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The Diviners, by Libba Bray

#BroaderBookshelf: Read a Book Recommended By Richland Library Staff, Part 2

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The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane, by Lisa See

As usual, Lisa See has written a powerful, yet lovely, story about Chinese women. This is the story of a girl who becomes an unwed mother. The traditions and customs that the people in her remote tea-farming village have lived by for generations dictate that she must kill her baby. Li-yan rejects the rules, wraps the baby girl in a blanket and abandons her at an orphanage in the nearest city.

I love the author’s elegant style of writing. She captures the heart-break and loss that Li-yan feels about abandoning her daughter as well as the deep emotional bond between Li-yan and her own mother. She masterfully intertwines the lives of Li-yan, her family, and the other characters. I was captivated from the first to the last page. - Suggested by Shirley C., Richland Library Blythewood

The Dog that Talked to God, by Jim Kraus

This book is about a woman who lost her family and moves to a new location to start her life over. She gets a dog to have as a beloved companion and as time passes she begins to notice he is different from other dogs and when he eventually talks to her, she learns that he also talks to God. He helps her heal from the loss of her family and with other burgeoning relationships. If you like inpirational fiction you might like this title about which Publisher's Weekly says "judge this book by its cover, which features a sagacious seated schnauzer, and be charmed." - Suggested by Debra T., Richland Library Main

The Secret History, Donna Tartt
Pulitzer-winner Donna Tartt’s debut novel is an intriguing murder mystery that reveals whodunit in the first few pages and then spends the rest of the book meting out the “why” inch by exquisitely twisted inch. The world inhabited by her unforgettable characters is so lush and richly painted that readers will easily lose themselves for hours in the fictional college town of Hampden, Vermont. A stay-up-all-night-to-finish type of read. - Suggested by Sarah C., Richland Library Main

The Road from Coorain, by Jill K Conway

I loved the Australian setting of this memoir, the character and personal strength of the author and the details of her life, culture and the prejudices she battled. I found the description of school life in Australia very evocative, as it reminded me so much of my own experience in England. Ms. Conway went on to become president of Smith College in the U.S.A. That part of her story can be read in part two, “True North”. - Suggested by Fiona S., Richland Library Blythewood

Killing the Rising Sun: How America Vanquished World War II Japan, by Bill O'Reilly

This book was amazing. Of course, I liked it because there were so many untold personal stories of the war. The details within the book of the war are heart-wrenching and truly horrific. The author discusses many battles that lead up to the Atomic Bomb being released and President Truman's decision to release the bomb. A truly remarkable historical account of WWII. - Suggested by Kris D., Richland Library Main

Sisterchicks go Brit!, by Robin Jones Gunn

When a couple of Sisterchick best friends take off on journeys around the world adventures abound! This is the seventh of the eight book series, but these are stand-alone novels featuring different female characters in each book, but all of them provides laugh-out-loud scenarios. I love this series because it gave me the opportunity to vicariously travel around the world and enjoy the adventures of each set of women. - Suggested by Lisa D., Richland Library Ballentine

Homegoing, by Yaa Gyasi
A sweeping saga that puts the horror of slavery squarely on the shoulders where it belongs - on everyone! The story begins with Effia and Esi, half sisters born into different villages in Ghana. Effia is married to a British officer (of course, already married in England!) while Esi is captured and sold into slavery, imprisoned in the palatial castle that Effia inhabits. Through centuries of warfare in Ghana, to plantations of the South, through our own Civil War, the Great Migration, jazz clubs and drugs in Harlem- follow the descendants of these women in Homegoing, the one book you should read about the barbarity named slavery. Suggested by Lorraine L., Richland Library Cooper
The Diviners, by Libba Bray

Not for the faint of heart, this paranormal murder mystery is big on the creepy factor (serial killer! The occult! Eek!). Set in 1920’s New York and replete with charming dialogue and characters, this book will leave you wanting more – which is fine, because there’s a sequel ;) - Suggested by Jennifer N., Richlannd Library Main

