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
The Joy Luck Club
Author
Amy Tan
Review
This was beautifully written. The different perspectives of mother-daughter relationships were insightful and I'm sure many people will be able to relate to them. You get both the Chinese immigrant and the first generation Chinese-American stories, which may sound different but in reality, they have the same basic principles. This is a book about family and it's a real eye-opener to struggles in understanding between parents and their children.
Rating (5 = best)
Title
The Invention of Wings
Author
Sue Monk Kidd
Review
Hetty “Handful” Grimke, an urban slave in early nineteenth century Charleston, yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls that enclose her within the wealthy Grimke household. The Grimke’s daughter, Sarah, has known from an early age she is meant to do something large in the world, but she is hemmed in by the limits imposed on women.



Kidd’s sweeping novel is set in motion on Sarah’s eleventh birthday, when she is given ownership of ten year old Handful, who is to be her handmaid. We follow their remarkable journeys over the next thirty five years, as both strive for a life of their own, dramatically shaping each other’s destinies and forming a complex relationship marked by guilt, defiance, estrangement and the uneasy ways of love.
Rating (5 = best)
Title
Allegiant
Author
Veronica Roth
Review
Well it took me almost a year to finally read this book all the way through and I have to say I did not like it. There are a lot of things left unexplained. The dual narrative makes it hard to distinguish who's narrating since they both sound the same and it doesn't actually help the plot. Divergent was so good but after finishing this series I really think it should have been a standalone book.
Rating (5 = best)