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8/16/2017
Bone Orchard - by Paul Dorion
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
BookEasy read. Keeps you engaged. Great detective deductions. Centered around Maine wilderness. Enjoyed learning about Maine.
Reviewed by: Flo from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)



8/16/2017
Her Final Breath - by Robert Dugoni
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
BookWell written novel about a serial killer- solved by Robert Dugoni's engrossing star detective- Tracy Crosswhite. Suspenseful. Touching. One of the best books I've read this year.
Reviewed by: Lorraine from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


8/16/2017
Now You See Her - by James Patterson
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
BookJames Patterson at his best. A thriller about a girl who accidentally hits and kills a man in a car accident. Caught by a Key West cop who gives her a way out of her dilemma. After they marry she discovers things in his past and she fakes her death to escape him. She moves to NY to start a new life. Years later their paths cross. You'll need to read the book to discover the exploding outcome.
Reviewed by: Kathy from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


8/16/2017
Over the Hill - by Jim Rea
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
BookA grandfather, aged 70, hikes the Pacific Coast Trail. This book took me all summer to read because it didn't hold my interest that long but I wanted to finish it since I love hiking stories. Jim did his hike over a number of years, hiking a section each year that was reasonable for him. He also had tons of hiking support in family and friends who hiked with him and in his wife and constantly picked him up for restaurants, hotels and resupplied him with food and water so he planned things very carefully and was very fortunate. The book was told from both Jim's perspective and his wife's so you got two versions of the exact same thing so basically the story was told twice.
Reviewed by: Lisa from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


8/16/2017
Private L.A. - by James Patterson
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
BookJack Morgan and his crew at "Private" are hunting down killers who are murdering people at random. Also looking for husband and wife celebrities who have been kidnapped.
Reviewed by: Dianne from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


8/16/2017
The Gardner's Grandchildren - by Barbara Willard
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
BookA British story from 1978 (honestly I would have thought it was much older from the text and language) about a family growing up on an island where the sole purpose is to take care of a garden whose owner has not been seen in years. The children have nothing normal about their lives, they don't go to school, are beaten by their dad and have an understanding that the garden, above all, is the most important thing to everyone.
Reviewed by: Lisa from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


8/15/2017
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time - by Mark Haddon
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
BookStory told from perspective of an autistic 15 year old boy. Although a savant, he has challenges in social engagements and the book poignantly lays out the emotional wreckage of the lives of the adults around him. Kudos to the author who has portrayed his teacher at a special school admirably in being able to develop his life skills. Book interestingly has a chapter numbering system that came from the boys mind that probably represents some mathematical formula; will need to research further. Listened to book on CD. Set in England so accents and terminology was entertaining.
Reviewed by: Lauren from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


8/14/2017
Belichick and Brady - by Michael Holly
Five Star Rating       NonFiction -
BookA must read for "Patriots" Fans. The story of Belichick and how he builds a team, especially with Brady. A very intriguing story for all those "Pat's" fans.
Reviewed by: Kathy from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


8/14/2017
Now you See Me - by James Patterson
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
BookJames Patterson at his best. A thriller about a girl who accidently hits and kills a man in a car accident. Caught by a Key West cop who gives her a way out of her dilemma. After they marry she discovers things in his past and she fakes her death to escape from him. She moves to N.Y. to start a new life. Years later their paths cross, you will need to read the book to discover the exploding outcome.
Reviewed by: Kathy from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


8/14/2017
The Good Widow - by Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
BookJacqueline Morales is shocked to find out that not only was her husband killed in an accident on the Hana Road in HI, (when she thought he was on a business trip to KS),but that he was with his much younger girlfriend, Dylan, who was also killed. Dylan's fiancé connects up with Jacqueline and convinces her to go with him to retrace the lovers' last days. What follows is totally unexpected and builds up to an unbelievable ending.
Reviewed by: Ellen from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


8/14/2017
The Husband - by Dean Koontz
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
BookHe was just a landscaper, making a modest living, married to the girl of his dreams who made him complete. One phone call to him, on what seemed to be an average type of day, changed the average day into a series of events, not always with positive results. The message on the phone, "...we have your wife. You can get her back for two million cash." This is one of those books that you won't put down, as Koontz takes you on a very suspenseful ride.
Reviewed by: Sandy from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


8/14/2017
The Sleepwalker - by Chris Bohjalian
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
BookWOW !! I sure didn't know much about sleepwalking, until I read this book. Just goes to show how much research Mr. Bohjalian does when writing his novels. This is one of his bests. The death of a woman, with the suspects and the reasons, and the appreciation of what her daughters where going through.... it is all good !
Reviewed by: Nancy from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


8/13/2017
Alex Cross's Trail - by James Patterson
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
BookGreat historical novel of the old south after the civil war. The conflict between black and white at that time. Unfortunately the situation continues today.
Reviewed by: Donald from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


8/13/2017
Nowhere to Run - by Mary Jane Clark
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
BookA very engaging story line. An Anthrax scare at KEY News has everyone on edge, and as more and more people who are somehow connected to the news station die, the question remains, who is behind it. There are many possible suspects you think as the plot thickens, but it is not until you are nearing the end, that it becomes clear, thanks to the help of the K-9 and a remark made by one person.
Reviewed by: Sandy from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


8/12/2017
Product Details The Forgotten Highlander: An Incredible WWII Story of Survival in the Pacific - by Alistair Urquart
Four Star Rating       NonFiction - Memoir
BookThis book is the memoir of the author's experience as a British POW in a Japanese camp during WWII. Most of what I have read about WWII has been from the perspective of Americans. This new perspective made for an interesting read. For starters, the war was longer for them. The authors missed 6 Christmases! Also interesting from the beginning is the author's staunch belief that the Japanese never apologized for the atrocities during the war. This is an amazing story of survival. Enjoy!
Reviewed by: Lisa from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


8/12/2017
A Walk to Remember - by Nicholas Sparks
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
BookThis was truly a sweet story of young love. As promised in the Prologue of the book, the reader will smile and then cry reading this book. I certainly did. I highly recommend this book.
Reviewed by: Sandy from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


8/12/2017
Allie and Bea - by Catherine Hyde
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
BookI think this is my first five star book of the summer reading program. Two people, a teen and an older woman who both find themselves suddenly and surprisingly homeless, connect in a haphazard way and find they are what each other needs at that time. I couldn't put it down.
Reviewed by: Lisa from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


8/12/2017
An ABC of what art can be. - by Meher McArthur
Five Star Rating       NonFiction -
BookThis is a well designed ABC book sharing art philosophy and techniques to a wide audience. Pictures were created by painter Esther Pearl Watson. The author and illustrator worked to make words and image clarify the concepts. For example the letter "B" page depicts a paint brush, a pbrush stroke letter B, and paint across the page. It reads" B is for BRUSH, used to paint or write on a wall or a page or a canvas of white." Artists of all ages will find this book inspiring and enjoyable to read and view.
Reviewed by: Miriam from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


8/12/2017
Becoming Wise An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living - by Krista Tippett
Four Star Rating       NonFiction -
BookThis is a book by a person who listens for a living. Krista Tippett interviews people of all walks of life to better understand the world we inhabit. She synthesizes differing beliefs to help us understand our existence. If you are a fan of her radio show On Being, you will enjoy this book. If you are seeking and searching, you will enjoy this book. I think it is a good entry into the On Being website and would work well as a companion to listening to podcasts and reading the articles and blogs found there.
Reviewed by: Miriam from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


8/12/2017
Launch Using Design Thinking to Boost Creativity and Bring Out The Maker In Every Student - by Spencer And Juliani
Four Star Rating       NonFiction -
BookLAUNCH is a book scout changing school classrooms by using the Design Thinking g philosophy. The acronym stands for L=Look, Listen, and Learn, A= Ask Lots of Questions, U= Understand the Problem or Process, N=Navigate ideas, C=Create, H=Highlight What's Working and Failing The book shows a process to help create a creative space in schools that allow students to use creativity and become more adept at problem solving and innovating. These are skills needed for the 21st century. I found the book to be an easy read and had good tips and ideas. It is tailored to a Middle and high school audience, but there are certainly ways to adapt to elementary age students.
Reviewed by: Miriam from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


8/12/2017
Santa Fe Edge - by Stuart Woods
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
BookA good read! Local color. Some lifestyles of the rich and not really famous. A classic thriller.
Reviewed by: Diana from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


8/12/2017
The House in the Ruins - by Chris Bohjalian
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
BookThe setting for this book is Tuscany, and the year is 1943 when the Germans invaded the country. A family's life is torn apart as the fighting surrounds them. Lives are lost, and anger and bitterness sets in. Twelve years later, members of the same Tuscany family are being brutally killed. The question was, why? Once the murderer was revealed, the "why" was then understood. Chris is an excellent storyteller.
Reviewed by: Sandy from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


8/12/2017
When a child is born - by Jodi Taylor
Three Star Rating       Fiction -
BookA short story of the workings of the Chronicles of St Mary's- an organization of historians with time travel capabilities.
Reviewed by: Diana from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


8/11/2017
America's First Daughter - by Stephanie Dray
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
BookThe is a historical novel about Thomas Jefferson's oldest daughter. It begins with the Revolutionary War and ends shortly after Jefferson's death. A very interesting, well researched story. The story provides insight into life primarily in Virginia during the first 50 years of the US.
Reviewed by: Sherry from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


8/11/2017
My Italian Bulldozer - by Alexander McCall Smith
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
BookVery cute. Funny and well written, I enjoyed my first experience reading a book by Mr. Smith. It brought you to Tuscany where Paul went to write a book about food and wine, and mushrooms... but much more happens, all while he is driving around on a bulldozer !
Reviewed by: Nancy from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Fiction Reviews - Sorted by Title

12 Sharp - Janet Evanovich
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- Stephanie Plum is a bounty hunter who encounters all kinds of characters in this humorous and fun novel. I have found myself laughing aloud while reading this book. A light beach read. Ms. Evanovich's novels are entertaining.
Reviewed by: Amy from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)



A Cold Heart - Jonathan Kellerman
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- Several seemingly unrelated murders are linked when every victim is determined to be an up and coming success. Why is someone stopping their rise to fame? Can the killer be stopped before any others become victims? The hunt becomes personal when investigator Alex Delaware realizes that his ex-girlfriend may be the killer's next target.
Reviewed by: Gay from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


A Delicate Truth - John Le Carre
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- Vintage Le Carre but with a sense of sadness with its distaste for the modern vagaries of war.
Reviewed by: Madlyn from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


A Dog's Purpose - Bruce Cameron
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- As an owner of an aging dog, I loved this book. It is the story of a dog's lives as seen through the families he encounters. In this book, all canine roads ultimately lead home--no matter how long it takes. Break out the tissues! Enjoy!
Reviewed by: Lisa from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


A Gentleman From Moscow - Amor Towles
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- An interesting story with Russian history woven in...my favorite. This book was recommended to me by 3 friends this summer so I got on the waiting list for it and I'm glad I did. I loved it (except for the disappearance of Nina--more info, please!)
Reviewed by: Lisa from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


A Great Reckoning - Louise Penney
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- Like all her books, Louise Penney draws you into the lives of her characters as they proceed to solve a murder. In this book, she delves deeper into the history of the main character, Gamache. As always, it's a pleasant visit to Three Pines.
Reviewed by: Cindy from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


A Man Called Ove - Frederick Bachman
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- A multicultural cast of interesting characters (albeit somewhat stereotypical) connecting and disconnecting in a neighborhood; solidarity when they band together to go up against government agencies. Touching devotion of the main character to his departed wife. Would make a really cute movie along the lines of Grumpy Old Men. A fun, easy read.
Reviewed by: Lauren from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


A Man Called Ove - Fredrik Blackman
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- It took me awhile to get into the book, but once I did I really enjoyed it. There is some repetition as if chapters were written individually and the author had to keep reminding the reader of certain facts. I think it is a book that I'll think back on and reflect on over time.
Reviewed by: Sherry from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


A man called Ove - Fredrik Bachman
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- This was such a great story. It is about a grumpy man who has a lot of reasons for his disposition. I enjoyed learning about his "personality". It's a very heartwarming story. Don't let his mood scare you away from wanting to read this book. It's worth getting to know Ove.
Reviewed by: Deanna from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


A Piece of the World - Christina Kline Baker
Three Star Rating       Fiction -
- This was interesting only because I am an Andrew Wyeth fan. I really don't know how much this book actually mirrored the life of Christina Olson. I guess I have decided that I don't really care for books based on what the author thinks the historical figure may have done or said or been like. I like the real thing. If you liked 'Orphan Train' you might like this.
Reviewed by: Lisa from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


