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Book Reviews

Looker
Laura Sims
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3 Stars

Part psychological suspense, part character study, part stalker story, this intensifying story with a flawed main character kept the reader interested. It’s a story a life falling apart, a story of unrealistic expectations and finally a story of coping with debilitating sadness.

-Michelle
Posted 12/01/2019

Before We Were Yours
Lisa Wingate
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4 Stars

Avery Stafford thinks she has her life mapped out until an encounter with an elderly May Crandall changes her course.  Based on actual historical events, this dual time lined and character driven novel is gripping.  Heart breaking and heartwarming at the same time, the reader is swept along with the families’ haunting stories of survival and beating the odds.

-Michelle
Posted 12/10/2019

The House Girl
Tara Conklin
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4 Stars

Historical fiction with an intertwining a time line between modern and historical, that leaves the reader unable to put this novel down. The story was strong in imagery and does an excellent job of letting the reader walk alongside the characters. Both story lines are not only believable, but also relevant. It’s a story of courage, love, secrets and finding the truth.

-Michelle
Posted 12/10/2019

Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine
Gail Honeyman
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4 Stars

This fictional, character-driven novel is a moving story about a girl’s survival of an unspeakable act, and her journey into adulthood. Eleanor should not have survived, but she did and is now coping the best way she can. It’s a moving and disturbing with a heartwarming ending. Eleanor’s character was well-developed and her compelling story makes this book well worth reading.

-Michelle
Posted 11/12/2019

A Gentleman in Moscow
Amor Towles
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4 Stars

Sentenced to house arrest, Count Alexander Rostov, learns to adapt and become purposeful in his limited world.  A likeable and well-developed character, the Count takes the reader not only on a journey of his personal growth, but also a historical and sweeping journey of Moscow in the mid-1900s. Full of elaborate descriptions, the story had a little bit of everything:  historical fiction, intrigue, coming of age, suspense and romance all rolled into one compelling book.

-Michelle
Posted 10/14/2019

This Tender Land
William Kent Krueger
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4 Stars

An emotionally intense coming of age novel, it was well worth the time.  It’s a story of four orphans and their journey one summer to find their home.  It’s best described in the prologue by the author through the character of Odie, “There will be courage in this story and cowardice.  There will be love and betrayal. And, of course, there will be hope.  In the end, isn’t that what every good story is about?”

-Michelle
Posted 9/28/2019

The Underground Railroad
Colson Whitehead
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4 Stars

Leisurely paced and character driven, The Underground Railroad is a fictional depiction of a slave, Cora, and her escape from a plantation in Georgia.  A courageous character, the reader is taken through her haunting and moving journey, and those of her supporting characters.  Broken up into individual characters’ stories and how they cross paths with Cora, the story was both reflective and thoughtful.

-Michelle
Posted 9/16/2019

Jim Henson: The Biography
Brian Jay Jones
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3 Stars

Jim Henson: The Biography is the thoughtful telling of Jim Henson’s life. Jones engages the reader by chronicling the life of the creative mind behind the Muppet Show, Fraggle Rock, The Dark Crystal, and the Labyrinth and how Henson wanted to elevate the status of puppetry to more than just “kids’ stuff.” In doing so, Jones paints Henson as an immensely creative, hardworking optimistic artist who wanted to create quality work and leave the world a better place than he found it.

-Sean
Posted 9/11/2019

 

City of Scoundrels: The 12 Days of Disaster That Gave Birth to Modern Chicago
Gary Krist
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4 Stars

City of Scoundrels is the meticulously researched history of twelve days during the summer of 1919 Chicago. Krist details how an aviation disaster, a race riot, a transit strike, and a sensational child murder transformed Chicago from an adolescent city into a modern metropolis under Big Bill Thompson’s political machine. Readers who have liked Devil in the White City have also like this one.

 

-Sean
Posted 8/29/2019

Readers Advisory Staff

Looking for that great new read? The Villa Park Public Library has a fantastic Readers Advisory staff that is happy to recommend novels. Whether you’re looking for new authors like your old favorites, or you’re ready for something completely new, our RA staff is here to help. They run reading groups and book discussions to help make reading a more social experience. These folks know their stuff!

Looking for a Recommendation?

If you’re looking for a recommendation you can contact one of the readers advisory staff.

Amity
Favorite genres:
Horror, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Young Adult Literature, Books about weird animal friendships
Amity’s bookshelf on Goodreads.
Denise
Favorite Genres:
Mysteries, Graphic Novels
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Erin
Favorite Genres:
Fantasy, Science Fiction, Romance, Young Adult Literature
Erin’s bookshelf on Goodreads.

Jean
Favorite Genres:
Romantic Suspense, Scifi-fantasy
Jean’s bookshelf on Goodreads

 

John
Favorite Genres:
Alternate History Fiction, Suspense
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Kandice
Favorite Genres:

Chick Lit, Suspense, and Mysteries

Michelle
Favorite Genres:

Historical Fiction, Psychological Thrillers
Michelle’s bookshelf on Goodreads
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Sean
Favorite Genres:

True-life biographies, Non-fiction
Sean’s bookshelf on Goodreads
Sandy
Favorite Genres:
Fantasy, Film
Suzanne
Favorite genres:
Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Young Adult Literature
Suzanne’s bookshelf on Goodreads.

 

 

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