Karen L

Soon after claiming Rochester, NY as my place-of-birth, my family moved to the Midwest, which became the ingrained fabric of my life. As the first girl in a family bursting at the seams with competitive males, and a younger sister who was less appreciated by me then, but greatly appreciated now, and a less than shrinking violet for a mother, my life has circled the edges of one big competitive wheel ever since. Being "second" was okay as long as you did your best.

I love sports -- all "pure" sports -- and human achievement, and adventure (although I lack bravery), and the outdoors, and animals, and popcorn...I really love popcorn! I earned a B.A. in History from Michigan State more years ago than I care to admit, and at the same time, met my life-long mate. I have two grown children who are independent and seem to be happy and a husband who is content. I'm in a community that has facinating history, is beautiful and is full of interesting people. At the bookstore I get to see it all. How lucky can one get?

 

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The Overstory Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780393356687
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - April 2nd, 2019

If you are “in” for a challenge…for a 500 page book, for a thought-provoking read, for great writing, for quirky characters (including and most particularly-trees), then this novel is for you.  There’s more information packed into this book about the world around us than a single brain can absorb in one sitting. It’s the 2019 Pulitzer Prize Winner for fiction and it’s a “mind-bender!"
Author, Richard Powers weaves his story around the health of this planet by introducing nine human characters in the first part of the book: Nick the artist; MiMi, the engineer; Adam, the psychologist researcher; Ray and Dorothy, the married couple; Douglas, the Vietnam Vet; Neelay, the computer game inventor genius; Patricia, the scientist; and Olivia, the college dropout.
You meet each of them, one by one as the author gradually brings them together through their own connection with trees. There is violence, there are moral issues and there is a fascinating journey into the natural habitat of a species that has more to its own life than we ever imagined…except maybe Tolkien! Richard Powers finds ways to make the reader really care about these species that we see everyday of our lives. When we observe them as “just a thing,” he tells us that they communicate, that they protect each other, that they protect us. And he tells us how.
Overstory is a powerful tale about man vs. nature, how we fight to preserve it, how we fight to destroy it. But the author makes one thing clear - when all the trees are gone, humans won’t be far behind.  However…Earth will simply endure over the millions of years and slowly regenerate itself, just as it has done millions of years in the past. Whether you believe in climate change or any other environmental concerns, you can make up your own mind about the issues that Overstory so succinctly presents. A tough read but worth it!


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Fly Girls: How Five Daring Women Defied All Odds and Made Aviation History Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781328592798
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Published: Eamon Dolan/Mariner Books - March 5th, 2019

We all know Amelia Earhart, but have you ever heard of Florence Klingensmith, or Ruth Elder, or Ruth Nichols, or Louise Thaden?  Neither had I! And if you haven't read West with the Night or Circling the Sun, you should so you will be familiar with Beryl Markham. All of these women were pilots who fought and won respect, as some of the earliest women aviators.
After Charles Lindberg made the first solo trans-Atlantic flight in 1927, aviation captured the imagination of the American public, including a handful of women who became famous in their own right. Often ridiculed for their daring, they banded together to push against the entrenched prejudice that women were to fragile mentally and physically to attempt mastering flying machines.
Florence Klingensmith was a high school dropout from Fargo, North Dakota; Ruth Elder, an Alabama divorcée; Amelia Earhart, the most famous, but not necessarily the most skilled; Ruth Nichols, who chafed at her blue blood family’s expectations; and Louise Thaden, the young mother of two who got her start selling coal in Wichita.
In the 20’s and 30’s, the popular sport of airplane racing coast to coast or around pylons set up in a field, fueled the imagination of the public. It was dangerous and demanding of courage and steady nerves. Crashes and deaths occurred. At first, only men were allowed to enter these competitions, but the women wanted to be included. As their expertise grew, this group of aviatrix were determined to be accepted, and by the mid 30’s, they were allowed into some races.  And in 1936, one of them triumphed over the men.

Fly Girls is a fascinating history of the early 1900s when women were seeking the right to vote and were pushing to be accepted into American culture as equals. It makes one grateful for those who came before paving the way toward that equality.


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Go Ask Fannie Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780735218567
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - April 10th, 2018

Family dynamics!  That’s what this is all about.  I promise you, somewhere in this story, you will see you.  Murray Blaire’s three grown children are coming home for a reunion of sorts.  Ruth, the oldest, George, in the middle and Lizzie, the youngest are checking up on their Dad, each with their own agenda.  Ruth, who takes herself very seriously, is the oldest.  She is an attorney in NYC, used to being the boss and always being in the right.  Her need to organize and plan gets in her way. George is a nurse, easy-going, teasing, but responsible and caring.  Lizzie, the youngest, is a teacher but a person not totally imbued with common sense.  Together, Murray has his hands full, for each of them has an idea on how Murray’s life should pan out.  Murray, of course, has his own ideas, and they don’t necessarily conform to that of his children’s.
There are some amusing, maddening, poignant scenes for the family as they navigate through their visit.  It becomes evident that a tragedy has taken place earlier in the family’s life together.
All the warts and issues come to a head as the reader learns about each individual family member.  Lizzie is in an unlikely relationship, Ruth’s marriage is in difficulty.  George is uncertain about a new relationship.  But then, the unlikely happens that sends all of this into a scramble.  
The dialogue among the family members is realistic, sometimes humorous but often pointed and serious.  There are some silly moments but it all makes for good story-telling.  The only issue for me is the title.  I think it misses the boat.  Although it does play a major role in the story, and it didn’t ruin the book, it just didn’t seem to fit the overall theme.  That being said, it’s a good story with some meat, some humor, some exasperation and some truth.