A Piece of the World - Christina Baker Kline
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- The author of Orphan Train has written a beautiful fictionalized story of the friendship between painter Andrew Wyeth and the young girl, Christina, in the famous painting, Christina's World.
Reviewed by: Ellen from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


A Spool of Blue Thread - Anne Tyler
Three Star Rating       Fiction -
- I have to write this review before I forget the book. I'd likely give this 2.5 stars as its nothing that is likely going to stay with the reader after they finish it. This was a book that my mom passed along and it really is pretty uneventful, but a nice distraction for a day or two. Follows a family throughout several generations and questions family decisions, relationships etc. Enjoy!
Reviewed by: Lisa from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


A spool of blue thred - Anne Tyler
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- This was an interesting book; not much information and does not go very deep into characters, but I found myself liking it as a light read.
Reviewed by: Kara from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


A Walk to Remember - Nicholas Sparks
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- This was truly a sweet story of young love. As promised in the Prologue of the book, the reader will smile and then cry reading this book. I certainly did. I highly recommend this book.
Reviewed by: Sandy from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


A Week in Winter - Maeve Binchy
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- Great character development well woven around a week of strangers (with issues) vacationing at an inn.
Reviewed by: Flo from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Adultery - Paulo Coelho
Two Star Rating       Fiction -
- Selected book on account of the author not the subject. This was my third book by this author. Struggled through it; almost quit it. Story was of a woman with everything, wonderful husband, job, children and life, but still depressed. And yes, she reconnects with an old flame from her very younger years who is now a political figure. Passages depicting the affair were very graphic and jarring; for mature audiences only. Story set in Switzerland so learned a little about their politics and way of life. Redeeming value of the story was how she struggled to put her life back on track and find beauty and passion in the life she had all along.
Reviewed by: Lauren from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Alex Cross, Run - James Patterson
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- Alex Cross is an investigating the murders of women that resemble each other. Meanwhile, some one is hunting him! Good read!
Reviewed by: Dianne from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Alex Cross's Trail - James Patterson
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- Great historical novel of the old south after the civil war. The conflict between black and white at that time. Unfortunately the situation continues today.
Reviewed by: Donald from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Allie and Bea - Catherine Hyde
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- I think this is my first five star book of the summer reading program. Two people, a teen and an older woman who both find themselves suddenly and surprisingly homeless, connect in a haphazard way and find they are what each other needs at that time. I couldn't put it down.
Reviewed by: Lisa from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


America's First Daughter - Stephanie Dray
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- The is a historical novel about Thomas Jefferson's oldest daughter. It begins with the Revolutionary War and ends shortly after Jefferson's death. A very interesting, well researched story. The story provides insight into life primarily in Virginia during the first 50 years of the US.
Reviewed by: Sherry from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


America's First Daughter - Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- A fictionalized story of Thomas Jefferson's only surviving adult daughter, Martha. The authors depended on the more than 18,000 letters that Jefferson wrote during his lifetime to create their story.
Reviewed by: Ellen from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


America's First Daughter - Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- A fictionalized story of Thomas Jefferson's only surviving adult daughter, Martha. The authors depended on the more than 18,000 letters that Jefferson wrote during his lifetime to create their story.
Reviewed by: Ellen from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Anybody Out There. - Marian Keyes
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- I like this author who is from Ireland. This book was set in NYC and Dublin. The story revolves around the Walsh sisters and all their shenanigans. Parts were very sad, some funny, but mainly it is about love and losing love. It was a quick read.
Reviewed by: Amy from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Anything is Possible - Elizabeth Strout
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- Same spare writing style providing some back stories of the characters from "my name is Lucy Barton". Lucy herself is main character. Lovely book
Reviewed by: Peg from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Anything is Possible - Elizabeth Strout
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- 9 short stories set in Amgash, IL, this is a continuation of the author's popular second novel, My Name is Lucy Barton. The reader now sees what many of the characters are doing as adults. Lucy, a successful author, makes an appearance.
Reviewed by: Ellen from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


As Time Goes By - Mary Higgins Clark
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- A mysterious death, the wife, charged, but is she guilty of murder? Who is responsible for providing the opioids that caused an overdose? Adopted at birth in an illegal baby selling scheme, can she find her biological parents? All these mysteries intertwine in Mary Higgins Clark's signature style.
Reviewed by: Gay from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Beautiful Day - Elin Hilderbrand
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- An amusing story of a wedding on Nantucket. It includes many romances, break ups and heartache within the family. Another on of Hilderbrand's successful books. A pleasant read.
Reviewed by: Kathy from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Beautiful Dreamer - Elizabeth Lowell
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- A wonderful love story between two opposites. It develops out of desperation for something else entirely. Ms. Lowell keeps your interest in her books. I have read others by her too. Living in the desert myself for many years, I could relate to their water (lack of) problem.
Reviewed by: Amy from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Before I Go To Sleep - SJ Watson
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- Part of the way through this book and I knew something would happen out of the blue. It didn't disappoint. I found the author's 'stream of consciousness' writing a little tedious. Good book, however, and found myself anxious to find out what happens.
Reviewed by: Diana from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Before We Were Yours - Lisa Wingate
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- What a story! Two families, generations apart are forever changed by Georgia Tann and her Tennessee Children's Home Society. Based on a true story, I recommend the reader "Google" both the person and the society for background before reading the book. Just amazing and is incredibly sad that this existed. So glad the author has brought thi to Iight.
Reviewed by: Ellen from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Behold the Dreamers - Imbolo Mbue
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- This novel really kept my interest, I could picture the characters in my mind due to the descriptive manner in which the author wrote. This is the story of a couple from Cameroon who come to the US in hopes of finding the American Dream. The husband takes a job as a chauffeur with an executive from Lehman Brothers right before the recession hits and at the time of the bailouts. The two families become intertwined beyond the work relationship and we see the struggles of two very different families as they strive for the dream. Enjoy!
Reviewed by: Lisa from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Beneath a Scarlett Sky - Mark Sullivan
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- This was based on a true story of a young (16 yrs when we first meet him)Italian during WWII who helps smuggle Jews out of Italy - and then works as a spy for the Resistance and Allies giving information on military placements, etc. Very readable
Reviewed by: Gere from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Blink - Malcolm Gladwell
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- Talk about thin slicing and adaptive conscious. New ways of thinking were in some instances too much. Information in decision-making just muddies the water. Love Malcolm Gladwell books.
Reviewed by: Flo from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Blood and Beauty - Sarah Dunant
Three Star Rating       Fiction - Historical Fiction
- With so many geo-political papal details to cover, Blood and Beauty suffers somewhat from an excess of historical reporting, so that the personal dramas of the narrative lack the compelling momentum of Dunant's other novels exploring the intersection of private life and papal power in 15-16th century Italian life.
Reviewed by: Sylvie from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Bone Orchard - Paul Dorion
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- Easy read. Keeps you engaged. Great detective deductions. Centered around Maine wilderness. Enjoyed learning about Maine.
Reviewed by: Flo from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Borderline - Nevada Barr
One Star Rating       Fiction -
- Hated this book! Didn't connect with this author. Forced myself to read it to the end. Main character had post-traumatic stress disorder- so did the author!
Reviewed by: Lorraine from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Breaking Silence - Linda Castillo
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- Eerie mystery of an Amish family dying in a cesspit, only to discover it's not an accident but a twisted murder. Surprise ending- solved by ex-Amish Chief of Police, Kate Burkholder.
Reviewed by: Lorraine from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Bright Line Eating - Susan Peirce Thompson PHD
Three Star Rating       Fiction -
- Pretty good book. On NY Times best seller list but i would rate it as OK. The author seems to have a lot of personal hang-ups and found something that worked for her. I would personally not feel nutrition needs to be as black and white and strict to the letter as she indicates. In fairness, she does point out that different levels of adherance work for different people.
Reviewed by: Sandy from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Calico Joe - John Grisham
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- I wasn't sure about this book and was pleasantly surprised. This was a break from Grisham's crime stories. I ended up liking most of the characters and learned something about the NY Mets and Chicago Cubs.
Reviewed by: Amy from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Calling Invisible Women - Jeanne Ray
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- Calling Invisible Women was a fun book with great imagination mixed with some reality. Clover, a woman in her early 50's becomes "invisible,"...not the invisible women get as they mature, but really invisible...and her family DOESN'T NOTICE. I really enjoyed the story as it unfolded and she adjusts to her new life. Lots of humor, especially when she finds she in not alone in her current "condition," and lessons learned.
Reviewed by: Deanna from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Camino Island - John Grisham
Three Star Rating       Fiction -
- Not the usual Grisham Book - not about lawyers but somewhat interesting. One good thing about it is that it's 100 fewer pages - he seems to have a new editor.
Reviewed by: Irene from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Change of Heart - Jodi Picoult
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- This book was a little strange. Not being a believer in the supernatural, I guess that could be why. I did learn a little about heart transplants, capital punishment and prison life. It definitely is a story about love and redemption but in a weird way.
Reviewed by: Amy from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Chaos - Patricia Cornwell
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- Set Cambridge, Massachusetts. Once again, Kay Scarpetta's job as a medical examiner puts her life and reputation at risk while investigating murders that are seemingly unconnected. Her FBI husband is also drawn into the investigation.
Reviewed by: Gay from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Cold Harbour - Jack Higgins
Two Star Rating       Fiction -
- WWII spy story, quite surprising. Just about everybody dies. Traitors and Patriots struggle in occupied France
Reviewed by: Gere from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Commonwealth - Ann Patchett
Three Star Rating       Fiction -
- A story about what happens when marriages end and new relationships develop. This follows the Cousins and Keating families and the repercussions on subsequent generations of both families. Somewhat difficult to keep track of who belonged to which family as each generation matured and started their own families.
Reviewed by: Ellen from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Cross Country - JamesPatterson
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- Intriguing, a little to much brutality and killing, happy ending.
Reviewed by: Donald from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Cross My Heart - Patterson
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- Excellent as always, but was a little put off with the prologue as it felt that it kept focusing on the end rather than the story as it progressed.
Reviewed by: Melissa from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Deep Freeze - Lisa Jackson
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- A well written page turner, had me reading every spare minute I had, and upon finishing it I got the next book by Lisa Jackson right away!
Reviewed by: Janet from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Engaging learners through artmaking. - Katherine Douglas and Diane Jaquith
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- This is the "go to" book for educatorrs who want to understand choice-based art instruction. This shares the philosophy and practical steps for setting up a art studio that gives students choice in their art-making while allowing the teacher to meet with students individually and talk about the artistic process and their growth as artists. Artistic behaviors are skills that students need to be successful in the 21st century. These skills promote higher order thinking, group collaboration, critique and articulation.
Reviewed by: Miriam from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Exclusive - Sandra Brown
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- Reporter Barrie Davis is offered an opportunity that could sky-rocket her career. The First Lady suspects the recent death of her son was no accident. If Barrie can find the truth, she will have the exclusive on this story. While digging for answers, ugly secrets come to light that could put the President in a very bad position and put Barrie's life in danger.
Reviewed by: Gay from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Fast & Loose - Stuart Woods
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- Typical Stone Barrington book. Easy reading, improbably situations, but some fun characters.
Reviewed by: Sherry from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Fast Track - Fern Michaels
Three Star Rating       Fiction -
- This was an OK book. It was about members of the sisiterhood getting together again to get justice for crimes that have gone unpunished by the legal system.
Reviewed by: Kathy from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Finding Jake - Brian Reardon
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- Every chapter in this book shifted from what was happening in the present to what was happening in the past. Knowing that was going to happen made it easier to make the shift. I liked this book and i wasn't sure how it would end!
Reviewed by: Barbara from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


