Monthly Archives: July 2011

Every Man Dies Alone by Hans Fallada

Eloquent, intense, terrifying… This novel has been called the ultimate and definitive novel of German resistance during WWII. An elderly laborer and his wife learn of the death of their only son on the Western Front. They are not interested in … Continue reading

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What Women Want: The Global Market Turns Female Friendly, by Paco Underhill

Paco Underhill writes about the importance of women’s growing power and influence in the global marketplace in his 2010 book What Women Want.  The message: Ignore them and you will be losing out on a very large market.  Underhill goes … Continue reading

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Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese

Abraham Verghese uses a fictional setting to explore medicine in a third-world country going through revolution and change.  Twin boys are born to a resident doctor and Catholic nun.  Cutting for Stone tells a very lyrical story covering a span … Continue reading

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Snow Angels by James Thompson

  Just before Christmas in Kittila, a small town in northern Finland, Kari Vaara, lead detective, is called out into the 24-hour darkness to investigate the brutal and apparently racist murder of a beautiful Somali woman.  Clues point to a rich and powerful … Continue reading

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Mistress Shakespeare by Karen Harper

Anne Whateley is a beautiful girl who gets her looks from her late Italian mother, Anna Rosalina de Verona, who was a travelling tumbler and dancer before her marriage.  Anne’s father is English and, although he is illiterate, operates a … Continue reading

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Shiver (Wolves of Mercy Falls, 1) by Maggie Stiefvater

Grace has always had a strong attraction to the wolves that live in the woods behind her house, especially one yellow-eyed wolf named Sam.  Sam has been watching Grace—and watching out for her—since she was dragged off by wolves as … Continue reading

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Dog Sense: How the New Science of Dog Behavior can Make You a Better Friend to Your Pet by John Bradshaw

In one of my usual somewhat harebrained moments I adopted Newman, a beautiful mini Australian Shepherd, from a dog rescue group in Stanley, KS.  Within 24 hours, I realized that I had a severely neurotic dog on my hands.  Although … Continue reading

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Murder Under a Mystic Moon by Yasmine Galenorn

Emerald O’Brien is a thirty-six-year-old divorced mother of two and owner of the Chintz ‘n China Tea Room, a quaint little business in the town of Chiqetaw, Washington.  Emerald’s daughter, Miranda, suggested the name be changed to Chintz ‘n China … Continue reading

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The Widow’s Tale by Margaret Frazer

With the untimely death of her beloved husband, Edward, Cristiana Helyngton is now a widow.  She and her daughters, eight-year-old Jane and twelve-year-old Mary, are grateful for the help and guidance of Cristiana’s brother, Gerverys.  But Gerverys is no match … Continue reading

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The Land of Painted Caves by Jean Auel

Having read the first five books in Jean Auel’s Earth’s Children series, I was eagerly awaiting the next installment. I was not disappointed. While there is not much drama until nearer the end of the book, we do get to … Continue reading

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