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The Black House by Peter May
The Black House

JBev, October 23, 2014

I learned so much about life in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland. Peter May has written about a world that almost seems impossible to believe could exist but I do not doubt his depiction of people living on the edge of the world. This is the first in his "Lewis Trilogy" and I had read the second not knowing this. Now I need to re-read it and go on to the third because I want to know how life turns out for Fin, Marsaili, and the other people of the Isle of Lewis. Even though their world is so very different from mine, their hopes, fears, dreams, and beliefs are like all of humanity. This is a "mystery" series but goes far and beyond a "whodunnit." Now I will look at what else Mr. May has written since he is much more than a mystery writer.
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The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry

JBev, October 21, 2014

"No Man is an Island: Every Book is a World." is posted on a sign outside of Island Books. And, truly, this book is quite a wonderful world! As a former bookstore employee, it appealed to me because it is set in a bookstore, but, of course, the story goes way beyond that world. The people who live on Alice Island are so true to life, so varied, so funny, so irritating, so loving and this book so well written that I didn't want to move on from Alice Island nor leave the people who are a part of Island Books. The twists and turns of their lives is close to home, so realistic, so touching I didn't want the story to end even though I did want to know how their worlds were changing. Now, of course, I have to add this book to my to-be-reread shelf ... and have to seek out Gabrielle Zevin's earlier works. This book is a treasure, and I suspect that Ms. Zevin will prove to be also.
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Forty Signs of Rain by Kim Stanley Robinson
Forty Signs of Rain

JBev, March 17, 2013

Considering that this was published in 2004, Forty Signs of Rain continually comes to my mind in this day of rising water, shrinking ice, and all the other 'signs' of global warming / climate change. How did Kim Stanley Robinson know what we would be facing? This and its 'sequels' really do describe a future that I truly hope does not arrive.
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The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker
The Age of Miracles

JBev, January 28, 2013

After finishing this book I kept thinking about it as I went about my regular routine - thinking of how lucky we all are. I rarely have a book stay with me in this manner, and didn't expect it while reading Age of Miracles ... and yet, I found myself wandering through the grocery store amazed by all of the choices, abundance a single aisle held, and grateful that we have these choices and this abundance. A mere tilt of the planet and it could all change.
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