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Original Essays | August 18, 2014

Ian Leslie: IMG Empathic Curiosity



Today, we wonder anxiously if digital media is changing our brains. But if there's any time in history when our mental operations changed... Continue »
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Bones Never Lie by Kathy Reichs
Bones Never Lie

janmah51, August 12, 2014

Forensic anthropologist, Temperance Brennan is called in to the Charlotte PD's Cold Case Unit. She meets up again with detective Andrew Ryan. Anique Pemerleau has been linked to murder victims in Vermont and North Carolina, and earlier had almost killed Brennan. Another child is taken and Brennan and Ryan have to stop the killings.
This is a great series, interesting characters and great action. In this book a lot of storylines are neatly wrapped up. The ending is very satisfying on several different levels. If you love this series and the TV show Bones, this is a must read.
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The Last Forever by Deb Caletti
The Last Forever

janmah51, June 25, 2014

Tessa is 17 when her mother dies. Her father isn't much help as he is grieving and in a daze. They take a road trip the ends up on Parrish Island where he leaves Tess with her grandmother, Jenny. Through the whole trip, she has carried a rare plant called a pixieball that belonged to her mom. Only the further she travels the plant becomes sicker and sicker. She is afraid she'll loose the last tread to her mother and seeks to find a way to heal the little plant. She meets Henry Lark and falls in love. This is an emotional and sometimes funny book. It explores the dynamics of grief and how different people deal with it.
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Lucky Us by Amy Bloom
Lucky Us

janmah51, May 15, 2014

The story is set in 1939-1949 and travels from Hollywood to Long Island. Eva is 12 when she is left on her father's porch. She discovers she has a half sister, Iris. They become close and Eva follows Iris to Hollywood to pursue Iris' dreams of becoming a film star. There are scandals and they leave Hollywood and Iris' dreams to head to a new life in New York.
This is a story of family and what does and does not make a family. There are a lot of characters. You will enjoy meeting them all. This was an easy and enjoyable read. I'd recommend it to anyone who loves great characters and a good story.
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Some Girls, Some Hats and Hitler: A True Love Story by Trudi Kanter
Some Girls, Some Hats and Hitler: A True Love Story

janmah51, April 24, 2014

Some Girls, Some Hats and Hitler by Trudi Kanter
Trudi Miller in 1938 was a beautiful, chic and charismatic hat designer in Vienna. While traveling abroad for fashion shows and materials, friends warn her about the coming war and encourage her to not return to Vienna. She will not abandon her parents nor the love of her life, Walter. Trudi uses her smarts and connections to escape with both the parents and Walter to London.
The book was first published in London in 1984 and res-discovered by a British editor in 2011.
A very good story, sometimes you forget it is a true story and not a novel. It shows how it what could happen to well known, well off people in Europe just because they were Jewish.
I enjoyed this book, and loved Trudi's spunk and determination to survive and even thrive in war torn Europe.
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The Sun and Other Stars by Brigid Pasulka
The Sun and Other Stars

janmah51, March 10, 2014

Twenty-two year old Etto lives in the small resort seaside town of San Benedetto in Italy. The story takes place a year agter he loses both his twin brother and his mother. his father is the local butcher. His father is obsessed with soccer, as was his brother. Etto often retreats to the hills above the town to "talk" t his brother.
Yuri Fil is a soccer star who is retreating as well, only from international scandal. He winds up in San Benedetto with his sister, the lovely Zhuki. They strike up a friendship with Etto. Etto is now swept into their circle of sport and celebrity. This is a lovely tale of family, friends and the healing effect of sports. Soccer becomes the glue that holds a town and it's people together.
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