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Ham on Rye

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Ham on Rye

Charles Bukowski’s Ham on Rye is honest, straightforward, and at times gruesome. The novel follows the life of Henry Chinaski as he struggles to come of age during the depression whilst dealing with a domineering father and a host of schoolyard enemies. Born in Germany and living in poverty, he is an outsider in almost every way. In a thinly veiled autobiographical narrative, Bukowski explores all of the harsh realities of growing up; from bullying to acne, this novel covers it all in excruciating detail while the reader watches Henry Chinaski go from a little boy to a very bitter young man with few prospects. Readers who are fans of straightforward prose and painfully realistic writing will love Ham on Rye.

Reviewed by Sarah F., Matthews Branch

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Mermaids in Paradise

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Honeymooners, Deb and Chip, are on a beautiful Caribbean island resort. They eat, relax, and meet new people; it’s everything they ever wanted. That is, until they meet Nancy, a marine biologist and does she have an amazing tale to share! Nancy has just seen a real-live mermaid in the reef! Chip and Deb witness them too, and the adventure begins. Soon, evil workers for the resort come in to make money of the mermaid discovery; they want to make a mermaid theme park. A wide variety of adventurous types soon get involved to make this read hilarious and action packed. This is a great quick read; it has mystery, mythical creatures, murder, and laughs. If you like Carl Hiaasen and Christopher Moore, this is the book for you!

Reviewed by Maeve C., University City Regional

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How to Tell Toledo from the Night Sky

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How to Tell Toledo from the Night Sky

Lydia Netzer is a surprising and refreshing new voice in magical realism. Her second novel tells the story of two souls destined for love since before their birth and their scheming mothers who designed them for each other. Cold and logical Diana and dreamer George make an interesting fated pair. An intriguing storyline punctuated with instances of little miracles and implausible events fits this novel perfectly into the magical realism genre. The characters are vibrant and interesting and the periodic flashbacks serve to flesh out their unusual and often tragic histories. Twists and surprises abound in this funny and charming novel; those who enjoyed Like Water for Chocolate will love How to Tell Toledo from the Night Sky.

Reviewed by Sarah F., Matthews Branch

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Under a Graveyard Sky

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A plague is coming, it manifests with mild flu-like symptoms, and then seemingly goes away. A few weeks later the infected go through a sudden and violent transformation, being taken by the rabies-like second stage of the virus they revert to an animal-like mental state marked with extreme violence toward any uninfected person. In this disaster a retired airborne soldier has one priority, protect his family, fortunately they are `prepers` and they`ve prepared for a civilization ending plague for years. His mechanically minded wife and two competition shooting daughters are armed and ready for the apocalypse. The first book in the increasingly fantastic Dark Tide Rising series, John Ringo delivers with another great action story.

Reviewed by Jonathan W., South County Regional

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11/22/63 : a novel

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Stephen King delves into the realm of Alternative History with 11/22/63. Jake Epping’s life is turned upside down when he is offered the opportunity to travel back in time to prevent the assassination of JFK, or whatever ills Jake thinks he can rectify. Take a tour of the 1960s with Jake as he is immersed in a world markedly different from his own. He’s given a chance to live a life he never expected to live and make decisions that will drastically affect the lives of others. In his usual form, Stephen King leaves the reader dangling on the hook of suspense, always wondering what will happen next.

Reviewed by Jeff G., University City Regional

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Live Free or Die

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Live Free or Die

So it turns out a race that has conquered interstellar travel can easily just drop big rocks on a few large cities and make our entire planet agree to servitude. Earth is now an old-fashioned Fiefdom to an intergalactic empire and has to hand over as many useful heavy metals as it can mine in exchange for not losing any more cities. In this desperate situation former writer Tyler Vernon rises and finds the one, surprising, thing on Earth friendly alien races are willing to trade for. Now he has the supply, they have the demand, and Tyler has leverage to get the technology humanity desperately needs to fight back. A funny and brilliantly conceived novel and beginning of the Troy Rising series by acclaimed author John Ringo.

Reviewed by Jonathan W., South County Regional

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Into the Looking Glass

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A mysterious explosion at a Florida university kills thousands and opens a door, to where no one knows. Suddenly there are new inter-dimensional gateways to other planets opening on a regular basis all over the world, and only Dr. William Weaver can predict where they`ll appear next. Then the invasion begins. Fearsome genetically engineered creatures begin flooding through the gates, intent on killing any native life and replacing it with their own ecosystem, as they have with thousands of planets throughout the galaxy. Suddenly Dr. Weaver is joined by a team of Navy SEAL`s with one mission, close the gates before humanity loses its last war. A fantastic read with exciting action, this was a great introduction the Sci-Fi of John Ringo.

Reviewed by Jonathan W., South County Regional

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The Boy On the Bridge

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It’s 1982. Laura Reid is an American college student studying abroad in Leningrad at the height of Cold War paranoia. She meets the charming Alyosha, a young Soviet dissident, who introduces her to unusual artists, black market shopping, and evading the authorities. Despite knowing she could be expelled and sent back to America, Laura embarks on an intense romance with Alyosha. Laura’s friends suspect Alyosha is manipulating her. Is Alyosha truly in love with Laura, or is he using her to gain a passport to America? Standiford keeps readers guessing until the end. As Laura’s semester abroad closes, she will make a life-changing decision that will affect both of their lives. An engaging historical romance, Standiford captures the struggles and uncertainty of young love.

Reviewed by Bobbie M., Independence Regional

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Carsick: John Waters Hitchhikes Across America

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Carsick: John Waters Hitchhikes Across America

“I’m Not Psycho” says the sign John Waters holds to hitchhike cross-country. The sixty-six year old cult film director once referred to as the “Pope of Trash” is unsure if anyone will pick up the odd looking man with the pencil mustache. In two fictional tales, Waters imagines the best and worst case travel scenarios, vignettes as hilarious and twisted as his movies. In real life, Waters is genuinely surprised and touched by the more normal, but no less interesting drivers he encounters on the road. Even Waters couldn’t predict that he would become great friends with a twenty-year old young Republican he nicknames the “Corvette Kid.” A surprising portrait of both the author and America, Carsick is an engaging travel memoir.

Reviewed by Bobbie M., Independence Regional

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Bone Crossed

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Bone Crossed is the fourth book of the Mercy Thompson series. It is an entertaining and plot driven page-turner. The primary setting is the home and mechanic shop of Mercy, the human coyote, who has an alpha werewolf as a boyfriend. Minor characters are intertwined with strong, memorable characters of the supernatural kind such as vampires, werewolves, and fae. The plot sparks with a rape and murder and thickens after an old college “human” friend comes to visit Mercy. Her friend complains that her house is possessed by ghosts. It turns out that her friend is in a lot of trouble since she has met an old and powerful vampire with a scheming taste for power.

Reviewed by Lateefah T., Beatties Ford Road Branch

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