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Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands by Chris Bohjalian
Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands

Paula-maine, July 31, 2014

Raw and heartbreaking, this novel is very different from the other CB novels I've read. The narrator is 15 year old Emily, who has survived a nuclear reactor explosion in The Kingdom of Vermont. Her story is told in journal format, which I also enjoyed. Emily has the heart of a poet, and she peppers her story with Emily Dickinson quotes. When the title is revealed, it is perfect.
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The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
The Ocean at the End of the Lane

Paula-maine, October 18, 2013

Rating 3.5
My first experience with a Neil Gaiman book, and the creepiness was so vivid that I wanted to stop . . . But I went back to it and ended up thinking NG is an astounding author because of the strong reaction I had to his storyline and the imagery. Let's just say that monster Ursula Monkton enters the story as a very vivid attachment to our narrator's boyhood foot! A story of nightmares, isolation, family dysfunction, strong women and a little kid who loves to read. Great writing but due to the scariness, only a 3.5. I'm willing to try more!
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The Submission by Amy Waldman
The Submission

Paula-maine, May 1, 2013

Amy Waldman has crafted a fascinating account of a fictional contest to design the 9/11 memorial. The strength of her narrative lies in her believable portrayal of many differing voices affected by the chosen design. Surprisingly, the winner is revealed to be a Muslim American architect. With her journalistic background and experiences in the international forum, Waldman creates empathy for all of these varied voices. I recommend this very topical read.
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Powell's Meadowlark Mug by Powell's Merchandise
Powell's Meadowlark Mug

Paula-maine, August 19, 2012

My new favorite mug! I love the size, the shape, and especially the logo! Powell's has been my favorite Oregon spot-to-visit since I started going there on dates in high school (41 years ago) until last week, when I made my annual trek home to the Rose City. The mug is a daily reminder of the best bookstore, city and state.
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August Gale: A Father and Daughter's Journey Into the Storm by Barbara Walsh
August Gale: A Father and Daughter's Journey Into the Storm

Paula-maine, April 21, 2012

August Gale is the perfect book to read on the anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. Barbara Walsh tells her family's story through two parallel narrative lines. One tells of a small Newfoundland fishing community and the struggles of the sea-faring folks (many of her relatives) to deal with a 1935 hurricane. The other storyline tells of Barbara's journey, along with her father and five sisters, to reconnect with the memories of the grandfather who had abandoned his family. My favorite part was the colorful story of the folks in Marystown, both before and after the August storm. Highly recommended.
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