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Say Say Say: A novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525655923
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Published: Knopf - July 9th, 2019

I picked up this little 161 page novella on a whim.  Sounded interesting, especially at an age when visiting friends at assisted living residences seems to be on the upswing.  Author Lila Savage, a Wallace Stegner Fellow, was a caregiver for ten years, which shows as her character, Ella, navigates the care for a brain-damaged woman whose condition gradually worsens.  Say Say Say is not a comfortable read, but it shines a light on the dedication of those in the care-giving field.  
Bryn’s wife, Jill, survived an automobile accident that left her with irreversible brain damage.  She is unable to communicate in a meaningful way.  Her day-to-day activities revolve around the constant repetition of unnecessary chores, and her demeanor is one of constant resistance. Bryn does his best to care for her, but his dedication to her is becoming overwhelming, and he is in need of a break now and then.  He hires Ella, a young woman who is compassionate and empathic, but also trying to figure out her own identity in the scheme of things.  Ella’s feelings for the whole family and especially Bryn leave her with questions about her own future. What will happen to Jill, what will happen to Bryn and where does she fit in?
If you like introspective writing, this little story is packed with an inward, personal journey.  It left me with great admiration for the role of caregivers and for the struggle of a person trying to understand themselves.  Due for publication in July 2019.


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Published: Mira Books - January 31st, 2017

Arthur Pepper has been widowed and "lost" since the death of his wife a year earlier.  When he finally brings himself to sort through her personal belongings, he finds something unusual stuffed in one of her shoes; so unusual for Miriam to have hidden it from him.  I can't really tell you what it is, because you need to find out for yourself.  But, let's just say that this "something" leads him on the journey of a lifetime.  And like any good journey, it's not the geography that counts.  This is an inner journey as well as a physical one.  The twists and turns are amazing discoveries to Arthur who thought he knew everything there was to know about his wife. Some of his travels are a bit of a stretch which makes it all the more fun. 
If you can find a quiet moment at this time of year, The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper is a fun and quick read to enjoy.  No literary effort required. 


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Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis Cover Image
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Published: Mariner Books - August 6th, 2013

History buffs, this one's for you; a must read! After finishing Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher, one can only sit back and try to imagine the life of this extraordinary man!  These are things our history books could never convey.  Born in 1868 in Whitewater, Wisconsin, Edward Curtis dropped out of school in the 6th grade and then went on to become one of the most famous recognized portrait photographers of his day.  And yet, nowhere that I can recall, had I ever learned of him; his life story seemingly having faded away...until now, thanks to Timothy Egan (author of The Worst Hard Time). Curtis's
swashbuckling image hardly matched the feats he left us in the annuals of the history of this nation.  High words, I know, but an amazing story when you see the comparative ease in which photographs are taken today.
Curtis built up a portrait photography business in Seattle, Washington, having migrated to the area with his father.  His life took a fortuitous turn when on a photographic expedition on Mt. Rainier, he helped
rescue a party of lost scientists who included George Bird Grinnell founder of the Audubon Society and C.H. Merriam, one of the original founders of the National Geographic Society.  With the beginnings from those connections, his portrait studio launched him into taking some of the most iconic pictures of the rich & famous including Theodore Roosevelt and J.P. Morgan.  But it was the picture of Chief Seattle's daughter, Princess Angeline and trips to Indian Reservations
with Grinnell that gave him his "Great Idea": "to capture on film the continent's original inhabitants before the old ways disappeared."  That feat would have been incredible on its own, but along with the photographs, he chronicled and audibly recorded Indian languages and ceremonies as well.  Just imagine hauling all that equipment, glass slides, audio recorders, food, camping materials...on horseback!  
But let's not forget the financial obligations to his staff, suppliers, Guides... and to himself.  It took him over 30 years to complete the task, never taking a penny for his work, begging for sponsors, ending up losing his marriage and every last personal and business possession.  The work he accomplished with the North American Indians (20 volumes) is his lasting legacy to a monumental work of art and history. Epic indeed! Thank you, Edward Curtis and thank you Timothy Egan for bringing this story alive!


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ISBN: 9781101873724
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Published: Vintage - February 28th, 2017

Okay, I’ll admit it, my science IQ is less than zilch!  So, why did I read this book?  Because my book club picked it.  And am I ever GLAD!  Lab Girl will be one of my favorites, one that I won’t forget when someone says, “who is Hope Jahren?”
     Jahren tells about her journey from her stoical family upbringing, to her struggling student years, to becoming a renowned geochemist and geobiologist.  A long the way, she meets Bill, her one-of-a kind lab partner who sticks with her through thick and thin. She tells vividly of her struggles with bipolar disorder as well.
     Jahren is best in her descriptions of plant life.  Did you ever think about how a plant lives, how it struggles to survive, how it communicates?  As she says in her book, talking about life in general, “We are each given exactly one chance to be.”  And about the lives of trees and the rings in their trunks, “The delicate shape of those lines tells you the story of a couple of years.  If you know how to listen, each ring describes how the rain fell and the wind blew and the sun appeared every day at dawn.”  Who would have ever thought that a writer could give plants personalities, could make their lives light up a page, or begin to think that maybe the trees in Lord of the Rings really could talk?!  
     By the end of this book, I just wanted to walk into the woods and observe and wonder and listen…and plant a tree somewhere.  Thanks, book club.  This was an eye-opening winner!


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A Sister in My House: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780143131694
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Published: Penguin Books - April 17th, 2018

  Step into a small quiet Spanish town and into the home of Maria, the narrator of this story.  Linda Olsson’s beautiful writing puts you there; the sea breezes, the solitude, the aromas of good food.  But underneath it all lies a story of tragedy, estrangement and then, forgiveness.  
    Maria’s sister, Emma has accepted an invitation to visit, even though the invitation is two years old.  As the visit begins, it is clear that some underlying family history during their childhood has disrupted their comfort with one another.  Emma’s insistence to talk about it unnerves Maria, who, over many years has not been able to put it to rest.  Olsson delicately exhibits how perceptions of particular events can differ from one person to the next even…or perhaps especially... within families.  Complicating matters is the fact that Emma married Maria’s boyfriend, and through the years seems to have a happy, settled life. Maria, however, moved on and into a preciously meaningful relationship, one which set her life on an entirely different path. 
The six day visit from Emma reveals much to the sisters as they begin to see things in a different light-perhaps even understanding.
    I try to read everything Linda Olsson writes.  She does not disappoint.  (Astrid and Veronika and Sonata for Miriam are equally insightful). Her stories don’t have big, full-bodied plots or big “Ah Ha” moments. The sparseness and subtleties of her writing lets the reader discover the emotional impact.  This small book leaves its mark and is worth every word.