First Strike - Ben Coes
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- I love Vince Flynn. This author is on his way to that type of adventure.
Reviewed by: Madlyn from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Force of Nature - CJ Box
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- "Force of Nature"--another action-packed novel by C.J. Box of Joe Pickett & Nate Romanowski, whose true friendship and never-ending faith know they have each other's back. You also learn snippets of how to challenge life in an unforgiving woods. Also, the info on the peregrine falcon was intense. Flying at 200 miles an hour to catch their prey, it's written so you can almost feel the impact on contact!
Reviewed by: Lorraine from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Fortune's Children the fall of the House of Vanderbilt - Arthur T Vanderbilt II
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- Very interesting story of the start of one of the largest fortunes in history and how the mismanagement of the future generations destroyed it. Greedy wives and ultra lavish living. Very depressing story at times to see how their wealth destroyed their lives
Reviewed by: Karen from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Go Set A Watchman - Harper Lee
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- Story line is Scout is grown up and comes back to Alabama on vacation from New York City to find that she is challenged emotionally in dealing with the shift in racial tensions and beliefs of her family and friends; especially those of her aging father whom she had idealized. Setting is the early 1950s and the impact of the NAACP is just starting to be seen. The phrase "go set a watchman" is a biblical quote and Scout feels she needs watchman to interpret what men say. Some parts of the book are funny; such as the coffee gathering at her family home where stereotypical Southern women gossip and Scout eavesdrops on their conversations. Listened to the book on CD as read by Reese Witherspoon.
Reviewed by: Lauren from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Good Grief - lolly Winston
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- I really enjoyed this novel about a young widow and her journey after her husband passes. The author interjects humor into a tragedy. I stayed up late one night to finish this book and to see what happens to Sophie.
Reviewed by: Amy from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Goodnight Nobody - Jennifer Weiner
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- Not my favorite mystery novel by Jennifer Weiner. It does have some humor and suspense that failed to help this story, about a young mother's move to a perfect Conn. town and the secrets she uncovers there.
Reviewed by: Lorraine from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Guilty - Karen Robards
Two Star Rating       Fiction -
- A thriller with a good story line but a bit repetitive in text. Entertains like a long episode of Law and Order. An everyone lives happily ever after ending.
Reviewed by: Lauren from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Gypped - Carol Higgins Clark
Three Star Rating       Fiction -
- Light-hearted mystery featuring Regan Reilly, PI in her 15th mystery. While in LA with her husband who is attending a conference with the LAPD, Regan connects with Zelda, an old friend, who recently inherited millions. Has Zelda's inheritance put a target on her back? She asks for Regan's help to answer that question. Is Regan herself a target?
Reviewed by: Gay from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Hallelujah Anyway: Rediscovering Mercy - Anne Lamott
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- Anne Lamott shares her personal insights on being merciful and learning to give and receive forgiveness. Honest and forthright, Lamott shares personal experience (sometimes with a touch of humor) showing how growing in mercy has made life in a complex world simpler, enriching relationships, and faith.
Reviewed by: Gay from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Hearts in Atlantis - Stephen King
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- A compelling exploration of what can be known, understood, hidden and revealed in personal and societal histories through the eyes of a characteristically gripping cast of King characters.
Reviewed by: Sylvie from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Heaven is Real - Todd Burpo
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- A wonderful story about a young boy who actually died and went to Heaven for a very brief time. His recollections about what and who he saw could not be made up. A real mind bender.
Reviewed by: Amy from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Her Father's House - Belva Plain
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- Wonderful story about a father who makes an agonizing decision to save his daughter and how their lives drastically change. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Reviewed by: Amy from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Her Final Breath - Robert Dugoni
Three Star Rating       Fiction -
- This is the second book in the Tracy Crosswhite series. Kept me guessing. Cant wait to start the next book in the series.
Reviewed by: Sherry from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Her Final Breath - Robert Dugoni
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- Well written novel about a serial killer- solved by Robert Dugoni's engrossing star detective- Tracy Crosswhite. Suspenseful. Touching. One of the best books I've read this year.
Reviewed by: Lorraine from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Highlander Redeemed - Laura Wittig
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- Good book with Scottish culture evident. Book three of the series. Light reading. No problem coming in on the third book, though. historical novel with history details which were accurate.
Reviewed by: Diana from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Hold Tight - Harlen Coben
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- Hold Tight is another terrific thriller by Harlen Coben. This story is about how far parents will go to protect their kids. If you think your teenager is in trouble, do you begin to invade their privacy? Coben deals with that questions in this novel. Great read.
Reviewed by: Sharon from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Homecoming - Yea Gyasi
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- This novel tells the story of several generations of Africans and their interconnected lives both in West Africa and the USA. Themes of religion, slavery, racism, family, tradition, and coincidence thread their Amy through this first novel. A masterful piece well worth reading. I loved it!
Reviewed by: Miriam from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Honor Thyself - Danielle Steele
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- It had been awhile since I read Danielle Steele so I thought I would read this novel. It didn't disappoint and it was a great story. She managed to weave a terrorist attack in Paris to family, love and friendship. The ending was happy and I am a sucker for those. I felt like I knew the main characters and was rooting for them to succeed.
Reviewed by: Amy from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Hunger- A Memoir of (My) Body - Roxanne Gay
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- The author's memoir details her relationship with what she calls her unruly body. Gang raped at 12 by a boy she trusted and his friends, the book chronicles how this impacted her life. What she discloses is a pattern of erratic and self loathing behavior which includes gaining hundreds of pounds to 'protect her fortress'. The book does provide interesting insight as to what it is like to not fit (literally and figuratively) into what our culture believes to be a beautiful and successful woman. I would rate this as 3.5 stars. I did enjoy it, but felt parts of it were not that original and just a lot more of the author's self loathing. Enjoy!
Reviewed by: Lisa from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Indecent Exposure - Stuart Woods
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- Great Summer read... Stone is always the charmer and this time he runs into some problems.. fascinating trip on the Breeze, and more trouble again.. but love his favorite lady Holly... will she every become his next Wife?
Reviewed by: Deborah from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Indelible - Karin Slaughter
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- This is another by Karin Slaughter. The past and present twist and turns hold your attention throughout the story! Great!
Reviewed by: Lorraine from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Into the Water - Paula Hawkins
Four Star Rating       Fiction - Thriller
- A must read. The beginning was a bit slow going, I thought, but after the first few chapters, I got caught up in the story and the suspense of it.
Reviewed by: Samdy from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Juniper - The Girl who was Born too Soon - Kelley and a Thomas French
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- This memoir is the two authors' story of the birth of their daughter who was born at 23 weeks. As a parent, I found this book terrifying, heartbreaking and joyous. Over and over, as I read, I felt the emotions of their experience. I really enjoyed this book- life really is a miracle. Enjoy!
Reviewed by: Lisa from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Lilac Girls - Martha Kelly
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- Wonderful story of 3 women during WWII. One lives in USA, one in Poland, & one in Germany.
Reviewed by: Andi from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Lisette's List - Susan Vreeland
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- A fascinating story about a young woman who loses her husband in WWII and her life before and after the war. It is set in France and her search for paintings by famous artists that were owned by a relative.
Reviewed by: Amy from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


London Bridges - James Patterson
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- Suspenseful, kept me riveted, good Read!
Reviewed by: Donald from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Lost Empire - Clive Cussler with Grant Blackwood
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- Lost Empire is a fascinating, adventuresome fiction about a very rich archeological married couple - The Fargo's. Very physically fit and versed in the Martial Arts they are prepared to delve into the jungle or ward off marauders. Their terrific trio of researchers, time and again, save the lives of the Fargos. Using their intellectual curiosity, they end up in the most unusual corners of the world. This is a great read and surprise ending.
Reviewed by: John H from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Lost in a Book - Jennifer Donnelly
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- I recently finished reading this book with my daughter. I was intrigued, yet skeptical at first, believing that it would not live up to my expectations, as it involved my favorite Disney movie. Alas! It was certainly a page turner. The last night we read the final six chapters. While the chapters are short, they are captivating. Beautiful writing!
Reviewed by: Annie Rae from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Man Overboard - JA Jance
Five Star Rating       Fiction - Mystery
- This is the latest book in the Ali Reynolds series. It is a murder mystery with a twist. The master mind of a serial killing plot is a computer genius (Odin) and the artificial intelligence (AI), Frigg he created. The recurring characters are warm and continue to develop as individuals. Jance's characters are one of the reasons I like her books so much.
Reviewed by: Sherry from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Manuscript Found In Accra - Paulo Coelho
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- Following my read of The Alchemist, I picked up this book by same author. This was so much better than his famous The Alchemist. This is a book that I would re-read frequently. It is a how to live life advice book couched in a novel about the teachings found in an ancient papyrus scroll. I listened to it on CD read by Jeremy Irons which made it a great listen. I would purchase this book and use a highlighter for favorite passages.
Reviewed by: Lauren from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Mirage - Clive Cussler with Jack DuBrul
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- This is another great adventure for the Oregon series. One can really value the comrades-in-arms specialties and persevering to accomplish the need result- even down to the last second! Understanding individuals' gifts and talents and applying them at precisely the most advantageous moment fully describes "Mirage". In addition, the ability to communicate in another's native language is so valuable and ably demonstrated in this latest tale. Once again, never ending surprises occur even to the last page.
Reviewed by: John H from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Missing ( Private Novel) - James Patterson and Kathryn Fox
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- This is one of the Private Series, this one takes place in Sydney with multiple missing people, and how they find the truth that some people don't want to know... and scary truths.. Interesting Private book but not one of the better ones... drags in places..
Reviewed by: Deborah from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Mississippi Blood - Greg Isles
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- While this is the last book in the trilogy it was just as interesting and made you want to not put it down. Worth reading the whole trilogy!!
Reviewed by: Patricia from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Moonlight Mile - Dennis Lehane
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- Dennis Lehane does it again. An action filled story about a girl gone missing for a second time. Noone seems to know where she is. The search for her is encompassed by drugs and a Russian baby ring. The private investigator and his wife insert a loving playfulness into the story. I found this heartwarming amid some very gory killing.
Reviewed by: Lorraine from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Moonlight Mile - Dennis Lehane
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- One of my favorite authors. Follow up to his Gone, Baby, Gone. A lot more violent than the first as the Russian Mob was involved. Well written. I listened on CDs and story was read by an actor with a really good Boston accent. Wonder if this will be the last in the find Amanda series; probably not as Amanda is only 16 in this book.
Reviewed by: Lauren from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Most Wanted - Lisa Scottoline
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- After struggling with infertility, a couple decides to use a sperm donor. Excited for the arrival of their new baby, they come to suspect that their donor might be a serial killer who was just arrested for killing three nurses. The husband and wife react very differently to this possibility, but they both want to know the truth.
Reviewed by: Gay from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Mr Pip - Lloyd Jones
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- Makes me want to reread Great Expectations. Young black girl on a war-torn island meets Charles Dickens being read by an odd white man-Some brutal island warfare but saved by the girl's strength and desire to understand.
Reviewed by: Gillespie from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Mustang Man - Louis Lamour
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- L L'A is the master of authentic western! The action takes place in real towns, mountains and box canyons that exist. Gold, that mysterious malady that affects the greed in many is well illustrated here, but with a twist, Nolan Sackett. Cameo references and character appearances enhance this instance of the Sackett Saga. Survival of the fittest applies in this western wonder. Inexplicable happenings add greatly to the plot. Never say die attitude prevails until individuals fall by the wayside. Lightning fast reflexes prove out the eventual winner in the surprise ending.
Reviewed by: John H from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


My (not so) Perfect Life - Sophie Kinsella
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- Light hearted, entertaining, fast moving. Just a fun read.
Reviewed by: Gere from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


My Foolish Heart - Susan MAy Warren
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- A nice Christian-based love story that also has messages about overcoming adversity and keeping faith. Believe in yourself and the power of love.
Reviewed by: Gere from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


My Italian Bulldozer - Alexander McCall Smith
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- Very cute. Funny and well written, I enjoyed my first experience reading a book by Mr. Smith. It brought you to Tuscany where Paul went to write a book about food and wine, and mushrooms... but much more happens, all while he is driving around on a bulldozer !
Reviewed by: Nancy from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


My Sister's Grave - Robert Dugoni
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- Another great book from Robert Dugoni. This is the first full book in his Tracy Crosswhite series. The book focuses on the mystery surrounding her sister's disappearance 20 years before rather than on a case associated with her job as a homicide detective in Seattle. As with the other Dugoni books I've read there are a number of surprising twists and turns in the story.
Reviewed by: Merrow from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


