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Interviews | March 17, 2014

Shawn Donley: IMG Peter Stark: The Powells.com Interview

Peter StarkIt's hard to believe that 200 years ago, the Pacific Northwest was one of the most remote and isolated regions in the world. In 1810, four years... Continue »
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L J Rod has commented on (4) products.

Tinkers by Paul Harding

L J Rod, July 15, 2010

"Tinkers" is an amazing book. Harding's writing is beautiful. The book's characters develop before your eyes and will live with you after you finish the story. I've already given two copies away as a must read. Give this book a chance.
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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

L J Rod, February 5, 2010

Sherman Alexie makes you laugh and breaks your heart. This book is not just for kids. I'm mom to two teen-age boys and this book helped me remember some of my own feelings during those critical busting out years and it helped me see my own boys in a different way. Must read!
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Peace Like a River
Peace Like a River

L J Rod, January 24, 2010

I didn’t read "Peace Like a River" until a friend told me about it a few years ago. It has become one of my favorites. I’ve read it in its entirety three times and have turned to specific passages at other times. For me, re-reading is partly about returning to a story and to people that I love. I love the characters in this book. Our narrator is 11-year old Reuben Land, born with no air in his lungs - a witness to miracles. Reuben’s sister, Swede, is lovable, inspiring, insightful, wise beyond her years, and funny. The adventure and story revolve around Reuben’s elder brother, Davy – who takes justice into his own hands and becomes an outlaw – and around Reuben’s father – Jeremiah Land. Enger tells his story with heart and soul.
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Olive Kitteridge: Fiction by Elizabeth Strout
Olive Kitteridge: Fiction

L J Rod, January 22, 2010

In Olive Kitteridge, Elizabeth Strout opens our hearts to a complicated woman and to stories of truth, ugliness, and beauty. Do we love Olive or do we hate Olive?

John Gardner held that fiction has value not just because it entertains and distracts us from out troubles, and not only because it widens our scope and increases our knowledge of people and places, but because it helps us know what we believe, affirms what is noble in us, and leads us to feel uneasy about our limitations.

One thing I'm sure of, the reader won't be the same after reading Olive Kitteridge.
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