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A trail to a new life

Cheryl Strayed wasn't her name when she was born, nor when she married. It was the name she took as penance for being the cause of divorce from the man she still loved. The sudden illness, decline and death of her mother had shattered Cheryl;...

 

Novel details orphan's quest

This is the author's second novel, his first being the award-winning Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet. Both are set in Seattle and draw on Jamie Ford's Chinese heritage and knowledge of Seattle's Japanese and Chinese communities. Twelve-year-o...

 

Seattle setting comes alive with great writing

When Bernadette Fox moves to Seattle, she takes Internet shopping and out-sourcing to the extreme: She hires a personal assistant in India. (This actually makes Manjula a "virtual assistant.") Yes, for 75 cents an hour, she can entirely avoid...

 

Go behind the scenes of an urban zoo

Zoo Story - Life and Death in the Garden of Captives By Thomas French ($24.99, Hyperion) This book is for you if you've ever been to a zoo or wondered about wild animals. It is for animal lovers and for animal rights activists. "Zoo Story"...

 

Novel tells of belated self-discovery

The Forgotten Garden By Kate Morton ($15.00, Washington Square Press) In 1913 a ship from London arrives in Australia. When all the passengers have disembarked, a young girl is found alone on the dock. The dockmaster takes the abandoned girl home to...

 

Private eye has knack for murder, mayhem

The Bad Kitty Lounge By Michael Wiley ($24.99, Minotaur Books) Chicago P.I. Joe Kozmarski is back in this page-turner of a mystery that moves swiftly past a stakeout to a burning car, followed by a messy suicide attempt and an encounter with a...

 

Crime novel is gritty, engrossing

Gone 'Til NovemberBy Wallace Stroby ($24.99, Minotaur Books) Wallace Stroby is a relatively new author who deserves some attention. His first novel, "The Barbed-Wire Kiss," was a Barry Award finalist lauded as "a scorching first novel." His second,...

 

Dark episode in French history told eloquently

Sarah's Key By Tatiana de Rosnay ($13.95, St. Martin's Griffin) Tatiana de Rosnay has put her pen to a remarkable and memorable novel, filled with drama and an episode in history that never surfaced in our history books. An American journalist is...

 

Summer reading, but where's summer?

Poison Ivory By Tamar Myers ($7.99, Avon Imprint of HarperCollins) This amusing mystery is part of a series based in an antiques store named the Den of Antiquity, which even the owner, Abigail Timberlake Washburn, occasionally calls the Den of...

 

Suspense writer takes a different direction

RainwaterBy Sandra Brown ($23.99, Simon & Schuster) Sandra Brown wrote "Rainwater" - out of heart and desire - in between her normal contract books. What you'll read in this book is something moving and incredibly special, but a departure from th...

 

Avalanche disaster sets book's tone

Whiter Than SnowBy Sandra Dallas ($24.99, St. Martin's Press) On April 20, 1920, amid the endless snow of the little mining town of Swandyke, Colorado, an avalanche rushes down Jubilee Mountain. Nine children are caught up in it; only four survive....

 

Short stories add to characters' depth

Olive Kitteridge By Elizabeth Strout (Random House) This Pulitzer Prize-winning novel is composed of a series of short stories about the inhabitants of Crosby, Maine, where Olive Kitteridge is retired from her position as a much-feared mathematics...

 

Nigerian horrors seen through the eyes of a young girl

Little Bee By Chris Cleave (Simon & Schuster) Chris Cleave's story begins lyrically, metaphorically, "Most days I wish I was a British pound coin instead of an African girl. Everyone would be pleased to see me coming." This is the thought of...

 

Wild west captured in fascinating account

To Hell on A Fast Horse By Mark Lee Gardner ($26.99, William Morrow) "...There was a whole lot of hell going on in Lincoln County," and you can read about it in this entertaining book. The subtitle, "Billy the Kid, Pat Garrett, and the Epic Chase to...

 

Irish tale entertains and educates

An Irish Country Girl By Patrick Taylor ($24.99, Forge) "And it is what it was" signals the start of an Irish tale. When Mrs. Maureen Kincaid ("Kinky" to her friends) says those words, we know we're in for a treat, as she's a gifted storyteller....

 

Author talks about "Edgarville"

The Fires of Edgarville Craig Joseph Danner This intriguing novel tells the story of a Japanese boy adopted by a Caucasian woman. As an adult, he and his wife return with his mother, now suffering from Alzheimer's, to the town from which she was bani...

 

Pseudo-memoir offers "aha" moments for all women

"Why My Third Husband Will Be a Dog" By Lisa Scottoline ($21.99, St. Martin's Press) Lisa Scottoline dedicated this book "For extraordinary ordinary women everywhere." I like that. Perhaps it suits me because it's about the ordinary things women...

 

Seasonal books to lift the spirit

All you should need for Christmas are some charming picture books. These are worth delighting over every year for your family memories, and they're wonderful for sharing. Stick a candy cane in your hot chocolate, grab a cookie and a friend, and...

 

Complex story reveals itself slowly

"The Promised World"By Lisa Tucker ($25.00, Atria Books) How would you know what to expect if not for stories or promises? How could you know what has happened in the past if not for your memories or those of others? In "The Promised World" we're...

 

Novelist cooks up a savory debut

The School of Essential Ingredients By Erica Bauermeister ($24.95, G.P. Putnam) "The School of Essential Ingredients" is a very satisfying and contemplative debut novel by Erica Bauermeister, who explores the essence of cooking and of people with wel...

 

Young adult novel good to the last drop

Coffeehouse AngelBy Suzanne Selfors ($16.99, Walker & Co.) Katrina, the main character of Suzanne Selfors' latest young adult novel, lives with her grandmother above their coffeehouse in a small Pacific Northwest town. She helps in the...

 

Internet star translates video fun into new book

Where the Hell is Matt? By Matt Harding ($14.95, Skyhorse Publishing) The response to the title of this unique book of travel essays lies in the subtitle, "Dancing Badly Around the World." Matt Harding didn't record his travels with postcards; he...

 

Satiric humor helps tell "super" story

Captain FreedomBy G. Xavier Robillard ($13.99, HarperCollins) You may believe that comic book superheroes are just that, but where do you think the stories come from? Naturally, they come from the real adventures of superheroes with special powers....

 

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