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Book Reviews


Bones is back.

Posted on: January 27th, 2015

Bones Never Lie (Temperance Brennan, #17)Bones Never Lie by Kathy Reichs
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A 5-star mystery. Suspenseful with a good story line. Years ago, Anique Pomerleau kidnapped and murdered a string of girls in Canada, then narrowly eluded captureby Brennan and Andrew Ryan. Now Pomerleau is back and linked to victims in Vermont and North Carolina.

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A Librarian’s story

Posted on: January 27th, 2015

The World's Strongest Librarian: A Memoir of Tourette's, Faith, Strength, and the Power of FamilyThe World’s Strongest Librarian: A Memoir of Tourette’s, Faith, Strength, and the Power of Family by Josh Hanagarne
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Interesting read. Josh Hanagarne, a Mormon kid with Tourette’s, found salvation in books and weight lifting. His story gives a better understanding of Tourettes from the inside and a mild view of Mormons. Funny and readable.

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The climate is changing!

Posted on: January 21st, 2015

Circle of Reign (The Dying Lands Chronicle, #1)Circle of Reign by Jacob Cooper
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I can’t believe I am hooked on a series with Book 1 and book 2 is not out yet. But hooked I am. I like it better than the Game of thrones though they read similarly. There are children of leaders and friends of leaders and betrayal of leaders, and wolves and wolf cubs and Dragons. Adventure and actions scenes are well written. I mostly can keep the characters straight. And it is cold , the land is changing. Something is amiss!

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Museum of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman

Posted on: January 18th, 2015

A novel of Historical fiction, looking at the early decades of the 20th century.  Hoffman often chooses barely  credible characters to tell her story and the Museum of Extraordinary Things is no different.  In 1911, Coney Island was home to freak shows and nascent amusement parks.  In 1911, immigrants were finding jobs where they worked in dangerous conditions for long hours  and in 1911 the Triangle Shirtwaist factory burned.  All of these historical elements play a role in Hoffman’s novel.  And there is a love story that holds the mix together.  A very good read.

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EUPHORIA

Posted on: January 18th, 2015

EuphoriaEuphoria by Lily King
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Gulp! I thought I knew where she was going….
Good story about a time in anthropology when the science was young. Based on the life of Margaret mead. Now I want to know more about Mead!

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give and receive

Posted on: December 25th, 2014

The Giver (The Giver, #1)The Giver by Lois Lowry
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

1993. Lowry wrote one of the first dystopian novels for young people. She wanted to raise concerns about society’s lack of concern for the environment and lack of awareness of community values. The novel is as strong a statement today as it was 20 years ago. The story is simple but compelling.

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Joy of Books!

Posted on: December 25th, 2014

The Storied Life of A.J. FikryThe Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Extraordinary story of a bookseller on an island off the coast of Massachusetts. He is a good fellow going downhill after the death of his wife but that changes when a copy of a rare and valuable book is stolen. He finds love, romance, friends and community. Well written, good stories, great characters. I loved it! 5 stars!

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science of dragons

Posted on: January 31st, 2014

A Natural History of Dragons: A Memoir by Lady TrentA Natural History of Dragons: A Memoir by Lady Trent by Marie Brennan

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

written like a Victorian memoir. Lady Trent describes her courage and tenacity on her first dragon investigations. She braves the world of men, travels in uncomfortable conditions and uses her scientific skills to bring to light the world of dragons.

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flying!

Posted on: January 31st, 2014

wingsThe Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

If I could give this 10 stars I would. I knew about the Grimke Sisters, of course, because of their pivotal role in the women’s movement but I never stopped to consider what courage it took to speak out at that time in history. I never considered the context of their courage.

Kidd brings that context to life, vividly. She uses incidents in the lives of the sisters to also bring to life a slave girl about the age of Sarah Grimke. Through Hetty, aka “Handful”, we see the other side of plantation life, the pain and suffering of slavery and the longing for freedom. A great book.

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She counts!

Posted on: January 28th, 2014

Counting by 7sCounting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A complex but riveting story of Willow Chance, a middle schooler, a genius, and an outsider. She navigates through life interested in medical diagnoses, counting by sevens, gardening and collecting unusual facts until her parents dies in a car accident. Then her life changes.

The story is not sad. It is a story of resilience and friendship and family. People are better for knowing Willow.

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