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01/14/2011 - 3:24pm
Until Angels Close My Eyes by Lurlene McDaniel

Did you know that Until Angels Close My Eyes in the last book of a trilogy by Lurlene McDaniel? In case you missed them, here are the first two books:

Angels Watching Over Me
Sixteen-year-old Leah is admitted to the hospital for treatment of a broken finger. Further tests indicate bone cancer. During her stay she meets Ethan, a handsome Amish boy, and is drawn to him despite the difficulties she has understanding his culture.

08/28/2009 - 4:36pm

Although I haven't read this title, now that you've brought it to my attention, I want to!
Meanwhile, I have listed four titles below that I hope you might enjoy.

Footfree and Fancyloose: a Novel by Elizabeth Craft and Sarah Fain. (Rocehlle, it's the sequel to Bass Ackwards and Belly Up!)

Harper, Sophie, and Kate continue to pursue their dreams of writing, acting, and self-discovery through aid work, while their friend Becca explores college and her relationship with her boyfriend, Stuart.

12/07/2010 - 1:31pm

hope that you will enjoy reading some of these books.

 

Unwind by Neal Shusterman.
In a future world where those between the ages of thirteen and eighteen can have their lives "unwound" and their body parts harvested for use by others, three teens go to extreme lengths to uphold their beliefs--and, perhaps, save their own lives.

 

05/28/2009 - 2:11pm

Similar Title: The Trouble with Mary by Millie Criswell
Original question: Is this humor or romance? I don't know but I like the
combination of the two. Also, there was good sexual tension without a
lot of graphic description. Can you recommend another author who
combines humor and romance? I also like characters from Italian families but that's not essential.

ANSWER:

"The Trouble With Mary" by Millie Criswell is a romance, but it IS
funny, isn't it? Do you know that there are three more titles by Ms.

05/28/2009 - 2:04pm

If you liked "The Invisible Circus" by Jennifer Egan, you may enjoy
these novels for their 1960's and 1970's settings:



"The Jane Austen Book Club" by Karen Joy Fowler

A funny and touching book about 5 women and 1 man who meet to discuss
Jane Austen's books. Over the course of six months, each member
reminisces about events from his or her life.



"Crazy in Alabama" by Mark Childress

05/28/2009 - 2:02pm

Hello! Since you read a wide variety of authors - Haruki Murakami,
Gail Tsukiyama, Amy Tan, Alexander McCall Smith, John Irving, and Anne Tyler - I have recommended a broad range of authors and titles for your enjoyment:

"Kangaroo Notebook" by Kobo Abe

"In the last novel written before his death in 1993, one of Japan's most
distinguished novelists proffered a surreal vision of Japanese society
that manages to be simultaneously fearful and jarringly funny. The

05/28/2009 - 1:57pm

You asked for a book similar to Pyro by Earl Emerson, and mentioned that you
also like Wambaugh's Fire Lover and Picciotto's Last Man Down. Here are
a few suggestions, both fiction and nonfiction, featuring firefighters:

Fiction:

Emerson has written quite a few books featuring firefighters, including
a series about a female ex-firefighter and arson investigator, Mac
Fontana, such as Morons and Madmen, Going Crazy in Public, and The Dead
Horse Paint Company. But, one of his books with a male firefighting
protaganist is:

06/16/2009 - 12:11pm

Thank you for requesting a Book Match from the Central Rappahannock Regional Library. You asked us to match Gods and Generals by Jeff Shaara, and mentioned that you liked well-written biographies. Let’s start with novels which, like Gods and Generals, are historical fiction. Some feature actual historical figures, some chronicle actual events using fictional characters. Some are set in the Civil War, most deal with war.

The killer angels : a novel / Michael Shaara

08/28/2009 - 4:41pm

I’m glad you liked Blue by Joyce Moyer Hostetter. The library has many more good historical fiction books. Here are a few you might also enjoy.

 

For Freedom: The Story of a French Spy by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley.

Despite the horrors of World War II, a French teenager pursues her dream of becoming an opera singer, which takes her to places where she gains information about what the Nazis are doing--information that the French Resistance needs.

 

The Primrose Way by Jackie French Koller.

12/06/2010 - 4:00pm

Here are some more titles about high school kids that I hope you will enjoy.

 

Hidden Talents by David Lubar.

When thirteen-year-old Martin arrives at an alternative school for misfits and problem students, he falls in with a group of boys with psychic powers and discovers something surprising about himself.

 

Dairy Queen :a Novel by Catherine Gilbert Murdock.

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