Best Books of 2013

Best Books of 2013

By Lianne Beland

Visitation Street by Ivy Pochoda


            Looking to read an edgy, dramatic mystery crime novel?  Visitation Street is the urban story of a young girl who mysteriously goes missing in the small waterfront community of Red Hook. This page-turning novel captures its readers with its compelling characters and suspenseful story line as it uncovers secrets about the characters and unravels what really happened to the missing girl.

Fin & Lady by Cathleen Schine

Fin & Lady

            Taking place during the roaring 1960’s, Fin & Lady is the story of an eleven year old boy, Fin, who is orphaned and put into the guardianship of his glamorous older sister Lady.  The story follows the lives of Fin and Lady in a 1960’s American village as Fin learns it is his responsibility to take care of his careless and impulsive older sister.

Mother Daughter Me by Katie Haftner

Mother Daughter Me

            In this compelling and emotion memoir, author Katie Hafner explores and shares the story of the year her, her daughter and her mother spent living together.  Touching on alcoholism, divorce, parental neglect and personal recovery, long-time unresolved emotions and neglect are faced and finally understood.

The Violet Hour by Katherine Hill

The Violet Hour

            This emotional and bittersweet novel tells the story of a broken marriage.  Starting at the end of the marriage and going back and forth in time, the tale explores the marriage of middle aged Abe and Cassandra and uncovers the couples journey and the reasons why their relationship has been torn apart.

Sisterland by Curtis Sittenfeld


            Identical sisters Kate and Violet discovered at a young age that they were born with abilities that other people are not born with;  psychic abilities.  This striking tale takes its readers through the sisterhood of Kate and Violet, who have grown apart and brought together again with time.


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