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Original Essays | September 30, 2014

Brian Doyle: IMG The Rude Burl of Our Masks



One day when I was 12 years old and setting off on my newspaper route after school my mom said will you stop at the doctor's and pick up something... Continue »
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    Children and Other Wild Animals

    Brian Doyle 9780870717543

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Turn of Mind by Alice Laplante
Turn of Mind

Liza, June 23, 2014

"My Name is Jennifer White. I am 64 years old. I have dementia."
It's hard to believe TURN OF MIND is Alice LaPlante's first novel. Disguised as a murder mystery, the real reason to read this book is the realistic portrayal of the deterioration of a woman's mind through Alzheimer's Disease. This story is written in 1st person through a series of journal entries by Jennifer White, a former orthopedic surgeon now descending into late-stage dementia who is also a person of interest in the investigation into her best friend's murder. It is a moving study of someone contending with memory loss. We can feel her frustration. Her confusion. Her anger. Eloquently written, highly recommended.
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City of Refuge: A Novel by Tom Piazza
City of Refuge: A Novel

Liza, March 3, 2014

The story of two families' experiences before, during and after Hurricane Katrina. The story is told from two points of view: that of an African American family living in the ninth ward, and of a young white family who evacuates before the storm and witnesses the devastation from afar. Heartbreaking but ultimately hopeful. Written by an author who obviously loves New Orleans and it's people, music, food & community. Highly recommended.
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The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes
The Shining Girls

Liza, August 4, 2013

This novel is a cross between THE TIME TRAVELER'S WIFE and SILENCE OF THE LAMBS. A serial killer that can time travel, and therefore can never be caught: the killer in this engaging book meets his young victims when they are children, and returns decades later to murder them. Except one of the victims survives and pursues him. Set in Chicago from the Depression up to the 1990's, the historical details of a city changing through the killer's eyes was an added bonus (think THE DEVIL IN THE WHITE CITY). High recommended.
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The Lock Artist by Steve Hamilton
The Lock Artist

Liza, February 7, 2013

A unique crime thriller about a teenager, mute since a childhood trama, who has the ability to crack open ANY safe. A safecracker who must keep things to himself? He is instantly in demand--by the wrong people. Told from the viewpoint of the "Lock Artist", whose thoughts are smart, sarcastic & heartbreaking, this is a must read. Highly recommended.
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I'd Know You Anywhere by Laura Lippman
I'd Know You Anywhere

Liza, December 29, 2010

A novel whose storyline is ripped from the headlines: a 15-year old is kidnapped and kept by her abductor for 40 days before being rescued. The story is told in flashbacks by the victim, now a contented 40-ish stay-at-home-mother. She is contacted by her kidnapper on Death Row, requesting a personal visit.
I have enjoyed everything I've read by Laura Lippman, and this is no exception. Recommended.
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