2014 Adult Winter Reading Program   
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Warm up with a good book this winter at Troy Public Library's
2nd Annual Adult Winter Reading Program: Hot Reads for Cold Nights, from January 13 through March 13.

To participate, register beginning December 16. Then, starting January 13, submit a brief review of each title you read or listen to. You don't have to write a novel, but please include enough information for the review to be helpful to someone who is thinking about choosing that title. A short paragraph will do.

Each week, two lucky readers will receive a prize, and a Grand Prize of a Kindle Paperwhite eReader and case will be awarded at the conclusion of the program. Prizes will be awarded by random drawings from all reviews submitted, and are provided by the Friends of the Troy Public Library.

So warm up the long, cold Michigan winter nights with some hot reads from the Library. Stop by the Adult Information desk for suggestions, or check out our Bookletters booklists.

Happy reading!
Reviews
Title
Purple Cane Road
Author
James Lee Burke
Review
Here is a crime writer that uses words like: denouement, solipsistic, avuncular, and scrofulous. He describes the scenery and the people of LA very vividly, which is so interesting to this Northern reader. This is another book in the Dave Robicheaux series. It is a page turner. this one if you want to give Burke a try.
Rating (5 = best)
Title
Why poetry matters
Author
Jay Parini
Review
I remember being fascinated by the 20th century poetry that my 10th grade English teacher introduced to the curriculum. But since science fascinated me more, I didn't keep up my interest in poetry. Reading Jay Parini's "Why poetry matters" has reminded me what I'm missing. The concepts he presents open up poetry to those who haven't yet "gotten it." He defines technical words right in the text, which I appreciated. He is a poet himself, but has patience with those of us who aren't. I look forward to applying even the little I absorbed to the poetry books I put on hold right after finishing "Why poetry matters."
Rating (5 = best)