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A Fine Summer's Day: An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery by Charles Todd
A Fine Summer's Day: An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery

JBev, June 6, 2015

"A Fine Summer's Day" is about the life and world of Ian Rutledge just before his enlisting to serve in the War. Having read all of the previous volumes, I found it fascinating to get to know Ian as he was before his war experiences. There is an innocence about him, in spite of being a detective at Scotland Yard who has seen his fair share of death. The whole series is marvelous and I think that Charles Todd did well to not share Ian's past with us until now. There is a series of murders for which Ian finally sees the connection, and in his travels around the countryside to piece all of them together we also get to know his sister and their family friend, Melinda Crawford, better. All in all I found this book very intriguing and satisfying.
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Gandhi: The March to the Sea by Alice B. Mcginty
Gandhi: The March to the Sea

JBev, December 28, 2014

Written for children aged 6 and up, this 'picture' book is about Gandhi's role in the 1930 Salt March, which was a protest against the British-imposed taxation of salt in India. He and 78 others felt this law was unjust and walked more than 200 miles to gather salt from the Arabian Sea. I never knew this story. Yes, I know who Gandhi is and that he is considered the ideal for the concept of 'peaceful resistance' but I never knew what precipitated his actions. The story is written in a free form verse and the illustrations are gorgeous. I believe that young and old would enjoy reading and viewing this book, and that each and every one of us will learn something that is truly relevant and important today.
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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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