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Posted February 01, 2017in Book Review

Book Reviews

‘Pure Heart: A Spirited Tale of Grace, Grit, and Whiskey’ By Troylyn Ball with Bret Witter Troy Ball grew up happily shadowing her father through his many business enterprises, so at a young age she acquired a fierce entrepreneurial spirit. When she married and had two boys born with special

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Posted January 04, 2017in Book Review

Book Reviews

‘American Heiress: The Wild Saga of the Kidnapping, Crimes and Trial of Patty Hearst’ By Jeffrey Toobin The events surrounding the 1974 kidnapping of heiress Patricia Hearst by a small band of revolutionaries who called themselves the Symbionese Liberation Army were front-page news for most of the rest of the

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Posted November 30, 2016in Book Review

Book Reviews

‘Hero of the Empire: The Boer War, a Daring Escape, and the Making of Winston Churchill’ We know the Winston Churchill of World War II, much of his political career and maybe even his personal life during those years. However, his early years have not been written about to a

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Posted November 02, 2016in Book Review

Book Reviews

‘The Soul of an Octopus’ “The Soul of an Octopus,” by Sy Montgomery, is one of the most interesting books I have read of late. I started learning new things on literally page two. I discovered that the plural pronunciation of octopus is, in fact, octopuses, and not octopi. The

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Posted August 31, 2016in Book Review

‘A Hero of France’

In his latest historical spy novel, Alan Furst brings to life the French Resistance in the City of Light during 1941. Bombers are being sent from England, and numerous English flyers are brought down in enemy territory who need assistance to get back home so they can fly again.  Mathieu

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Posted August 10, 2016in Book Review

‘The View from the Cheap Seats’

Neil Gaiman is a master of many genres. Comic books, juvenile fiction, young adult, short stories, novels, fantasy, sci-fi, TV, video games… there seems to be no genre he can’t conquer with his signature prose and panache. His newest collection, “The View from the Cheap Seats,” collects a gold mine

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Posted July 27, 2016in Book Review

‘In the Unlikely Event’

In the year 1951-1952, Judy Blume was a teenager living in Elizabeth, New Jersey, when three separate plane crashes in the city killed a total of 118 people. Her latest book, while strictly a work of fiction, centers around those events and their effect on Elizabeth’s residents. Many characters fill

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Posted July 20, 2016in Book Review

‘Lily and the Octopus’

    By Steve Rowley Simon & Schuster June 2016 $25.99 305 pages Every pet owner has a story to tell, and “Lily and the Octopus” is the dog book to read this summer. This humorous, compassionate and quirky story is about Ted (the owner) and Lily (the dachshund) and

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Posted July 13, 2016in Book Review

‘Miss Jane’

Brad Watson, author of the 2002 National Book Award finalist “The Heaven of Mercury,” delivers a long-awaited novel for eager fans and newcomers alike. Miss Jane is a unique, beautifully written story based on Watson’s great-aunt, Mary Ellis “Jane” Clay, who was born with a urogenital defect in the late

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Posted July 06, 2016in Book Review

‘Miller’s Valley’

    By Anna Quindlen Random House April 5, 2016 $28 272 pages Mary Margaret (Mimi) Miller is a baby boomer growing up in a community where her family has lived and farmed for generations. Her father is also a “fix-it man,” and her mother is a nurse. The valley

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