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Wednesday, September 10, 2008

An interesting look at a life style that is so different from my own. As a teenager, Valerie Danby-Smith gets a job working for Ernest Hemingway during his years in Spain and Cuba (about 1959-1961). Her relationship with the Hemingways is what this book is all about. She does have a lot of insight and revelations about the years spent with them and tells her story in a interesting way. I didn't care for all the name dropping but it was probably necessary to tell the story of their lives. After Ernest death, Valerie marries Gregory, his son. This was one roller-coaster of a marriage and a tragic story itself. It was brave of her to tell it.

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Traveler (Audiobook)

by Ron McLarty
Wednesday, September 10, 2008

McLarty is able to bring his boyhood hometown of East Providence, RI to life as the main character Jono Reilly, goes back there when he gets notice that his first childhood love, Marie D'Agostino, has died suddenly. 40 years previously she had been shot in the back while walking through a field with Jono. It was a mystery. A motive was never determined and her assailant has never been found. He reopens the investigation with the help of a retired cop. McLarty's characters and settings are vivid and engaging.

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The Peacock Princess

by Sara Harris and Barbara Mosallai Bell
Wednesday, September 10, 2008

I found this book while looking for princess stories for the kids. It is the true life story of an American woman (and her daughters) who married an Iranian man and was trapped in Iran with brutal conditions and home life. It reminded me of Sally Field's "Not Without My Daughter" and its always amazing to me how some of the middle eastern men do a complete turnabout when they leave the U. S. and return to their homeland.

Sue N, Youth Services
 
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The Next Thing On My List

by Jill Smolinski
Wednesday, September 10, 2008

After a car accident, June discovers the unfinished list of the victim. "20 things to do before my 25th birthday"- and only two are completed. So June takes it upon herself to finish the list in honor of Marissa and finds her whole life is turned around as is the life of many other people. It is a very funny book and you want to hurry and read it to see if she makes her goal. I won't tell you about the surprise ending.

Sue N, Youth Services
 
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Wednesday, September 10, 2008

This award-winning Australian writer spins a tale that feels like it moves you through a surreal labyrinth. He is gifted at making his exotic settings and eccentric characters captivating. The plot around the central theme of a literary hoax jumps back and forth through four time frames 1938, WWII, 1972 and 1983 and in four locations, England, Australia, Malaysia, and Indonesia. It’s a bit quirky and disjointed, but a beguiling story.

Kathleen Z, Library Director
 
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