Allison Public Library Notes 11/23
“THE ROOSTER BAR” by John Grisham . . . Three students who have borrowed heavily to attend a third-rate law school realize they have been caught in a scam when they discover that the school's owner also owns a bank specializing in student loans, and plot to expose the scam.
“MIND GAME” by Iris Johansen . . . Searching for a treasure in Scotland, Jane MacGuire experiences vivid dreams of a girl in danger at the same time she reconnects with a volatile ex and is confronted by stunning changes in the lives of those closest to her.
“START WITHOUT ME” by Joshua Max Feldman . . . A recovering alcoholic struggling with esteem issues and a pregnant flight attendant from a racially torn family forge an unlikely bond over the course of Thanksgiving Day as they come to terms with family ties, their pasts, and important decisions about their futures.
“MADEMOISELLE CHANEL” by C.W. Gortner . . . A creative reimagining of the life of iconic fashion designer Coco Chanel traces the development of her exceptional sewing skills in an orphanage, her transformation into a couturier, and the private struggles behind her subsequent fame.
“WINTER SOLSTICE” by Elin Hilderbrand . . . The Quinn family prepares for a joyful holiday season after Bart's safe return from Afghanistan, Kevin's marriage, and Patrick's rehabilitation, only to encounter unexpected challenges.
“CHRISTMAS JARS” by Jason F. Wright . . . Newspaper reporter Hope Jensen uncovers the secret behind the "Christmas Jars," glass jars filled with coins and bills anonymously given to people in need.
“CHRISTMAS AT CARNTON” by Tamera Alexander . . . Amid war and the fading dream of the Confederacy, a wounded soldier and a destitute widow discover the true meaning of Christmas---and sacrificial love.
“THE DARK LAKE” by Sarah Bailey . . . When a popular former high school classmate is found murdered, Detective Sergeant Gemma Woodstock uncovers puzzling mysteries in the victim's life, from her abrupt departure from a dream teaching job to her run-down existence in spite of wealthy family ties.
“JUST A LITTLE CHRISTMAS” by Janet Dailey . . . After returning, divorced and pregnant, to her rural hometown after living in the city, Ellie Marsden starts to become reacquainted with her high school sweetheart, cattle rancher and single father Jubal McFarland.
FOR YOUNG READERS:
“ONE OF US IS LYING” by Karen M. McManus . . . When one of five students in detention is found dead, his high-profile classmates—including a brainy intellectual, a popular beauty, a drug dealer on probation and an all-star athlete—are investigated and revealed to be the subjects of the victim's latest gossip postings.
“LIFE” by Cynthia Rylant . . . Life is beautiful, ever changing, sometimes not easy, but always worth waking up in the morning to see what might happen. In memory of Marilee Reiher, forever a teacher.
“THE LOST GIFT” by Kallie George . . . Excitedly watching as Santa flies overhead on Christmas Eve, Bird, Rabbit, Deer and Squirrel see a gift tumble out of the sleigh and are challenged to undertake a long journey to deliver it to its rightful owner, a new baby at a distant farm.
“THE ANTLERED SHIP” by Dashka Slater . . . An inquisitive fox named Marco and a bored flock of pigeons join the crew of deer Captain Sylvia, setting sail in her antlered ship in search of a wonderful island and finding friendship on the way. Given in memory of Marilee Reiher.