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Less (Winner of the Pulitzer Prize): A Novel Cover Image
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Published: Back Bay Books - May 22nd, 2018

    Curious to read the 2018 Pulitzer Prize winner for fiction, I picked up a copy of Less by Andrew Sean Greer.  It’s hard to find a lot of humor in anything these days, but Less does not disappoint.  And, by the way, “Less” is a man’s name -Arthur Less.  (Could the title be a metaphor, perhaps?) Arthur is struggling with a mid-life crisis.  He is about to turn fifty, a gay man, only moderately successful as a novelist, has lost his partner, is struggling with his next novel, and is basically lost.  He decides he will accept any invitation about his writing that comes his way.  That decision leads him around the world in mad cap adventures from one country to the next.  Along the way he meets new people, even receives an award for his writing (the awards committee is made up of high school students), and runs into old acquaintances. While in Germany, thinking that he speaks fluent German, he is asked to teach a class on literature, but his German is so bad that on his first day, as a means of introduction, he says, “I am sorry, I must kill most of you.”  Although shocked, the students end up loving him, and Arthur connects them to literature in very unique teaching ways.  
     Less is a book that will no doubt create discussion.  On the back cover one reviewer says, "Brilliantly funny…”.  I may have missed the “brilliantly funny” part, but I didn’t miss the subtleness of the humor throughout. Greer’s writing style is charming, poignant and honest.  For those who are open to different points of view, you’ll find it a very enjoyable read!


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Pachinko (National Book Award Finalist) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781455563920
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - November 14th, 2017

In this compelling four generational historical fiction tale of a Korean family, the issues of minorities, outsiders, immigrants, and disenfranchisement become reoccurring themes.  A finalist for the National Book Award for fiction in 2017, the New York Times listed Pachinko as one of its “Ten Best Books of 2017." 
In the early 20th century, born to a hard-working family in Korea, Sunja, at age 16, falls in love and becomes pregnant by Hansu, a Korean mobster who lives in Japan.  To save her from shame, a Korean Christian pastor marries her and they immigrate to Oska, Japan to join his brother in the Korean ghettos.  After her husband, Isak, is arrested for basically being a Christian and not worshiping at Japanese shrines, Sunja becomes the ultimate survivor and supporter of her family of two boys-Noa (Hansu’s illegitimate son) and Mozasu.  The family lives with Isak’s brother’s family and together they negotiate the trials and tribulations of providing for their families in a country that does not recognize them as citizens; a country which, until the mid-1900s, imposed upon the Koreans (whether born in Japan or not) alien registration every three years, job discrimination, and basically did not accept them into their culture.
Despite the hardships, both sons become successful.  However, to Noa, who learns he is not  Isak’s son, life becomes stifling.  He separates himself from his family and pushes aside his dreams for the future.  Mozasu finds his way to the only means of occupation for Koreans in Japan, by working for the owner of Pachinko parlors (pin-ball type gambling facilities).  And even Mozasu’s son, Solomon, who excels in school, graduating from an American university, is pushed aside by Japanese business dealings, ending up working for his father in the Pachinko parlors.  
The themes in this book are timely and poignant in light of the vast immigration crises around the world today, and realizing how hard it is for different cultures to accept one another.  Throughout time, people who leave their home countries are often not accepted in their new country, and upon returning to the old, are not accepted there either.
Pachinko tells the story of the clash of Korea and Japan, but it also tells the story of the resilience and survivorship of human nature.  History of occupation around the world is a hard reality to accept by those who are occupied and by those who occupy. Pachinko is a page turning saga and an eye-opener into a part of the world that seems far away, but today, really isn’t.  One of my favorites of the year!


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ISBN: 9781476795928
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Published: Simon & Schuster - September 18th, 2018

Throughout Doris Kearns Goodwin’s writing career, she never fails to bring biographical non-fiction to life in no uncertain terms.  In this book, she documents the rise of Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt, and Lyndon Johnson from their earliest childhood days, describing, bit-by-bit, the qualities that led them through the most difficult decisions of their times.  Goodwin clearly lays out their growing ambitions, determinations, and the leadership qualities that brought them through crisis in times when their country needed a strong will of purpose and a moral sense of direction.
With Lincoln, it’s the Civil War.  With Theodore Roosevelt, it’s the economic battles with the onset of the industrial revolution.  With Franklin Roosevelt, it’s the depression and WWII.  With Johnson, it’s Civil Rights.  Each of these men had failures early in their careers.  Each had a different style of leadership.  But the one thing each of them did have, was fortitude and a clear vision of what was right for their country.  
This is a fascinating journey into the personal and professional lives of four men who were not afraid to govern for the rights of all people, who stood up to devastating criticism in times of great peril and moral truth.  They weren’t perfect, but their abilities and resilience against all odds, made their leadership skills an example for Presidents to come. As always, Doris Kearns Goodwin delivers history as exciting as any novel.  If you love biography, this book is for you!


