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A Bucket of Blessings by Kabir Sehgal
A Bucket of Blessings
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A simple story at heart A Bucket Of Blessings is one of the most endearing and inspiring children’s books to come across my desk. It is an Indian myth beautifully illustrated by Jing Jing Tsong. Her serene, graceful art fills every page until as the...more
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The Skin Collector by Jeffery Deaver
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Jeffrey Deaver fans are rejoicing as the acclaimed author has brought us a sequel to his best known and voraciously read thriller The Bone Collector. In that novel we were introduced to Lincoln Rhyme, our country’s best known forensic detective. He’...more
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The Venetian Bargain by Marina Fiorato
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Half-Venetian and married on the Grand Canal in Venice Marina Fiorato’s love for and ties to Italy are clear in her writing - pages glow with glorious evocations of that country’s architecture, religion, and culture. She captures the beauties and ex...more
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The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
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Gabrielle Zevin has expressed in her story a respect and love for books that I feel but cannot put into words. She does it with warmth, wit and tenderness as she relates the life of a rather curmudgeonly book dealer on Alice Island, A. J. Fikry. One...more
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The Corsican Caper by Peter Mayle
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Opening a new book by premier raconteur Peter Mayle is very much like returning to your favorite restaurant - you know dinner will be delicious and you cannot wait to taste it. So it was for me upon beginning The Corsican Caper - eager to meet the i...more
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Bitter Eden by Tatamkhulu Afrika
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Raw, powerful, tender, honest Bitter Eden is not an easy book to read due to the suffering men endure in prisoner of war camps. Yet at times it is heroic when we see the best in humankind as these imprisoned men seek to comfort their fellows amidst i...more
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Clever Girl by Tessa Hadley
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It is a simple story, yes, but a telling one as it is a carefully wrought portrait of a woman's life. As our heroine, Stella, makes choices, chooses paths we are reminded of the twists and turns our lives may take. As she relates her life Stella does...more
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The Days of Anna Madrigal by Armistead Maupin
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Anyone remember the 1970s when Armistead Maupin raised eyebrows and temperatures with his newspaper serial? We were introduced to an over-the-top cast of folks at Barbary Lane and the now lauded transgender landlady Anna Madrigal. Who thought, perha...more
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The Ways of Evil Men by Leighton Gage
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This is one book I found impossible to close for the night until I’d read every line. What a setting and what a plot! Gage so perfectly describes the nether regions of a remote Brazilian state that one can all but feel the heat and drenching perspir...more
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