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Away by Amy Bloom
Away

Teresa Borden, April 27, 2013

Fascinating story about Lillian Leyb's journey from Russia,(where she survived the massacre of her husband and family and lost her young daughter,) to New York, then Chicago and Seattle, all the way up into Alaska on a focused quest to find her daughter, who she finds out may still be alive. Amazing evocation of the 20s era across the nation. Bittersweet ending which struck my heart, with love at last perhaps a compensation for her loss.
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The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker
The Age of Miracles

Teresa Borden, November 23, 2012

What is most interesting about this story is how relationships unfold for the main character, eleven-(almost twelve)-year-old Julia: with her crush on the cool but reticent skate-boarder guy at the bus stop; with her parents and grandfather; with the piano teacher across the street (and how things evolve between the piano teacher and her father.) And then, things become even more interesting, as we see how her understanding of these relationships and of life in general evolves with, not only the passing of adolescent time, but with the changes everyone is adapting to. This is fiction at its best: believable and heart-wrenching.
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Riding the Rap by Elmore Leonard
Riding the Rap

Teresa Borden, July 23, 2012

Re-reading, after many years, the Elmore Leonard books that feature (in a somewhat minor way) the character Raylan Givens, who is played with great panache by Timothy Olyphant in the television series "Justified," I find myself captivated once again by the incomparable writing, plotting and details. The television series clearly wouldn't exist without the vision of Mr. Leonard. The story he created in 'Riding the Rap' still packs a punch and keeps the reader entranced.
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The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
The Night Circus

Teresa Borden, July 4, 2012

I don't know why I let this book sit beside my bed and gather dust for so long before picking it up. A mis-guided 'ho-hum, another magic story' attitude, I suppose. But, let me tell you, once I finally started reading, I was blown away: this is so much more than any ordinary magic tale. More than a romance, better than an adventure tale, this story will keep you engaged, guessing and amazed all the way through.
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Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel
Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic

Teresa Borden, May 27, 2012

I couldn't stop reading this illustrated memoir that just totally captivated my soul. My bedside lamp glowed long into the night as I followed Alison's journey, trying to figure out where or how it would end. I couldn't stop thinking about her story, which translated into my dreams: I was following my father in a multi-roomed house, but he turned out to be her father. Go figure.
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