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The Story of Lucy Gault

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ISBN: 9780142003312
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Published: Penguin Books - August 26th, 2003

A haunting and exquisite story of a family forced to make hard choices, The Story of Lucy Gault by William Trevor emerges against the backdrop of the Irish "Troubles" and the flight of the English aristocracy from the old manor houses of Ireland. The Gaults decide to leave Ireland until the danger is past, but a series of misunderstandings cause their daughter, Lucy, to be left behind and presumed dead. Trevor eloquently chronicles the richness and sadness of individuals who build lives very different from what they might have been. ~ Reviewed by Karen Frank

Robbing the Bees

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ISBN: 9780743250221
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Published: Atria Books - February 1st, 2006

This is an endlessly fascinating history of honeybees and the uses for honey. You will find yourself riveted by the author's gentle yet informative style and may even shed a few tears when you read the last chapter. I found it to be the most magical non-fiction book I have ever read. It was amazing and informative and very enjoyable. ~ Reviewed by Karen Frank

The Welcoming Garden

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ISBN: 9781586857042
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Published: Gibbs Smith Publishers - December 27th, 2005

The newest book by favorite gardening author Gordon Hayward. This is a fresh new design book which deals with an age old problem. How does one create an entrance garden which announces you to the world? The traditional fabulous photos combine with his brilliant advice to give the reader the confidence and tools to make these ideas a reality or stir in the gardeners soul ideas of one's own. ~ Reviewed by Karen Frank

Birds in Fall

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ISBN: 9780743287395
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Published: Scribner - March 13th, 2007

This was such a lovely book. How do humans cope in the face of tragedy or in the face of anything, for that matter? How (and why) do birds migrate? How are these two things related? Why are we here? Each character emerges sharply from the mist of the sea and makes an impression. I really appreciated the loving attention with which the author treated every nuance of emotion and atmosphere. ~ Reviewed by Karen Frank

The Master

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ISBN: 9780743250412
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Published: Scribner - May 3rd, 2005

This is an exquisite novel based on the life of Henry James. The author takes us through the creative life of this great American novelist and shows us how the spirit and the personalities of 19th century Europe influenced his mind and his work. This is not a straight biography. Toibin fashions a fascinating character and plots a great story filled with atmosphere and conflict that kept me enthralled to the last sentence. ~ Reviewed by Karen Frank

A Month in the Country

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By J.L. Carr, Michael Holroyd (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780940322479
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Published: NYRB Classics - October 31st, 2000

Pastoral and profound. Life itself with the addition of work to do heals life's tragedies. Opportunities are missed but one carries on. This is a beautiful and luminous story reminding one of Thomas Hardy and a simpler approach to existence. ~ Reviewed by Karen Frank


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