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Becoming Amish

by Jeff Smith
Thursday, December 14, 2017

I have been intrigued by the Amish since I was first introduced to them as a young teen on a family vacation in Pennsylvania Dutch country.  I was astonished by their dress and that they used horse and buggies for transportation.  Years went by and I decided to take a solo vacation and as a single femail, wanted to go somewhere that semed relatively safe.  Low and behold, I received some literature on northern Indiana and their Amish area which seemed like a good place.  As it turns out, I met the woman that introduced me to my husband on the same trip but that's another story but I guess I owe some credit to the Amish for luring me...

Origin

by Dan Brown
Thursday, December 7, 2017

Once again, Dan Brown writes a fast-paced and extremely detailed novel featuring Harvard Professor Robert Langdon.  This one takes place in Spain and involves an astonishing breakthrough by one of his former students, Edmond Kirsch, who is a billionaire futurist with a renowned global reputation for accurate predictions of upcoming mathematical and financial events.  Mr. Kirsch plans an extravagant event at the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao where he plans to unveil the answers to the fundamental questions of human existence which are “where do we come from” and “where are we going?”  In the middle of his presentation,...

The Marriage Lie

by Kimberly Belle
Friday, November 24, 2017

Think there’s only one thing a spouse can lie about? When a plane goes down, and her husband, Will, is listed as a passenger, Iris learns there are numerous things a spouse can lie about. And in Will’s case, none of those things involve cheating.  Disbelieving Will is dead, Iris sets out to learn the truth about her husband, and all the plot twists keep us guessing too.  ...

The Lines We Cross

by The Lines We Cross
Wednesday, November 15, 2017

This is a young adult story about a girl who is an Afghan refugee in Australia and a boy, Michael, whose parents are very involved in an Aussie Values group that stands against accepting refugees.  Their paths cross at a protest and then again at school and they begin to get to know each other.  As they do, Michael begins to get a better understanding of what it means to be a refugee and who they are.  It is a timely novel, given the situation in today's world.  The Australian setting was also interesting to me because it is so similar to things we hear in the United States.  It was a quick and thought provoking read.

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Kushiel's Dart

by Jacqueline Carey
Saturday, November 11, 2017

Kushiel's Dart kicks off Michigan native Jacqueline Carey's epic historical fantasy series which spans three trilogies and has become beloved to fantasy readers.

In the land of Terre d'Ange, a place of unsurpassing beauty and grace (and not wholy unlike France in our world), where angels had walked and beget a race guided by the principle "Love as thou wilt," Phèdre, "a whore's unwanted get," is born with a scarlet mote in her left eye. Thus marked as the Chosen of the angel Kushiel, God's punisher, Phèdre has the dubious honor of experiencing pleasure in pain. Raised in the Court of Night...

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