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The Orphan Master's Son: A Novel of North Korea by Adam Johnson
The Orphan Master's Son: A Novel of North Korea

Catherine McBride-Stern, January 1, 2013

Reading The Orphan Master's Son by Adam Johnson, I could not help but think of what life in North Korea must be like. Even though the book was a work of fiction, I believe much of it is based on truth. The story is riveting, the protagonist is resourceful and endearing. I will never think of North Korea again without thinking of Pac Jun Do. This is the best book I read in 2012.
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Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore

Catherine McBride-Stern, November 1, 2012

I originally bought this book for the glow-in-the-dark jacket, as I collect books with odd jackets, but the bonus is the story. It is a bibliophile's book as it is about a very different bookstore than even your most unusual indy favorite, and if you happen to be a font-geek too there is an added bonus. The characters are endearing and you find yourself engrossed in the plot as soon as you read the first line. Do yourself a favor and read this amazing book.
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The Wave: In Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks, and Giants of the Ocean by Susan Casey
The Wave: In Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks, and Giants of the Ocean

Catherine McBride-Stern, January 2, 2012

Follow an elite group of tow-in-big-wave riders as they ride the freak waves of the world. You will feel as if you are there as they catch these giants and feel the fear as they describe wipe-outs that break bones and fracture souls. Also visit with scientists that study the change in the world’s geology, arctic glaciers, ocean currents and weather brought on by global warming, and learn what is happening on the ocean floor that will change coastal climates and ocean voyages in the near future. You will also be told what exactly happens to the shipping industry as these 100 footers become more prevalent. A book that puts global warming into perspective relating to what covers most of our earth. Highly recommended, and not for the faint of heart.
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The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
The Elegance of the Hedgehog

Catherine McBride-Stern, August 12, 2011

What an elegant little book, I wish it did not have to end, and when it did I was moved to tears. This book will have a permanent spot on my bookshelf to be read over and over again.
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Infection: The Uninvited Universe by Gerald N. Callahan
Infection: The Uninvited Universe

Catherine McBride-Stern, January 4, 2011

Infection is an essential part of our biology, some of which we cannot live without, others that will kill us. Knowing the difference is the challenge. From the good microorganisms to the bad, "Infection: The Uninvited Universe" brings it to us in a page turning tale that will astound you and at times make you cringe. Remember the 3 second rule when dropping food on the ground? Truth: there is no 3 second rule. This is a fascinating read.
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