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The Mare

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ISBN: 9780307379740
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Published: Pantheon Books - November 3rd, 2015

A special connection with horses will certainly give added depth to this marvelous novel, but is not necessary. This turbulent coming of age story about a young Latina girl and her complex relationships will pull the reader in many different directions. The pain and ecstasy of adolescent growth radiates and enriches all the characters. This is a book that rings true on many levels. ~ Reviewed by Karen Frank

An Old-Fashioned Christmas

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ISBN: 9781581573282
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Published: Countryman Press - November 2nd, 2015

Overflowing with food, family and traditions old and new, this is a winter season memoir/cookbook that gives us permission to do what makes us happy. Bubbling with butter, cream, wine and fresh New England goodness as well as Ellen's quirky humor, you will never feel like a holiday underachiever- rather you will embrace the "fruits and nuts" of your own treasured experiences and build your own forever festivities. ~ Reviewed by Karen Frank

Good Grief

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ISBN: 9781581573213
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Published: Countryman Press - October 26th, 2015

Whether or not you embrace the lifestyle and choices lavishly and lovingly described in this memoir, you will find yourself back on the wild ride that began last year with Mud Season. Ellen Stimson's life is full to the brim with love, food, kids, candles, humor, pets and...grief. At the end of this journey we are invited to share her serenity and quiet wisdom as she reflects on the spiraling intersecting circles of life and accepts that good grief is a product of a good life. ~ Reviewed by Karen Frank

Family Furnishings

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ISBN: 9781101872352
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Published: Vintage - September 15th, 2015

I suppose there are some readers who have never experienced the delight of this remarkable storyteller. I myself have read every word and have my favorites, but this collection is both a brilliant introduction for the uninitiated and a necessary acquisition for lifetime admirers. Her many literary prizes are well earned culminating in the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2013. A princely gift for the heart and mind. ~ Reviewed by Karen Frank

Vanessa and Her Sister

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ISBN: 9780804176392
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Published: Ballantine Books - October 13th, 2015

I can never get enough of the Bloomsbury crowd! From Vanessa's point of view we gain further insight into her sister Virginia's troubled mental state and learn how Vanessa's own life as a fine artist suffered because of her care giving and responsibility for the family. Among this group of talented and quirky people, Vanessa shone a brilliant but soft light and managed to take her place in history. A truly enjoyable read. ~ Reviewed by Karen Frank


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ISBN: 9781631491108
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Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - September 7th, 2015

Even in the 21st century, the soul of a Newfoundlander remains firmly in the past. When the Canadian government attempts to move people from the remote outports and islands, the inhabitants balk but cannot resist the monetary incentive. Moses Sweetland is determined to remain and live out his life among the ghosts of his ancestors in a personal battle with nature and memory. This is a marvelous story full of great characters and insight as well as a setting that immerses the reader in the wild, magnificent realm that is Atlantic Canada. ~ Reviewed by Karen Frank


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