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Sarah Blake’s The Postmistress is reflective and beautiful historical fiction weaving together the lives of three very different women. Set in Cape Cod and London during the Blitz, The Postmistress carries within its narrative, themes relevant for today:romance, history/war and personal responsibility. ~ Fans of multicultural fiction should try Ala Aswani’s The Yacoubian Building which follows the lives of its residents. One of the best selling novels in the Arabic language, Aswani’s novel is a testament to an older Egypt and what it is has become. ~ Pete Dexter’s Spooner explores the emotional pull between a former naval officer and his somewhat wayward stepson. An edgy, humorous fictional story with overtones of Dexter’s own life. The writing is superb! Sherman Alexie’s War Dances is a poignant, funny collection of short stories and poetry that explores the fragile balance among one’s personal responsibilities to art, family and self-preservation. ~ Written with narrative grace and power, Justin Cronin’s The Summer Guest reveals old stories and secrets as a dying man fulfills his final wish. Accompanied by family and a few friends whose courage and love will be forever altered by his memories, Harry Wainwright’s tale is also a lovely, quiet story with a powerful sense of place. ~ And if you’re not sure about who landed first on North American shores, Morgan Llywellyn’s fascinating, well-researched, novel Brendan offers convincing evidence that the Irish/saint/monk may indeed have been the one! ~ Sarah Rose’s For All the Tea in China is an informative, fascinating history of tea and its cultivation in India (Himalayas) and Britain (Gardens at Kew among others). (382.41372 ROS) The adventures and discoveries of famed British botanist Robert Fortune (who actually stole tea seeds and hundreds of other floral plants while on his travels through nineteenth century China) are exciting and at times unbelievable! ~ Suzanne Collins’s Catching Fire picks up where The Hunger Games left off with Katniss and Peeta’s embarking on their victory tour. This action-packed science fiction thriller presents powerful themes of sacrifice, morality, and obedience. A good story for Young Adults. ~ False Mermaid is the third in Erin Hart’s Dr. Nora Galvin Irish mystery series. Galvin (a forensics expert) opens an old wound with the investigation of her sister’s murder several years ago. Hart’s stories always present interesting side plots with lots of Irish myth and legend. ~ ~ And lastly The Three Weissmanns of Westport finds Betty Weissmann abandoned by her husband of 50 years for “irreconcilable differences” …another woman. Soon Annie and Miranda (Betty’s adult children) find themselves middle-aged victims of a broken home. The women regroup at a small beach cottage in Westport, Connecticut and deal with strained economic circumstances, discover love and even survive. Cathleen Schine’s novel of manners pays some tribute to Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility with its smart, strong women, a few plot contrivances and a wide range of characters.
- Shawshank Redemption November 19, 2013
- Music, seen November 29, 2013
- Melody Makers November 29, 2013