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Kate Yapjoco has commented on (3) products.

The Twelve (The Passage Trilogy #2) by Justin Cronin
The Twelve (The Passage Trilogy #2)

Kate Yapjoco, January 1, 2013

The 2nd installment of The Passage Trilogy did not disappoint. Cronin paints a vivid picture of a world struggling in the grip of the virals. Only downside is waiting for book #3.
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The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb by Melanie Benjamin
The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb

Kate Yapjoco, February 27, 2012

"The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb" by Melanie Benjamin was a recent pick of my book club. I will confess to not realizing that Mrs. Tom Thumb was a real person so I was quite surprised when I started the book and discovered that it was a fictional account of the life of the real Lavinia Warren a.k.a Mrs. Tom Thumb.

Lavinia was born a normal size baby but stopped growing as a toddler. She developed normally other than height so became a perfectly proportional woman who was only two feet tall. After excelling at school she becomes a teacher but yearns to see the world. When she is offered the opportunity of performing as part of a riverboat show she leaps at the chance.

The riverboat captain turned out to be less than scrupulous and after she escapes his clutches she places herself in the notice of the famous P. T. Barnum. She joins his American Museum and soon travels the world as part of his exhibition.

The story was fascinating and entertaining. It is interesting to get the perspective of someone whose viewpoint is only two feet above the ground. Benjamin filled the novel with historical references and rich detail. It offers a glimpse of what the world was like in the mid nineteenth century. Definitely and interesting read.
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The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach
The Art of Fielding

Kate Yapjoco, January 1, 2012

There's been a lot of talk about Chad Harbach's debut novel, The Art of Fielding. After reading it, I understand why. It's a wonderful story with characters you can embrace and care about. The writing draws you into their world and makes you feel a part of it.

Henry Skrimshander is a short-stop with big-league potential. Mike Schwartz discovers Henry at an away game and is mesmerized by his ability. He recruits Henry to his school, Westish College, on the shores of Lake Michigan. There he works with him over the next few years to make him into an all-round athlete.

At the school, Henry rooms with Owen Dunne, another player on the team. Owen is brilliant, witty and gay. Henry envies his confidence as he moves in the world.

The school's president is Guert Affenlight, who's claim to fame is a book he wrote on Herman Melville and Moby Dick after discovering that Melville had given a lecture at the school. Westish embraced all things Melville, even naming the baseball team the Harpooners.

Guert's daughter, Pella, arrives at the school to stay with her father after fleeing a bad marriage. She hopes to make a fresh start and get back to her studies.

As the lives of these five intertwine and relationships develop the complexity of the characters is revealed. Their failures and insecurities make them real. When Henry makes an errant throw it shakes more then Henry's confidence. It shakes the very foundation of all their lives.

Harbach spins an enthralling tale that will hold you spellbound to the very end.
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