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The Danger of the Over-hype by Cindy Hulsey

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins was destined to be a bestseller and in fact debuted at number one on the New York Times Bestsellers List. The publisher pulled out all the stops to promote it; it was hailed as the next Gone Girl; it received rave reviews in numerous publications.

Powerfully Unforgettable by Lynette Hardy

Note: Lynette facilitates the monthly book discussion group at the Peggy Helmerich Library. Following are notes from a recent meeting. If you would like more info about their book discussion group call 918-549-7323 or email AskUs@tulsalibrary.org.

What Becomes of the Broken-Hearted? by Rebecca Howard

Grief is a subject that we tend to avoid. It is experienced uniquely and carried alone despite its universality.  Grieving people are reminders of what tiny, fragile creatures we are. For many, reading offers some consolation. Personally, I’ve found peace from reading favorite poets like Wendell Berry and Mary Oliver. For others, religious texts may comfort.

Hick Lit by Nick Abrahamson

One of the knocks on southern realist 'hick lit' is the by-the-numbers feel of much of the work. Genre characteristics give way to cliché.

Amazing Grace by Adrienne Teague

Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood is an amazing book. I read it for the Broken Arrow Library book discussion group, and while I was reading it, I was thinking, "Man, this is a good book." Then my book group discussed it. By the end of the discussion, we were all sitting there with our mouths hanging open thinking collectively, "Mind blown."

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