My Sister's Keeper - Jodi Picoult
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- This book shows a family who have two healthy children and one very sick daughter who is battling leukemia. Anna, her sister, was genetically conceived to help her sister by donating bone marrow, platelets, and eventually expected to donate a kidney. I can see Sara's point in that she wants to save her child. But, I can understand Anna's wish to make her own decision about this matter and agree with her emancipation. She respected Kate's wishes that she didn't want Anna to donate a kidney. Kate was tired of living. I feel Anna would have donated her kidney had she not been killed in a car accident. Ultimately her kidney went to Kate and Anna died.
Reviewed by: Barbara from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Nemesis - Catherine Coulter
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- A husband and wife, both FBI agents, investigate two separate crimes. Lacey Sherlock foils a terrorist at the airport only to discover a bigger plan for terror in the US. Her husband, Dillon Savich, tries to find a "puppet master" who can seemingly control people to do his bidding including murder.
Reviewed by: Gay from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Night School - Lee Child
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- This Jack Reacher thriller takes place in Germany during 1996. The twist and turns of an AWOL soldier starts an American investigation of death and treason. Lee Child really holds your attention with his descriptions..that makes you feel part of the suspense. Of course, Jack Reacher always gets his revenge and his man!
Reviewed by: Lorraine from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Night School - Lee Child
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- Jack Reacher wins again! Another well-written episode of this exciting action series.
Reviewed by: Dann from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Nobody Knows - Mary Jane Clark
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- A friend recommended this book to me, since the setting is Siesta Key, which is where I will be visiting this next Winter. I enjoyed the book very much. It was a fast read.
Reviewed by: Sandy from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Now You See Her - James Patterson
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- James Patterson at his best. A thriller about a girl who accidentally hits and kills a man in a car accident. Caught by a Key West cop who gives her a way out of her dilemma. After they marry she discovers things in his past and she fakes her death to escape him. She moves to NY to start a new life. Years later their paths cross. You'll need to read the book to discover the exploding outcome.
Reviewed by: Kathy from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Now you See Me - James Patterson
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- James Patterson at his best. A thriller about a girl who accidently hits and kills a man in a car accident. Caught by a Key West cop who gives her a way out of her dilemma. After they marry she discovers things in his past and she fakes her death to escape from him. She moves to N.Y. to start a new life. Years later their paths cross, you will need to read the book to discover the exploding outcome.
Reviewed by: Kathy from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Nowhere to Run - Mary Jane Clark
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- A very engaging story line. An Anthrax scare at KEY News has everyone on edge, and as more and more people who are somehow connected to the news station die, the question remains, who is behind it. There are many possible suspects you think as the plot thickens, but it is not until you are nearing the end, that it becomes clear, thanks to the help of the K-9 and a remark made by one person.
Reviewed by: Sandy from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Off The Grid - CJ Box
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- The stories about Joe Pickett and Nate Romanowski always hold my interest. This was no exception. I won't give away what happens but just to say, "Be careful who you trust!"
Reviewed by: Amy from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Out of the Ashes - Michael Morpurgo
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- Children's author, Morpurgo, wrote this book in the form of a diary. This book chronicles th devastating outbreak of Foot and Mouth disease that ravaged farms across the United Kingdom. It tells the story through th eyes of a young teenage farm girl. Her farm loses cattle and sheep in the outbreak. It is a good read and well suited for older elementary and middle school age youth.
Reviewed by: Miriam from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Over the Hill - Jim Rea
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- A grandfather, aged 70, hikes the Pacific Coast Trail. This book took me all summer to read because it didn't hold my interest that long but I wanted to finish it since I love hiking stories. Jim did his hike over a number of years, hiking a section each year that was reasonable for him. He also had tons of hiking support in family and friends who hiked with him and in his wife and constantly picked him up for restaurants, hotels and resupplied him with food and water so he planned things very carefully and was very fortunate. The book was told from both Jim's perspective and his wife's so you got two versions of the exact same thing so basically the story was told twice.
Reviewed by: Lisa from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


