Monthly Archives: April 2010

The Hand that First Held Mine by Maggie O'Farrell

Author Maggie O’Farrell is fond of playing with identities and her fourth novel, The Hand That First Held Mine, is no exception. The story follows two couples whose lives seem completely disconnect. In post-war London we meet young and vibrant … Continue reading

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18 Books We Can't Wait to Read this Summer

Are you excited about any of these upcoming books? I can’t wait for Mockingjay! Dedra

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The Dead Beat: Lost Souls, Lucky Stiffs, and the Perverse Pleasures of Obituaries by Marilyn Johnson

“Selma Koch, a Manhattan store owner who earned a national reputation by helping women find the right bra size, mostly through a discerning glance and never with a tape measure, died Thursday at Mount Sinai Medical Center. She was 95 … Continue reading

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Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson

Major Ernest Pettigrew is a stickler for protocol; a man set in his routine in both action and philosophy, until the day he answers his door to find the charming Mrs. Jasmina Ali, the local Pakistani shop owner, standing on … Continue reading

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The Weed that Strings the Hangman's Bag by Alan Bradley

This second book in the mystery series features a precocious 11 year old sleuth, Flavia De Luce. Set in the 1950s on an English family country estate, Buckshaw, our young heroine has a talent for chemistry with a keen interest … Continue reading

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Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman

Cecelia Rose Honeycut has lived with the humiliation of her mentally unstable tiara and Vidalia Onion Queen sash-wearing mother being the laughing stock of Willoughby, Ohio. With no support from her absentee father she lives with guilt and fear of … Continue reading

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The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver

When Harrison Shepherd’s mother leaves his father and takes him to her native Mexico, a new world opens up for Harrison. As a young man he is drawn into the fascinating lives of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, first as … Continue reading

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The Girl Who Fell From the Sky by Heidi Durrow

This debut novel certainly deserved winning the Barbara Kingsolver Bellwether Award for books on social justice and change. It is a beautifully written book about Rachel, a young Danish/African American blue-eyed girl who is sent to live with her grandmother … Continue reading

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The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest by Stieg Larsson

Last book in the Millennium trilogy, this one picks up where The Girl Who Played With Fire left off. Lisbeth Salander clings to life in the intensive care unit with a bullet in her head compliments of a confrontation with … Continue reading

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Very Valentine by Adriana Trigiani

Valentine Roncalli is from an Italian American family living in the Greenwich Village area of New York City working as a cobbler of custom made shoes. Readers will share the struggles of a young woman working to modernize and save … Continue reading

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