Monthly Archives: March 2012

French Children of the Holocaust by Serge Klarsfeld

This nonfiction Holocaust book is not for the faint of heart, or weak of muscle. Its huge size is a tribute to the tireless work of the author. For over 30 years Serge and Beate Klarsfeld have devoted their lives … Continue reading

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The Dead and the Gone by Susan Beth Pfeffer

In this second book of Susan Beth Pfeffer’s Last Survivor Trilogy, we are brought back to the start of the cataclysmic events of her first novel Life as We Knew It.  However, in this book the story is told from … Continue reading

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Plain Kate by Erin Bow

Set in a world resembling medieval Russia, Plain Kate starts with small and ugly Kate Carver, who must watch her beloved father die.  He has witch’s fever, and soon, an anti-magic hysteria grips the land.  The gypsy-like Roamers are persecuted, … Continue reading

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Sixth Man by David Baldacci

Baldacci once again came through with a political thriller that had me guessing to the very end.  Amazon reviews have not been very good on this title but I tend to ignore most reviews. Sean King and Michele Maxwell team … Continue reading

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Dominance by Will Lavender

Dominance, by Will Lavender is a quintessential mystery through and through. The novel takes place in two different time periods, 1994 and the present day, and Lavender is able to carefully keep both narratives exciting in this literary mystery novel. … Continue reading

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To End All Wars by Adam Hochschild

With the 100 year anniversary of World War I approaching, examination of this sometimes little understood event may well become a popular topic of study for the everyday reader.  Adam Hochschild’s To End All Wars is an excellent start if … Continue reading

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We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson

What a strange little book about a strange little family in a strange little town. When the reader meets the Blackwoods, they are reduced to three:  Constance, the oldest sister; Merricat the younger; and Uncle Julian, an old invalid. They … Continue reading

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The Louvre City (DVD)

This well done documentary tells us about the inner workings of Paris’ most famous museum, the Louvre.  Most museum visitors don’t know that only a very small fraction of any museum’s collection is on a display; usually under 10%.  The … Continue reading

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Gone by Michael Grant

Gone is a “what if” story. What if everyone over the age of 14 suddenly disappeared? What if this phenomenon was localized, affecting a small slice on the California coast? What if there was no visible way to escape the affected area … Continue reading

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Wither by Lauren DeStefano

Wither is Lauren DeStefano’s promising debut novel and is the first book in The Chemical Gardner Trilogy.  In this compelling dystopian novel, DeStefano portrays our world as one that got seriously altered by human genetic engineering. After the first sturdy … Continue reading

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