Saturday, Mar 30, 2013

This sometimes drawn-out tale revolves around the life of Dorothy Nicolson and her family. It moves between present day, 1959 and 1942. Chapter headings help the reader keep track of the time frame. Dorothy is dying and her daughter, Laurel, wants to learn the reason for a murder she saw her mother commit in 1959. She tries to talk with her mother who lapses in and out of reality. Laurel searches diaries and other accounts of people she believes to be involve


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Rachel N.
Thursday, Feb 14, 2013

What would you do if you were given the option to know when you would meet your soul mate? Would you want to find out? Oona (Emma Caulfield) desperately wants to know the answer to when and who. In her world you can find out by having a timer embedded in your wrist. There’s a catch, your soul mate also has to have a timer for the countdown to begin. Oona’s timer is blank. She dates people who are timer-free and when things start to get serious, she takes them to get timers.

Friday, Dec 14, 2012

Dellarobia wishes her life were even a fraction as interesting as her name. Pregnant and married at 17, she lives with her husband in a home his parents built for them in the shadow of their own and under their thumbs. One miscarriage and two children later Dellarobia is trying to escape her life in the only way she knows how – affairs with other men. On her way to her first actual liaison she climbs a mountain near her home and sees something that will change he

Sunday, Nov 18, 2012

Mental institutions were exposed for the unspeakable places they were in the 1970’s. The exposure led to the closing of most of these human warehouses and the development of education and community services for families and individuals with disabilities. Laws regarding guardianship and the basic rights of people with disabilities have also seen significant reform since that time. But in the 1950’s individuals could be locked away for the rest of their liv

Thursday, Nov 8, 2012

I had never read a Mary Kay McComas book before and I was delightfully surprised at what a good story What Happened to Hannah turned out to be. Twenty years ago, Hannah Benson, at the tender of 17, left her home in the small Virginia town of Clearfield and ended up in Baltimore, Maryland where she’s been living ever since unbekn

Friday, Jul 13, 2012

The families of Bitsy and Brad Dickinson-Donaldson and Sami and Ziba Yazdan converge at the Baltimore airport on August 15, 1997. What brings them together is the arrival of two adopted girls from Korea. The large, loud, festive Dickinson-Donaldson clan, wearing buttons that proudly display their status—“Mom,” “Dad,” “Grandpa,” etc.—are handed Jin-Ho by the adoption agent. They keep her Korean name and spend her first few years trying not to Americanize her too mu

Sunday, May 6, 2012

During the summer of 1979 Letty and her three children returned to their island home in the Hebrides following the mysterious death of her husband, Nicky, a diplomat with the British Embassy in Bonn. All four struggle to come to grips with the loss of a beloved husband and father. Letty has become dysfunctional by torment over accusations that Nicky committed suicide following a failed attempt at espionage in East Germany. Georgie, age 17, is waiting for her life to begin but is plagued with memori

Thursday, Apr 19, 2012

Brooklyn, Burning is the story of a homeless teen named Kid who falls in love with another kid named Scout over the course of one glorious Brooklyn summer. Unfortunately, Kid spent the previous summer head over heels for Felix, and after learning the painful lesson that loved ones leave, Kid is desperate not to fall in love again. It doesn’t help that Kid is a prime suspect in a warehouse arson case. Be

The Tiger's Wife by Tea Obreht

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Chris F.
Thursday, Mar 15, 2012

Friday, Dec 9, 2011

If you are looking for an inspirational story to read this holiday season and you are short on time, I suggest Donna VanLiere's beautifully written and illustrated book, The Christmas Journey. Donna VanLiere begins her book with the actual Luke’s account of Jesus birth and then retells the story of Joseph, Mary and Jesus in her own voice.