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Orfeo

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ISBN: 9780393349849
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 2nd, 2014

This fine story examines the deep and extreme life of a modern composer who is also a scientist. Compelled to push the boundaries of both music and chemistry, Peter Els allows us into his tormented brain as he tries to determine the singularity that is the goal of the creative artist. At times baffling and difficult to absorb, Powers manages to ultimately give the reader a glimpse into this exceptional mind by articulating the thought processes which drive an artist to obsessive destruction of the normal. ~ Reviewed by Karen Frank


Miss Emily

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ISBN: 9780143126751
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - July 14th, 2015

A lovely quiet novel with characters to match. Wonderful touches of historical domesticity and a smooth storyline with just enough tension to keep the reader interested. A truly comforting read. ~ Reviewed by Karen Frank


Tell

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ISBN: 9780802123367
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Published: Grove Press, Black Cat Grove/Atlantic, Inc. - - February 3rd, 2015

Though little known in the U.S., stories about returning Canadian WWI veterans have a different kind of poignancy. This novel continues the turn of the century story begun in "Deafening" and captures ordinary lives lived in extraordinary circumstances. Beautifully written with the stab of emotional truth Itani is so well known for. ~ Reviewed by Karen Frank


Sapiens

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ISBN: 9780062316097
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Published: Harper - February 10th, 2015

This brilliant book allows the reader to look at the history of man from the Space Station of the mind. The arrow of evolution is revealed in a clear, readable and fascinating detail and if enough people read it, there is hope for the continuation of the species. I find myself considering so much of everyday life from this illuminating perspective. ~ Reviewed by Karen Frank


H Is for Hawk

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ISBN: 9780802123411
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Published: Grove/Atlantic, Inc. - Grove/Atlantic, Inc. - - March 3rd, 2015

This is a superbly crafted memoir, incredibly original in its depth and visceral impact. The author swings back and forth between her own desire to train a goshawk and her research of that same need documented by T. H. White. Self deprecating humor vies with wonder and grief as she manages to make the reader see, hear and feel every aspect of this incredible journey. A marvelous read. ~ Reviewed by Karen Frank


Family Furnishings

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ISBN: 9781101874103
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - November 11th, 2014

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


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