Sharon’s Best of 2013

Aviator's Wife by Melanie BenjaminTitle:  The Aviator’s Wife

Author:  Melanie Benjamin

Call #:  BENJAMIN

This historical fiction novel is told through the voice of Anne Morrow Lindbergh, wife of the famous aviator.  Anne, a shy ambassador’s daughter, is overjoyed when Lindbergh proposes marriage after a short courtship.  In the early days of her marriage, she becomes a pioneering aviatrix, but suffers horrible grief after the kidnapping and murder of her son.  She endures the controversy over Charles’s anti-Semitic views before World War II but after years of living in her husband’s shadow, Anne goes on to write the feminist classic Gift from the Sea.

Second Honeymoon by James PattersonTitle:  Second Honeymoon

Author:  James Patterson

Call #:  PATTERSON

FBI Agent John O’Hara is trying to find and stop a serial killer whose victims are all newlyweds on their honeymoon.  He is still trying to cope with the death of his own wife a couple of years ago, at the hands of a drunken driver who is about to be paroled.  Special Agent Sarah Brubaker is working on a case which involves another serial killer whose victims all have the same name, John O’Hara.  Their paths cross and they join forces to try and solve both cases before either killer claims more victims, including Agent O’Hara.  This page-turning thriller is the long awaited sequel to Honeymoon.

Divergent by Veronica RothTitle:  Divergent

Author:  Veronica Roth

Call #:  YA ROT

In post-apocalyptic Chicago, people are born into one of five factions; Abnegation, Candor, Erudite, Amity or Dauntless.  Each faction has its own beliefs by which they live their lives.  Sixteen-year-olds are tested through simulations to help them decide which faction they are best suited for and then must either stay with their family faction or a choose different one.  Beatrice (Tris) Prior decides to give up her selfless Abnegation faction and join the fearless, tattooed Dauntless faction, but she must keep secret the fact that her testing proved her to be Divergent because that could get her killed.  This is the first in a trilogy.

Silver Star by Jeanette WallsTitle:  The Silver Star

Author:  Jeannette Walls

Call #:  WALLS

After being abandoned by their mother in California, Bean Holladay and her older sister, Liz, take a cross-country bus trip to Byler, Virginia to visit their only relative, widowed Uncle Tinsley, who they’ve never met.  They settle into life in the small town, going to school and taking on odd jobs for extra money.  When their mother, Charlotte, finally shows up wanting to take the girls with her to New York City, they don’t really want to leave the security they have found living with their uncle.  This coming-of-age story is by the author of The Glass Castle.

Recommended by:  Sharon

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