2015 Hot Reads for Cold Nights   
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About the program
Warm up with a good book this winter at Troy Public Library's
3rd Annual Adult Winter Reading Program: Hot Reads for Cold Nights, from January 5 through March 12.

To participate, submit a brief review of each title you read or listen to during the program period. 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
Evolution, Me and Other Freaks of Nature
Author
Robin Brande
Review
This book is about a girl who experiences a church that goes to extremes against those who don't agree with their beliefs. Also about the evolution vs. creationism argument. I didn't really like this book but there wasn't anything terribly wrong with it either. I'm not going to get into what I did or didn't agree with in the book but I will just say that I totally know people like the church goers in this book. As for the writing: pretty basic, often cliche. I had trouble getting into the main characters mind set at times.
Rating (5 = best)
Title
Althea and Oliver
Author
Cristina Moracho
Review
Wonderful writing and complicated, realistic characters. Althea and Oliver have grown up together, and now that they've reached young adulthood, their relationship is getting more complicated. It is even more difficult because Oliver suffers from KLS, a syndrome that makes him fall asleep randomly for weeks on end. The book is marketed to teens, but the gritty, unflinching take on teenage rebelliousness makes it great for older readers.
Rating (5 = best)
Title
Z - A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald
Author
Therese Anne Fowler
Review
This is the fictional story of Zelda Fitzgerald. It is well-written and thoughtful. The author indicates that she reviewed numerous letters exchanged by Zelda and Scott, as well as letters exchanged between Scott and his friends, editor, agent and Ernest Hemingway. She created Zelda's tale based on the limited facts available. The Fitzgeralds seemed to embrace the early 1920s with all its excesses. Yet were they ever really happy? I realize that this is a work of fiction but can't help thinking that they were just self-centered, spoiled and irresponsible.
Rating (5 = best)