POSTCARDS - Annie Proulx
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- POSTCARDS is the story of a New England farm family suffering through the loss of the small family farm beginning in the 20th century. Certainly the story expresses sadness but also conveys the sense of family, of desperation and the struggle to survive. This book is Annie Proulx's first novel and winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award. Her writing is the best and worth a read.
Reviewed by: Sharon from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Private - James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- "Private" is the first book in this series. I have read a lot of Patterson's books, and this one did not disappoint me. Several cases were being investigated at the same time, so I was definitely caught up in the book!
Reviewed by: Sandy from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Private #1 Suspect - James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- Another great book by Patterson and Paetro. It kept me reading from the start. I was not ready for it to end, though. Time to start the next one in the series.
Reviewed by: Sandy from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Private Berlin - James Patterson and Mark Sullivan
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- This is a very powerful book. The beginning of the book had me questioning whether I really wanted to read it, but I soon was into it. Definitely a thriller and suspenseful!
Reviewed by: Samdy from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Private Games - James Patterson and Mark Sullivan
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- After having read the Prologue, I wasn't sure that I would enjoy the book, because it was a little twisted. I did continue reading it, though, and I found myself caught up in it. It certainly was an action packed thriller.
Reviewed by: Sandy from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Private L.A. - James Patterson and Mark Sullivan
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- I have read several books in the "Private" series. It was interesting to "catch up" with some of the characters from some of the other books. The book starts right off with a murder, and the plot thickens.
Reviewed by: Sandy from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Private L.A. - James Patterson
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- Jack Morgan and his crew at "Private" are hunting down killers who are murdering people at random. Also looking for husband and wife celebrities who have been kidnapped.
Reviewed by: Dianne from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Private London - James Patterson and Mark Pearson
Three Star Rating       Fiction -
- This book takes us to London for the action, which I enjoyed. Having traveled there before, some of the towns were familiar to me. Although I liked this book, I was not as into it as his other books.
Reviewed by: Sandy from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Razor Girl - Carl Hiaasen
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- My favorite Florida Writer, with satire, offbeat, and always funny. A group of characters keep things moving with every twist and turn of the plot. Keep reading, characters appear from other books and make it even more interesting. Razor Girl is the link to it all.
Reviewed by: Deborah from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Ready Player One - Ernest Cline
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- Ready Player One is the dystopian take on an American future in which every bit of 80s geek trivia comes into play as our protagonist attempts to solve the ultimate virtual reality MMORPG puzzle!
Reviewed by: Sylvie from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Rose in a Storm - Jon Katz
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- Wonderful book. The world as seen through the eyes of a working farm dog. Katz is a great story teller.
Reviewed by: Sandi from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Santa Fe Edge - Stuart Woods
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- A good read! Local color. Some lifestyles of the rich and not really famous. A classic thriller.
Reviewed by: Diana from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Sarah's Key - Tatiana deRosnay
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- In the summer of 1942, Sarah is one of thousands of Jews rounded up and arrested in Paris and eventually shipped to Auschwitz. Sixty years later, an American journalist uncovers a personal connection to Sarah. This was an audio book.
Reviewed by: Ellen from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Scent of Rain and Lightning - Nancy Pickard
Five Star Rating       Fiction - Mystery
- Surprisingly great- mystery with lots of family secrets and lots of family love. Super writing.
Reviewed by: Madlyn from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Short Straw - Stuart Woods
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- Mystery- a new author for me- Fun to read with a very satisfying conclusion steeped in a good sense of justice.
Reviewed by: Madlyn from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Some One Knows my Name - Lawrence Hill
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- Excellent read about a 14 year old girl captured and brought to South Carolina as a slave. The story of her life as a slave and when she escaped and had freedom.
Reviewed by: Sue from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Sound of Rain and Lightning - Nancy Pickard
One Star Rating       Fiction -
- Surprisingly great- mystery with lots of family secrets and lots of family love. Super writing.
Reviewed by: Madlyn from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Split Second - David Baldacci
Three Star Rating       Fiction -
- A secret service agent lets a presidential candidate out of her site briefly. In that brief moment, he vanishes. A King And Maxwell series book. This was an audio book.
Reviewed by: Ellen from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Stand Off - Sandra Brown
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- Well, maybe I have to give up Sandra Brown. This is another unbelievable story with unlikely outcomes. It does, however, have a happy ending. I like those.
Reviewed by: Gere from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Stillhouse Lake - Rachel Caine
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- Imagine finding out that your husband is a serial killer, and the killings have been happening in your own garage which your husband calls his "workshop". This book had me captivated from the very beginning. It definitely takes you on an emotional rollercoaster.
Reviewed by: Sandy from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Strangers in Budapest - jessica keener
Three Star Rating       Fiction -
- A story of a modern day couple who move to Budapest for a start up. There are so many directions this book could have gone, but didn't. It alludes to a kidnapping (and they have just adopted a baby), it alludes to the fate of the gypsies in the city (but then takes you nowhere with it), it alludes to the adoption agency taking the baby (but it doesn't), it alludes to Hungary's role in the Nazi occupation (but not enough where you actually learn anything). In the end, it was a bit shallow.
Reviewed by: Lisa from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Superstition - Karen Robards
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- I liked the setting, Pawley's Island, South Carolina. When I started the book, wasn't sure I would continue. Psychic material isn't my thing but I was already into the book. So I continued and ended up liking it.
Reviewed by: Amy from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Thank You For Being Late - Thomas Friedman
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- Friedman's readable explanations of 21st century forces shaping the way we live: Globalization, climate change and yes TECHNOLOGY. It's hard to take it all in. We're living in an age of profound change. Worth reading this book.
Reviewed by: peg from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Alchemist - Paulo Coelho
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- Selected this book as I saw an interview Oprah did with the author; she called it her favorite book. A simple but prophetic tale of a boy's challenges and discoveries while following his dream. I listened to the book on CD read by Jeremy Irons which made it very enjoyable.
Reviewed by: Lauren from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Atomic Weight of Love - Elizabeth Church
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- This is Elizabeth Church's first novel and she explores the years of a woman's life from the 1940s up to the 1970s. Meridian Wallace gives up her dream of scientific research to follow her brilliant husband to Los Alamos and loses herself in the process of being a good wife and supporter of his life. The story of Meridian's awakening is well worth the read.
Reviewed by: Sharon from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Birth of Venus - Sarah Dunant
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- Lush with details of the political and domestic world of Italy int he 15th century, "Birth of Venus" follows the passions and struggles of an artist with the misfortune to be born a woman into a society that accepts women only as the objects of art, not as the subjects of their own stories.
Reviewed by: Sylvie from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Blood of Emmett Till - Timothy Tyson
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- I really enjoyed this difficult book. It really is a book and a case that everyone should be familiar with. This heinous crime of the lynching of a 14 year old black child in the south followed by a travesty of justice brought about the modern day civil rights movement. We can thank the brave mother of Emmett Till, Mamie Bradley, for bringing it to the forefront when she insisted young Emmett's casket be open during his viewing. As a mother, she is a hero. I could have done without the lecture at the end. I understand that people invoked Emmett Till's name during the Michael Brown incident. Michael Brown was not Emmett Till. Read this book. It will stay with you. Enjoy!
Reviewed by: Lisa from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Boy On The Wooden Box - Leon Leyson
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- This book was recommended to me by a colleague. I had both read and seen the movie of "Schindler's List" years ago, and I was totally caught up with the story. Having read this book from a child's perspective, it gave me more insight to what the Jews went through. I highly recommend it.
Reviewed by: Sandy from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Boy Who Knew too Much - Cathy Byrd
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- I really enjoyed the authors memoir about the journey she embarked on when her toddler son started talking about growing up in the early 20th century, playing professional baseball and his very personal dislike for Babe Ruth. I am not ruining the story when I tell you this story is about the toddlers alleged past life as Lou Gehrig. This book interested me on so many levels- as a Christian who was raised to NOT believe in reincarnation, as a baseball fan (the baseball history is fascinating) and as a mother. If anything, this book will entertain you. I challenge that it may really make you think. Read this book- its a quick read. Enjoy!
Reviewed by: Lisa from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Children's Hour - Marcia Willett
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- A very sweet story of love and loss. Think Rosamunde Pilcher or Maeve Binchy and you've got the setting and characters. A nice summer read.
Reviewed by: Lisa from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Color of Light - Karen White
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- Karen White never fails to deliver an emotional moving novel. This story portrays a 32 year old pregnant woman, recenly divorced with a 7 year old daughter, moving back to her happy childhood in South Carolina. She finds her best friend, who disappeared years earlier, is still a mystery. There is renewed love and a surprise ending.
Reviewed by: Lorriane from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Color of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother - James McBride
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- This is a remarkable story of Ruth McBride Jordan, the two black men she married and the 12 children she raised, all of whom completed college and became, doctors, teachers, CEO's. McBride relates his mother's childhood and marriages (she was Jewish and was disinherited for marrying a black) in alternating chapters with his own growing up in a chaotic household of 12 kids.
Reviewed by: Ellen from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Conviction - Robert Dugoni
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- This book in the 5th book in the David Sloane series. It is a fast paced mystery with lots of twists and turns.
Reviewed by: Sherry from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time - Mark Haddon
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- Story told from perspective of an autistic 15 year old boy. Although a savant, he has challenges in social engagements and the book poignantly lays out the emotional wreckage of the lives of the adults around him. Kudos to the author who has portrayed his teacher at a special school admirably in being able to develop his life skills. Book interestingly has a chapter numbering system that came from the boys mind that probably represents some mathematical formula; will need to research further. Listened to book on CD. Set in England so accents and terminology was entertaining.
Reviewed by: Lauren from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Double Bind - Chris Bohjalian
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- A friend recommended this book to me. I had not read any books by this author, as yet. It took me a bit to get into the book, but once I was caught up with the story, I was hooked. The ending is quite powerful! A must read!
Reviewed by: Sandy from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Dry - Jane Harper
Three Star Rating       Fiction -
- This story is about a small town's secrets. Author leaves nothing out about the people who's weakness of morals make them believe they are better than outsiders - Only to realize that they are the weak ones, - Bigotry comes in all forms.
Reviewed by: Forraine from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Emperor's Revenge - Clive Cusslerand Boyd Morrison
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- This is the best book of the "Oregon Files" series I have read. Great "historical" beginning! Non-stop action may become a great movie. Technology does not over "shadow" the plot. Unexpected results requires the death of a featured character. A hint of romance arises quite unexpectedly, the "final" climax was not anticipated and in true Hitchcock fashion sends shivers up your spine. Who will or will not survive? Plus, cameo appearances from other Cussler heroes makes for a "I can't put this book down!" reading.
Reviewed by: John from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Ethical Assassin - David Liss
Three Star Rating       Fiction -
- Questions about ethical actions in sharing values regarding killing, jailing, harm to animals, and other in a mystery. A young lad selling encyclopedias inadvertently becomes involved in a major drug plot.
Reviewed by: Flo from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Frozen Hours - Jeff Shaara
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- An excellent retell of the remarkable 1st Marine Division in Korea and their into and out of the Chosun Reservoir in North Korea, Gen. O.P. Smith, Col. Chesty Paller- a famous actual US Marine tale.
Reviewed by: Gere from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Gardner's Grandchildren - Barbara Willard
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- A British story from 1978 (honestly I would have thought it was much older from the text and language) about a family growing up on an island where the sole purpose is to take care of a garden whose owner has not been seen in years. The children have nothing normal about their lives, they don't go to school, are beaten by their dad and have an understanding that the garden, above all, is the most important thing to everyone.
Reviewed by: Lisa from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Good Girl - Mary Kubica
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- This is a page turner.... right to the end, to the last page !!! Each chapter is written as if a different character is telling their story, before and after the main incident of the book....highly recommend it.
Reviewed by: Nancy from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Good Widow - Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- Jacqueline Morales is shocked to find out that not only was her husband killed in an accident on the Hana Road in HI, (when she thought he was on a business trip to KS),but that he was with his much younger girlfriend, Dylan, who was also killed. Dylan's fiancé connects up with Jacqueline and convinces her to go with him to retrace the lovers' last days. What follows is totally unexpected and builds up to an unbelievable ending.
Reviewed by: Ellen from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Hours - Michael Cunningham
Two Star Rating       Fiction -
- This book intrigued me. It's supposed to be a masterpiece but I didn't see it. Continuing to read it, I finally gave up half way through.
Reviewed by: Amy from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The House in the Ruins - Chris Bohjalian
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- The setting for this book is Tuscany, and the year is 1943 when the Germans invaded the country. A family's life is torn apart as the fighting surrounds them. Lives are lost, and anger and bitterness sets in. Twelve years later, members of the same Tuscany family are being brutally killed. The question was, why? Once the murderer was revealed, the "why" was then understood. Chris is an excellent storyteller.
Reviewed by: Sandy from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Hungry Ocean - Linda Greenlaw
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- I heard about this author from a segment on NH Chronicles recently. Both my husband and I are very familiar with the ocean; in fact, my husband has his Captain's License for the ocean, so the terminology used in this book was very familiar. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, reading about the prep days before the big catches. A great read!
Reviewed by: Sandy from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Husband - Dean Koontz
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- He was just a landscaper, making a modest living, married to the girl of his dreams who made him complete. One phone call to him, on what seemed to be an average type of day, changed the average day into a series of events, not always with positive results. The message on the phone, "...we have your wife. You can get her back for two million cash." This is one of those books that you won't put down, as Koontz takes you on a very suspenseful ride.
Reviewed by: Sandy from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Husband's Secret - Liane Moriarty
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- A wonderful novel about a wife finding a letter from her husband. She's supposed to read it in the case of his death. I don't want to give it away but I'll say it involves many people and their lives. A great beach read.
Reviewed by: Amy from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Identicals - Elin Hilderbrand
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- This is a great summer beach read. The story is about identical twin sisters. One lives on Nantucket and the other on Martha's Vineyard. They have been estranged for years. The story takes many turns and it's a page turner!
Reviewed by: Kim from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Jungle - Clive Cussler with Jack DuBrul
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- This is a subtle story that seems to make superficial sense until the plot plummets into an intense mystery! All Freedomites have missed the excitement of "The Jungle", only due to a lack of reading. This book introduces a potential new member of the the Corporation, just because he saves the chairman's life. Will he prove out? Circumstances unravel the mystery behind MacD. But what of the very capable John Smith? Will Linda Ross live or die? This amazing example of unrelenting perseverance persists right through to the last two unbelievable paragraphs. Great action adventure.
Reviewed by: John H from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Keepsake - Tess Gerritsen
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- Love her stories. This one didn't disappoint... was guessing until the end.
Reviewed by: Melissa from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Killing Hour - Lisa Gardner
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- A killer always takes two victims. The first kill provides clues and challenges investigators to find the second victim in time. FBI agent Kimberly Quincy enlists the help of her father, a former FBI profiler, to catch the predator and stop the killing.
Reviewed by: Gay from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Lake House - Kate Morton
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- This is a multi-generational mystery full of family secrets set in the 1930s and the present time. Always find Kate Morton's novels a fun read and this is no exception.
Reviewed by: Sharon from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Land Of Mango Sunsets - Dorothea Benton Frank
Two Star Rating       Fiction -
- typical story of a husband leaving his family for a younger woman. Wife leaves for her childhood island. She has a wonderful sense of humor that helps her find another life that's more forfilling.
Reviewed by: Lorraine from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Last Mile - David Baldacci
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- This book is number 2 in the Amos Decker (Memory Man) series. It was a good mystery. Decker is an interesting character. He has several conditions resulting from head trauma. One of which is a perfect memory. He remembers everything. In this book he is part of an FBI task force.
Reviewed by: Sherry from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Liar's Diary - Patry Francis
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- A page turner! Family or friendship...This story shows how far a woman will go to protect either.
Reviewed by: Kim from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Lobster Chronicles - Linda Greenlaw
Three Star Rating       Fiction -
- I have read two other books of Greenlaw's, "Slipknot" and "The Hungry Ocean", both of which I enjoyed. Although I did learn more about the Lobster industry in the "Chronicles", I found that I was disappointed in the author's actions and her choice of language, at times. She came across as a teenager, rather than a forty year old woman.
Reviewed by: Sandy from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Lonely Man - Louis Lamour
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- A person thinks "I'll get back at you, one of these days ", and proceeds to try and kill, directly or indirectly, a Sackett. A Sackett can turn a wild goose chase into a champion's cause. Naturally attracting comrades to assist, even an unexpected one-time enemy ready to assist, makes for a great western yarn. Details galore, makes the reader feel they are right there in the middle of it. Respect overcoming prejudice wins out overall. Hatred (Bad vs Good) persistence does not lead to good triumphing over bad. But in the unanticipated showdown, the end justifies the means. The author has done it, again!
Reviewed by: John H from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Long Black Veil - JF Boylan
Three Star Rating       Fiction -
- A sort of mystery that explores how personal histories affect sense of self. I did not enjoy it as much as I have others by Boylan!
Reviewed by: Judy from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Lucky One - Nicholas Sparks
Three Star Rating       Fiction -
- I had given up reading him once before and now I'm going to give him up again. He seems to ALWAYS tell off someone in the last few pages whether the story needs it or not!
Reviewed by: Gere from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Marsh King's Daughter - Karen Dionne
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- Loved this psychological suspense. Couldn't put this book down- waiting for the daughter to describe what her father would do next. She will draw you in with her love/hate experiences.
Reviewed by: Lorraine from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Martian - Andy Weir
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- When reading this book, you need to remind yourself that this did not happen. It is realistic and the detail is impressive.
Reviewed by: Kara from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Night Strangers - Chris Bohjalian
Three Star Rating       Fiction -
- Although this kind of book is not my type, I felt compelled to continue reading it. It wasn't long before I was drawn into the story and the characters, and I felt sorry for Chip, the pilot, and what he was going through. The author is a great storyteller!
Reviewed by: Sandy from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Nightingale - Kristin Hannah
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- Captures France at the beginning of war and the naiveness of the people as to what would happen to their Jewish population. Although fiction, it is surely based on stories of the courage of individuals to work in the resistance to do what they can to help people escape and survive. Focus is on a father and his two daughters who do what they can in their own way and find out about each other's work and commitment along the way. Those caught were sent to Ravensbruck, a camp that I had not known about previously. Story is a captivating look at war from a woman's perspective and abilities. Recommended from a friend; listened to book on CD.
Reviewed by: Lauren from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The One-in-a-Million Boy - Monica Wood
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- EXCELLENT An unexpected story of multi-generational joy tinged with a touch of pathos. Loved it.
Reviewed by: Madlyn from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The One-in-a-Milllion Boy - Monica Wood
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- This is a story of an 11 year old special boy who has an enormous influence on the adults in his life. 104 year old Ona Vitkus hires the boy to help her out and gets a new lease on life. And the boy's parents also must learn to deal with loss and find themselves at last. Definitely worth a read.
Reviewed by: Sharon from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The People We Hate at the Wedding - Grant Ginder
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- This book was hilarious. Does get into homosexual acts which I had no issue with whatsoever but some people may be offended and should have the heads up.
Reviewed by: Melissa from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Shack - Wm Paul Young
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- A moving novel of a man and his family's devastating loss of the youngest daughter by a serial killer. It tells of the experience the father has -- as he learns to face his beliefs in God. It challenges you to understand God's plan of mercy, love, hope and healing without being patronizing. This story has affected me in places I've never been before. It also taught me that I must forgive to be free...but I don't have to forget.
Reviewed by: Lorraine from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Silent Corner - Dean Koontz
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- Though familiar with this author but never having read any of his books, I was captivated from the very beginning. I felt that I was right by Jane Hawk's side as she set out to find the truth regarding the suicides. I am looking forward to Dean's next book, "The Whispering Room".
Reviewed by: Sandy from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Sky-liners - Louis L Amour
Five Star Rating       Fiction - Western
- To live or die, that is the question. Are men honorable or treacherous and bent on murder? The Fechens vs. the Sackett Brothers, Flagan and Galloway. Will the brothers succeed or one or both die? Will the girl, Judith, remain in jeopardy? Will they be safe on the plains or when they reach Colorado? Will the men who join the brothers be signing their own death sentence? This is a nail-biter, action-packed, suspense-filled western!
Reviewed by: John from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Sleepwalker - Chris Bohjalian
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- WOW !! I sure didn't know much about sleepwalking, until I read this book. Just goes to show how much research Mr. Bohjalian does when writing his novels. This is one of his bests. The death of a woman, with the suspects and the reasons, and the appreciation of what her daughters where going through.... it is all good !
Reviewed by: Nancy from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Stars Are Fire - Anita Shreve
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- This was an interesting read. About a family and the fire that destroy their homes, family and lives. The fire takes the land in Maine right down to the ocean. How the mother and her family survives and starting new lives keeps you involved.
Reviewed by: Irene from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Sunshine Sisters - Jane Green
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- Loved this book and the way it was presented. Enjoyed that it wasn't all happy endings but real life.
Reviewed by: Melissa from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The technologists - Matthew Pearl
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- Very interesting mystery involving the original MIT institution and its first science students.
Reviewed by: Gere from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Trapped Girl - Robert Dugoni
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- Story featuring detective Tracy Crosswhite. It has suspense and conspiracy- with many twists and turns- plus the climactic ending you hoped for. I can't wait to read his other novels!
Reviewed by: Lorraine from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Trapped Girl - Robert Dugoni
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- This is the 4th book in the Tracy Crosswhite mystery series and I think one of the best. As is typical in Dugoni mysteries there are lots of twists and turns in the plot.
Reviewed by: Sherry from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Weight of Ink - Rachel Kiddish
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- My husband and I both thought this book was extraordinary. It is told in two time periods, centuries apart. And it combines a fascinating story of mid 17th century Europe with a look into the fascination of scholarly archival investigations of today. Long (560 pages)but worth every word.
Reviewed by: Marsha from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Winter Sea - Susanna Kearsley
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- Fan fiction - a story in a story of two women, a winter storyteller and a female relative of hers from the 1700s - and James VIII attempt to return as Scottish King.
Reviewed by: Gere from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Woman in Cabin 10 - Ruth Ware
Three Star Rating       Fiction -
- Mystery thriller about a journalist trapped for one week on a luxury cruise. Thinking she hears a young woman being killed and thrown overboard- her nightmare turns out with her nearly being killed but with twists and turns in the plot- she is nearly killed herse4lf. Love the last page!
Reviewed by: Lorraine from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Woman Next Door - Barbara Delinsky
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- I liked this novel about three couples and the widow next door. They all seem to have problems (as we all do) and it was interesting to see how they solved them. This book had a twist ending which I liked. I have read a lot of her books and they are usually great.
Reviewed by: Amy from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Three Junes - Julia Glass
Three Star Rating       Fiction -
- I gave this novel 3.5 stars. The writing was beautiful and the characters and their relationships were very complex. The book looks at different members and generations of a Scottish family during three Junes that are ten years apart. If it was not for the third and final June, I may have rated the book higher. The last part just didn't flow and caused the book to end abruptly. If you like novels about complex familial and romantic relationships, this book is for you. Enjoy!
Reviewed by: Lisa from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Tidewater Inn - Colleen Coble
Two Star Rating       Fiction -
- I downloaded this book from NH downloadable. This is the first book in a series of Hope Beach Series. The book is a mystery romance similar to a Nora Roberts type book with very heavy Christian overtones. Although a interesting mystery, I found the book to be a bit superficial. The characters were no where near as well developed as in Nora Roberts books and at time the plot did not seem very realistic.
Reviewed by: Sherry from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Trade Winds - M M Kaye
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- Nice adventure 1800's Zanzibar- lots of trials and tribulations for the heroine.
Reviewed by: Gere from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Trouble Shooter A Hopalong Cassidy Novel - Louis L Amour
Five Star Rating       Fiction - Western
- A man is murdered. His ranch doesn't exist. His cattle have disappeared. But, no one in town has ever heard of him. His neice has arrived to inherit a non-existent ranch from a murdered man no one knew. What can be done? Enter Hopalong Cassidy, friend to the murdered no-one-knows-who-he-is man. The rich, powerful man in town, his foreman and secondo are aggravated, alarmed, and ready to run rough-shod. Hoppy and his amigos and the haunted men seem thwarted at every turn. A wife is accused of trying to use stolen, unsigned paper money. An ornery one ton steer prepared to gore an unlikely prospect. Phew, what a great story from Louis L'Amour- a 24 hour read for me.
Reviewed by: John H from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Valley Fever - Katherine Taylor
Three Star Rating       Fiction -
- I liked this story of a young woman coming into maturity, but.... I'd liked it better if the author had not felt it necessary to make a life long family friend into a real cut throat villain - Enough already!
Reviewed by: Gere from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Visions of Sugar Plums - Janet Evanovich
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- As you can tell from the title, this is a holiday story. Stephanie Plum is at it again with all her hilarious antics. This time she has a new character, Diesel. He adds some fun and frivolity to the story.
Reviewed by: Amy from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Void Moon - Michael Connelly
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- I am a big Michael Connelly fan and have read most of his Harry Bosch and Micky Haller books. Void Moon is one of his earlier books and is not part of a series. The main character of this mystery is Cassie Black an ex-con. Initially the book focuses on Cassie's background and you wonder where the book it going. Then the twists and turns start. The book kept me guessing.
Reviewed by: Sherry from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Voyage of the heart - Soraya Lane
Three Star Rating       Fiction -
- Second book I've read from this author. This one about war brides. Although typical romance in many ways, it does make one think of what it must have been like to leave home and family, travel across the sea and spend life with a husband who you barely knew .
Reviewed by: jean from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


