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Position:The Orchardist - Force of Nature - Prague Fatale - Book review

MARCH 2013

The Orchardist

By Amanda Coplin

LITERARY - A middle-aged farmer finds two starving teenage girls stealing fruit, and he takes them in. (**** SELECTION Nov/Dec 2012)

Force of Nature

A Joe Pickett Novel

By C. J. Box

CRIME - In Force of Nature, the 12th installment in the series, Box gives up some of Nate Romanowski's secrets. (**** July/Aug 2012)

Prague Fatale

A Bernie Gunther Novel

By Philip Kerr

CRIME - Kerr is best known for his novels, set in pre- and postwar Germany, starring cynical Berlin detective Bernie Gunther. Here, Gunther returns to Berlin from the Eastern Front in 1941. (**** July/Aug 2012)

Wild

From Lost to Found on the Pacific Coast Trail

By Cheryl Strayed

BIOGRAPHY - In 1995, 26-year-old Cheryl Strayed's life was falling apart, so she set off on a 2,600 mile hike along the Pacific Coast. (**** SELECTION July/Aug 2012)

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Escape from Camp 14

One Man's Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West

By Blaine Harden

BIOGRAPHY - Shin Dong-hyuk is the only known person to have escaped from North Korea's notorious gulags to the West. Harden covers Shin's harrowing tale. (**** July/Aug 2012)

APRIL 2013

Beautiful Ruins

By Jess Walter

LITERARY - In 1962, a beautiful American actress with secrets arrives in a remote Italian coastal town. (**** SELECTION Sept/Oct 2012)

The Yellow Birds

By Kevin Powers

* NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST

LITERARY - This debut novel by an Iraq war veteran, about two young, naive men trying to stay alive, opens with the line, "The war tried to kill us in the spring." (**** SELECTION Nov/Dec 2012)

The Coldest Night

A Novel of Love & War

By Robert Olmstead

LITERARY - A young man from West Virginia comes of age as a Marine fighting in the Korean War. (**** Sept/Oct 2012)

Where'd You Go, Bernadette

By Maria Semple

LITERARY - A precocious eighth-grade girl's mother disappears, and Bee must piece together the evidence to reunite her family. (**** Nov/Dec 2012)

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The World Without You

By Joshua Henkin

LITERARY - On July 4, 2005, the Frankel family gathers at their Berkshires vacation home to memorialize their son and brother, a journalist murdered in Iraq. (**** Sept/Oct 2012)

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