The Grownup, by Gillian Flynn
So many twists and turn in a few pages. Flynn keeps you guessing until the very end. You won't be able to put this one down. - Suggested by Rhonda H., Richland Library Ballentine
Postmortem by Patricia Cornwell
Postmortem is the first book in the Kay Scarpetta series. Scarpetta is a Virginia medical examiner on the trail of a brutal serial killer. This mystery has strong police procedural elements and is richly detailed. Postmortem will keep you in suspense and the closer you get to the end of the book, the closer you get to the edge of your seat! If you've never read Cornwell you may want to give her a chance. And if you enjoy the first, then there are 23 others in the series to keep you going. - Suggested by Chantal W., Richland Library Main

Chantal W. Says: Also available in the following formats: Large Print, Book on CD, eBook, and eAudiobook from OverDrive
Amazon Says: A thrilling new novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Lisa See explores the lives of a Chinese mother and her daughter who has been adopted by an American couple. L more...
Amazon Says: A thrilling new novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Lisa See explores the lives of a Chinese mother and her daughter who has been adopted by an American couple. Li-yan and her family align their lives around the seasons and the farming of tea. There is ritual and routine, and it has been ever thus for generations. Then one day a jeep appears at the village gate—the first automobile any of them have seen—and a stranger arrives. In this remote Yunnan village, the stranger finds the rare tea he has been seeking and a reticent Akha people. In her biggest seller, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, See introduced the Yao people to her readers. Here she shares the customs of another Chinese ethnic minority, the Akha, whose world will soon change. Li-yan, one of the few educated girls on her mountain, translates for the stranger and is among the first to reject the rules that have shaped her existence. When she has a baby outside of wedlock, rather than stand by tradition, she wraps her daughter in a blanket, with a tea cake hidden in her swaddling, and abandons her in the nearest city. After mother and daughter have gone their separate ways, Li-yan slowly emerges from the security and insularity of her village to encounter modern life while Haley grows up a privileged and well-loved California girl. Despite Haley’s happy home life, she wonders about her origins; and Li-yan longs for her lost daughter. They both search for and find answers in the tea that has shaped their family’s destiny for generations. A powerful story about a family, separated by circumstances, culture, and distance, Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane paints an unforgettable portrait of a little known region and its people and celebrates the bond that connects mothers and daughters. less...
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Amazon Says: Recently widowed Mary Fassler buys a Miniature Schnauzer, Rufus, and her world is turned sideways in the midst of her grief.  It seems that Rufus speaks. And not just to her. more...
Amazon Says: Recently widowed Mary Fassler buys a Miniature Schnauzer, Rufus, and her world is turned sideways in the midst of her grief.  It seems that Rufus speaks. And not just to her. He also talks to God. When Rufus begins sharing advice that could result in major changes, Mary gets the feeling the pooch might not be steering her in the right direction. Or, is she just afraid to take the leap and discover something she desperately needs? Only Rufus...and God...knows. "Jim Kraus has written a funny, heartfelt novel in the tradition of Garth Stein and John Grogan. For a long time dogs have been man's best friend. It only made sense one would finally come along to save our souls." - Rob Stennett author, Homemade Haunting and The Almost True Story Of Ryan Fisher "I loved this story. Quirky and unusual, this unique tale wove a spell around me and drew me in. It wasn't what I expected at all, and when I turned the last page, it left me wanting more." - Ane Mulligan, Sr. Editor of Novel Rocket "The Dog That Talked to God is a moving and powerful read, inspirational long after the last page has been turned." - New York Journal of Books less...
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The Secret History by Donna Tartt
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Amazon Says: Publication Date: 1992 Donna Tartt, winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for her most recent novel, The Goldfinch, established herself as a major talent with The Secret History, more...
Amazon Says: Publication Date: 1992 Donna Tartt, winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for her most recent novel, The Goldfinch, established herself as a major talent with The Secret History, which has become a contemporary classic. Under the influence of their charismatic classics professor, a group of clever, eccentric misfits at an elite New England college discover a way of thinking and living that is a world away from the humdrum existence of their contemporaries. But when they go beyond the boundaries of normal morality their lives are changed profoundly and forever, and they discover how hard it can be to truly live and how easy it is to kill less...