What Alice Forgot - Liane Moriarty
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- This book was very heartwarming. Reading Alice's journey back to normality showed us all that sometimes we get stuck in our own ways and it's never too late to start over or fix what's broken. This book will keep your eyes peeled, page after page.
Reviewed by: Tessa from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


What Alice Forgot - Liane Moriarty
Three Star Rating       Fiction -
- An interesting concept...waking up from a whack on the head and forgetting the past 10 years. Just when I thought it wasn't going to end like I had thought, it did! Thankfully the end wasn't predictable. The children were all perfect characters, I liked them the best. Alice made me a little nuts because she never asks the right questions and if she did, the author always let the answer slip away. Still unanswered questions about some things. Good but not amazing.
Reviewed by: Lisa from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


When a child is born - Jodi Taylor
Three Star Rating       Fiction -
- A short story of the workings of the Chronicles of St Mary's- an organization of historians with time travel capabilities.
Reviewed by: Diana from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


When the Emperor was Divine - Julie Otsuka
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- Follows a Japanese family, who, during WWII, were sent to an internment camp and how they were able to rise above the humiliation of simply being born Japanese in the US.
Reviewed by: Ellen from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Where Are You Now - Mary Higgins Clark
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- An amazing story of a girl, Carolyn, trying to find her missing brother after many years. So much territory is covered and there are numerous suspects. A surprise ending you will never expect. Highly recommended.
Reviewed by: Kathy from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Whiskey Beach - Nora Roberts
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- Wonderful novel based loosely in Maine. A story about love, family, murder, intrigue and mystery. I especially liked the descriptive settings.
Reviewed by: Amy from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Whistlin' Dixie in a Nor'easter - Lisa Patton
Three Star Rating       Fiction -
- A quick and easy summer read. Funny to read the definitions of mud season, nor'easter, etc. but the writer is from Tennessee so I guess they seem like strange terms to some people.
Reviewed by: Julie from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Who Do You Love - Jennifer Weiner
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- Insightful, heartbreaking and funny! (Very real to life). The story is about a girl and boy who meet in a hospital ER and make a connection. They meet again later in life, still loving each other. Loved this story!
Reviewed by: Lorraine from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Wife for Hire - Janet Evanovich
Three Star Rating       Fiction -
- This book was just too predictable. As the title indicates - a story about a woman who marries her boss because he needs to be married for some crazy business reason. She needs the money, etc. not the best book I've read from her.
Reviewed by: Amy from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Winter at the Door - Sarah Graves
Four Star Rating       Fiction - Mystery
- This is the first book in Graves new mystery series. The main character, Lizzie Snow was introduced in Graves "Bat in the Belfry: A Home Repair is Homicide". Lizzie is a former Boston Homicide detective who quit for personal reasons and has now taken a job in the sheriff's department in northern Maine. In this book she starts her now job and helps solve several mysteries. If you like the Home Repair mystery series, you'll like this book as well. I find Graves audio books great to listen to while walking. I don't have to concentrate too hard, but am entertained.
Reviewed by: Sherry from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


X (Kinsey Milhone Book 24) - Sue Grafton
Five Star Rating       Fiction - Mystery
- If you like mysteries and haven't read any of the Kinsey Milhone mysteries- A is for Alibi, B is for Burglar...P is for Peril... through X, I'm jealous. You have 24 good reads ahead of you and a new one, Y is for Yesterday, is coming in August. Kinsey Milhone, single spunky woman (twice divorced), private detective in Santa Teresa, CA, who goes about solving murder and mayhem, in the 80s before proliferation of cell phones and PCs. Nice cast of characters, creative plotting, unexpected endings and always a point well made. Like one and you will like them all.
Reviewed by: Barbara from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Ya-Yas In Bloom - Rebecca Wells
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- Fun book with lots of laughs, great descriptions of clothes, food, scenery. I had read Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood so I remembered some of the characters. This book took you through generations and it was great. I really enjoyed it. I think I will look for her other bestseller. Entertaining, light, and a great beach or rainy day read.
Reviewed by: Amy from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


NonFiction Reviews - Sorted by Title

Product Details The Forgotten Highlander: An Incredible WWII Story of Survival in the Pacific- Alistair Urquart
Four Star Rating       NonFiction - Memoir
- This book is the memoir of the author's experience as a British POW in a Japanese camp during WWII. Most of what I have read about WWII has been from the perspective of Americans. This new perspective made for an interesting read. For starters, the war was longer for them. The authors missed 6 Christmases! Also interesting from the beginning is the author's staunch belief that the Japanese never apologized for the atrocities during the war. This is an amazing story of survival. Enjoy!
Reviewed by: Lisa from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)



A Beautiful, Terrible Thing- Jen Waite
Four Star Rating       NonFiction -
- Deception, intrigue, betrayal. It's like in a movie when the bad guy is hiding in the closet and you want to scream, "Don't open the closet door!" that's how I felt about Marco....a loser from the get go but no one but you seems to see it! I didn't realize this was a memoir until I went to look up the author. I'd love to know how the story turned out in real life. Did Jen become a therapist? Where did they end up living? What happened with Marco? Was Louisa a real character? Maybe there will be a sequel.
Reviewed by: Lisa from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


American Jezebel- Eve LaPlante
Four Star Rating       NonFiction -
- The true account of notable historic figure, Anne Hutchinson including pages of original documents over 400 years old. A little hard to read, complex language and lengthy but interesting story with a shocking ending that I was not prepared for. Plus, a follow up of children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, etc. Franklin Delano Roosevelt and George Bush, George W Bush were among her great, great, great, great, etc. grandchildren. Interesting read but not light or quick.
Reviewed by: Lisa from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


An ABC of what art can be.- Meher McArthur
Five Star Rating       NonFiction -
- This is a well designed ABC book sharing art philosophy and techniques to a wide audience. Pictures were created by painter Esther Pearl Watson. The author and illustrator worked to make words and image clarify the concepts. For example the letter "B" page depicts a paint brush, a pbrush stroke letter B, and paint across the page. It reads" B is for BRUSH, used to paint or write on a wall or a page or a canvas of white." Artists of all ages will find this book inspiring and enjoyable to read and view.
Reviewed by: Miriam from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Becoming Wise An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living- Krista Tippett
Four Star Rating       NonFiction -
- This is a book by a person who listens for a living. Krista Tippett interviews people of all walks of life to better understand the world we inhabit. She synthesizes differing beliefs to help us understand our existence. If you are a fan of her radio show On Being, you will enjoy this book. If you are seeking and searching, you will enjoy this book. I think it is a good entry into the On Being website and would work well as a companion to listening to podcasts and reading the articles and blogs found there.
Reviewed by: Miriam from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Belichick and Brady- Michael Holly
Five Star Rating       NonFiction -
- A must read for "Patriots" Fans. The story of Belichick and how he builds a team, especially with Brady. A very intriguing story for all those "Pat's" fans.
Reviewed by: Kathy from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Between Them- Richard Ford
Three Star Rating       NonFiction - Memoir
- Poignant memoir about parents written 30 years apart. Father died young when Ford was 16, then mother died in 1981. His memories involve a lot of guessing. The story is kind of ordinary, but lovely writing.
Reviewed by: Peg from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Boy Erased- A Memoir of Identity, Death and Family- Garrard Conley
Three Star Rating       NonFiction -
- I really wanted to love this book as it is such a brave topic. Conley's memoir is about growing up in the south to deeply religious parents and coming out to them after a sexual assault. The author's father is a Baptist minister and in his faith, being gay is a grievous sin. His parents send him to conversion therapy in the hope that they can "cure" him. The storyline was very compelling but I found the writing and the story to be quite vague. I did find that I appreciated the book more after I finished it. The message of the damage the therapy did to the author and countless others came through loud and clear. Maybe I didn't need all the details after all. Enjoy!
Reviewed by: Lisa from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Countdown to Pearl Harbor- Steve Twomey
Three Star Rating       NonFiction -
- This was a hard one to get into. Spent the first quarter or more doing random character development.
Reviewed by: Melissa from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Cure for the Common Life- Max Lucado
Three Star Rating       NonFiction -
- Cure for the Common Life, Living in Your Sweet Spot is a planning your life self help advice book written by a minister so there are many Biblical references. Good basic advice for all ages to guide one in understanding your personal strengths.
Reviewed by: Lauren from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Dahlov Ipcar Artist- Pat Davidson Reef
Five Star Rating       NonFiction -
- A well written biography of the beloved Maine artist Dahlov Ipcar. Excellent photographs of the artist at various stages of her life and a decent selection of her works in digital form. Easy to read and accessible to both young and old.
Reviewed by: Miriam from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Devotion- Adam Makos
Five Star Rating       NonFiction -
- Wow! Are there more than 5 stars?? This is the true story of two navy pilots, one the first African American carrier pilot in the Navy. Their story and the stories of the marines they protected will likely never leave you. After reading of the sacrifice and conditions these heroes endured, that this is called the "The Forgotten War" is amazing. I agree with the argument that it could have easily been called WW III. READ THIS BOOK! Enjoy!
Reviewed by: Lisa from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Epic of Gilgamesh Poem- Various
Five Star Rating       NonFiction -
- Book written 3,000 years before Christ in Uruk. Amazingly beautiful lyric writing. It includes the earliest version of the Flood Story.
Reviewed by: Edna from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Every Day is a Holiday- George Mahood
Five Star Rating       NonFiction -
- This is a young British writer who embarks upon a journey to celebrate all of those "holidays" people create that have seemingly no meaning but he takes them to heart and journals about his adventure in holidays. Additionally he gives himself others goals such as "eat ham in a different way every day for a month", etc. It's fun to read. He has a young family so it includes their funny observations. Very cute story. Am just beginning the sequel which journals the second half of the year doing the same stuff but all new holidays. Read this author! He is great!
Reviewed by: Lisa from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Forty Autumns: A Family's Story of Courage and Survival on Both Sides of the Berlin Wall- Nina Willner
Four Star Rating       NonFiction -
- Engaging memoir about a German family split by the division of Germany into East and West. The book covers the period from the end of WWII to the fall of the Berlin wall. The epilogue brings the reader to about 2007. I listened to the audio book, but found it hard to keep the characters straight at times. Therefore I would recommend reading the book so that you can go back and forth as needed to clarify. Despite this I found the book very interesting, including the author's notes at the end.
Reviewed by: Sherry from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Heaven- Randy Alcorn
Five Star Rating       NonFiction -
- A great reference for anyone thinking about Heaven. It is based on the bible which is important to me. A lot of my questions were answered. My favorite part was learning that there are pets in Heaven!
Reviewed by: Amy from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


