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The bookseller of Kabul

by Asne Seierstad
Friday, December 16, 2016

I love reading books about other worlds and cultures.  This one is extraordinary.  Seierstad was in Afghanistan with the military when she wandered into a bookshop in Kabul.  Intrigued with the owner she proposed joining his home to enable her to tell their story.  She writes with respect and graciousness of life, in particular, for women in a culture and religion most of us westerners know nothing about.  She is able to tell the story with little judgement, but lets it speak for itself and gives voice to what the various members of the family experience, think, and feel.
 
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Poison is not polite

by Robin Stevens
Thursday, December 15, 2016

This is a sequel to Murder is Bad Manners

Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong part of the Wells and Wong Detective Society have another murder to solve. This time it is at Daisy sprawling countryside estate in England.  The cast of characters in this mystery have quite the flair for high drama. It’s a fast paced mystery which keeps you guessing whodunit. Enjoyable for readers young and old. 

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Only Time Will Tell

by Jeffrey Archer
Wednesday, December 7, 2016

I love when I stumble upon a book (or in my case an audio book) that delivers not only an epic tale, but provides a great escape.  Only Time Will Tell is the first novel in a series (The Clifton Chronicles) and tells the story of a family across generations.  What appears at the beginning to be a straightforward coming-of-age tale becomes a saga of power, betrayal, and bitter hatred.  There are many cliff-hangers and delightful twist, not to mention surprise endings.  The author weaves a very intricate plot that does not disappoint.   

In addition to the storyline, the two narrators have marvelous voices that make...

Monday, December 5, 2016

I don’t normally watch BBC Masterpiece programs, but I decided to give The Durrells in Corfu a try. I loved the first season so much that I watched the first three episodes in one night. The next morning, I watched the last three. Apparently this series was adapted from Gerald Durrell’s book My Family and Other Animals. The acting of the “family members” and the storylines were superb. The story is about a widowed mother and her four children/young adults with very different personalities that move from Britain to Greece. I hope this series continues!

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Friday, December 2, 2016

This is a great story about the impact love has in life. Set in the late 1800s, the novel follows the life of Virginia Loftin, a poor girl striving to become a great author and live happily ever after with her childhood sweetheart, Charlie. After part of her dream fails, Virginia learns to become someone even more driven for success after joining an artist society. Again, Virginia must reevaluate herself after new revelations about the society and her former flame arise.

I loved Callaway’s unique plot and style of the novel and I had a hard time ever putting it down. This novel is fantastic for anyone in high school or older...

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