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Q&A | February 27, 2014

Rene Denfeld: IMG Powell’s Q&A: Rene Denfeld

Describe your latest book. The Enchanted is a story narrated by a man on death row. The novel was inspired by my work as a death penalty... Continue »
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    The Enchanted

    Rene Denfeld 9780062285508


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So Much for That by Lionel Shriver
So Much for That

hipwatermama, January 1, 2011

Imagine reading a book about dying and death and having a good laugh here and there. That is what So Much for That felt like. I was immediately taken in by the characters personalities and very realistic issues surrounding family matters. The plot and subplots exposed personal issues in a raw manner and had me in hysterics then tears. Shipped with my Powell's Indiespensable order, I had never hear of this author, and now I will read others works she has written.
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Esty's Gold by Mary Arrigan
Esty's Gold

hipwatermama, December 20, 2010

I found this book while searching for middle reader novels that represent a global perspective. Esty's Gold is just that. Opening in Ireland during the potato famine, Esty's father is a middleman for the landowner Lord who lives in Britain. He will not force his fellow farmers to leave after they have sold all their animals and have no means to pay the land fees, and he is pressured to do so, resulting in his death. Unable to stay in their house on the estate, Esty's mother is forced to make the hard decision to send Esty to be a maidservant for the miller's wife. Uncomfortable with the situation, Esty hatches a plan that takes her mother, grandfather and some new friends to Australia in search of gold.
This is a twist in the tale of immigration from Ireland to the United States. The story features a strong and intelligent young girl who is faced with much hardship. There is adventure and action to keep it moving, perfect for upper elementary age readers.
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The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly
The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate

hipwatermama, March 10, 2010

Calpurnia Tate is a formidable character who drew me into the world of Fentress, Texas in 1899. This engaging story is a must read for historical fiction fans and future naturalists. Bravo on a first novel for Jacqueline Kelly.
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The Whistling Season by Ivan Doig
The Whistling Season

hipwatermama, March 10, 2010

Doig is my new favorite wordsmith. He crafts a remarkable story that has me reflecting on the characters and the text style all at once. Not distracting but pleasurable, Doig renewed my memories of Latin and had me thinking about words. This uncanny skill plays a important role in the story's closing. This is a book not to miss!
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Shadow Tag by Louise Erdrich
Shadow Tag

hipwatermama, March 7, 2010

Tears rolled down my cheeks as I sat on the Yellow Line finishing the last section of Shadow Tag.

Louise Erdrich creates a world of art in this narrated double journal account of woman who struggles with her identities in life. Weaving together threads of her life as a wife, artistic model for her husband's America paintings, mother, drunk, grad student in art history, and Native American, the story and her journals drew me into the day to day struggles of this family. Imagery of loss and failure overlays 'normal' life with a jealous artist husband, and their three children. Longing to separate from the despair and dependency she has with her lover/spouse, this woman can not really break free, leaving her daughter to pick up the pieces of this and tell her story.
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