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JoanMaggie has commented on (13) products.

Where the Moon Isn't by Nathan Filer
Where the Moon Isn't

JoanMaggie, March 3, 2014

This book is a Costa Book of the Year winner for 2013. (Published in the U.K. as The Shock the Fall). This is a remarkable novel told through the eyes of Matthew Homes, a young man struggling with mental illness. Matthew's older brother who had Down Syndrome has died and the events surrounding his death haunt Matthew. This book was an absorbing read and the reader comes to feel really invested in Matthew. The novel was written by a former mental health nurse and has the ring of truth to it. What might seem like a depressing topic in the hands of this writer is a beautiful and touching story. I was deeply moved by it and I recommend it highly.
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The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
The Snow Child

JoanMaggie, January 9, 2013

This was an especially lovely story. It combines the realism of the tough pioneering lifestyle with the magic of a Russian folktale. The juxtaposition of the two conflicting styles tend to magnify each. The result is stunning. I must confess that this book made me cry--and I loved it!
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Call the Midwife: Shadows of the Workhouse by Jennifer Worth
Call the Midwife: Shadows of the Workhouse

JoanMaggie, January 5, 2013

I really enjoyed the BBC series Call the Midwife and beliving that books are usually better than the series, I ordered the books. I was not disappointed. The books are much better at filling in the backstories of the characters. Although I knew the characters' stories, I still found myself moved when I read about them in the book. There is a wealth of information on obstetrics, public health, and history interspersed among the stories. Jennifer Worth is a master storyteller and you should not deprive yourself the opportunity of reading what she wrote. Highly recommended.
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The Family Fang by Kevin Wilson
The Family Fang

JoanMaggie, June 3, 2012

A roller coaster ride of a read. The Fang parents along with Child A and Child B create performance art that their children call mischief. The stories of the performance art productions are laugh out loud funny. However, the dysfunction of the family unit is very sad. After a lifetime of dealing with this dysfunction, the children are back home to regain strength after life has beaten them about the head and shoulders. How the family reunites after the children have gained experience in the outside-the-family-unit-world makes for a very poignant read. Get ready to laugh and feel sadness for the Fang family.
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The Cove by Ron Rash
The Cove

JoanMaggie, May 19, 2012

Ron Lash is a gifted wordsmith and storyteller. I was able to feel the gloom of the setting and the emotions of each of the characters. The story is a sad but lovely one. The novel takes place in a small southern locale at the time of the First World War. Yet, the characters and their actions are as timeless as literature itself. I found the story to be emotionally moving and well worth reading.
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