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The Golem and the Jinni (P.S.) by Helene Wecker
The Golem and the Jinni (P.S.)

Debbi, August 6, 2014

The Golem and the Jinni was our latest book club pick and I expected not to like it. Was that notion wrong! This book is quite fabulous... Historical fiction melded with tales of the Arabian Nights, Jewish folktales, a bit of time travel, fantasy and characters that seemed real enough to walk right off the page. Great choice for book groups; our discussion continued long after we disbanded for the night. Read this book and then spread the word. Helene Wecker is a talent to be watched.
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The Glass Kitchen by Linda Francis Lee
The Glass Kitchen

Debbi, July 18, 2014

Less than 7 pages into The Glass Kitchen, I am completely caught. The prose is poetic, the story already laid down. It's about food and love and "the knowing".
Pretty sure that I will be reading late into tonight and am delighted that there is a weekend with nothing planned. Lee's earlier novel Emily and Einstein was great;
this looks to be better. Need something to sink your teeth into, buy The Glass Kitchen and enjoy.
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All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
All the Light We Cannot See

Debbi, May 5, 2014

All the Light We Cannot See is the best book I've read in years.
The brilliant writing kept me reading late into many nights. Doerr's characters were so fully drawn that I felt a personal connection. The settings were real enough to imagine myself there, and the language... that's the part that gave me chills. The creativity, minute attention to detail and radiance which make up this story rendered me nearly speechless.
My prediction is that All the Light We Cannot See will quickly become the book that the booksellers handsell, that readers cannot stop talking about, and that book groups put at the top of their to-read lists. I hope this is Tony's year for a major literary prize; nobody is more deserving.
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The President's Hat by Antoine Laurain
The President's Hat

Debbi, April 7, 2014

My President's Hat is a pair of green Dansko sandals. Maybe not life-changing, but things are better when I wear them. READ this book and
you will understand. Engaging beginning with fun characters and a very satisfying ending I didn't see coming. Paris in the 1980s... made me smile.
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The Scar Boys by Len Vlahos
The Scar Boys

Debbi, March 10, 2014

The Scar Boys is everything I appreciate about young adult literature. Great characters, catch you and keep you hooked-in story line and it all felt so real. Didn't want to put it down and immediately started thinking about who would be lucky enough to be next in line to read it. High school librarians, buy this book for your collection. Readers who want a good story, pick it up and enjoy. This is a great choice for reluctant readers, boys and girls alike. Finally, a note to the author: you've got the goods, please keep writing.
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