Monthly Archives: March 2012

The Magician’s Assistant, Ann Patchett

This is a love story, a story of loyalty and devotion, above all else. It is a story about illusion, illusions on the stage and illusions in life. Parsifal is a magician and Sabine is his assistant. From the moment … Continue reading

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The Snow Child, Eowyn Ivey

This very imaginative story takes its theme from a children’s Russian fable of the same name, written by Freya Littledale and Barbara Lavallee. The characters are clearly defined as trailblazers, fighting the harsh winters and wilderness of Alaska in the … Continue reading

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The Scorpions, Noah Feldman

If truth be told, I did not read every word of this book. For the layman, the ordinary reader, there is simply too much detail. A history buff or scholar would be more inclined to do it justice. It was … Continue reading

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Defending Jacob, William Landay

Defending Jacob is an excellent courtroom drama and murder mystery. The details of the court case will totally capture your interest, and at times you will believe the characters are real and want to scream at the lawyers because of … Continue reading

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From The Ashes, Jeremy Burns

Initially, the novel seemed as if it would be too violent for me to read, but after the early scenes of murder, the book turned into the quintessential mystery! It was exciting and tense. It held my attention fast. I … Continue reading

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Horten’s Miraculous Mechanisms, Lissa Evans

Middle graders, male or female, will be captivated by this book, but readers in that age range who like fantasy and magic, will simply love this story. From the first page of this Advance Reading Copy, I was engaged, and … Continue reading

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Can Polar Opposites Remain Friends In This Political Time?

A friend sent me this in an email: I can’t help but agree with this statement!  You may remember her name as the author of The Joy Luck Club. The wonderful writer Amy Tan has posted this statement: “To those … Continue reading

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