Kathleen Z.

Saving the World (Audiobook)

Monday, May 19, 2008
Julia Alvarez
Two stories intertwine as an award-winning Latino author living in Vermont narrates a story about her husband’s mission to the Dominican Republic to help eradicate AIDS as well as the story in her latest book about an ill-fated 19th-century Spanish expedition to Central America to prevent future smallpox epidemics. The main characters in this novel are well-developed and face some messy dilemmas in life, e.g. the ethics of ways people are saved from epidemics.

Kathleen Z., Library Director
 

Saving the World (Book on CD)

Monday, May 19, 2008
Julia Alvarez

Two stories intertwine as an award-winning Latino author living in Vermont narrates a story about her husband’s mission to the Dominican Republicto help eradicate AIDS as well as the story in her latest book about an ill-fated 19th-century Spanish expedition to Central Americato prevent future smallpox epidemics. The main characters in this novel are well-developed and face some messy dilemmas in life, e.g. the ethics of ways people are saved from epidemics.

Kathleen Z., Library Director

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The Memory Keeper's Daughter

Sunday, February 24, 2008
Kim Edwards

The story unfolds after the birth of twins, a boy and a girl. The girl has downs syndrome. The year is 1964. The father, a doctor, who delivers his own children inthe midst of a fierce snow storm, sends his daughter away thinking he willsave his family a great deal of grief.

Personally, I couldn't empathize withany of the characters. They all seemed two dimensional – not fullydeveloped. The book received good reviews; so many others probably will enjoy this.

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Entombed

Sunday, February 24, 2008
Linda Fairstein

This is not just a good mystery featuring New York City sex crimes prosecutor Alexandra Cooper. It is also a good story that features much trivia about Edgar Allan Poe. Alexandra Cooper investigates two crimes, a rape and a murder, which at first appear to be related. Complications arise from the discovery of a corpse found entombed in the walls of a home connected to Edgar Allan Poe. The search leads to a mysterious club of Poe scholars, the Bronx Botanical Gardens, the United Nations, and some chilling near-death experiences. An exciting adventure all the way through.

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The Mermaid Chair

Sunday, February 24, 2008
Sue Monk Kidd

A story that keeps unfolding in creative ways following the life and passions of the main character, Jessie Sullivan, as it progresses through thought-provoking turns. After her daughter goes off to college and her mother needs medical care, Jessie is forced to confront the stories about the death of her father when she was a child as her life turns completely in a new direction.

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Water for Elephants

Monday, January 28, 2008
Sara Gruen

Jacob Jankowski, the narrator and main character, is over 90 years old and tells the story of his life with the circus in the 1930’s. His parents died in an auto accident just before he was to take his final exams in veterinary medicine at Cornell University. Because his parents had mortgaged everything to pay his tuition, he was left destitute. In his despair, he ran away and found himself eventually accepted as the veterinarian for the Benzini Brothers Circus. He falls in love with a star performer who is the wife of the cruel animal trainer. This conflict keeps the reader turning the pages to find out more.

The author researched the details of the brutish conditions of 3rd rate circuses in the depression. She skillfully humanizes the various circus "freaks" and captures the magic of the "big acts". Ultimately she weaves a very intriguing story of historic romantic fiction.

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A Thousand Splendid Suns

Monday, January 28, 2008
Khaled Hosseini

This second novel by the author of The Kite Runner again takes readers to is birthplace of Afghanistan. This time it is the story of two women a generation apart who come together under the most dire of circumstances amid the chaos of changing politics in Kabul, Afghanistan in the early 1990s. Their differing ideas about life and love change for both women as they come together to support each other. Within the recent historic background of Afghanistan, this is a story of endurance, sacrifice and love.

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Devil's Corner

Monday, January 28, 2008
Lisa Scottoline

Based on a real-life trial of a Philadelphia gang, the author, a former trial lawyer, brings to life a story that takes Assistant U.S. Attorney, VickiAllegretti, into a rough Philly neighborhood where the action begins and ends.Scottoline’s successfull mixing of humor with serious matters along with her meticulous research into drug trafficking make the story believeable and entertaining.

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A Thief of Time (DVD)

Monday, January 28, 2008

Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee of the Navajo tribal police come face to face with the underworld of illegal archaeological excavation against the backdrop of Navajo witches, spirits and folklore.

Special appearances by Peter Fonda and Graham Greene. Robert Redford is one of the Executive Producers. Also try Coyote Waits.

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