I Can't Make This Up- Kevin Hart
Two Star Rating       NonFiction -
- I had never heard of Kevin Hart before this and I only picked it up because I like memoirs. But honestly, for a comedian, he's not that funny.
Reviewed by: Lisa from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


I will Find You- Joanna Connors
Four Star Rating       NonFiction -
- This powerful memoir is about the author's rape (pretty graphically portrayed) and how it impacted every aspect of her life. A reporter, she decides to investigate the life of the man who raped her in the hope that it will help her understand the act and the impact it had on her. What follows is brave, thought provoking, surprising and challenging to say the least. This book will stay with you. Enjoy!
Reviewed by: Lisa from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Iggy Peck Architect- Andrea Beaty
Four Star Rating       NonFiction -
- A picture book about individuality and self expression. Well illustrated by David Roberts. An inspiration to all who enjoy building sand castles, block towers and other such structures.
Reviewed by: Miriam from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Killers of the Flower Moon- David Grann
Five Star Rating       NonFiction -
- I knew I was going to enjoy this book after I read all the authors' praise on the back. Erik Larson and Jon Krakauer? I am in! This is the true crime story of the countless murders of members of the Osage Indian Nation in the earlier part of the 20th century. The Osage Nation was extremely wealthy as a result of oil found on their reservation. Due to the laws of the US at the time, they were deemed not competent to handle their own funds. The result, a rampant betrayal of trust by friends and loved ones and widespread corruption in the government. The fledgling FBI under Hoover took on the case and the author tries to tidy up some of the loose ends 100 years later. Enjoy!
Reviewed by: Lisa from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders & the Birth of the FBI- David Grann
Four Star Rating       NonFiction -
- 1920's - the Osage nation of Oklahoma were considered the richest people per capital in the world. Once oil was discovered, mysteriously, the Osage started to be killed off or died under mysterious circumstances. Subsequent investigations followed by the newly formed FBI. A little known part of American history, this is a shocking indictment on the prejudice toward American Indians.
Reviewed by: Ellen from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Kisses from Katie - Katie Davis
Five Star Rating       NonFiction -
- Extraordinary true story of a 19 year old girl who forgoes college and marriage in order to be a kindergarten teacher at an orphanage in Africa and through the process ends up adopting 16 girls herself!!!
Reviewed by: Karen from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Kisses from Katie- Katie Davis
Five Star Rating       NonFiction -
- This is an amazing book about an 18 year old who leaves her family to go to Uganda to help the children there. She adopts 13 young girls and helps whoever is in need. She has founded Amazima, a ministry in Uganda. She is Glamour Magazines's 2012 woman of the year. Recommend to read.
Reviewed by: Kathy from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Launch Using Design Thinking to Boost Creativity and Bring Out The Maker In Every Student- Spencer And Juliani
Four Star Rating       NonFiction -
- LAUNCH is a book scout changing school classrooms by using the Design Thinking g philosophy. The acronym stands for L=Look, Listen, and Learn, A= Ask Lots of Questions, U= Understand the Problem or Process, N=Navigate ideas, C=Create, H=Highlight What's Working and Failing The book shows a process to help create a creative space in schools that allow students to use creativity and become more adept at problem solving and innovating. These are skills needed for the 21st century. I found the book to be an easy read and had good tips and ideas. It is tailored to a Middle and high school audience, but there are certainly ways to adapt to elementary age students.
Reviewed by: Miriam from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Lessons I learned in the Dark- Jennifer Rothschild
Four Star Rating       NonFiction -
- A 15 year old girl begins to lose her sight quickly from a degenerative eye disease. She compares life lessons and spiritual insights to what she had to learn living blind
Reviewed by: Karen from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Life's A Beach- George Mahood
Five Star Rating       NonFiction -
- This book is the sequel to 'Every Day is a Holiday' but in this story, the Mahood family moves from Northhampton to Devon and George does the second half of the year with the assorted holidays associated with each day of the year. Interesting and funny. He begins a cheese challenge (like his ham challenge in the last book) and tells about his family's new life in the town of Devon on the southern coast of England. He ends by giving up his wedding photography business and deciding to be an author. I have one more book to read by Mahood so I hope he comes up with some new ones soon!
Reviewed by: Lisa from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Milk and Honey- Rupi Kaur
Five Star Rating       NonFiction -
- Raw and beautifully simple. My friend passed this on to me saying she was like Shel Silverstein- and she is! For the adult woman! I want to keep the tradition alive and pass it on to my friends, to young women entering into womanhood & learning about the big, bad world. Yes, I would definitely recommend it.
Reviewed by: Apolonia from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Murder on Mount Monadnock- J S Winter
Five Star Rating       NonFiction -
- I found this book at our small library at TPP. Being a NH resident and familiar with the setting for the book, the title caught my attention. I thoroughly enjoyed this book which takes place around the early 1900's. Learning some interesting tidbits about some of my favorite authors from around that timeframe was interesting.
Reviewed by: Sandy from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


New and Selected Poems Volume one- Mary Oliver
Five Star Rating       NonFiction - Poetry
- Mary Oliver never disappoints. Her ability to see and feel the world and share this through her poems is masterful. This volume has some of my favorite poems in it. Her poems about nature provide delight for all of the senses.
Reviewed by: Miriam from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


On Living- Kerry Egan
Four Star Rating       NonFiction -
- This book is written by a hospice chaplain and provides wonderful insights for the living. It stresses the importance of taking care of relationships now and that impending death really doesn't bring us special status or power. We are who we are in all parts of life, so take care of business now. Enjoy!
Reviewed by: Lisa from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Ripper: Secret Life of Walter Sickert- Patricia Cornwell
Three Star Rating       NonFiction -
- Felt this was misleading. She is a crime-writer/investigative reporter. She lays out her thesis and then goes through half the book defending it, and then the last half ripping holes through it. Was confused as to whether she really wanted us to take away that he was the Ripper.
Reviewed by: Melissa from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Scribbling Women: True Tales from Astonishing Lives- Marthe Jocelyn
Four Star Rating       NonFiction -
- Eleven short stories of amazing women who lived unbelievable, often life defying lives and happened to record their adventures in journals. Many of these stories occurred during an era when women were denied the right to learn to read and write, which makes the recorded stories even more remarkable. The author borrowed a quote from Nathaniel Hawthorne to his publisher about the "irritating fad of scribbling women" when deciding on her title!
Reviewed by: Ellen from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Singing Lessons- Judy Collins
Five Star Rating       NonFiction - Biography
- A great read, all about her life, loves, career. Ms. Collins surprised me with her flair for writing. I couldn't put this book down! Fascinating read.
Reviewed by: Amy from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Slipknot- Linda Greenlaw
Four Star Rating       NonFiction -
- I heard about this author from NH Chronicles recently. Having both read and seen the movie for "The Perfect Storm", I knew this book would interest me, as the author was the female captain in that story. Her knowledge of boats and the fishing industry certainly was apparent in this book. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Reviewed by: Sandy from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Some Flower- Rita Sackville West
Four Star Rating       NonFiction -
- A beautiful discussion of the author's favorite flowers, punctuated by personal commentary and exquisite illustrations.
Reviewed by: Sylvie from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The American Spirit: Who We Are and What We Stand For- David McCullough
Four Star Rating       NonFiction -
- Historian David McCullough pulled together a variety of his speeches, mostly from college graduations, but also from historical events. The author compiled this as a form of self- reflection after the bitter 2016 presidential campaign. Listening to him reading these speeches really help the reader realize that this is not the only time when our country was divided and that there is hope for our future as a country.
Reviewed by: Ellen from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Book of Joy- The Dalai Lama and Bishop Desmond Tutu
Five Star Rating       NonFiction -
- I LOVED this book. Initially I thought it was going to be a book I would read a little bit at a time, but I crushed it in a day and a half. This book, also written by Dan Abrams, is about a week long visit between the Dalai Lama and Tutu. Abrams coordinates the interviews as they share their beliefs , insights and experiences related to happiness. The book exposes their unique friendship and allows the reader to see these two almost mythical individuals as fallible humans we can relate to and learn from. Enjoy! Lisa
Reviewed by: Lisa from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Book of Joy- Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu
Five Star Rating       NonFiction -
- An amazing book, full of spiritual insight and knowledge. Many chapters were truly transformative for me, and are already creating positive changes in my approach to life.
Reviewed by: Shana from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Diary of Sarah Connell Ayers- Sarah Connell Ayers
Three Star Rating       NonFiction -
- This was a bit drudgy but interesting nonetheless. It is the true account of a woman who began journaling her life as a girl until her death in 1835. She was extremely religious and not very tolerant of those who didn't share her beliefs but it is an interesting look at life in New Hampshire in the early 1800s. Spoiler alert....everyone dies!
Reviewed by: Lisa from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Long Haul- Finn Murphy
Five Star Rating       NonFiction -
- This is a look at long haul trucking across North America. It is such an interesting story filled with odd info on tollbooths, diners, road conditions, and is a wealth of information on the hierarchy of the trucking world. I have a newfound respect for the trucking world, particularly the moving trucker world. The ending is perfect.
Reviewed by: Lisa from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Nepali Flat- Gordon Alexander
Four Star Rating       NonFiction -
- This is the story of a young Australian guy hiking for 3 1/2 weeks in Nepal. His final goal is Everest base camp. It's a very interesting story of the Nepalese culture, the awe inspiring beauty of the mountains and a friendship of a trekker and his guide. It's not amazingly well written but is a good adventure story. I didn't know that trekking around Nepal without actually doing Everest (pronounced Eve-rest) was even an option. It's still a very challenging hike.
Reviewed by: Lisa from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Righteous mind- Jonathan Haidt
Four Star Rating       NonFiction -
- Life and society changing stuff in this book. It was a bit overwhelming to read but there are good summaries at the end of each chapter.
Reviewed by: Sarah from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The secret history of Wonder Woman - Jill Lepore
Five Star Rating       NonFiction -
- Wonder Woman plus! History of the struggle for women's suffrage, reproductive rights, equality, and Wonder Woman's oddball creator and his enabling wife and mistress. Great read!
Reviewed by: Peg from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit- Michael Finkel
Four Star Rating       NonFiction -
- A young Maine man decides to "drop out of society" at the age of 20 and spends the next 27 years in the woods of Maine, never talking or connecting with any human. How he lived and survived is amazing. He was finally discovered a few years ago. I remember reading bout this in the locals newspapers.
Reviewed by: Ellen from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


This Life I Live:One Man's Ordinary Extaordinary Life And The Woman Who Changed It Forever- Rory Feek
Four Star Rating       NonFiction - Memoir
- Gave it 4 stars because I love biographies and auto biographies however I felt it dragged a little at times especially when giving the background info before they met. Otherwise it was interesting.
Reviewed by: Karen from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Trainwreck- Sandy doylr
Five Star Rating       NonFiction -
- I loved this book! Funny, smart writing about women who didn't "behave" and how they are/were punished, centuries ago and now up to the age of Twitter and Instagram. Sexism and misogyny and how they still define us explained in terrific essays about lots of women from Charlotte Bronte to Britney Spears to Hillary Clinton.
Reviewed by: Peg from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Troublemaker- Leah Remini
Three Star Rating       NonFiction -
- Informative, interesting. But definitely has the spin of the author's personality and attitudes. Otherwise worth reading, insightful and eye opening.
Reviewed by: Karen from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Wake Up Call- Beth Ann Roybal
Four Star Rating       NonFiction -
- A health oriented book specifically looking at prediabetes. It was well written and easy to read and pretty much covered everything you could think of, and it makes you give thought to nutrition and exercise which who doesn't need that reminder occasionally?
Reviewed by: Lisa from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Teen Reviews - Sorted by Title

Tell Me Three Things - by Julie Burbaum
Four Star Rating       Teens -
- This was such a "page turner." It was a mystery, love story, and suspense all in one. You wanted to know if Jessie was ever going to meet somebody/ nobody and if it was really the person you the reader wanted him to be.
Reviewed by: Tessa from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)



