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Various book covers featured in the clever candy list.

Clever Candy Lit

Various
5
Rated by
Stefanie E.
Wednesday, Oct 17, 2018

From our librarian Stefanie: Recently I was trying to describe the joy that I felt while reading the sinfully fun novel Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan to a coworker. It was the most deliciously romantic family gossip trilogy and, with two young children in the house and my daytime work duties, I gobbled them up in a mere 3 weeks! I like to call juicy love stories with a side of wit and elegance like this Clever Candy Lit.

A house with the front porch light on at night.

Our souls At Night

Kent Haruf
4
Rated by
Melody M.K.
Friday, Aug 10, 2018

I just loved Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf.

Set in a small town in Colorado during a current time period, this book kept me think about the situation that Addie Moore, a lonely widow, and Louis Waters, a widower have found themselves in. Being old and living alone can be very lonely.

Dark-haired lady in a red and black checked flannel shirt with a white v-neck underneath

Time Writing Contest Winner

Sarah Donohoe
5
Rated by
Helen H.
Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Johnson County Library and The Writers Place are pleased to announce that Sarah Donohue has won the open category of our writing contest on the theme of TIME with "Grounded".

people on cover

Alone Together

Sherry Turkle
4
Rated by
Margaret O.
Tuesday, Oct 3, 2017

As one who did not grow up with the internet, I was interested to see what Turkle's opinion is on where we began and where we currently are concerning the internet and how it has changed us.

Wednesday, Jun 8, 2016

The Fairy Tale Girl and Martha’s Vineyard, Isle of Dreams must be read together. The two books were originally meant to be one book, but Susan Branch’s life is so packed with living and inspiration that one book quickly became two very powerful volumes overflowing with growth, play, wisdom and a hefty dose of girl power. Though the books are heavy they are equally adorable, easy to tuck into and get lost for ho

Step by Step

Candace Calvert
3
Rated by
Lisa J.
Monday, May 2, 2016

It's been three years since her husband was killed in a freak accident and Taylor Cabot is making plans to start living again. She’s made a moving-on list and is marking items off. She's moved home, is getting active with the help of an activity tracker, and has replaced the donuts with healthier choices. She's even started spending time with a handsome plastic surgeon from the hospital where she works as an ER nurse. When her old friend, Seth Donovan, turns up at the hospital to train the crisis team, old feelings begin to resurface.

The House on Fortune Street

Margot Livesey
4
Rated by
Heather B.
Tuesday, Feb 2, 2016

The House on Fortune Street by Margot Livesey is a beautifully written novel that explores the lives of four interconnected characters, each with a very different perspective on taking control of their fate versus succumbing to what luck (or misfortune) has to throw at them.

A spiraled clockface floats in front of a golden apple against a hazy blue background

The Bone Clocks

David Mitchell
4
Rated by
Hope H.
Friday, Nov 20, 2015

Audiobooks are my preferred method of distraction during my daily commute, and while The Bone Clocks didn't grab me immediately, eventually its clever interlinking story arcs lured my mind away from the surrounding river of taillights and exhaust.* Like Mitchell's

The Heart Goes Last

Margaret Atwood
3
Rated by
Heather B.
Wednesday, Oct 28, 2015

The Heart Goes Last takes place somewhere in the near future, after a catastrophic economic crash. Most people are unemployed. Many are homeless. Young married couple Stan and Charmaine are reduced to living in their car, barely surviving on the money Charmaine makes at her waitressing job.

Taken

Dee Henderson
4
Rated by
Lisa J.
Monday, Aug 10, 2015

Matthew Dane was a police officer until his daughter was kidnapped and missing for years. He then left the force and started a private detective service so he could continue the search for his daughter. Once his daughter was found, he was able to help her adjust to life outside of captivity and then help other families in the same situation.

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