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Thursday, Jul 14, 2011

Emerald O’Brien is a thirty-six-year-old divorced mother of two and owner of the Chintz ‘n China Tea Room, a quaint little business in the town of Chiqetaw, Washington. Emerald’s daughter, Miranda, suggested the name be changed to Chintz ‘n China Tea Room and Tarot Emporium since her mother reads cards for many of her customers. The name, however, did not change. The townspeople already lovingly call her their “town witch”, and Emerald doesn’t want her gift of second sight t

The Widow's Tale by Margaret Frazer

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Margaret O.
Thursday, Jul 14, 2011

With the untimely death of her beloved husband, Edward, Cristiana Helyngton is now a widow. She and her daughters, eight-year-old Jane and twelve-year-old Mary, are grateful for the help and guidance of Cristiana’s brother, Gerverys. But Gerverys is no match for Edward’s cousin Laurence Helyngton, who is determined to have all the Helyngton land and properties as well as Jane and Mary under his control.

Thursday, Jul 14, 2011

Having read the first five books in Jean Auel’s Earth’s Children series, I was eagerly awaiting the next installment. I was not disappointed. While there is not much drama until nearer the end of the book, we do get to see what path Ayla’s life has taken.

Wednesday, Jul 13, 2011

Set in modern day Hanoi, Vietnam, this dreamy tale reflects on the Communist takeover and a little on the wars with America and France. Old Man Hung is the "enlightened" proprietor of a beloved and illegal pho shop. He survived the political upheaval and has found a way to feed his customers and neighbors through dire poverty.

ROOM by Emma Donohue

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Jane R.
Tuesday, Jul 12, 2011

How would you learn to use stairs if you lived every day of your first five years in an 11' x11' room? What it would it be like to see a bird flying, or know what a blade of grass looks like? That's life for Jack. His Ma has been held captive in the room for seven years. She bore and raised Jack there, living off the frugal "generosity" of their captor.

Tuesday, Jul 12, 2011

Many of us would not be alive today if not for the work of Charles Norris and Alexander Gettler. This fascinating Jazz Age tale of the birth of forensic medicine in the U.S. highlights the careers of these two heroes, who worked against incredible odds to develop techniques that would reveal the poisons that killed countless citizens. Their cases included: a family mysteriously stricken bald, Barnum and Bailey’s famous Blue Man and a diner serving poison pies.

Firegirl by Tony Abbott

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John M.
Wednesday, Jun 29, 2011

Tom Bender is a typical seventh-grade student at St. Catherine's private school. He loves sports cars and has a crush on Courtney Zisky. Everything changes when a new student arrives. Jessica Feeney has been badly burned and has moved to New Haven to be close to a hospital specializing in burn therapy.

Friday, Jun 24, 2011

If you are looking for a fast-paced action read, then this debut novel by Helen Simonson is not for you. However, if you love all things British and are interested in a gentle, entertaining read, then Major Pettigrew's Last Stand is a novel you should not miss!

Wednesday, Jun 22, 2011

Wilhelmina Sunshine Upton—Willie, to her friends—needs a break from her Alaskan archeology dig. Everyone finding out that you've been having an affair with a married professor will do that. Off she goes, pregnant, back home to Templeton, New York, and her once-hippie mother, Vivienne. Once there, Vivienne drops a bombshell: Willie is not the child of one of three possible candidates from a free-love commune.

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