Monthly Archives: June 2012

Headhunters: a novel by Jo Nesbo

Roger Brown takes pride in being one of the best corporate headhunters in the region but his paycheck can’t keep up with his wife’s lifestyle. He adds to his paycheck by dabbling in art theft. Roger has adopted the FBI … Continue reading

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The Drop by Michael Connelly

In the 15th book in Michael Connelly’s Harry Bosch series, Connelly returns to familiar ground, leaving behind Nine Dragons‘ Hong Kong setting, returning to Los Angeles and reuniting readers with Bosch’s original nemesis, Irvin Irving.  Irving first appeared in the original … Continue reading

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Helsinki White by James Thompson

With Helsinki White, author James Thompson’s Inspector Vaara series takes a dark and dangerous turn into the urban swamp that is Finland’s capital city as described by Thompson.  Inspector Vaara has taken the offer from Jyri, the Nation Chief of … Continue reading

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The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry: Love, Laughter, and Tears at the World’s Most Famous Cooking School by Kathleen Flinn

This memoir provides a window into the most prestigious culinary institute in the world, the Paris Cordon Bleu.  It was written while the author herself was one of the students there. The book contains witty observations from the world of … Continue reading

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Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

In his book, Steve Jobs, Walter Isaacson provides a fascinating fly-on-the-wall view of many of the defining moments in Steve Jobs life.  The author thoroughly researched his subject, conducting 40 in-depth interviews with Jobs and interviewing over a hundred people … Continue reading

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The Cat’s Table by Michael Ondaatje

The Cat’s Table tells the story of an 11-year-old boy traveling alone on an ocean liner from Columbo, a city in Sri Lanka, to England.  His parents are divorced, and he’s moving to live with his mother whom he hasn’t … Continue reading

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Burma Chronicles by Guy Delisle

On June 16, Burmese opposition leader and newly elected lawmaker Aung San Suu Kyi finally got a chance to deliver her acceptance speech for the Nobel Peace Prize. Suu Kyi was awarded the prize back in 1991, when she was … Continue reading

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Sister Queens: the Noble, Tragic Lives of Katherine of Aragon and Juana, Queen of Castile by Julia Fox

I was so excited to see this book!  Sister Queens is a carefully researched, dual biography of two of Isabella and Ferdinand’s daughters – Katherine became a queen by marrying the heir to the English throne, later crowned Henry VIII, … Continue reading

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The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

Mara Dyer wakes up with no memory of the building collapse that kills her best friend and boyfriend.  She wakes up with no memory of why they went to the abandoned asylum or what happened to cause the accident.  But … Continue reading

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The Romance of the Rose: a celebration in Painting and Verse by Eva Rosenkranz

Love in all its forms has been depicted by the image of the rose and fascination in the flowers symbolism has been admired by poets and captured by painters for centuries. This magic flower became especially popular in the 17th … Continue reading

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