Monthly Archives: November 2011

Triangles by Ellen Hopkins

Ellen Hopkins is one of the most frequently challenged young adult authors of the 21 century. She is known for not being afraid to tackle controversial issues and taking on topics such as drug addiction, sexual abuse or teen prostitution. … Continue reading

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NPR Driveway Moments: Dog Tales Radio Stories That Won’t Let You Go (audio)

In my reviews I often write such things as “not just for dog-lovers” and “you don’t have to own a dog to enjoy this book”. In the case of NPR’s Dog Tales, however, I suspect you probably do have to … Continue reading

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The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka

This book takes us to the early 1900s when male Japanese immigrant field workers were requesting so called mail order brides, where both parties were known to each other only via letters and pictures exchanged through the mail.  In many … Continue reading

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Feynman by Jim Otiaviani, illustrated by Leland Myrick

My husband recently took our daughter to Science City.  I was pleased to hear she loved it, but I had to set my husband straight when he proclaimed, “Everybody loves science.”  Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.  … Continue reading

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Rules of Civility by Amor Towles

Rules of Civility is the highly acclaimed debut novel by New Yorker Amor Towles.  The cover of the August issue of Oprah magazine referred to this book as “the one we couldn’t put down.”  The first portion does take off … Continue reading

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Nightwoods by Charles Frazier

“Luce’s new stranger children were small and beautiful and violent.” Thus begins this novel, which takes place in rural North Carolina in the early 1960s. The central character, Luce, inherits her murdered sister’s deeply disturbed children. This changes Luce’s isolated … Continue reading

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The Night Strangers by Chris Bohjalian

Chip Linton’s life and the lives of his wife and twin daughters changed forever when – through no fault of his own – the plane he was piloting crashed into Lake Champlain.   Thirty-nine on board lost their lives.  The Linton’s … Continue reading

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Tinsel Tales: Favorite Christmas Stories From NPR (Audiobook CD)

  In the audiobook cd, Tinsel Tales, NPR voices, past and present, tell some of their favorite stories of the season. David Sedaris reads his public radio classic, “Santaland Diaries.”  Scott Simon tells the modern version of the Christmas story, … Continue reading

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Jewish Pirates of the Caribbean: How a Generation of Swashbuckling Jews Carved out an Empire in the New World in Their Quest for Treasure, Religious Freedom – and Revenge by Edward Kritzler

Pirates, political intrigue, gold, tropical islands …and hidden histories!  I love it!  Jewish Pirates of the Caribbean is a grand topic.  And instead of being based on just lively imagination, there’s actually some real information and research here….though some of … Continue reading

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The Bible of Clay by Julia Navarro

In an attempt to broaden my reading horizons I set out to read international fiction, a genre I’m not familiar with. Once I began The Bible of Clay, however, I felt a little bit like I was cheating since it’s … Continue reading

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