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fiction

This is a book about perceptions, the nature of good and evil and friendship. The writing style is clever; simple in style yet complex in the issues it deals with, elegant in presentation yet haunting in content. Itís told from More
Reviewed by- linda -2010/12/28, 05:45 PM
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non fiction

This is a powerful read and not just because itís an incredible rag to riches story. Jeannette Wallís clean, straightforward writing style allows the reader to experience her life as if embroiled in the middle of it. More amazi More
Reviewed by- linda -2010/12/28, 05:42 PM
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fiction

(3.5 stars) The book starts when the protagonist, Ellen is thirteen years old and followers her journey to adulthood and success. Nineteenth century England is a harsh class-defined environment for a female without money and El More
Reviewed by- linda -2010/12/28, 05:40 PM
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Thriller

The catchy title, Knife Music refers to the music Dr. Ted Cogan likes to play while heís performing surgery. There are not many layers to this straightforward mystery, which makes it an easy fast read. The intrigue starts almo More
Reviewed by- linda -2010/12/28, 05:39 PM
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This was an astonishing book about an amazing man named Louis Zamperini who was an American Olympic runner striving to break the record for the four minute mile during the 1940ís. The war breaks out, the Olympics are canceled and More
Reviewed by- Andrea -2010/12/12, 06:01 PM
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fiction

This is a captivating book that keeps you turning pages. A fun, light enjoyable read, with delightful characters and a plot that effortlessly weaves together themes of happiness, sadness, romance and friendship. Wolff certainly More
Reviewed by- linda -2010/12/07, 07:08 PM
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mystery

This is one of those rare books that synchronizes characters, plot, and pacing to perfection. The story centers on Jody Linder, who at age three tragically loses both her parents in one night. One is murdered, the other goes mi More
Reviewed by- linda -2010/12/07, 07:08 PM
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Historical Fiction

A long weighty novel that is meticulously researched and beautifully written. Elizabeth Kostova renders detailed descriptions of the people and customs of the late medieval period of Eastern Europe and presents these facts in an More
Reviewed by- linda -2010/12/07, 07:07 PM
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Thriller

The different parts that comprise the whole in this book are varied and make for a truly absorbing story. This author mixes family drama, big business greed and world events in a very convincing, fast paced writing style. At t More
Reviewed by- linda -2010/12/07, 07:06 PM
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fiction

This is a great escape book. Itís fun and easy to read and beautifully captures the toughness of New York City and the charm of the Italian country side. If youíve every been to Italy, youíll know that Jenny Nelsonís descripti More
Reviewed by- linda -2010/12/07, 07:05 PM
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Historical Fiction

This prequel to Kathleen Kentís previous book ďThe Hereticís DaughterĒ, takes place in colonial Massachusetts in the mid to late 1600s. There are two main threads. Martha, unmarried and considered a spinster at age 19 is sent to More
Reviewed by- linda -2010/12/07, 07:04 PM
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mystery

This book is fast paced with great suspense, a little romance and based on a very creative premise. Itís a page-turner with many surprises and twists. The main characters are complex and developed enough to easily carry the boo More
Reviewed by- linda -2010/12/07, 07:02 PM
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This is a story you will want to take your time with as you become immersed in the beautiful yet brutal countryside of Ireland. It is a wonderfully written story, filled with colorful imagery and endearing characters that you wil More
Reviewed by- Andrea -2010/12/02, 09:35 PM
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fiction

I picked up Room by Emma Donoghue because there is a lot of buzz about it lately and the book has recently been shortlisted for the Man Booker prize. Although itís easy to read, the premise is intense and was inspired by the Jo More
Reviewed by- linda -2010/11/02, 07:04 PM
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Historical Fiction

If nothing else this book will pique your interest because Truth or legend, the story is intriguing. Itís the tale of a young woman who craved knowledge but was denied this opportunity because only religious people were educated More
Reviewed by- linda -2010/11/02, 07:03 PM
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mystery

A dramatic setting and an excellent well-crafted puzzle mystery mesh together beautifully in this sequel to ďFinding NeufĒ. I have a hard time deciding which factor pulled me in more, the mystery or reading about the Saudi cult More
Reviewed by- linda -2010/11/02, 07:02 PM
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mystery

Similar to his previous books, this is a very agreeable historical mystery to simply while away some time. The plot is simple; the pace is leisurely, cozy and quaint. Once again I loved reading about the charming characters and V More
Reviewed by- linda -2010/11/02, 06:59 PM
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non fiction

(3.5 stars) The afterlife is a fascinating topic and Alexís story of meeting God and interacting with angles is inspirational and amazing. The book also shows the more tangible miracle of church members, friends, family and stra More
Reviewed by- linda -2010/11/02, 06:56 PM
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Thriller

(3.5 stars) A solid mystery that revolves around a tough topic, that of troubled children, who are often violent. Gardner is graphic and honest in her descriptions and the book is well researched, itís challenging to read and h More
Reviewed by- linda -2010/11/02, 06:55 PM
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fiction

Shortlisted for the 2008 Barry Award for Best 1st Novel, ďBig City, Bad BloodĒ by Sean Chercover delivers an excellent crime story. The reader is treated to a Nelson DeMille-like read riddled with wit and sarcasm. Filled with l More
Reviewed by- Andrea -2010/10/21, 07:18 AM
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I must admit that my usual genre of choice is not Sci-Fi. However, I was pleasantly surprised to be immediately drawn into ďThe PassageĒ by Justin Cronin. Itís a fascinating story that gives you a glimpse of a future gone bad. Co More
Reviewed by- Andrea -2010/10/01, 07:15 AM
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fiction

The setting for this debut novel is Northern Ireland in the early 1900ís. The story spans 20 years and covers WWI and Irelandís struggle for independence from British rule. This backdrop of war and internal strife shows how famil More
Reviewed by- linda -2010/09/30, 08:45 PM
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mystery

(3.5 stars) Iíd Know You Anywhere is intellectually gripping. The story opens with a suburban mom experiencing and enjoying life with her two children and husband. Itís not long however before the reader gets a glimpse of her p More
Reviewed by- linda -2010/09/29, 06:42 PM
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mystery

What continues to come to mind about this book is the extraordinary pacing; it does not allow you to stop reading. Just as you sense a good breaking point is near, the author throws in a twist, surprise or revelation that makes y More
Reviewed by- -2010/09/29, 05:43 PM
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fiction

Wonderful dialog and nicely developed characters pull you into this light fun read and create subtle suspense to keep you turning the pages. Lauren Weisberger does an excellent job of showing the ups and downs that play out in a More
Reviewed by- linda -2010/09/29, 05:40 PM
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