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ISBN: 9781492666868
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Published: Sourcebooks Landmark - January 8th, 2019

Not due for publication until January 2019, The Only Woman in the Room focuses on the inner life of Hedy Lamarr from her first marriage (at age 19) to an Austrian arms manufacturer and arms dealer just after World War I, up to World War II during her years as a highly sought after movie star in Hollywood.  
     Only recently, has the life of Hedy Lamarr been revealed.  She may have been a “drop-dead-gorgeous” woman, but she was much more than just beautiful; she was a scientist of some repute with patents to her name.  
     Author, Marie Benedict has pieced together a fictional narrative about Hedy Lamarr that may or may not be exact.  But the fact remains that Lamarr’s inventions concerning radio frequency hopping (today called spread-spectrum technology having many applications including cell phone usage) have out-lived her as a contributor to that science, and only recently recognized.
     The novel is divided into two parts, the first, her marriage to and life with Friedrich (Fritz) Mandl in Austria from 1933 to 1937 and the second, her Hollywood years, including her collaboration with composer and musician George Antheil for the invention of radio frequency hopping as a means to foil wartime torpedoes.  The author theorizes that Lamarr had extreme guilt over leaving Europe, and especially the Austrian Jews (of which she was one), in the hands of the Nazis.  She posits that Lamarr’s invention was a direct result of that guilt.  And, in fact, the U.S. Navy was made aware of the invention but turned it down, mainly because (the author says) they thought Hedy would be more valuable selling war bonds than as an inventor.
     Author Benedict has taken a lot of liberties in this narrative, but the book remains fascinating, in particular because of the times we are in and how perceptions of women are changing.  Sometimes, what we see on the outside is just a smoke screen for what’s really on the inside.  A good, fast read. (Benedict also wrote
The Other Einstein)


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ISBN: 9780802128782
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Published: Grove Press - October 2nd, 2018

It’s almost cruel to tell you about this book when it’s not scheduled for publication until October, because Virgil Wander is a keeper!  It’s been ten years since Leif Enger’s last book, So Brave, Young and Handsome and seventeen years since his blockbuster, Peace Like a River.  
Traveling along highway 61 along the north shore of Lake Superior, on a snowy evening, headed for his home town of Greenstone, Minnesota, Virgil Wander hits an icy patch and catapults off a cliff and into Lake Superior.  Thus, Act II of his life begins.  And here is where the people of Greenstone begin to light up the story.  Like any small town, its citizens vary from the town drunk, the bad guy, the sad guy and the beautiful girl.  And here is when Leif Enger’s wonderful story-telling begins.  It’s the very first paragraph that hooked me: “Now I think the picture was unspooling all along and I just failed to notice.  The obvious really isn’t so - at least it wasn’t to me, a Midwestern male cruising at medium altitude, aspiring vaguely to decency, contributing to PBS, moderate in all things including romantic forays, and doing unto others more or less reciprocally.”  How could you not want to know where his life goes from there?
Virgil owns the broken down Empress Theater in Greenstone, Minnesota and also serves as City Clerk.  Ten years previously, the town suffered a singular incident when the town sports hero took off in an airplane, last seen flying over Lake Superior, and never returned.  No wreckage or body was ever found…except for the discovery of a salvaged plane tire ten years later.  He left a young wife and an eight-year-old son.  That incident has stayed in memory ever since.
Greenstone was the hub for the taconite industry in the 1950s but since its demise, has fallen on hard times. The town and its people hang on, doing whatever it takes to make a living, and, typical of small towns, support one another when needed.  Greenstone is struggling to keep its head above water.  The stories of its citizens unfold with hardly a person you do not like.  The one “bad guy” is sleazy and devious, and the ending…well, let’s just say you’ll be thinking about what reeeeally happened?  Great writing!!  I haven’t read So Brave, Young and Handsome, but you better believe it’s on my list. And if you’ve never read Peace Like a River, you’re in for a treat!


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ISBN: 9780062473554
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - November 28th, 2017

The Cottage Book Club selected The Keeper of Lost Things to be on their summer reading list.  What a prize!  As a debut novel, author Ruth Hogan will be on my watch list for future books.  This could have been a sad tale about a man who misses the love of his life so much that he dies of heart-break.  BUT…what surrounds his life in serendipitous ways, are the lives of other unrelated characters that somehow matter in the end.  I don’t want to be a spoiler here, so that’s all  I’ll say about that.  What I didn’t expect were the smiles and laugh-out-loud humor that are interspersed, making sometimes woeful experiences have redeeming qualities.
Anthony Peardew is a successful writer and is “the keeper of lost things.” On his trips from home and about town, he discovers these items, only to take them home, assigning each with a note of where he found it, a description, and the date found.  The stories he writes about the lost things eventually become bestsellers.
Laura is his administrative assistant, and when Mr. Peardew dies, he leaves all that he has, including a lovely home with rose garden, to her.  It’s a life she never expected to live.   In his will to Laura, he has one caveat; that she must try and find the owner of each lost item.  This is no small task, as, over the years, he had collected hundreds.
Of particular charm in the story is the young girl with social communication issues who helps Laura categorize the lost items and acts as a host to visitors.  Her dialogue is masterfully written full of warmth and accidental humor.  And Fred, the gardener, becomes of special interest. Yes, this is a sort of romance, a mystery and a warmhearted tale with particularly good writing!  Ms. Hogan is an observer of life’s ups and downs and understands the humor in some of life’s most serious experiences. What a satisfying page turner and a thoughtful turn on human relationships.  A very fun read!


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The Explanation for Everything: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781616201128
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Published: Algonquin Books - September 3rd, 2013

Darwinism vs. Intelligent Design. Here's one for the books (no pun intended). Seems like heavy reading, right? But, author Lauren Grodstein sets up an interesting story-line that leads us down a thoughtful path. Andy Waite is a biology professor at a small college. He has two daughters whom he is raising alone. Twelve years earlier, his wife, Lou, left the house to pick up dinner and was killed by a drunk driver. The driver, Oliver McGee, was a teenage neighbor who had several DUI's on his record. Oliver is serving a twenty year sentence, and Andy is determined to keep him there without parole. In-the-mean-time, Andy sets up an experiment in his college lab to prove that habitual drunk drivers have DNA associated with alcoholism. But also on his agenda is a class he likes to teach called "There Is No God: Special Topics in Evolutionary Biology: Ethics and Debate." Unknowingly to Andy, Lionel Shell, a student opposed to Andy's class material and a proponent for Intelligent Design, entices fellow student and evangelical, Melissa Potter to approach Andy and ask him to be her sponsor for an independent study. Melissa brings another dimension to his life as she wheedles her way into his family day-to-day activities. Andy is that every man who craves to find what is most meaningful in his life. His moral compass can't seem to find North any more, and he struggles with his own beliefs about love and faith and science. I tried to figure out which way the author's bread was buttered, but to her credit, it's not clear which issue suits her best; a good book to ponder.


