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The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl by Timothy Egan

Weather—a fact of nature we all live with. The extremes of this past winter are a hot topic from the news to neighborly conversations. But rarely does weather become such a dominating life force as it did for almost a … Continue reading

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San Miguel by T.C. Boyle

Author T.C. Boyle has set out to tell the tale of an island—the island of San Miguel, part of the Channel Islands off the coast of Santa Barbara, California.  Based on true accounts, his is a story of the people … Continue reading

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The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman

After finishing The Light Between Oceans I couldn’t decide if the plot reminded me more of the TV Show “What Would You do?” or every horror movie where I wanted to yell at the naïve people “Don’t go there!”  The … Continue reading

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Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter

The sun.  The coast.  You are luxuriating in the beautiful descriptions of Porto Vergogna, Italy.  But then  an American actress enters  Pasquali Tursi’s family pensione —the Hotel Adequate View.   She enters and leaves mysteriously and we spend the book searching … Continue reading

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Lost in Shangri-la by Mitchell Zuckoff

Shangri-la conjures up images of a utopian kingdom where no one suffers or ages—a la the classic movie.  But the book Lost in Shangri-la is grounded in reality, relaying the harrowing rescue of a band of soldiers during World War … Continue reading

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Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

When you get to the end of a book you’ve loved, there’s a sadness that it’s over.  But when I finished Their Eyes Were Watching God I was glad – glad that I had read this again.  I got so much more … Continue reading

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The Round House by Louise Erdrich

A rape has been committed.  But in this 2012 National Book Award winner, The Round House, author Louise Erdrich does not focus on the rapist, but on the victim, her family and on the narrator, her 13 year-old son Joe. … Continue reading

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Defending Jacob by William Landay

I’m not a usual reader of mystery thrillers, but when a patron raved about Defending Jacob I gave it a try.  A start is all you need to get hooked.   The writing is fast-paced in that hard-boiled detective style.  But … Continue reading

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The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach

The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach weaves a story of youth, identity and belonging against the backdrop of the perfect sport—baseball.  The president of a small midwestern college, Guert Affenlight, returns to his alma mater as a Herman Melville … Continue reading

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The Litigators by John Grisham

If you’ve taken a break from Grisham, thought his stories were sounding too similar, come back to a page-turner where the verdict might be predictable but the road along the way is witty with likable characters.  Three litigators are struggling … Continue reading

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