Thirty Girls

January 27, 2015 0 Comments the_category Category:Modern Literature
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By Susan Minot Knopf, $19.92, 309 pages On Oct. 10, 1996, the militant Islamic group called the Lord’s Resistance Army kidnapped 139 secondary school girls from St. Mary’s College of Aboke in Uganda. The Italian deputy headmistress of the school, Sister Rachele …

Chasing Freedom: The Life Journeys of Harriet Tubman and Susan B. Anthony, Inspired by Historical Facts

January 27, 2015 0 Comments the_category Category:Kids' Books
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By Nikki Grimes, Michele Wood (illustrator) Orchard Books, $18.99, 56 pages Harriet Tubman and Susan B. Anthony are known for their contribution in freeing slaves and women’s voting rights, respectively, during the late 1800s and early 1900s. While most often recognized for …

Draw What You See: The Life and Art of Benny Andrews

January 27, 2015 0 Comments the_category Category:Kids' Books
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By Kathleen Benson Clarion Books, $16.99, 32 pages Benny Andrews lived an impoverished childhood in Plainview, Georgia. Benny and other African-American children attended school only five months each year, because they were needed on the farms and in the fields of their …

Frances Dean Who Loved to Dance and Dance

January 27, 2015 0 Comments the_category Category:Picture Books
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By Birgitta Sif Candlewick, $15.99, 32 pages Frances Dean is a little girl with a big love: dancing. Every chance she gets, she dances, teaching her routines to the animals fascinated by her twirling. Everyone loves to watch Frances Dean dance. There’s …

Hug Machine

January 27, 2015 0 Comments the_category Category:Picture Books
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By Scott Campbell Atheneum Books for Young Readers, $16.99, 40 pages Hugs are the best. There are few greater things in this world than a hug offered with sincerity and enthusiasm. As a world-class hugger myself, I have a greater-than-normal appreciation for …

I Feel Five!

January 27, 2015 0 Comments the_category Category:Picture Books
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By Bethanie Deeney Murguia Candlewick, $14.99, 32 pages Fritz has big expectations for his fifth birthday. Five is big; he expects to feel things happen to him on this birthday. Loose teeth. The ability to tie his shoelaces. Turning five is about …

An Unseemly Wife

January 27, 2015 0 Comments the_category Category:Fiction
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By E.B. Moore NAL Trade, $15.00, 336 pages Ruth always has felt loved and protected within the Fold, her close-knit Amish community. With a loving husband and four children, a bountiful farm and friends she can rely on for anything, Ruth feels …

Desert God: A Novel of Ancient Egypt

January 27, 2015 0 Comments the_category Category:Fiction
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By Wilbur Smith William Morrow, $28.99, 432 pages Taita, the eunuch slave, returns and is now a man of nobility and seen as a brilliant god by many in the fourth novel involving his character. In Desert God, Taita begins the work …

The Book of Strange New Things: A Novel

January 27, 2015 0 Comments the_category Category:Fiction
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By Michel Faber Hogarth, $28.00, 512 pages Peter and Bea are steadfast in their love for each other, as well as in their love for God. This devotion to faith provides Peter with an opportunity to spread the teachings of Christ to …

The Narrow Road to the Deep North: A novel

January 26, 2015 0 Comments the_category Category:Fiction
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By Richard Flanagan Knopf, $26.95, 334 pages Ostensibly a WWII story about the building of the Thai-Burma death railway, it is also the story of Dr. Dorrigo Evans, an Australian surgeon, and about his love affair with his uncle’s wife. The story …

The Wall: A Novel

January 26, 2015 0 Comments the_category Category:Fiction
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By H.G. Adler, Peter Filkins (translator) Random House, $30.00, 636 pages After surviving the Holocaust, how would one come to terms with living on? The trauma is so great that the individual ceases to exist. H.G. Adler survived many concentration camps, although, …

A Billion Ways to Die

January 26, 2015 0 Comments the_category Category:Crime Fiction
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By Chris Knopf The Permanent Press, $28.00, 272 pages One of the more pleasing functions of a critic is to announce a success. Sadly, too many of the books that hit both the real and digital shelves are, at best, of indifferent …

Cold Storage, Alaska

January 26, 2015 0 Comments the_category Category:Crime Fiction
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By John Straley Soho Crime, $26.95, 304 pages Cold Storage, Alaska is not a mystery or detective novel. Rather, it’s a character-driven “crime” novel in the tradition of a screwball comedy. Although it’s not laugh-out-loud funny, there’s a genuinely amusing thread of absurdity …

Death on Blackheath: A Charlotte and Thomas Pitt Novel

January 26, 2015 0 Comments the_category Category:Crime Fiction
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By Anne Perry Ballantine Books, $27.00, 320 pages Death on Blackheath is a breath of fresh air. The bookshop shelves have been groaning under the weight of steampunk novels with their fake history, unbelievable characters and superficial science fiction/fantasy. This is a detailed …

The Blood of an Englishman

January 26, 2015 0 Comments the_category Category:Crime Fiction
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By M.C. Beaton Minotaur Books, $32.99, 304 pages Fifty-few-years-old, Agatha Raisin does not believe a private detective should slouch around trying to look inconspicuous. Indeed, she strives always to look her brazen best, dressed to the nines and over and again falling …