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Canada Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780061692031
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Published: Ecco - January 22nd, 2013

Pulitzer Prize winner and PEN/Faulkner Award winner for Independence Day, Richard Ford has become one of my favorite authors.  Somehow good writers tell a story with so much human reality that, before the reader even knows it, he/she is drawn in to the stories of ordinary people having extraordinary life encounters.  Canada is such a story.  Dell Parsons, now in his sixties and a school teacher, is looking back on the life that brought him to the place he now is.  His father, Bev Parsons, thirty-seven and retired from the Air Force, moves the family to Great Falls, Montana in the late fifties.  Bev is a dreamer with no clue on how to make his way through life, let alone support a wife and two children.  One job after another fails until, finally, he trumps up a scheme to sell stolen beef .  Unable to pay off the Indians who supply the beef, he becomes desperate and decides to rob a bank.  If you were in Bev's shoes, you probably would be able to feel the success of this scheme, to understand the reasoning. But, because you are the reader, you see and feel what's in store for Bev, his wife, Neeva (who goes along with his scheme) and his two children. What happens next to young Dell, as he avoids becoming a ward of the state, is a story of survival in a back roads town of Saskatchewan among disreputable characters who are also trying to escape from lives created by poor choices. It seems so unlikely that this teenage boy could survive among such rough characters and in such sparse living conditions.  But survive he does, seeing his own life unfold through un-jaded eyes, feeling the fright, feeling the cold, living the pain and barely hanging on.

Richard Ford delivers such concise, morally-packed, beautifully crafted prose, that getting lost in his books is as easy as falling off a log in mid- stream.


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The Colour of Milk: Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062245823
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Published: Ecco Press - January 17th, 2013

Mary, the youngest of four sisters, is born into a family where life is harsh. Her father, bitter from his lack of sons, works the girls from dawn to dusk. Although born with a lame leg, Mary is feisty and outspoken and full of life. When Mary turns fourteen, her father hires her out to the local vicar to help care for his ailing wife. This turns out to be an interesting, if not devastating turn of events. Mary must contend with the vicar's son, who she knows from his dealings with her sister Violet. Yet, there is a source of joy in Mary's life - there are books in the vicarage. There is little else in life that Mary wants to do, but to learn to read and write. Indeed, Mary does learn to read and write, and it is in her hand and her voice that the story is told. But at what cost? This is a small novel that packs a wallop. You will fall in love with Mary and become increasingly devastated with her tragic story. This is compelling and haunting- don't miss it! (And now on a lighter note, allow me to highlight one my favorite Caldecott candidates.)


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Testing the Current Cover Image
By William McPherson, D.T. Max (Afterword by)
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ISBN: 9781590176023
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Published: NYRB Classics - January 8th, 2013

Written almost thirty years ago by Pulitzer Prize-winning book critic William McPherson, Testing the Current is a gem of a book that has been out of print for twenty-five years. Now reissued by New York Review Book, it is well worth savoring slowly and carefully. The only action you'll find is through the observations of young Tommy MacAllister. And wonderful observations they are! Somehow, like all good writers, McPherson gets into the head of Tommy, and through his perceptions we, the readers - presumably, older and more aware of life experiences than he - watch the progress of life as it unfolds around him. His older siblings, his parents, his neighbors, and his friends all get the introspective judgments we all make about those around us. Bringing back our own childhoods, we understand, sympathize and laugh as he faces what we knew to be true as we grew up. He does not enjoy greeting his great aunts, "...who looked formidable, like craggy fortresses within great unyielding fronts, as if they were all stony bosom from their shoulders to their thighs." and having to "...dutifully kiss their papery cheeks, avoiding if possible Cousin Maud's mole that sprouted long hairs." Dense in introspection, with long paragraphs that seep into your psyche, Testing the Current is clothed in the innocence of childhood. It is a truthfully told family story through the eyes of an eight-year-old who is unaware of the traumatic national recession during the 1930s, nor the rumblings of the coming war in Europe. Like any literary novel, it tests the reader's patience to delve deep, but well worth the effort!


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ISBN: 9780062208286
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Published: Harper - October 16th, 2012

Although Mrs. Queen Takes the Train won't be published until October, it's one to put on your list if you enjoy rye humor and frequent chuckles. The book is light-hearted, and yet, it makes you pause to consider just what the private life of Queen Elizabeth may be like. Elizabeth has now served sixty years as Great Britain's Queen. Wouldn't you suspect she may just want a little personal adventure of her own...adventure that only she has planned and that no one else knows about? In this warm-hearted novel, Queen Elizabeth is trying to figure out how to use her computer. She has had many lessons, but can't always remember what to do(sound familiar?). She is a bit depressed about this, and to ease her frustration, casually wanders out of her rooms to visit her favorite horse in the royal mews (a horse named Elizabeth. What else!). Along the way, the reader meets her very caring staff, from ladies-in-waiting, personal butlers, to the groom; which truly makes one wonder about personal lives in the service of a Queen. How she manages to get on the train to Scotland all by herself is for you, the reader, to find out. It's a jolly train ride!


