas Fogg (Jules Verne's fictional world traveler).  Unbeknownst to Nellie, another woman, Elizabeth Bisland, started her race around the world the same day as Nellie, but traveling west instead of east.  Which woman will win the race for the fastest trip around the world?  Read this book and find out.  Patty

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