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Joanne Haley has commented on (19) products.

The Sea Runners by Ivan Doig
The Sea Runners

Joanne Haley, June 21, 2014

I really enjoyed this novel, as I've enjoyed other Ivan Doig's books in the past. It requires quite a bit of concentration to follow the language style of the times but by writing it this way Doig really captured the essence of adventure undertaken by four escapees from a Russian work camp in Sitka Alaska in the 1850's (then called New Archangel) via a stolen Tlingit canoe. It took them just about 2 months rowing down the rugged stretch of Northwest Pacific Ocean to make it to their destination of Astoria Oregon, and as one can imagine it was a harrowing journey the entire way. The book is inspired by the true story of these men - a letter containing the men's names was found dated 1853 written by the local oystermen who found them at the end of their journey. It was especially interesting to me as I just spent some time in Sitka Alaska learning the local history of the Russians and native Alaskan Tlingits.
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The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
The Snow Child

Joanne Haley, May 27, 2014

I thoroughly enjoyed this debut novel by an author I'll be looking forward to her next. It's somewhat of an enhanced glimpse of reality that left me with a feeling of not caring that it couldn't all be true. I loved the vagueness of it. The setting in the harsh landscape with chilling Alaskan winters mixed with the idea a young girl could thrive and make a wonderful life for herself in the forest is such a unique premise for a story it made the story enchanting to read. I loved the characters with their sensitive yet strong natures and the trials they went through. I wanted to move in with them and experience the simple pleasures and relationship with their "snow child". I've never read a book quite like this - it was such a good read!
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Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman
Light Between Oceans

Joanne Haley, May 8, 2014

This is one of the best books I have read!!!! It is beautifully written - each sentence I felt like savoring!!! The emotions it touches on and the "human-ness" it reveals is amazing. It's a love story, a heartbreaking story, an uplifting story - all in one!!!! I will remember this book for many years to come. It's about a lighthouse keeper & his wife who have a boat wash up on the rocks of the island they live on with something that will change not only their lives but many others as well. This is the author's debut novel - I am hoping her next is soon to follow!
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The Free (P.S.) by Willy Vlautin
The Free (P.S.)

Joanne Haley, March 18, 2014

I thoroughly enjoyed this most recent book by local author who actually lives in my town of Scappoose!!! This book built around the lives of people going through hard times draws the reader in to the point where you feel like you've known these characters a long time! Vlautin writes of the real life struggles people go through and what events in their lives make them who they are. Even though though many things they come up against are depressing and hard to read about he shows the silver linings that will shine through if we look for them! Lean On Pete is equally as wonderful a book and I can't wait to read his other two books.
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The Honey Thief by Elizabeth Graver
The Honey Thief

Joanne Haley, February 8, 2014

I loved this book!!! I enjoyed how the author built the characters and wove the events of their lives around each other. Even though it was about some complicated unhappy times, overall it left me with a "feel good" mood that a good book does to me. I highly recommend it.
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