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The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey by Walter Mosley

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Ptolemy Grey is a 91-year-old man, suffering from dementia. With one foot in the past and the other in the grave, Ptolemy begins to open up when Robyn Small, a 17-year-old family friend, appears and helps clean up his apartment and straighten out his life. A reinvigorated Ptolemy volunteers for an experimental medical program that will restore his mind, but at hazardous cost: he won't live to see 92. With the clock ticking, Ptolemy uses his rejuvenated mental abilities to delve into the mystery of the recent drive-by shooting death of his great-nephew, Reggie, and to render justice the only way he knows how.

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

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This is the story of a girl growing up in Brooklyn, NY in the years just before WWI. The author uses the main character, Francie, as a vehicle to tell the amazing story of her life in a time when there weren't welfare, social agencies, psychologists or birth control. Francie's family plays a game called Survival when the cupboard is bare. The parents are poor uneducated Brooklynites who struggle to give their children a better life. This book is a testiment to tenecious hardworking people in the early 1900s.

Last Night at Chateau Marmont by Lauren Weisberger

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Would you be able to handle being married to a rock star? Brooke finds herself with that very dilemma when her singer husband hits the big time. For the past five years, Brooke has supported her husband Julian's musical dreams of being a recording artist and is thrilled for him when he finally signs a recording contract with Sony. Suddenly Julian becomes an overnight sensation and Brooke struggles with all the new attention that is thrust upon her husband and their marriage. With all the rumors and tabloid stories, will their love for one another survive? A fast paced and entertaining read about life in the spotlight.

WHY MY THIRD HUSBAND WILL BE A DOG BY LISA SCOTTOLINE

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This is a terribly amusing insight into the life of Lisa Scottoline.  One laughs along as she struggles with the horrors of spanx in middle age, and deals with her disfunctional but loving family.  You instantly see how she adores her dogs while humorously teling us how she doesn't miss her ex husbands.  This collection of stories is from  Scottoline's wildly popular Philadelphia Inquirer columns and will leave you laughing.

The Colorado Kid by Stephen King

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Although it's by Stephen King, this isn't a horror story, and it also isn't very long. It is a tale of an unsolved mystery in a small coastal town in Maine. Just good storytelling as a couple of smart old guys gradually reveal the story of a dead man found on the beach twenty five years ago to a young newspaperwoman.  Some people might find the ending unsatisfying, but when I thought about it, I kind of liked how it leaves it open to your own imagination. It might even be a good choice for a book club/discussion.  I listened to it on audio, and the reader, Jeffrey DeMunn, did a nice job with the voices and the accents. [Note: for some reason the cover art on this one has no relation to the story!]

Maybe This Time by Jennifer Crusie

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Andie Miller agrees to a favor for her ex-husband, North Archer, which involves going to stay at a haunted house in southern Ohio and taking care of two orphaned children who are distant relatives of his and who really need her help.  Of course she doesn’t believe the house is haunted at first, but after not too long, her mantra is “there are ghosts”.  The question is, how to get rid of them?  There’s humor, paranormal, and a love story, too (turns out she’s still in love with her ex-husband, and he’s still in love with her).  It’s rather long, but it was the kind of story where I wanted it to keep going, so that was OK.  This is the third Jennifer Crusie book I’ve read or listened to, and I've enjoyed them all.

Making Toast by Roger Rosenblatt

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When his daughter, Amy—a gifted doctor, mother, and wife—collapses and dies from an asymptomatic heart condition, Roger Rosenblatt and his wife, Ginny, leave their home on the South Shore of Long Island to move in with their son-in-law, Harris, and their three young grandchildren: six-year-old Jessica, four-year-old Sammy, and one-year-old James, known as Bubbies. With the wit, heart, precision, and depth of understanding that has characterized his work, Roger Rosenblatt peels back the layers on this most personal of losses to create both a tribute to his late daughter and a testament to familial love.

In the Woods by Tana French

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Rob Ryan, police detective for the Dublin murder squad finds himself on the case of a child murder that took place in a woods that has haunted him since his childhood. The author does a fine job developing the characters Rob Ryan and Cassie Maddox along with a huge cast that create the right mix of real and mystical in this super psychological sleuthing. There are many slow twists that take you into the past-psychologically, archeologically and culturally as you sort  through the layers that keep you guessing up to the very end.

Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs by Molly Harper

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nice girls don't have fangs coverJane Jameson is a children's librarian who gets fired by her mean boss, then on the same day gets accidentally shot.  The handsome stranger (Gabriel Nightengale) who saves her is a vampire, so she's turned into a vampire, too.  As she learns about her new vampire lifestyle in the small southern town she lives in (who knew you could go shopping for blood? - late at night, at the all-night store, of course), and gets to know her new friends and enemies, you have got to laugh.  She's afraid to tell her parents she's a vampire, and someone in the vampire community is trying to frame her for murder, but Gabriel seems to like her... This light vampire romance/mystery was quite enjoyable. This is the first in a series. The second book is Read more