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Original Essays | June 20, 2014

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It's a wild and thundery night. Inside a ramshackle old manor house, a beautiful young girl lies asleep in bed. At the window, a figure watches... Continue »

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Prayers for Sale
Prayers for Sale

Joanne Haley, June 3, 2013

I enjoyed this book - it was a fast "summer day" kind of a read to me....it kept me interested as the author builds a relationship between two women who come to love each other like Mother & Daughter. I loved the stories that unfold as Hennie tells of her lifetime with all the colorful events & characters that make her a warm, kind, smart woman of her "day" and any day! Even though many things are tragic and heart wrenching the overall feel of the book to me was a good old fashioned feel good story!
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The Burgess Boys by Elizabeth Strout
The Burgess Boys

Joanne Haley, May 22, 2013

Another great read by Pulitzer Prize winner Elizabeth Strout. The way she builds her characters is captivating and she's done it again with the Burgess Boys. Her narrative cuts right to the bone making you feel like you had grown up with the Burgess Boys and could feel their feelings and identify with their relationships with each other & their world in general. This family's stories are so relevant to our times and the consequences of their actions are what we see all around us everyday. Each word she chooses to build their story is so carefully chosen and beautifully written that each time I opened the book I could feel the author's artistic abilities! Loved it and it kept me up into the night reading because it was too hard to put down!
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Atomic Farmgirl: The Betrayal of Chief Qualchan, the Appaloosa, and Me
Atomic Farmgirl: The Betrayal of Chief Qualchan, the Appaloosa, and Me

Joanne Haley, May 14, 2013

This book provides all the vivid character development which makes for a good read and combines that with the startling history of the of what the Hanford Nuclear Plant did to the land & it's people. The heartfelt stories let you into the lives of the people who were devastated by cancer & disease as a result of Hanford. You laugh with them and cry with them as you get to know what they've gone through. The author has a great way of making you feel like you stepped into the communities there in Washington and were introduced personally to her family and friends. It's a harsh reality she portrays as she raises awareness of what happens to the people when the land they depend on is destroyed.
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The Last Runaway
The Last Runaway

Joanne Haley, April 7, 2013

Another great read by Tracy Chevalier, who really has a gift for writing historical fiction and making it come alive for the reader. This novel lets you peek into the lives of some of those who kept the underground railroad going, who had to put their personal convictions out in front of convenience. Slavery is so hard to read about and seeing what people went through to help slaves reach freedom made this page turner hard to put down. I always love historical fiction for the knowledge attained from reading it as well as the entertainment value and Tracy Chevalier is so good at delivering both.
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The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
The Language of Flowers

Joanne Haley, March 13, 2013

I couldn't put this book down once I started it! It is beautifully written and gives such poignant insights into the life of a girl who was abandoned at birth and was passed along from one foster home to the next experiencing pain, lonliness, anger, abuse, ect. Working with flowers transports her into a state of self worth and allows her to see the world in a different light. I hope this author continues to write and give us something else to read because this debut novel is excellent!
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