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A Most Remarkable Creature: The Hidden Life and Epic Journey of the World's Smartest Birds of Prey by Jonathan Meiburg - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781101875704
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Published: Knopf - March 30th, 2021

I loved every minute of this book. This mesmerizing debut is ostensibly about the world’s smartest and least known raptor, the South American caracara, but along the way the author delves into natural history, evolution, continental drift, Darwin and his naturalist contemporary William Henry Hudson. Meiburg brings the reader along with him to the high Andes, the South American jungles and the windswept Falklands and the frozen Antarctic with side trips to England and the US. His descriptions of why and how these unique, intelligent birds and their environments developed is just brilliant. AND, it is a great travel and adventure story as well. It will hold your attention to the very last page. ~ Reviewed by Tambra Johnson Reap


Confident Women: Swindlers, Grifters, and Shapeshifters of the Feminine Persuasion by Tori Telfer - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780062956033
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Published: Harper Perennial - February 23rd, 2021

A new compilation from the author of Lady Killers: Deadly Women Throughout History, this is a “thoroughly entertaining and darkly humorous roundup of history’s notorious but often forgotten female con artists and their bold, outrageous scams...”. Divided into groups “Glitterati”, “Seers”,“Fabulists” and “Drifters” this marvelous book exposes all sorts of con-women throughout history, and poses the question of how these women managed so brilliantly to dupe and swindle. An incredibly fun read. ~ Reviewed by Tambra Johnson Reap


The Captive: A Novel by Fiona King Foster - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780062990976
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Published: Ecco - January 12th, 2021

Foster’s tense and compelling debut novel is set in the entirely believable, slightly dystopian near-future of rural North America (Canada? One is not quite sure.) Beautifully rendered, this dark tale follows the story of a strong heroine who will stop at nothing to protect her family from the threats of her violent past from which she had believed she had successfully escaped. The book weaves past and present and the reader will constantly be surprised by the twists and turns as all is not as it first seems. Although violent, often dark, the heroine’s deep love for her children and husband propels the reader through. Definitely worth discovering this new talent! ~ Reviewed by Tambra Johnson Reap


The Lost Village: A Novel by Camilla Sten - Book Review

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By Camilla Sten, Alexandra Fleming (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9781250249258
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Published: Minotaur Books - March 23rd, 2021

A delicious and creepy story, which reminded me a bit of watching the Blair Witch Project movie. Alice Lindstedt, a documentary filmmaker, has been obsessed with the missing/vanished residents of the town dubbed "The Lost Village" since childhood. Her grandmother's entire family disappeared and what remained was a dead woman tied to a tree and an infant found crying in a building. She persuades a team to go and investigate and immediately unusual and threatening things begin to happen and they feel they are being watched...what IS the secret this abandoned village is hiding? Classic Scandinavian noir with a totally unexpected ending. It is fast paced and will keep you guessing. ~ Reviewed by Tambra Johnson Reap


The Children's Train: A Novel by Viola Ardone - Book Review

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By Viola Ardone, Clarissa Botsford (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9780062940506
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Published: HarperVia - January 12th, 2021

Based on true events, this historical novel is set in immediate post-World War II Italy. Southern Italy was devastated by the aftermath of the war and a program was set up to temporarily send the children of the poor to live in the north of the country, which had recovered more quickly. 7-year old Amerigo Sperenza lives in Naples with his mother, both barely surviving on various odd jobs and charity. Although he did not want to leave his mother when he learned he was to take the train to the north with the other children, he soon came to find there the type of family he had always dreamed of. He was shown love and kindness and given opportunities to learn and grow, and he developed a lifelong love of music from his adoptive father. However, when he had to leave this new family behind and return to Naples he found himself conflicted with guilt and confusion as he found he had grown away from who he was before. This is a beautiful story of what family can really mean, of self-exploration, and of what choices one has to make to become their true self. ~ Reviewed by Tambra Johnson Reap


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