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Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
Go Set a Watchman

Joanne Haley, September 22, 2015

I absolutely loved every single word in this book! I don't think we will ever know the truth about why it was not published before now, or if Harper Lee was coerced into publishing, or why she was told to change Watchman into the story of To Kill A Mockingbird but regardless I think it was beautifully written, and as relevant to today as it was relevant to the events going on in our country over 50 years ago. I think Harper Lee is genius - I wish we could have more from her.
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Joanne Haley, June 11, 2015

Loved I did the sequel Mr Penumbra's 24 Hour Bookstore. It's almost like a long short story - quick read with all the quirkiness of the more well known 24 hr bookstore. Again it takes place in San Francisco and is about how Mr Penumbra starts out with the bookshop. Being from the city myself and growing up there in the 60's I love the attention to detail about San Francisco. It's far fetched, but believable at the same time! Hope Robin Sloan writes another book soon!
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Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore

Joanne Haley, May 19, 2015

I absolutely loved this book! It is whimsical, quirky, mysterious and clever all rolled into one. Being from San Francisco made me appreciate the scenerios where Robin Sloan describes neighborhoods in the city. The book captured my attention from the first few sentences. Sloan has a great way of making his characters pop out of the pages and become real people like you know them and can see them and their quirky ways! The plot is so imaginative and the dips and turns it takes are truely unique from beginning to end. Even though it gets a bit "far fetched" at times I got so drawn into the story that I could totally see his story being a reality! Now I have to go back and read the first book which I'm told is the story of the start up of the bookstore in San Francisco.
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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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