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Original Essays | July 22, 2014

Nick Harkaway: IMG The Florist-Assassins



The three men lit up in my mind's eye, with footnotes. They were converging on me — and on the object I was carrying — in a way that had... Continue »
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The Toughest Indian in the World by Sherman Alexie
The Toughest Indian in the World

CattleDogMom, February 4, 2013

Sherman Alexie's collection of short stories in The Toughest Indian In The World was like a beautifully wrapped gift of precious moments. I laughed, cried and absolutely fell in love with his characters. I read so many outtakes to my husband that he didn't have to read it himself! Buy it. Read it. Share it. You won't be sorry!
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The Gates of the Alamo by Stephen Harrigan
The Gates of the Alamo

CattleDogMom, November 9, 2012

I have to admit, as a "non-Texan", I wasn't sure why - or if - I should care about the events leading up to and during the battle of the Alamo... but Stephen Harrigan has shown me why. Through his exhaustive research and careful placement (only 5) of fictional characters to advance the plot, he made the story of Texas sing! I was left with a much better understanding of the kind of people who brought the state of Texas into existence, and a better idea of why they love it so! This story will stay with me a good, long time.
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Icy Sparks (Oprah's Book Club) by Gwyn Hyman Rubio
Icy Sparks (Oprah's Book Club)

CattleDogMom, September 14, 2012

Perfect for anyone who's felt like the "weirdo"! Icy Sparks is a wonderful tale of a young girl struggling with tics and outbursts that identify her to everyone in her small town as "different" (to those who love her) or "downright evil" (to those who don't). The characters are rich and real and the setting described so beautifully that you can smell the flowers and feel the grass slip through your fingers. The title character takes you along on an emotional journey that reminds you just how boring the world would be if we were all "normal" and how very precious the acceptance of friends and family can be.
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Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame Smith
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

CattleDogMom, August 29, 2012

This book was SO much fun! I was very reluctant to read this because, well, it just seemed over-the-top silly. One of my favorite historical icons going after Vampires?? I'm happy to say that Seth Grahame-Smith not only managed to tell a rollicking tale, but he manages - through diligent adherence to the facts of Abraham Lincoln's life - to keep from knocking old Abe off that pedestal I like to keep him on.

This story puts you squarely in the middle of Abe Lincoln's life and times and tells a story I would imagine Abe himself would have gotten a kick out of! I'll bet even the academics who served as Lincoln biographers would like this one!
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Anthem of a Reluctant Prophet by Joanne Proulx
Anthem of a Reluctant Prophet

CattleDogMom, August 8, 2012

I sincerely hope that Ms. Proulx keeps writing because she has such a wonderful talent for creating rich characters that lift you up and take you along on their journey - if only for a couple-hundred pages. The issues dealt with; God, religion, teen angst, love and loss are tough on any author but Joanne Proulx carries it off like a pro! I was left feeling a kinship with my fellow man and a renewed faith that divine grace is carried within each of our hearts - not behind the walls of a church. Don't let the dark cover art fool you, this book will make you laugh and cry lift your spirits for days after you read the final page!
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