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A Christmas Carol

by Charles Dickens
Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Have you read this classic? Or have you just watched one of the many movies made from the story? I must admit I had never read the novel. My husband and I read it to each other and enjoyed it tremendously. If you haven’t read A Christmas Carol or seen the movie it is the tale of Ebenezer Scrooge, a miserly curmudgeon, visited by three ghosts who show him Christmas past, present and future, in hopes of saving his soul.  Of course it has a happy ending but the journey Scrooge takes and the people he meets are the stuff of dreams! And it is interesting to notice what parts of the original stay true in the movie adaptations and what are added. Each...

News of the World

by Paulette Jiles
Monday, December 19, 2016

Loved this book and no doubt someone will make it into a great movie!  Set in 1870 Texas, Captain Kidd is given a $50 gold piece to deliver a 10 year-old girl back to her family.  The girl had been captured by the Kiowa when she was 6, so that is the only family she knows.  The distance of this trip is quite far, and few would undertake such a dangerous mission.  The characters are superb and full of dimension.  As with any trip, bonds are broken and some are strengthened.  You won't put this one down until you find out what happens.  Highly recommended.

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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...

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