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The Divine Comedy as Reimagined by Chuck Palahniuk by Nick Abrahamson

Readers acquainted with Palahniuk will instantly recognize his signature style.

Go Gentle by Rebecca Howard

“Gentle” is a description used by librarians for books that contain little objectionable material and are generally light, hopeful, and uplifting in tone.  Staples of this genre include Jan Karon’s Mitford Years series, Ann B.

Christmas in July, New Year's in August by Laura Raphael

Every late December or early January, I peruse my reading list from the year just ending or ended and pick my favorites. Here at the library, we even share our lists. It’s always one of the reading-related highlights of my year: both considering and choosing what stayed with me the most, and discovering what my colleagues considered and chose.

It’s not the end of the year yet (not even close), but if we can have Christmas in July, why not New Year’s in August?

With that in mind, here’s my list of favorite fiction reads for 2013 – so far:

Tribute to a Mystery Author by Carissa Kellerby

Today we raise an honorary glass of gin to a Grand Master mystery writer. Last week, Barbara Mertz, author of nearly 70 mystery novels under two pseudonyms, passed away at the age of 85.

Books to Film to Books by Rebecca Howard

I recently spoke with a library customer who wanted to read something similar to the film War of the Roses.  We learned that the 1989 film was based on a 1981 novel of the same title by Warren Adler.  While we didn’t have this particular title in our collection, we did have a couple of other novels by Adler that sounded similar in tone and subject matter.  I also suggested

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