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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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I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai
I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban

Joanne Haley, January 15, 2014

This is a story of courage beyond what is humanly possible - but with God all things are possible!!! In reading her story it is hard to believe she is so young. She has wisdom of one you would expect to have been around a lot longer than 16 years. I'm sure she will continue her plight of promoting all children to be educated until she sees that goal is achieved. It made me realize being one who lives in a country where I can be as educated as I desire, that I possess one of the greatest freedoms of all. Malala's story will make you realize how one person truly can change the world by having faith and acting on that faith. I loved her book and look forward to seeing all she will do for the education systems around the world.
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Songs of Willow Frost by Jamie Ford
Songs of Willow Frost

Joanne Haley, November 6, 2013

I absolutely LOVED this 2nd book by Jamie Ford. His way with words is that of a true artist. I would find myself re-reading many sentences in the book just because they were so beautifully written. His fist book Hotel on the Corner of Bitter & Sweet captivated me as does The Songs of Willow Frost. His characters are so real and jump off the pages & feel like they are right here with me as I read. He said something at his reading at Powell's Books - "In Songs of Willow Frost I will break your heart but in the course of the novel I will mend it and hopefully put it back together in better shape". That has stuck with me while reading this book & I think it is something I will always remember. Can't wait for his 3rd novel.
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The Cutting Season by Attica Locke
The Cutting Season

Joanne Haley, October 14, 2013

This being the second novel by Attica Locke, I can't wait to go back and read her first. I loved The Cutting Season. It took me right there to the deep south at an old historical planation. I could see the scenery, the mansion, the grounds, the slave quarters, ect. The author vividly takes the reader on trip there with her great descriptions and ability to make you feel the characters! It combines historical fiction with the macabre and a general spookiness that kept me on the edge thru the whole story! 5 stars - I loved it!
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