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The Road from Coorain by Jill Ker Conway
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Amazon Says: The powerful and riveting new book in the multimillion-selling Killing series by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard Autumn 1944. World War II is nearly over more...
Amazon Says: The powerful and riveting new book in the multimillion-selling Killing series by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard Autumn 1944. World War II is nearly over in Europe but is escalating in the Pacific, where American soldiers face an opponent who will go to any length to avoid defeat. The Japanese army follows the samurai code of Bushido, stipulating that surrender is a form of dishonor. Killing the Rising Sun takes readers to the bloody tropical-island battlefields of Peleliu and Iwo Jima and to the embattled Philippines, where General Douglas MacArthur has made a triumphant return and is plotting a full-scale invasion of Japan.Across the globe in Los Alamos, New Mexico, Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer and his team of scientists are preparing to test the deadliest weapon known to mankind. In Washington, DC, FDR dies in office and Harry Truman ascends to the presidency, only to face the most important political decision in history: whether to use that weapon. And in Tokyo, Emperor Hirohito, who is considered a deity by his subjects, refuses to surrender, despite a massive and mounting death toll. Told in the same page-turning style of Killing Lincoln, Killing Kennedy, Killing Jesus, Killing Patton, and Killing Reagan, this epic saga details the final moments of World War II like never before. less...
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Sisterchicks Go Brit! by Robin Jones Gunn
Amazon Says: Cheerio, Sisterchicks! SISTERCHICK® n: a friend who shares the deepest wonders of your heart, loves you like a sister, and provides a reality check when you’re bein more...
Amazon Says: Cheerio, Sisterchicks! SISTERCHICK® n: a friend who shares the deepest wonders of your heart, loves you like a sister, and provides a reality check when you’re being a brat. Two midlife mamas hop over to jolly ole England and encounter so much more than the usual tourist stops. Liz does have a bit of a childhood crush on Big Ben, and she has hoped to “meet” him ever since her fifteenth birthday. Kellie dreams of starting an interior design business and figures Liz needs to be a part of that equation–a calculation that hasn’t added up for Liz yet. Nothing on the excursion goes the way these two friends had envisioned. They start with a village pancake race and end up being held for questioning on The Underground. Kellie and Liz take a wild tour through the land of C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien and then find themselves swept up, up, and away in a hot air balloon over the Cotswalds. London beckons with the Tower of London, Windsor Castle, shopping at Portabella Road in Knotting Hill, and of course, reservations at the Ritz for a posh high tea. A few detours along the way and the possibility of being lost in a London fog of wonderment aren’t enough to stop these two Sisterchicks! Each step of their regal journey is lined with evidence of God’s gracious compassion, and both come to realize that God knows their every wish. He is the One who planted every dream in their hearts. And, oh, what a surprise awaits them when they return home! less...
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Homegoing: A novel by Yaa Gyasi
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Amazon Says: Winner of the NBCC's John Leonard First Book Prize A New York Times 2016 Notable Book One of Oprah’s 10 Favorite Books of 2016 NPR's Debut Novel of the Year One of Buzzfe more...
Amazon Says: Winner of the NBCC's John Leonard First Book Prize A New York Times 2016 Notable Book One of Oprah’s 10 Favorite Books of 2016 NPR's Debut Novel of the Year One of Buzzfeed's Best Fiction Books Of 2016 One of Time's Top 10 Novels of 2016, Winner of 2017 PEN Hemingway award for debut fiction. “Homegoing is an inspiration.” —Ta-Nehisi Coates  The unforgettable New York Times best seller begins with the story of two half-sisters, separated by forces beyond their control: one sold into slavery, the other married to a British slaver. Written with tremendous sweep and power, Homegoing traces the generations of family who follow, as their destinies lead them through two continents and three hundred years of history, each life indeliably drawn, as the legacy of slavery is fully revealed in light of the present day.             