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Author delves into southern society and secrets

The Help By Kathryn Stockett ($24.95, Amy Einhorn Books/Penguin) In 1962 Eugenia "Skeeter" Phelan returns home from college to Jackson, Mississippi, eager to be a writer. She is advised to prepare...

 

Theories about DNA propel interesting novel

The Visibles By Sara Shepard ($24.00, Simon & Schuster) Summer Davis becomes fascinated by DNA and how this defines her life when a substitute teacher emphasizes its importance just before he is r...

 

Children's book offers a perfect lesson

Practically Perfect Pajamas By Erik Brooks ($16.00) This children's picture book is a fabulous favorite, with a local author and illustrator who shared with me many insights into the making of the...

 

1930s life in China and America layers novel

Shanghai Girls By Lisa See ($25.00, Random House) In "Shanghai Girls" Lisa See paints a vivid picture of many of the faces of Shanghai in the early 1930s. She highlights the bourgeois lives of two gir...

 

Explore friendship with local author

Among Friends By Mary Lou Sanelli ($15.00, Aequitos Books) A good friendship is worth the effort. Mary Lou Sanelli has a lot to say about friendship, and she does so fearlessly in her latest book,...

 

Novel explores art history and theft

The Art Thief By Noah Charney ($14.00, Simon & Schuster) If you appreciate art history, this book will saturate you with it. If you don't, read it anyway but skip the italics in the second...

 

Collection of letters brings a town to life

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society By Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows ($14.00, Simon & Schuster) This satisfying novel is filled with history and love and places that few knew...

 

Adventure novel tells a pirate's tale

Flint and Silver By John Drake ($25.00, Simon & Schuster) The antiqued cover of "Flint and Silver" lists it as a prequel to "Treasure Island," and the book does an exciting job providing details...

 

War memoir powerful and poignant story

Soft Spots: A Memoir of Combat and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder By: Clint Van Winkle ($24.95, St. Martin's Press) Reviewed By: T. L. Muench I suppose my interest in war was triggered in high school...

 

Making Irish lace creates bonds

The Lace Makers of Glenmara By Heather Barbieri ($24.00, HarperCollins) In this charming story of a young American who travels to her ancestral homeland of Ireland, Kate wants to see as much of the...

 

Local history comes alive in earth-moving first novel

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet By Jamie Ford ($24.00, Ballantine) I was sitting in my kitchen reading when I first heard the trucks. I thought they were too close to me, and my heart beat...

 

Intriguing novel satisfies readers

Sea of Lost Love By Santa Montefiore ($15.00, Touchstone) This enticing novel begins like a British sitcom, causing the reader to view even the most serious events with a droll expectation of what...

 

Social undertones highlight first novel

Mudbound By Hillary Jordan ($13.95, Algonquin) This engrossing novel opens with the digging of a grave. It needs to be a deep grave to ensure that the body won't surface during the next flooding....

 

Used bookstore holds mysteries

The Secret of Lost Things By Sheridan Hay ($14.95, Doubleday) "The Secret of Lost Things" is set primarily in a multi-level used book store and an old hotel and focuses on a few of those stories as...

 

Story of elephant illustrates human kindness

Hannah's Dream By Diane Hammond ($13.95, HarperCollins) "In the Pacific Northwest, eccentrics are as thick as fleas, but even so, Max L Biedelman had stood apart." With this extraordinary...

 

Book destined to be a Christmas classic

The Paper Bag Christmas By Kevin Alan Milne ($14.99, Hatchette Book Group) The words, "Merry Christmas" are often accompanied by the "jingling bells of wanting." Like any kid...

 

Compelling story appeals to animal lovers

The Story of Edgar Sawtelle By David Wroblewski ($26.95, HarperCollins) A mesmerizing book begins "In the year 1919, Edgar's grandfather, who was born with an extra share of whimsy ..." This...

 

Story begins in tragedy, leads to self-exploration

Split Estate By Charlotte Bacon ($24, Farrar, Straus and Giroux) Reviewed by T.L. Muench Ms. Bacon's "Split Estate" opens in New York City shortly after a beloved wife and mother of two...

 

Inspirational lecture becomes best-seller

5/08/08 Inspirational lecture becomes best-seller by Mary Burns The Last Lecture By Randy Pausch (Hyperion, $21.95) Many college professors give talks called “last lectures.” They gather t...

 

Picture book great for moms-to-be

3/13/08 Picture book great for moms-to-be by Mary Burns Ma! There’s Nothing to Do Here! By Barbara Park Illustrated by Viviana Garofoli ($15.95, Random House) “A Word from Your...

 

San Juans provide scenic backdrop for mystery

2/28/08 San Juans provide scenic backdrop for mystery by Mary Burns False Harbor By Michael Donnelly ($15.99, Windstorm Creative) For the past 20 years, the once celebrated sculptor Anton Gropius has...

 

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