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Great Books for Summer!

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The Sojourn by Andrew Krivak.

An exquisitely written novel of a young Hungarian shepherd turned sharpshooter during WWI.  Brought to my attention by John Leeper (a big thanks to John!), this is a beautiful little book with a great big story written in some of the most beautifully evocative prose I’ve encountered on a very long time.  My favorite read so far this year, this gem is surely destined to become a classic!  Read more.

Empire of the Summer Moon : Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History, by S.C. Gwynne

S. C. Gwynne’s Empire of the Summer Moon spans two astonishing stories. The first traces the rise and fall of the Comanches, the most powerful Indian tribe in American history. The second entails one of the most remarkable narratives ever to come out of the Old West: the epic saga of the pioneer woman Cynthia Ann Parker and her mixed-blood son Quanah, who became the last and greatest chief of the Comanches.

Beautiful Disaster by Laura Spinella

Our wonderful customer, Karen Zeck brought this one to my attention, with an effusive endorsement — this from someone who reads dozens of books a month!  Beautiful Disaster is the story of a love lost…and found.

Mia Wells’s eco-friendly career goals are about to become a reality-but her life-altering moment is interrupted when an unexpected call ushers in her tremulous past. A man who’s never left Mia’s memory: Flynn, the enigmatic, passionate man whose disappearance broke her heart, has mysteriously resurfaced.  Now back in her life and in the hospital, Flynn is gravely injured. Mia keeps a bedside vigil- terrified that he will die, awestruck at the prospect of his survival. In a story filled with sweetness and suspense, Mia’s what-ifs are endless. And Flynn’s return ignites an achingly powerful tale about the most enduring love, one that is greater than honor, or friendship, or the passing of time.  Read more.  Here’s another review

Folly Beach : A Lowcountry Tale by Dorothea Benton Frank

Experience the wild beauty and sultry magic of New York Times bestselling author Dorothea Benton Frank’s Carolina Lowcountry—where the pull of family is as powerful as the ocean tides and love can strike faster than lightning in summer.

New Books to Check Out!

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children  by Ransom Riggs (read Bob Leonard’s review here).

In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson,

From the author of The Devil in the White City comes a masterful new history.  This time, bestselling author Larson turns his attention to the early days of the Nazis in Germany, as one American family bears eyewitness to the complex and horrifying events that unmasked Hitler’s true character.  A dazzling and addictively readable work that speaks volumes about why the world did not recongize the grave threat posed by Hitler until Berlin, and Europe were awash in blood and terror.  Read more.

22 Britannia Road by Amanda Hodgkinson

The wrenching, beautifully wrought chronicle of how one damaged Polish family goes to England to try to become, once again a true family in the aftermath of WWII.  It is a searing tour de force of war and the terrible choices it inflicts on human beings, and how love is the only redemption possible.  It is a powerful story of primal maternal love, survival, and ultimately, acceptance.  Read more.

The Orphan Sister by Gwendolen Gross

“With exquisite language and an empathetic ear, Gwendolen Gross paints a gorgeous portrait of life, love, loss and sisterhood, and forces you to ask yourself: how far will you go for your family and what secrets can shatter even that bond? The Orphan Sister will linger long after you’ve turned the final page.” —Allison Winn Scotch.  Read more.

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Posted by on July 6, 2011 in Book News, Books, Reviews


Review : Miss Peregrine’s School for Peculiar Children

Miss Peregrine’s School for Peculiar Children by  Ransom Riggs is classed as a young adult novel, but easily crosses over the age divide to appeal to adults as well.
Take compelling multi-dimensional characters of all ages that the reader really cares about, orphaned children with “peculiar” powers that range from mildly interesting to downright dangerous, throw in some time travel, evil beings from another dimension who killed the protagonists grandfather (a former “peculiar” child himself), the fate of the world, and a love story, and you still don’t get close to all of the themes and story lines covered in the powerful novel “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.”  I didn’t just “read” this book, it pulled me into it in a way that doesn’t happen often.  It also took me back into my own childhood, back to a time when the world is just so much more mysterious than it is now.  Or at least more mysterious than we adults often allow it to be.
With old-fashioned black and white photographs throughout, this is a peculiarly satisfying read for anyone who is willing to step outside the usual fiction box and embark on a strange adventure.
reviewed by Robert Leonard,author of Yellow Cab, University of New Mexico Press, 2006, and
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Posted by on July 5, 2011 in Books, Reviews

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