Effia and Esi are born into different villages in eighteenth-century Ghana. Effia is married off to an Englishman and lives in comfort in the palatial rooms of Cape Coast Castle. Unbeknownst to Effia, her sister, Esi, is imprisoned beneath her in the castle’s dungeons, sold with thousands of others into the Gold Coast’s booming slave trade, and shipped off to America, where her children and grandchildren will be raised in slavery. One thread of Homegoing follows Effia’s descendants through centuries of warfare in Ghana, as the Fante and Asante nations wrestle with the slave trade and British colonization. The other thread follows Esi and her children into America. From the plantations of the South to the Civil War and the Great Migration, from the coal mines of Pratt City, Alabama, to the jazz clubs and dope houses of twentieth-century Harlem, right up through the present day, Homegoing makes history visceral, and captures, with singular and stunning immediacy, how the memory of captivity came to be inscribed in the soul of a nation. less...
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The Diviners by Libba Bray
Chantal W. Says: Also available in the following formats: Book on CD, eBook from OverDrive and cloudLibrary, and eAudiobook from OverDrive
Amazon Says: Do you believe there are ghosts and demons and Diviners among us? Evie O'Neill has been exiled from her boring old hometown and shipped off to the bustling streets of New Yo more...
Amazon Says: Do you believe there are ghosts and demons and Diviners among us? Evie O'Neill has been exiled from her boring old hometown and shipped off to the bustling streets of New York City--and she is pos-i-tute-ly ecstatic. It's 1926, and New York is filled with speakeasies, Ziegfield girls, and rakish pickpockets. The only catch is that she has to live with her Uncle Will and his unhealthy obsession with the occult. Evie worries he'll discover her darkest secret: a supernatural power that has only brought her trouble so far. But when the police find a murdered girl branded with a cryptic symbol and Will is called to the scene, Evie realizes her gift could help catch a serial killer. As Evie jumps headlong into a dance with a murderer, other stories unfold in the city that never sleeps. A young man named Memphis is caught between two worlds. A chorus girl named Theta is running from her past. A student named Jericho hides a shocking secret. And unknown to all, something dark and evil has awakened.... Printz Award-winning and New York Times bestselling author Libba Bray opens a brand-new historical series with The Diviners, where the glittering surface of the Roaring Twenties hides a mystical horror creeping across the country. less...
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Amazon Says: Gillian Flynn’s Edgar Award-winning homage to the classic ghost story, published for the first time as a standalone A canny young woman is struggling to survive by p more...
Amazon Says: Gillian Flynn’s Edgar Award-winning homage to the classic ghost story, published for the first time as a standalone A canny young woman is struggling to survive by perpetrating various levels of mostly harmless fraud. On a rainy April morning, she is reading auras at Spiritual Palms when Susan Burke walks in. A keen observer of human behavior, our unnamed narrator immediately diagnoses beautiful, rich Susan as an unhappy woman eager to give her lovely life a drama injection. However, when the "psychic" visits the eerie Victorian home that has been the source of Susan’s terror and grief, she realizes she may not have to pretend to believe in ghosts anymore. Miles, Susan’s teenage stepson, doesn’t help matters with his disturbing manner and grisly imagination. The three are soon locked in a chilling battle to discover where the evil truly lurks and what, if anything, can be done to escape it. “The Grownup,” which originally appeared as “What Do You Do?” in George R. R. Martin’s Rogues anthology, proves once again that Gillian Flynn is one of the world’s most original and skilled voices in fiction. less...
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Postmortem by Patricia Cornwell
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Amazon Says: Discover the “dazzling…fascinating” (Los Angeles Times) novel that launched the New York Times bestselling Kay Scarpetta series from #1 bestselling crime writer Patricia more...
Amazon Says: Discover the “dazzling…fascinating” (Los Angeles Times) novel that launched the New York Times bestselling Kay Scarpetta series from #1 bestselling crime writer Patricia Cornwell. Under cover of night in Richmond, Virginia, a monster strikes, leaving a gruesome trail of stranglings that has paralyzed the city. Medical examiner Kay Scarpetta suspects the worst: a deliberate campaign by a brilliant serial killer whose signature offers precious few clues. With an unerring eye, she calls on the latest advances in forensic research to unmask the madman. But this investigation will test Kay like no other, because it’s being sabotaged from within—and someone wants her dead. less...
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