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Trains and Lovers

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Trains and Lovers: A Novel By Alexander McCall Smith Cover Image
ISBN: 9780345805812
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Published: Anchor - December 31st, 2013

From the beloved author of the No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency comes a gentle exploration on the nature of love through a series of intertwined romantic stories exchanged by four strangers traveling by rail between Edinburgh and London. Written with compassion and tenderness for the human condition, McCall Smith is unwavering in his belief in the goodness of the human heart. ~ Reviewed by Amy Palmer

The Son

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The Son By Philipp Meyer Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062120403
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Published: Ecco - January 28th, 2014

The Son is a majestic, multigenerational tale of power, greed, and the intricacies of a Texan family stained by violence. The story begins with a brutal massacre by a band of tomahawk wielding, scalp thirsty Comanches, and the capture of thirteen-year-old Eli McCullough, son of the new frontier. Having endured the murder of his family and initial privation and humiliation at the hands of his captors, Eli quickly adapts to tribal ways by assimilating the rituals, customs and language of his new "family" as Tiehteti. From the wild, rich country of Texas in the mid-1800s with "grass up to the chest," an abundance of buffalo, and trees "that had never felt an axe," The Son traces Eli's journey as the voices of subsequent generations trace the history and eventual demise of one of the most powerful Texan dynasties and the land with which it is inextricably bound. ~ Reviewed by Amy Palmer

Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls

Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls By David Sedaris Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316154697
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - April 23rd, 2013

Whether going to his "happy place" during a colonoscopy, contemplating a severed forearm at his neighborhood taxidermist's, sharing drugs with a stranger in the men's room of the bar car, or obsessively collecting rubbish along the roadsides of rural England, Sedaris continues to delight with his witty commentary on life's absurdities. Who of us hasn't waited for that coveted latte, chafing with suppressed rage and indignation as the preceding customer drones on and on and ON? ~ Reviewed by Amy Palmer

Shout Her Lovely Name

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Shout Her Lovely Name By Natalie Serber Cover Image
ISBN: 9780544002210
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Published: Mariner Books - June 11th, 2013

A family negotiates a daughter’s anorexia; a single mother and daughter grow up together, entwined, raging, inseparable; a woman questions her place as her husband and son get tattoos. A perfect set of stories about imperfect people. Simply lovely language. ~ Reviewed by Amy Palmer

With or Without You

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With or Without You: A Memoir By Domenica Ruta Cover Image
ISBN: 9780812983401
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Published: Random House - March 11th, 2014

A searing memoir from a woman who grows up in a family in which addiction is the chaotic life blood upon which everyone thrives, and from which no one escapes. This is a piercing survival story told with humor and acerbic honesty by a gifted writer, whose unique voice will stay with you. ~ Reviewed by Amy Palmer


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