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Clara and Mr. Tiffany

To this day “Tiffany” is synonymous with beautiful stained glass windows and lamps.  Although never receiving credit, it is generally agreed that women designed and made most of the early lamps and more intricate windows.  Their leader was Clara Drisscoll, … Continue reading

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Caleb’s Crossing by Geraldine Brooks

Set in the 1640’s on Martha’s Vineyard – called only “The Island” at that time – this is a work of fiction based on the real life story of Caleb Cheeshahteaumauk, a member of the Wopanaak tribe and the first … 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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The Beauty of Humanity Movement by Camilla Gibb

Set in modern day Hanoi, Vietnam, this dreamy tale reflects on the Communist takeover and a little on the wars with America and France. Old Man Hung is the “enlightened” proprietor of a beloved and illegal pho shop. He survived … Continue reading

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ROOM by Emma Donohue

How would you learn to use stairs if you lived every day of your first five years in an 11′ x11′ room? What it would it be like to see a bird flying, or know what a blade of grass … Continue reading

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The Poisoner’s Handbook by Deborah Blum

Many of us would not be alive today if not for the work of Charles Norris and Alexander Gettler. This fascinating Jazz Age tale of the birth of forensic medicine in the U.S. highlights the careers of these two heroes, … Continue reading

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Live Wire by Harlan Coben

Myron Bolitar is back.  His fiancé is in Angola, his parents have retired to Florida, and he now owns his childhood home.  Life is going well.  Enter Suzze T. – former tennis star, now married to Lex the rock star … Continue reading

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Wings of Fire by Charles Todd

This second in Todd’s Ian Rutledge mystery series, finds the Scotland Yard inspector investigating two apparent suicides and one accidental death of three siblings. The family and people of the Cornish village are satisfied with the coroner’s verdicts regarding the … Continue reading

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The Woman in Black by Susan Hill

A ghost story, this is considered by many to be the best in modern time. Written in 1983, made into a successful stage play in 1989, and soon to be a major motion picture, this atmospheric tale is set in … Continue reading

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The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

“If I only I opposable thumbs,” says Enzo, the narrator of this metaphor of life. Full of snippets of wisdom and insight, this is also the endearing story of a family in crisis. Enzo, a terrier-lab mix, is the soul-mate … Continue reading

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