The Great AloneBook - 2018
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This time of year we are inundated with articles looking back at the year in review. But here at the library, we are more interested in the year in books. These are the titles that were checked out the most in 2018. Did any of your favorites make the list? 1. The Rooster Bar 2. The Great Alone 3. The Fallen 4. The Midnight Line 5. Camino Island 6. Fifty Fifty 7. Origin 8. The 17th… (more)
The Madisonville Book Club meets at 6:30 p.m. on the second Monday of every month. A list of selections and meeting dates can be found here. For the August meeting we are reading Sourdough by Robin Sloan. Titles may be available in a number of formats including regular print, large print, audiobook, eBook or eAudiobook. To find options, search the library's ... (more)
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Meeting on Monday, July 8, 2019 at 6:30 p.m.
From the critics
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“Such a thin veil separated the past from the present; they existed simultaneously in the human heart. Anything could transport you - the smell of the sea at low tide, the screech of a gull,the turquoise of a glacier-fed river. A voice in the the wind could be both true and imagined.“
“Books are the mile markers of my life. Some people have family photos or home movies to record their past. I’ve got books. Characters. For as long as I can remember, books have been my safe place.” - p. 240
“Love and fear. The most destructive forces on earth. Fear had turned her inside out, love had made her stupid.” - p. 284
“Alaska doesn’t attract many; most are too tame to handle life up here. But when she gets her hooks in you, she digs deep and holds on, and you become heres. Wild. A lover of cruel beauty and splendid isolation. And God help you, you can’t live anywhere else.” - p. 347
You know what they say about finding a man in Alaska—the odds are good, but the goods are odd.
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This book is every bit as good as Nightingale. I got so involved with the characters that, at times, I had to put the book down because it made me so anxious and nervous about what was going to happen to them. I can't wait to read another of Kristin's books. 5 star rating from me!
This story of life in Alaska evolves around a family (the Allbrights') Ernst, his wife, and Leni, their Daughter who move up to Alaska after Ernst is left the property by a friend he knew during the Vietnam War. Ernst suffered from PTSD and creates havoc and fear whereever he goes. I was unable to put the book down; an excellent read and well recommended.
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