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Readers love Christopher Moore for his wickedly humorous books. His latest is "A Dirty Job," about a very ordinary man who seems to have been given the job of Death. One of the many problems is that he doesn't know about his new job.

"Season of the Snake," by Claire Davis, is a gripping, gritty and suspenseful novel. Nance Able has remarried and started a new life of contentment, or so she thinks. Things are not always what they seem.

Morag Joss has written a psychological thriller, "Half Broken Things." The book tells the story of three broken people who meet and form a bond of caring and love, only to have it disastrously shattered. The book is the winner of the CWA Silver Dagger Award.

For anyone who has ever lost or found faith, this lovely and powerful book will touch you. "Abide With Me," by Elizabeth Strout, concerns life, love, God and community. This is a quietly impressive book.

"Nightlife," a taut thriller, takes us on a cat and mouse trip as a female serial killer hunts for a female police officer. This novel by Thomas Perry is fast-paced and scary.

After a divorce, depression and a failed love, Elizabeth Gilbert thought her only solution was a complete change. In her new book, "Eat, Pray, Love," she gives away all she owns and travels to Italy, India and Indonesia for one year. Her memoir is a delightful book about self-discovery.

Perverse, humorous in an insane way, outrageous and fun to read - who else could it be but Augusten Burroughs. His new book, "Possible Side Effects," is a great escape.

"River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze," by Peter Hessler, gives us the story of his two years in the Peace Corps, living in Fuling, China. It is a poignant portrait of a country and a city going through great change. Peter Hessler is the Beijing correspondent for The New Yorker.

The search for the perfect person leads Moises Froissard Calderon on a hilarious, sexually explosive and disturbing journey. "The Nubian Prince," by Juan Bonilla, is about the terribly rich with nothing to lose and the terribly poor who have lost everything.

We have been warned since 1970 that the climate is changing. Elizabeth Kolbert, a reporter for the New York Times, has written a clear and unbiased account of what is happening. "Field Notes from a Catastrophe" is a book not to be missed.

- Joan Masat, librarian

Astoria Public Library


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