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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - August 7th, 2012

A New York Times Bestseller, The Orphan Master's Son is one of the most difficult stories I have ever read. By difficult, I mean the story line - full of violence and torture. If I had not read the non-fiction book, Nothing to Envy by Barbara Demick first, I would never have thought a story like this might be near the truth. Having said that, it will be a book I won't forget! The story takes place in current day North Korea, and follows the life of Pak Jun Do who was brought up in an orphanage. His father was the Orphan Master. Through fate and recognition as a gifted young man by the superiors in the government, he is assigned various duties including kidnapping Japanese citizens for "The Dear Leader"-Kim Jung Il, intercepting and translating American radio transmissions, being given a mission to Texas as a translator, and being recognized as an imposter of a well-known general. A tale of many twists and turns with countless deceptions, it may, nevertheless be possible in a totalitarian regime who has starved millions of its own people. By focusing on one life, it becomes even more real. If you can stomach the violence ( I skimmed many of those parts), you will find a potent, skillfully written novel based on historical fact.


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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - February 7th, 2012

A book club pick for the Cottage Book Club, The Weird Sisters turned out to be a real sleeper! It's hard to believe that this is the author's first novel. The writing is superb, and the character studies are amazing! The three sisters in the Andreas family-Rosalind (from As You Like It), Bianca (from The Tempest) and Cordelia (from King Lear) were named by their father who is a Shakespearian scholar and professor of English Literature at the local college. Throughout the girls' childhood, Dr. Andreas quotes lines from Shakespeare for almost every conversation in their lives, whether it be advise, or just everyday observations. Of course, the girls pick up on this and simply cannot help bringing to mind these quotes throughout their own lives. The girls are three years apart, and, as in most families, there are issues of jealousy, family love, hurt feelings, great sorrow, and joy. Brown leads the reader through the troubled lives of the sisters in their effort to figure out what lif has in store for them. The dialogue is right-on among the girls and their parents as the sisters all come home "to roost" when their mother is diagnosed with breast cancer. This is NOT a "downer" book, but one to savor and enjoy...especially if you have a sister! And believe it or not, there are times when you'll laugh-out-loud!


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ISBN: 9780670023165
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Published: Viking Books - January 19th, 2012

It's hard to find a more prolific award-winning American writer than Stewart O'Nan. Author of Last Night at the Lobster, Faithful, Snow Angels and many more, his latest, The Odds, is a tiny book with the impact of a sledge hammer! Celebrating their 30th anniversary at Niagra Falls, (the site of their first) Marian and Art Fowler are nearly in financial ruins, both having lost their jobs, soon to lose their house and almost inevitably, to lose their marriage. What follows in the span of two short days is a character study of two people ready to risk it all to their very last dime at the casino. It's hard to like this down and out couple as they fight for their financial and marital survival. But it's not hard to like O'Nan's concise and probing writing into the human psychie. Hard to like...hard to forget!


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By Mac Barnett, Jon Klassen (Illustrator)
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Published: Balzer + Bray - January 17th, 2012

As a knitter (and a grandma) this book has been dear to me since its release last January. Beautifully illustrated by Jon Klassen, this tells the story of a little girl who lives in a cold little town that is drab, drab,drab. When Annabelle finds a box of what looks like ordinary colored yarn, she takes it home and knits herself a sweater. With the extra yarn she knits one for her dog as well. But there was still extra yarn.....the story continues like this, with Annabelle knitting and knitting and the colorful yarn brightening up the town and making people happy. Every magical story has a villain, and in this case it is the evil Archduke, who decides he must have the yarn for himself. What will happen? This is a lovely story that illustrates the impact one kind deed can have on a community. Perfect for ages 2-5.


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Published: Scribner - April 12th, 2011

Author, Kristin Kimball was a “big city girl.” She never imagined herself any other way. But for an article she was writing, she traveled six hours out of New York City to interview an organic farmer. Little did she know that the interview would be a turning point in her life...not just a gradual curve, but an abrupt right angle! Mark was good looking, young, energetic, an entrepreneur full of new ideas. Shorthanded on the day of his interview, he soon had her hoeing broccoli and helping to slaughter a pig...in her new white agnes b. blouse. You might think this is just another “how I changed my life” story, but it is much more than that. With good humor and never taking herself seriously, Kimball relates her amazement about small town friendliness, open-hearted goodness and the discovery that...”good food is at the center of good life.”


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Published: Harper Perennial - January 20th, 2009

When you consider that the author, Lily Koppel, was walking down a street in New York City one day when she noticed a pile of old wardrobe trunks being tossed into a dumpster, the reader can only visualize the lost treasures behind the locked lids of those trunks. The management of the apartment building on Riverside Drive had decided to clean out the basement which was full of old pre-World War II trunks that had not been claimed. People were already rummaging through the contents finding flapper dresses, silk gloves, sweaters still hanging from knitting needles. In Lily's case, a doorman at the apartment building gave her a red leather diary he had found in the midst of the mess. It was a five year diary and the name inside said, “This book belongs to...Florence Wolfson.” It had been a present from her aunt on Florence's fourteenth birthday, August 1, 1929. She wrote in it faithfully until her nineteenth birthday. The Red Leather Diary transports you back in time and makes one realize that there is no such thing as an “ordinary life.” It's a wonderful time piece of nostalgia, culture, history and even mystery as the author searches for its owner and actually finds her. A fascinating read!


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ISBN: 9780060583019
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Published: Harper Perennial - January 30th, 2007

Sometimes a book takes on a life of its own, propelling the reader along like a swift stream, unable to stop or get out of the current. The Last Season by Eric Blehm is just such a book. It is about the life (and death) of Randy Morgenson, a much-loved back country ranger for the National Park Service in the High Sierras of Southern California. Even if this story was only about Morgenson's legendary knowledge of this territory, or of his fascinating childhood, or his friendships with Ansel Adams and Wallace Stegner, this would still be a compelling read. But, add to that the fact that in 1996, at the age of 54, after 30 seasons in the High Sierras, Morgenson, while on duty mysteriously disappears. Not until five years later, after search and rescue by hundreds of people, is his body found. The final pages poignantly memorialize his life and leave the reader wondering why and how his death may have occurred.


