Book Review: Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr

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In Cloud Cuckoo Land, author Anthony Doerr weaves a complex and inventive tale about the enduring impact a good story can have throughout the centuries. Strong themes of resilience, hope, and compassion make this novel enjoyable and memorable. Continue reading

Book Review: This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger

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This Tender Land is an epic tale of four orphans who canoe along the Gilead, Minnesota, and Mississippi Rivers, escaping from a dark, abusive place and searching for a home in depression-era America. Continue reading

Book Review: West with Giraffes by Lynda Rutledge

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West with Giraffes is a wonderful novel based on the true story of the cross-country road trip America’s first giraffes took in 1938. It’s also a coming of age story that demonstrates the positive influence caring friends and gentle animals can have on a young man’s life. Continue reading

Book Review: The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles

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The Lincoln Highway is an historical fiction/coming of age story packed with imaginative and masterful storytelling that paints a vivid portrait of 1950s America. Continue reading

Book Review: The Indigo Girl by Natasha Boyd

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The Indigo Girl is historical fiction based on real life agriculturist, Eliza Lucas, who figured out how to grow and extract dye from indigo plants on her plantation in South Carolina, which eventually brought great wealth to the territory. It’s an intriguing story and an interesting read. Continue reading

Book Review: Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese

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Cutting for Stone is an elegantly written novel that is both a family epic and a tribute to the art of medicine and surgery. Continue reading

Book Review: The Only Woman in the Room by Marie Benedict

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The Only Woman in the Room is an historical fiction novel about the legendary actress, Hedy Lamarr, who was much more than a beautiful face – she also invented a torpedo guidance system. Lamarr’s story is fascinating, but I’m not quite sure this novel did it complete justice. Continue reading

Book Review: The Good Lord Bird by James McBride

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In The Good Lord Bird, we get an inside (although fictional) view of abolitionist John Brown’s violent crusade against slavery in the Kansas Territory and subsequent raid on Harper’s Ferry in the years leading up to the American Civil War. It’s told from the perspective of Henry, who was a ten-year-old slave when he was liberated by Brown and then rode with his “army” for four years, including to Harper’s Ferry. Continue reading