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The Time Traveler's Wife

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ISBN: 9781476764832
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Published: Scribner - May 6th, 2014

This was an extremely absorbing story of love, loss and time. I was riveted! This is one of the best books I've read this year. There is a lot to think about and you may find yourself looking over your shoulder...and wondering. ~ Reviewed by Karen Frank

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

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ISBN: 9781400032716
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Published: Vintage - May 18th, 2004

What a wonderful book! It was impossible to put down. I found it to be a fresh approach to the inner life of those who have special needs and special talents. ~ Reviewed by Karen Frank

Four Spirits

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ISBN: 9780060936693
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - May 19th, 2009

This is a beautifully written account of the Civil Rights movement in Birmingham, Alabama during the early 1960's. Written from the perspective of fictional individuals representing all sides, it is both chilling and heartwarming, depending on the characters she is following at the time. Personal choices are the focus rather than deconstruction of the historical events.The author lived through some of this, and it is evident that she cares a great deal about this city and its inhabitants as well as the sad history. ~ Reviewed by Karen Frank

The Emperor of Scent

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ISBN: 9780375759819
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - February 10th, 2004

The subtitle says it all "A story of perfume, obsession and the last mystery of the senses". This reads like a novel. Fascinating characters and lots of interesting speculation and evidence to the way we smell, make this riveting reading. This would make a great film or subject for "NOVA". ~ Reviewed by Karen Frank


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ISBN: 9780312421700
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Published: Picador - April 1st, 2003

Nominated for the National Book Award. This author/doctor is obviously a well rounded citizen of the world, and a student of humanity as well as medicine. This anecdotal work covers medical ethics and practices by using specific patients and cases. This book is riveting - not so much for the incidents, but for the insight into the profession and practice. The writing is gentle, educated and informative. I read it in 2 sittings. ~ Reviewed by Karen Frank

The Buffalo Soldier by Chris Bohjalian - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780375725463
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Published: Vintage - February 25th, 2003

A story of redemption told with the author's inimitable compassion for his characters. After their twin daughters drowned, their parents sought solace wherever they could find it, running the risk of further loss. Their improbable savior is their 10-year-old black foster child. This novel is an affirmation of family and community. ~ Reviewed by Karen Frank


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