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Published: G05 - April 2006

Sometimes a reader comes to a book with apprehension and a "prove-to-me-I'll-like-it" attitude. That's how I approached The Only Kayak. But after one chapter, I began to realize what a very good writer Kim Heacox really is. His ability to convey the sense of over powering beauty in the remote regions of Glacier Bay, Alaska made this reader want to turn back the clock and explore our land the way it used to be - wide, untouched and full of pristinen beauty. Heacox has much to say and imply about what is happening to our environment, mainly from just loving it too much. As a conservationist and an employee of the National Park Service, his observations and knowledge of those who came before him (in particular, John Muir) make for a fascinating picture of this area of Alaska. His adventures, the people he meets along the way, including his future wife, make this great writing that is sometimes funny, often melancholy and always captivating. If you like Edward Abbey, John McPhee or Thoreau, this book is for you.


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Published: TarcherPerigee - March 2nd, 2006

Okay, all you fitness and running nuts out there -- this is the book for you! This book will blow your mind. Why? -- you keep asking. Entertainingly written, Dean Karnazes talks candidly about his interior determination and excessive drive to run long distances -- without stopping (makes me feel weak)!


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ISBN: 9780765348357
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Published: Forge Books - December 27th, 2005

Wow! Do you like suspense and intrigue?! Don't miss this "can't put down" thriller. John Barron becomes a detective in an elite unit in Los Angeles. But he is unable to condone a practice that has been going on for many years. He becomes involved with a "chase" that puts his own life on the chase route. And just when you think his dilemma is solved. . .


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ISBN: 9781593760786
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - September 30th, 2005

Where have I been?! Years ago our McLean & Eakin founder, Julie Norcross, asked me if I had ever read Wendell Berry. Finally! Known as the "Philosopher of Place", Wendell Berry writes quiet books about people and places, gratitude, life and grief...and love. Hannah Coulter weaves a wise and gentle story about farmers in Kentucky. Hannah recalls her life from youth to old age. Her husband Virgil goes off to World War II, never to return, leaving her with a baby he would never see. The gracious family of her deceased husband surround her with compassion and love and never stand in her way when she falls for Nathan who has recently returned from the war Pacific Theater. Hannah and Nathan's life together would be considered ordinary-working their farm, growing their children and sending them out into the world to find their own ways, if it were not for Hannah's introspective revelations and observations. With wit and exquisite writing, Hannah Coulter leaves you feeling so much wiser and comfortable within yourself.


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ISBN: 9780312033569
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - March 15th, 1983

An oldie but a goodie! You will smile all the way through this story- not because murder is a funny subject, but because the author's wit is so wonderful! This was one of the very first classic court room trial books, and it is a fascinating case taken directly from a trial in which the author won. The issues are complicated and cleverly addressed. I loved this book even though parts may seem dated.


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The Perfect Mile: Three Athletes, One Goal, and Less Than Four Minutes to Achieve It Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780618562091
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Published: Mariner Books - April 6th, 2005

What a great historical book about the times, and about a feat that was thought to be "superhuman." The three runners couldn't have been more different if the author had made them fictional characters! Having grown up in the 50s -- I loved this book! FANTASTIC! A 10!


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ISBN: 9781400076093
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Published: Vintage - November 9th, 2004

The setting is a small museum outside of London, one room of which displays artifacts about some of the more sensational murders that took place between the two world wars in the late twenties and thirties. The museum is owned by the three siblings of the founder and they are about to re-sign a lease for the continuance of the museum. T complicate matters, one of the siblings, Neville Dupayne, has no interest in continuing the business. One of the contingencies of the lease is that all three siblings must sign. Of course, Neville mysteriously becomes the first victim. What happens next is pure James. Slowly she leads the reader down the path of the murderer with clues, however remote, that are there for the reader to catch. Reviews are mixed on this P.D. James mystery but if you're a true James fan, as I am, you will still find satisfaction. There is no one in the mystery field who writes a more literary "who-dunnit", or one who can set a scene so visual that the reader steps through the pages of the book right into the story. As usual, her characters are fascinating. And at age eighty-six, P.D. James is still very "hip" to the times! Even when she is not at her best, she's good.


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ISBN: 9780312424091
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Published: Picador - November 2004

Marilynne Robinson is an incredible writer! I won’t pull any punches, this is a dark, dark story but the writing is spectacular. Just don’t read it in the thick of winter when you’re feeling a little “down." Two young girls, Ruth and Lucille, are being raised first by their grandmother, then by two incompetent aunts and finally by a very eccentric aunt. Even the name of their town, “Fingerbone” leaves the reader feeling a bit edgy; in fact, the town could be considered as much a character of this book as the humans; interaction between both heavily impacts the plot. I’m certain someday, this book will be considered a classic. It’s a great book club discussion!


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ISBN: 9780143039020
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Published: Penguin Classics - August 31st, 2004

Graham Greene is one of my favorite authors. There isn't a book of his that I have read that I haven't come away in wonderment at his gifts as a writer. Greene digs into the darkest parts of human souls and somehow puts it all down on paper. The Quiet American is set in Vietnam in the early 50s. The French are still struggling to maintain their political position against the Communists, and the United States has their "toe in the door". Fowler, a British journalist is the main character along with the American - Pyle, whose reasons for being in Vietnam remain vague. The story is multi-leveled; a love story, a political expose, a moral dilemma, a thriller -- take your pick. But if you really read between the lines, you'll feel the turmoil and almost understand what happened in Vietnam. If you have seen the movie only, you will be missing the real essence of this story as well as the fabulous quality of one of the Twentieth Century's best writers.


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Published: Picador - July 2004

At the close of WWII, Aldred Leith is asked to report on the changing world of the Far East -- in particular, China and Japan. His travels bring him to Kure, Japan where he meetes the Driscoll family -- a family that will forever change his life. Written in a quiet, flowing style, Hazzard's descriptions of people and places are a thing of beauty. Not an easy read, but beautifully presented!


