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American Massacre: The Tragedy at Mountain Meadows, September 11, 1857 by Sally Denton
American Massacre: The Tragedy at Mountain Meadows, September 11, 1857

Little Nan, October 26, 2011

Reading this book left a lasting impression on me and I must say I was haunted by this story long after reading the last page. This is a true story of what happened to a wagon train of Arkansas pioneers heading for the West. They passed through Utah Mormon territory and asked permission to rest on their land. With the Mormon people already clannish and not easily accepting foreigners in their territory, the pioneers had not realized that their lives may be in danger. The author takes you through a lot of history trying to explain what happened to the Mormons to make them so suspicious of government and "foreigners" as they called them. The Mormons were certainly persecuted, there was no doubt as they were run out of Illinois, Ohio, and other places back East. Somehow the church leaders decided that Joseph Smith was murdered by people from Arkansas. This would lead to a terrible chapter in our history as described by the author. The massacre is so shocking and cold-blooded, it is hard to believe that church people could be so brutal and able to condone their bloody deeds.

I highly recommend this book, but reading this may shock you to your core as it did me. Of course there has been violence and blood-shed in our history, but these people were innocent of any wrongdoing and were unable to defend themselves as they had surrendered all their weapons to the Mormon church.
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The Constant Gardener by John le Carre
The Constant Gardener

Little Nan, October 12, 2011

John le Carre is one of those talented writers who carries you into a world of suspense with seemingly good characters and then throws in political intrigue, betrayal and deceit
of these same characters. Tessa Quayle is a very outspoken activist working in Kenya among the poor forgotten masses of Africa. Upon discovering the underhanded practices of a leading pharmaceutical company, she defiantly protests much to the embarassement of her husband, Justin Quayle, who works as a diplomat from Great Britain. This sets off controversy and Tessa's ultimate assassination, but by whom, how and why. The reader will be taken on a journey with Justin exploring government figures, diplomatic relations with Kenya and of course the powerful heads of 3Bees' (pharmacy dispensing bad drugs to Africa), where he learns of their corrupt dealings with the government leaders all in the name of greed. I must admit to watching the movie of Constant Gardener and with Ralph Fines as Justin Quayle, I was even more enthused about reading this book. Still with or without the movie, this is one book you cannot put down.
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While I Was Gone by Sue Miller
While I Was Gone

Little Nan, September 27, 2011

Jo Becker has it all -- wonderful daughters to be proud of, a good marriage and fulfilling career as a veterinarian, but there is something missing. She looks back on her past life and the freedom she once enjoyed. Yet she is afraid to disclose the secrets of her life, back before she met her husband. Then one day, she runs into a former roommate from her past life. Thus begins the spiraling of her life out of control as events threaten to turn her life upside down and rock the very foundation of her marriage. This book is well written as the author holds your attention by creating mounting suspense with each turn of the page. Jo's life goes from stable and predictable to flighty and dramatic. With the ultimate betrayal and confession which ensues, Jo risks losing her husband and maybe even her daughters. This book is well worth reading as Sue Miller is a master writer of suspense and intrigue.
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Where the Heart is (Oprah's Book Club) by Billie Letts
Where the Heart is (Oprah's Book Club)

Little Nan, September 24, 2011

I absolutely loved reading this book. The characters are common every-day people you would meet on the street. Novalee is a young unworldly woman who embarks on a journey with her boyfriend across the country. She is barefoot and pregnant when abandoned in the parking lot at Walmart in Eastern Oklahoma. The story only gets better as she learns how to cope on her own, meeting many interesting people who help her along the way. The author, Billie Letts claims that the characters in her book are taken from true-to-life people she has known all her life. It is a heartwarming story and you will love to read about these people who care enough to help a young woman all alone living at Walmart.
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Up Country by Nelson Demille
Up Country

Little Nan, September 20, 2011

Nelson Demille has to be one of the best authors ever. I have read several of his books and he always comes through with a great story. Since I am from the generation of young men who had to fight in the Vietnam war, this was especially of interest to me. The author brings back a favorite character from The General's Daughter, Paul Brenner. This too is part of the reason I always come back to DeMille. Just love these characters with good sarcastic sense of humor and tell it like it is, no matter who he offends, including the Communist leaders in Vietnam. This was a fascinating read with Brenner on the case trying to solve a murder which happened during the war, but committed by our own troops. This leads him into dark scandalous territory, incriminating a leading political figure who happens to be running as candidate in the next national election. DeMille is a masterful story-teller building up the suspense and intrigue of this novel as never before.

The reader will be up late at night and not able to put this one down.
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