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Looking for Salvation at the Dairy Queen by Susan Gregg Gilmore
Looking for Salvation at the Dairy Queen

Susan Dawson, July 22, 2009

This is a great novel which I read several months ago. It is probably more of a woman's book, but the book is an upper--something to read when one is down in the dumps. It several steps above chick-lit.

As a teen in the 1950s. I savored many a dilly bar, especially the chocolate/chocolate variety, so I could identify with the protagonist....Highly re- commended.
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Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
Outlander

Susan Dawson, May 22, 2009

Great series, but the author is much too wordy. If you like well-plotted novels, you will enjoy this fantasy/love story. However, I would suggest buying your own books so that you do not have to worry about returning books on time to a library. Many copies are available for purchase. I believe that the series would make a great movie, but the casting would be difficult.
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The Tin Roof Blowdown (Dave Robicheaux Mysteries) by James Lee Burke
The Tin Roof Blowdown (Dave Robicheaux Mysteries)

Susan Dawson, July 18, 2008

Burke is a favorite of mine. I bought an autographed copy of this book when it first came out. The author's description of the aftemath of Katrina is worth the price I paid.
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The Jewel Trader of Pegu by Jeffrey Hantover
The Jewel Trader of Pegu

Susan Dawson, March 30, 2008

I first read this novel in an Advanced Reader's Edition from HarperCollins First Look Program, and although I often send my uncorrected proof copies from HarperCollins out into the world via BookCrossing.com, I have kept this debut novel because it is truly a wonderful book, a historical romance set in the late sixteenth century in a location about which I knew very little.

Although my paperback copy is only 227 pages long, Jeffrey Hanover has in The Jewel Trader of Pegu painted a pictutre of a land and an occupation that I had thought little about. Inspiration for the novel came from just a single sentence discovered in Vietnam in a book about Southeast Asian history.

Through the correspondence to his homeland far away Abraham, the young jewel trader, swept me into a fascinating world.

The blending of two cultures is historically accurate, and the map depicting Pegu and the shorelines of the East Indies at the front of the book increased my understanding of the world in which Abraham and his wife Mya lived.
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Blood Diamonds: Tracing the Deadly Path of the World's Most Precious Stones by Greg Campbell
Blood Diamonds: Tracing the Deadly Path of the World's Most Precious Stones

Susan Dawson, July 23, 2007

I will never look at a diamond again in the same way as I did before discovering this book. I listened to an unabridged audio version. At first when I ordered the audio from Recorded Books Unlimited (Sorry, Powell's.),
I thought it was fiction, Chills ran down my spine when I discovered that the narrator was telling a true tale. "Diamonds are forever."--a sentence that now
brings images of death at the hands (literally) of the poor who risk their lives in the diamond fields controlled by the robber barons of this century.
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