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ISBN: 9781400032808
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Published: Anchor - June 8th, 2004

hough the subject matter of this book is about the fanatics of the Mormon religion, it could be about religious fanaticism anywhere. It just seems disturbing to this reader that some people seem to get themselves caught up in extremes through need, weakness, total innocence or unquestioning belief. As is the cornerstone of all of Jon Krakauer's books, his research is thorough, fascinating and scary! Throughout isolated communities of Mormonism, polygamy is still practiced. Male zealots, answering only to what God tells them to do. . .including murder. . .hold sway over willing participants with Taliban-like power. This is not the book that Krakauer intended to write, but the more he researched the subject, the more he learned about the fanatical Mormons; and not just the Mormons of today, but the past history of the Mormons as well. Reading like a novel, this book is hard to put down and simply unbelievable to comprehend the "hows and whys" of this life style! As Americans, it is important for us to not look the other way and ignore what is going on around us!


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ISBN: 9780312331030
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - June 2004

Think this might be boring? Too much history? Too much geology? Dry? NOT A CHANCE!! This is an entertainingly written story of a journey taken; of discoveries along the way; of adventure. But, especially it's about the wonderful uniqueness of the Great Lakes from a world's perspective. This is TERRIFIC!!!


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Published: Riverhead Trade - April 27th, 2004

The first novel to come out of Afghanistan in modern times, The Kite Runner is simply written and beautifully told. The issue of friendships between classes and different ethnic groups as the government structure of the country collapses becomes a main plot of the story. Thoughtfully written, you won't soon forget this story and you will ask yourself - "what would I have done?"


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ISBN: 9780743246989
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Published: Simon & Schuster - August 12th, 2003

One of the most definitive books about modern-day China, Wild Swans is an astonishing picture of a country in turmoil. Told in an honest, straight forward style, it will leave you incredulous over the day-to-day lives of the Chinese throughout the 20th century. The history woven into the story is fascinating as well. This book is still banned in China. If you are at all curious about China, don't miss this book!


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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - March 11th, 2003

Although this autobiography has some tough moments, it is well worth "the read!" After all, life isn't always easy. You will be amazed at this family and the hardships they endured. Each parent has a toughness that shines through, even though their weaknesses are so very evident. Your heart will ache at times, but more than anything else, you'll know that you may not have survived!! Unforgettable!


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ISBN: 9780156012959
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Published: Mariner Books - September 3rd, 2002

If you like: 1) A challenge! 2) Great writing! 3) To be stretched! This is the book for you! Definitely not a casual read, this book loosely mirrors the political life of Huey Long of Louisiana. This story is steeped in moral issues - loyalty, right, power, love - an incredible piece of literature. It asks the question -does power corrupt? A great classic!!


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Published: Simon & Schuster - April 2nd, 1998

Rising Tide is an amazing chronicle of the great Mississippi flood of 1927. The characters that arose from the debacle are people you may never have heard about but will definitely not forget. The catastrophe catapulted Herbert Hoover to the Presidency in 1930. Hoover was appointed to head the rehabilitation program for the Mississippi Delta area and gained national attention for his efforts. It's politics as usual with all the in-fighting, the rise of the Ku Klux Klan, the migration of blacks North and the recovery. . .such as it was. Incredibly, over one million people were displaced by the flood. . .and not for just a few days. The role of the government in the catastrophe forever changed the relationship between federal and state responsibilities. Personalities like the Percy family, engineers--Humphreys and Eads and other main players in that era, including the rise of Huey Long make the history of the time come alive. So much more than a story about a flood, Rising Tide is a "tour d' force" of the history of the United States in the first half of the 20th century.


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Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis Thomas Jefferson and the Opening of the American West Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780684826974
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Published: Simon & Schuster - June 2nd, 1997

This is the way history should be taught! If this was fiction, it would be amazing! I learned things in this book that I had never heard of before. What an amazing journey told in straight-forward style that is hard to put down. The characters remain unforgettable! If you love history - A MUST READ!


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Published: Vintage - August 11th, 1990

Laurel McKelva, a widow, takes a leave of absence from her very successful job in Chicago to return to New Orleans to help care for her ailing father. Trying to be of comfort to him. Laurel must also endure her very young and selfish step mother, Fay. After her father's death, she and her step mother travel back to the family home in Mount Salus, Mississippi to make arrangements for his funeral. Laurel's jounrey is more than one of miles and sadness, but also of the heart and of coming to terms with her own past. Beautifully and memorably told, Eudora Welty's simple, visual sentences convey deep and complex relationships as only marvelous writers can do. The author has a finger on the pulse of this small southern town, understanding friendships, relatives and the inner workings of our minds. This short novel won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1973. A "must read" for those who love the subtle descriptive portrayals of human relationships.


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From Beirut to Jerusalem Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385413725
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Published: Anchor - July 15th, 1990

Even through this book was written 12 years ago, it has been newly updated and is one of the most concise, unbiased descriptions about the crisis in the Middle East. Tom Freidman is a journalist for the New York Times and was assigned to the Middle East for several years. He has met all of “the players”, including Sharon, Arafat and Sadam Hussein. His telling of the situations that reside there should be required reading by all the leaders of the world and every citizen who cares. His writing is highly informative, straight forward and never boring. Our book club found this to be one of the best books we have ever read!


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The Cape Ann Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780140119794
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Published: Penguin Books - July 2nd, 1989

At once poignant, funny and exasperating, Sullivan weaves a sympathetic tale told from the child’s point of view about a family struggling during The Great Depression. Lark Erhardt observes life in her family- the relationship of her mother and father. Lark’s mother has always dreamed of owning a Cape Ann style home and is determined to have it. Lark’s Father is a gambler and therein lies the conflict. I loved the characters in this book. They are well told and you find yourself loving some and hating others!


 

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