House Rules by Jodi Picoult

House Rules by Jodi Picoult (2010)
In her latest novel, which is one of her best, a teenage boy with Asperger’s syndrome is accused of murder. Not only is this book really difficult to put down, you can also learn a great deal about Asperger’s and forensic science. Jodi Picoult sure does her research while creating her novels. Excellent read!

Read an excerpt from the book and visit this bestselling author's website.

The Walk by Richard Paul Evans

The Walk by Richard Paul Evans (2010)
This book is the first in a series by Evans. It explores what happens to a man when he literally loses everything that is precious to him. It gives you a lot to think about.

Preview the book before visiting the library and visit the author's website.

The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes by Diane Chamberlain

The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes by Diane Chamberlain (2006)
This is an interesting fictional tale about a 16-year-old girl who trusts the wrong person and finds herself in a very dangerous situation. After a horrible tragedy occurs, she must go “underground” and assume a new identity to protect herself.

As the story unfolds, we see how this impacts her life and the lives of those she loves. It kind of grabs you and holds your interest after the first few chapters. You feel as if you really get to know the characters.

Visit the author's website and read reviews at Amazon.com.

The Tenth Circle by Jodi Picoult

The Tenth Circle by Jodi Picoult (2006)
This interesting page-turner explores the deep love between a father and daughter. It also shows the horrible aftereffects following a date-rape.

Read an excerpt and check out the reading group guide at Bookreporter.com and be sure to visit this popular author's website.


Still Life by Joy Fielding

Still Life by Joy Fielding (2009)
This is an interesting fictional tale about a young woman who is in a coma following a horrible hit-and-run accident. It turns out that maybe the hit-and-run wasn’t an accident at all. Very enjoyable!

Visit the author's website to read the first chapter or check out the publisher's site for a discussion guide.

Handle with Care by Jodi Picoult

Handle with Care by Jodi Picoult (2009)
In this very sad but excellent story, Jodi Picoult tells of the heartache a family suffers in caring for their disabled daughter. It grabs you from the very first chapter. Bring some tissues along.

Read the reviews at Amazon.com and visit the author's website to read an excerpt or a synopsis and find discussion questions.

Grace by Richard Paul Evans

Grace by Richard Paul Evans (2008)
As is his usual style, Richard Paul Evans makes you really feel like you know the characters. In this bittersweet tale, a young man tries his best to rescue a girl in her time of need. It hooks you in from the very first page.

Watch a video of the author discussing his books and read reviews at Amazon.com.

Light on Snow by Anita Shreve

Light on Snow by Anita Shreve (2004)
This story is told by 12-year-old Nicky Dillon, who lives in a small New Hampshire town with her father Robert. One afternoon, while walking in the snowy woods, Nicky and her father discover an abandoned newborn. As the story unfolds, we see how this discovery hugely impacts their lives. The author delves into the relationship between Nicky and her father and how they are each coping with their tragic pasts. This one is so impossible to put down!

Read about the author and her other books at BookBrowse and preview the book before you come to the library.
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The Blue Religion edited by Michael Connelly


The Blue Religion edited by Michael Connelly (2008)
Mystery fans will love this collection of short stories put together by the Mystery Writers of America. It features crime/mystery stories presented by 19 different authors, designed to keep you up reading into the wee hours of the morning. A great addition to the collection!

Find out more about Connelly and read reviews.

Red Leaves by Thomas H. Cook

Red Leaves by Thomas H. Cook (2005)
A father suspects that his son may have committed a terrible crime. Good character development; hard to put this one down!

Find out more about the author and other Alabama writers or read an excerpt from the novel.

Before the Storm by Diane Chamberlain

Before the Storm by Diane Chamberlain (2008)
This is an interesting novel that shows the complexities of human relationships. Laurel Lockwood is a mother who is trying to help and protect her special needs son after he is accused of arson. The author shifts from past to present so you really get to know the characters. Very enjoyable read!

The Memory Keeper’s Daughter by Kim Edwards

The Memory Keeper’s Daughter by Kim Edwards (2005)
This story had a very interesting plot and lots of good character development. A doctor delivers his own twins during a fierce snowstorm. He keeps his infant son, but secretly gives away his daughter who has Down syndrome.

Visit the official website for an excerpt, reviews, an interview with the author, and much more. Did you know that the novel was made into a Lifetime movie starring Dermot Mulroney, Gretchen Mol, and Emily Watson? It premiered on April 12. Check out Lifetime's website for more details.

Plain Truth by Jodi Picoult

Plain Truth by Jodi Picoult (2000)

Very well-written story about Ellie, a defense attorney who is helping a young Amish girl accused of murder. I couldn’t put it down!

Visit the author's website for a synopsis, an excerpt, and discussion questions. Read a Lifetime interview where Picoult discusses her inspiration for the book and her experience living with the Amish. Compare the novel to the 2004 TV movie adaptation starring Mariska Hargitay.

Malice

Malice (1993) R

If you like a good mystery with a lot of twists and turns, this is one for you! Bill Pullman, Alec Baldwin, and Nicole Kidman are a great cast. Very enjoyable!

Watch the trailer at IMDB.com.

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We Are All Welcome Here by Elizabeth Berg

We Are All Welcome Here by Elizabeth Berg (2006)

This story is set in Tupelo, Mississippi, in 1964. It is about three extraordinary women – Paige, a victim of polio, who is paralyzed from the neck down; Diana, her 13-year-old daughter; and Peacie, their black caregiver. The reader gets a real glimpse into each of their struggles, and also sees how hard it was for blacks to live in the rural South during this time period. As usual, Elizabeth Berg’s character development is so terrific, the reader will be sorry to see this story come to an end.

Don't forget -- starting April 16, call the Downers Grove Public Library at 630-960-1200 to get your tickets for An Evening with Elizabeth Berg on May 8.