The Last of August - by Brittany Cavallaro
Three Star Rating       Teens -
- The sequel to "a study in charlotte," a modern twist on Sherlock Holmes. The first book was better. This one was a little convoluted. But, all in all, a good read for Sherlock fans.
Reviewed by: Sarah from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


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Product Details The Forgotten Highlander: An Incredible WWII Story of Survival in the Pacific - by Alistair Urquart - See NonFiction tab...
12 Sharp - by Janet Evanovich - See Fiction tab...
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Adultery - by Paulo Coelho - See Fiction tab...
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Allie and Bea - by Catherine Hyde - See Fiction tab...
American Jezebel - by Eve LaPlante - See NonFiction tab...
America's First Daughter - by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie - See Fiction tab...
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America's First Daughter - by Stephanie Dray - See Fiction tab...
An ABC of what art can be. - by Meher McArthur - See NonFiction tab...
Anybody Out There. - by Marian Keyes - See Fiction tab...
Anything is Possible - by Elizabeth Strout - See Fiction tab...
Anything is Possible - by Elizabeth Strout - See Fiction tab...
As Time Goes By - by Mary Higgins Clark - See Fiction tab...
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Beautiful Dreamer - by Elizabeth Lowell - See Fiction tab...
Becoming Wise An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living - by Krista Tippett - See NonFiction tab...
Before I Go To Sleep - by SJ Watson - See Fiction tab...
Before We Were Yours - by Lisa Wingate - See Fiction tab...
Behold the Dreamers - by Imbolo Mbue - See Fiction tab...
Belichick and Brady - by Michael Holly - See NonFiction tab...
Beneath a Scarlett Sky - by Mark Sullivan - See Fiction tab...
Between Them - by Richard Ford - See NonFiction tab...
Blink - by Malcolm Gladwell - See Fiction tab...
Blood and Beauty - by Sarah Dunant - See Fiction tab...
Bone Orchard - by Paul Dorion - See Fiction tab...
Borderline - by Nevada Barr - See Fiction tab...
Boy Erased- A Memoir of Identity, Death and Family - by Garrard Conley - See NonFiction tab...
Breaking Silence - by Linda Castillo - See Fiction tab...
Bright Line Eating - by Susan Peirce Thompson PHD - See Fiction tab...
Calico Joe - by John Grisham - See Fiction tab...
Calling Invisible Women - by Jeanne Ray - See Fiction tab...
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Change of Heart - by Jodi Picoult - See Fiction tab...
Chaos - by Patricia Cornwell - See Fiction tab...
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Commonwealth - by Ann Patchett - See Fiction tab...
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Cross Country - by JamesPatterson - See Fiction tab...
Cross My Heart - by Patterson - See Fiction tab...
Cure for the Common Life - by Max Lucado - See NonFiction tab...
Dahlov Ipcar Artist - by Pat Davidson Reef - See NonFiction tab...
Deep Freeze - by Lisa Jackson - See Fiction tab...
Devotion - by Adam Makos - See NonFiction tab...
Engaging learners through artmaking. - by Katherine Douglas and Diane Jaquith - See Fiction tab...
Epic of Gilgamesh Poem - by Various - See NonFiction tab...
Every Day is a Holiday - by George Mahood - See NonFiction tab...
Exclusive - by Sandra Brown - See Fiction tab...
Fast & Loose - by Stuart Woods - See Fiction tab...
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Finding Jake - by Brian Reardon - See Fiction tab...
First Strike - by Ben Coes - See Fiction tab...
Force of Nature - by CJ Box - See Fiction tab...
Fortune's Children the fall of the House of Vanderbilt - by Arthur T Vanderbilt II - See Fiction tab...
Forty Autumns: A Family's Story of Courage and Survival on Both Sides of the Berlin Wall - by Nina Willner - See NonFiction tab...
Go Set A Watchman - by Harper Lee - See Fiction tab...
Good Grief - by lolly Winston - See Fiction tab...
Goodnight Nobody - by Jennifer Weiner - See Fiction tab...
Guilty - by Karen Robards - See Fiction tab...
Gypped - by Carol Higgins Clark - See Fiction tab...
Hallelujah Anyway: Rediscovering Mercy - by Anne Lamott - See Fiction tab...
Hearts in Atlantis - by Stephen King - See Fiction tab...
Heaven - by Randy Alcorn - See NonFiction tab...
Heaven is Real - by Todd Burpo - See Fiction tab...
Her Father's House - by Belva Plain - See Fiction tab...
Her Final Breath - by Robert Dugoni - See Fiction tab...
Her Final Breath - by Robert Dugoni - See Fiction tab...
Highlander Redeemed - by Laura Wittig - See Fiction tab...
Hold Tight - by Harlen Coben - See Fiction tab...
Homecoming - by Yea Gyasi - See Fiction tab...
Honor Thyself - by Danielle Steele - See Fiction tab...
Hunger- A Memoir of (My) Body - by Roxanne Gay - See Fiction tab...
I Can't Make This Up - by Kevin Hart - See NonFiction tab...
I will Find You - by Joanna Connors - See NonFiction tab...
Iggy Peck Architect - by Andrea Beaty - See NonFiction tab...
Indecent Exposure - by Stuart Woods - See Fiction tab...
Indelible - by Karin Slaughter - See Fiction tab...
Into the Water - by Paula Hawkins - See Fiction tab...
Juniper - The Girl who was Born too Soon - by Kelley and a Thomas French - See Fiction tab...
Killers of the Flower Moon - by David Grann - See NonFiction tab...
Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders & the Birth of the FBI - by David Grann - See NonFiction tab...
Kisses from Katie - by Katie Davis - See NonFiction tab...
Kisses from Katie - by Katie Davis - See NonFiction tab...
Launch Using Design Thinking to Boost Creativity and Bring Out The Maker In Every Student - by Spencer And Juliani - See NonFiction tab...
Lessons I learned in the Dark - by Jennifer Rothschild - See NonFiction tab...
Life's A Beach - by George Mahood - See NonFiction tab...
Lilac Girls - by Martha Kelly - See Fiction tab...
Lisette's List - by Susan Vreeland - See Fiction tab...
London Bridges - by James Patterson - See Fiction tab...
Lost Empire - by Clive Cussler with Grant Blackwood - See Fiction tab...
Lost in a Book - by Jennifer Donnelly - See Fiction tab...
Man Overboard - by JA Jance - See Fiction tab...
Manuscript Found In Accra - by Paulo Coelho - See Fiction tab...
Milk and Honey - by Rupi Kaur - See NonFiction tab...
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Missing ( Private Novel) - by James Patterson and Kathryn Fox - See Fiction tab...
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Mr Pip - by Lloyd Jones - See Fiction tab...
Murder on Mount Monadnock - by J S Winter - See NonFiction tab...
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New and Selected Poems Volume one - by Mary Oliver - See NonFiction tab...
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Night School - by Lee Child - See Fiction tab...
Nobody Knows - by Mary Jane Clark - See Fiction tab...
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On Living - by Kerry Egan - See NonFiction tab...
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Private - by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro - See Fiction tab...
Private #1 Suspect - by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro - See Fiction tab...
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Private London - by James Patterson and Mark Pearson - See Fiction tab...
Razor Girl - by Carl Hiaasen - See Fiction tab...
Ready Player One - by Ernest Cline - See Fiction tab...
Ripper: Secret Life of Walter Sickert - by Patricia Cornwell - See NonFiction tab...
Rose in a Storm - by Jon Katz - See Fiction tab...
Santa Fe Edge - by Stuart Woods - See Fiction tab...
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Scribbling Women: True Tales from Astonishing Lives - by Marthe Jocelyn - See NonFiction tab...
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Singing Lessons - by Judy Collins - See NonFiction tab...
Slipknot - by Linda Greenlaw - See NonFiction tab...
Some Flower - by Rita Sackville West - See NonFiction tab...
Some One Knows my Name - by Lawrence Hill - See Fiction tab...
Sound of Rain and Lightning - by Nancy Pickard - See Fiction tab...
Split Second - by David Baldacci - See Fiction tab...
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Tell Me Three Things - by Julie Burbaum - See Teens tab...
Thank You For Being Late - by Thomas Friedman - See Fiction tab...
The Alchemist - by Paulo Coelho - See Fiction tab...
The American Spirit: Who We Are and What We Stand For - by David McCullough - See NonFiction tab...
The Atomic Weight of Love - by Elizabeth Church - See Fiction tab...
The Birth of Venus - by Sarah Dunant - See Fiction tab...
The Blood of Emmett Till - by Timothy Tyson - See Fiction tab...
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The Book of Joy - by Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu - See NonFiction tab...
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The Boy Who Knew too Much - by Cathy Byrd - See Fiction tab...
The Children's Hour - by Marcia Willett - See Fiction tab...
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The Color of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother - by James McBride - See Fiction tab...
The Conviction - by Robert Dugoni - See Fiction tab...
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time - by Mark Haddon - See Fiction tab...
The Diary of Sarah Connell Ayers - by Sarah Connell Ayers - See NonFiction tab...
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The Frozen Hours - by Jeff Shaara - See Fiction tab...
The Gardner's Grandchildren - by Barbara Willard - See Fiction tab...
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The House in the Ruins - by Chris Bohjalian - See Fiction tab...
The Hungry Ocean - by Linda Greenlaw - See Fiction tab...
The Husband - by Dean Koontz - See Fiction tab...
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The Identicals - by Elin Hilderbrand - See Fiction tab...
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The Land Of Mango Sunsets - by Dorothea Benton Frank - See Fiction tab...
The Last Mile - by David Baldacci - See Fiction tab...
The Last of August - by Brittany Cavallaro - See Teens tab...
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The Marsh King's Daughter - by Karen Dionne - See Fiction tab...
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The One-in-a-Million Boy - by Monica Wood - See Fiction tab...
The One-in-a-Milllion Boy - by Monica Wood - See Fiction tab...
The People We Hate at the Wedding - by Grant Ginder - See Fiction tab...
The Righteous mind - by Jonathan Haidt - See NonFiction tab...
The secret history of Wonder Woman - by Jill Lepore - See NonFiction tab...
The Shack - by Wm Paul Young - See Fiction tab...
The Silent Corner - by Dean Koontz - See Fiction tab...
The Sky-liners - by Louis L Amour - See Fiction tab...
The Sleepwalker - by Chris Bohjalian - See Fiction tab...
The Stars Are Fire - by Anita Shreve - See Fiction tab...
The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit - by Michael Finkel - See NonFiction tab...
The Sunshine Sisters - by Jane Green - See Fiction tab...
The technologists - by Matthew Pearl - See Fiction tab...
The Trapped Girl - by Robert Dugoni - See Fiction tab...
The Trapped Girl - by Robert Dugoni - See Fiction tab...
The Weight of Ink - by Rachel Kiddish - See Fiction tab...
The Winter Sea - by Susanna Kearsley - See Fiction tab...
The Woman in Cabin 10 - by Ruth Ware - See Fiction tab...
The Woman Next Door - by Barbara Delinsky - See Fiction tab...
This Life I Live:One Man's Ordinary Extaordinary Life And The Woman Who Changed It Forever - by Rory Feek - See NonFiction tab...
Three Junes - by Julia Glass - See Fiction tab...
Tidewater Inn - by Colleen Coble - See Fiction tab...
Trade Winds - by M M Kaye - See Fiction tab...
Trainwreck - by Sandy doylr - See NonFiction tab...
Trouble Shooter A Hopalong Cassidy Novel - by Louis L Amour - See Fiction tab...
Troublemaker - by Leah Remini - See NonFiction tab...
Valley Fever - by Katherine Taylor - See Fiction tab...
Visions of Sugar Plums - by Janet Evanovich - See Fiction tab...
Void Moon - by Michael Connelly - See Fiction tab...
Voyage of the heart - by Soraya Lane - See Fiction tab...
Wake Up Call - by Beth Ann Roybal - See NonFiction tab...
What Alice Forgot - by Liane Moriarty - See Fiction tab...
What Alice Forgot - by Liane Moriarty - See Fiction tab...
When a child is born - by Jodi Taylor - See Fiction tab...
When the Emperor was Divine - by Julie Otsuka - See Fiction tab...
Where Are You Now - by Mary Higgins Clark - See Fiction tab...
Whiskey Beach - by Nora Roberts - See Fiction tab...
Whistlin' Dixie in a Nor'easter - by Lisa Patton - See Fiction tab...
Who Do You Love - by Jennifer Weiner - See Fiction tab...
Wife for Hire - by Janet Evanovich - See Fiction tab...
Winter at the Door - by Sarah Graves - See Fiction tab...
X (Kinsey Milhone Book 24) - by Sue Grafton - See Fiction tab...
Ya-Yas In Bloom - by Rebecca Wells - See Fiction tab...