Proper Care and Feeding of Husbands

I found the title of this book intriguing. Laura Schlessinger talks about how married women treat their husbands, and how they are often surprised by conflicts with them. She analyzes various parts of everyday marital life and gives hints on how to react to and tackle sometimes less, sometimes more significant relationship problems. I found myself agreeing on a lot of her observations and found her advice useful and refreshing. Even though the author is quite critical towards women, the book is written in a very engaging and captivating tone. Whether you are at the beginning of your marriage or have been married for few years, I believe you will find this book very interesting and a real page-turner. (submitted by IS)

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Best Friends Forever – Jennifer Weiner

I loved this chick lit! If you are in need of something light & easy to read before bed or on a rainy afternoon, grab this one. A story about friendship between young girls, Addie and Valerie, both so different that losing their relationship in adult life was evident. However, revenge for the past teenage heartache and breakups reunite these two, making them even closer than ever. A guaranteed laugh and cry! (submitted by IM)

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Women, Work and the Art of Savoir Faire: business sense & sensibility

Author Mireille Guiliano helps women succeed, full stop. She describes a holistic approach that focuses on all aspects of life, drawing from her own life experiences. Using lessons learned in the business world, Guiliano shows how they can apply in the everyday.  I really enjoyed her approach to success and it gave me a lot of fruit for thought about success in my own life. (submitted by ZZ)

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Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour – Morgan Matson

After Amy’s father dies in a car accident, her brother is sent to rehab and her mom moves to Connecticut, leaving Amy alone in California. When Amy graduates, her mom tells her to bring the family car to their new home. Amy doesn’t drive, so her mom recruits Roger, whom Amy hasn’t seen since they were little kids. Her mom’s boring 3-day itinerary isn’t going to cut it, so they embark an epic detour that takes them to Yellowstone Park, a spooky highway, the home of the Kentucky Derby, and Graceland. By the end of the trip, they’ve overcome their individual heartbreaks and they might even become more than road trip buddies… I really enjoyed this book. It’s cool that it includes actual photos and things like postcards and receipts, as well as Amy’s handwritten journal. I also loved all of the descriptions of the different burger joints they visited. (submitted by GH)

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Life Beyond Measure: letters to my great-granddaughter

Sidney Poitier writes about his life experiences in the form of letters to his great granddaughter. I am not sure if it is the form of the book (letters) or perhaps the wisdom of the writer (Sidney Poitier), but I found myself totally engaged in reading it. The author shares his advice on love, marriage, faith, courage, and the future. His inspirational stories, although addressed to his great granddaughter, are really speaking to all of us. They are meant to motivate us and guide us in our own life journeys. If you are looking for a beautifully written and heartwarming memoir, you will not be disappointed by choosing this title. (submitted by IS)

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Water for Elephants – Sara Gruen

How could you possibly resist a story of an orphan, a travelling circus, love, elephants, and gritty drama?  It was a great read. Delightful and heart-warming, if you asked me for just two words to describe it.  Set in 1932, the characters and the storytelling of their adventures is quite charming. (submitted by JB)

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The Maze Runner – James Dashner

When Thomas wakes up inside an elevator shaft, he remembers nothing except his name. Soon the elevator doors open, and Thomas quickly finds himself immersed in the world of the Glade, an enclosed space populated entirely by boys who share a single goal: to escape. However, the day after Thomas’ arrival, a girl appears in the Glade, holding a note: “This is the last one. Ever.” As life in the Glade begins to unravel, finding a way out becomes more important than ever. Part science fiction, part dystopian fantasy, The Maze Runner is the first of a trilogy for young adults, and I can’t wait to get my hands on the second book, The Scorch Trials! (submitted by AA)

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