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The Woman Who Gave Birth to Rabbits by Emma Donoghue

Title: The Woman Who Gave Birth to Rabbits

Author: Emma Donoghue                        

Call #: DON

This is a completely different side of Emma Donoghue than you might have experienced if you read Room. These are 17 stories, all based on reality, set in Great Britain or Ireland over a 700 year period. Donoghue weaves snippets of the lives of real people into beautifully written fiction. She captures the sights and sounds and smells of each era perfectly. If you like historical fiction but don’t want to take on a whole book, these stories are for you.

Recommended by: Betty


The Oracle of Stamboul by Michael David Lukas

Title: The Oracle of Stamboul

Author: Michael David Lukas

Call #:  LUK

An eight-year old child prodigy travels to Istanbul as a stowaway and finds herself in a world of literature, knowledge and intrigue. She learns many languages, memorizes books at a glance and breaks codes with ease. She comes to the attention of powerful people who can use those talents. Her life, as she knows it, will change immeasurably.   

Recommended by: Betty

The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara

Title: The Killer Angels

Author: Michael Shaara

Call #:  SHA

This book brings to life the men who fought the battle of Gettysburg – both confederate and union. The author gets inside their heads, exploring their motivations, strengths and their weaknesses. It’s a gripping story and paints a vivid picture of war. I couldn’t stop reading until I finished it, even though I knew how it ended.

Recommended by: Betty

A False Mirror by Charles Todd

Title: A False Mirror

Author: Charles Todd                

Call #:  M – TOD

The tenth book in the Ian Rutledge series has the Scotland Yard detective deployed to a small harbor town to deal with the victim of a severe beating and a hostage situation. The complicated, fragile character of Ian Rutledge never fails to draw me into the story. He is a sort of “wounded healer” in his own way. If you like British mysteries with well developed characters and multiple plot twists, this is for you.

Recommended by: Betty


Title: The Absent One

Author: Jussi Adler-Olsen


Carl Morck, a detective exiled to cold case Siberia, finds a twenty-year-old file on his desk. With the help of his mysterious assistant, he reopens the inquiry into the 1987 murder of a brother and sister. There is a confessed killer in jail who actually may be innocent, as well as evidence that implicates wealthy and powerful leaders of society.   

Recommended By:  Betty

Betty’s Picks 2014

As the year comes to an end, the contributors to the Browser’s Corner would like to share some of the best books they read in 2014.  These titles were not necessarily published in 2104– only read this year.

Next up, Betty from Readers Advisory:

Title: The Martian

Author: Andy Weir


In a nutshell, it’s a book about a manned mission to Mars, and it’s a survival story. But it’s much more than that.  The story is a fast-paced, compelling adventure across Mars and offered everything I wanted and more. The book has an authentic, scientific feel. The really technical parts can be skipped without losing anything of the story. What is important is Mark Watney’s struggle to survive.

 Title: A Man Called Ove

Author: Fredrik Backman


Ove is a curmudgeon, an old guy with opinions (usually negative) about everything. He’s been feeling redundant in this world since his wife died, and he’s decided (very deliberately) to commit suicide.  But “life happens when you are making other plans.”  If you like quirky characters that take you in unforeseen directions, you will love this book.

 Title: The Razor’s Edge 

Author: W. Somerset Maugham

Call #: MAU

The Razor’s Edge is primarily a book of characters, a personal story of a man searching for  “enlightenment” and how that changes his lives and the lives of his friends. The Razor’s Edge is like a  journey in the company of unusual and interesting people.

The Paris Wife by Paula McLain

Title:  The Paris Wife

Author:  Paula McLain                  

Call #:  MCL

Hadley Richardson, a quiet, naïve young woman, met Ernest Hemingway and fell in love with him almost immediately. They married and moved to Paris where they quickly became part of the hard drinking, fast living “lost generation.”  Hadley is a decent woman who found herself in a society where she really didn’t fit. For a more complete picture of this time period, I recommend also  reading “A Moveable Feast,” by Ernest Hemingway.    

Recommended by: Betty