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Updated: April 28, 2014 3:37AM



I doubt anyone will argue that this winter has been brutal.

To compound the matter, right after Christmas I tripped and fractured my femur. Over the last couple of months, even if the weather had been warm and sunny, I wouldn’t have been out and about.

So, I’ve done the next best thing … read. Here are a couple of the books I find worth noting for avid readers.

The first I tackled was “Doctor Sleep,” the latest by Stephen King.

I’m a big King fan, but, when confined to the rehab hospital, a nurse came by and blithely noted to me that her sister tried reading it and put it down. She hated it. Never one not to finish a book, I persevered and was glad. I loved it.

The book picks up on the life of Danny, the little boy who played a prominent role in “The Shining.” I found it to be a good story.

Then I read “Orphan Train” (Christina Baker Kline).

Kline weaves an interesting tale of two women. One is a modern-day orphan aging out of foster care. The other is a very elderly woman, who also grew up as an orphan at a time when orphaned children were treated like commodities.

The story of their unlikely friendship is interesting as well as touching.

Finally, I just finished “The Patron Saint of Lost Dogs.”

A work of fiction written by veterinarian Nick Trout, it’s the story of a troubled young veterinarian pathologist who moves home to take over his estranged father’s animal practice and confronts his past, as well as his future. Great for dog lovers.

Here are some suggestions from your neighbors.

Annette Pickett, Highland: I’m just finishing “Still Life With Crumbs” by Anna Quindlen. She’s always a captivating story-teller and this one is no exception.

It’s the story of 60ish photographer who moves away from her life in New York to assist with the care of elderly parents.

Life in a country cabin is far different than her previous experience in a bustling city and calls for some serious attitude adjustments. I’ll keep this one to read again one day.

Johanna McKay, Dyer: My book club is just finishing up “The Rosie Project” (Graeme Simsion). A professor of genetics sets out to find a perfect wife for himself and, as we well know, life hands him some unexpected surprises.

I look forward to the discussion we’ll have about this one.

Carmen O’Neill, Schererville: My neighbor told me to read “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.” I didn’t think it was my kind of story but I really got into it.

The main character, Jacob, has always been enthralled by his grandfather’s wild tales of growing up on an island with magical friends. And, his grandfather had pictures to prove it.

Jacob sets out to find the island and the truth of the matter. More in the fantasy genre but interesting.



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