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Tell the Wolves I'm Home. by Carol Rifka Brunt by Carol Rifka Brunt
Tell the Wolves I'm Home. by Carol Rifka Brunt

jksquires, March 27, 2014

One could call this a great coming-of-age novel, but it is much more than that. June is a 14-year old suburban girl in the mid-1980's. Her uncle Finn has been godfather and a crucial part of her life and when he dies he leaves behind an intriguing portrait of June and her older sister. Finn, is an an accomplished painter, a gay man who succumbs to AIDS in the early days of the "gay plague." June reluctantly befriends his surviving partner, an Englishman with a checkered past and a deep and satisfying story results. The voice of June is one of the most authentic I've ever encountered.
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Tell the Wolves I'm Home. by Carol Rifka Brunt by Carol Rifka Brunt
Tell the Wolves I'm Home. by Carol Rifka Brunt

jksquires, March 27, 2014

One could call this a great coming-of-age novel, but it is much more than that. June is a 14-year old suburban girl in the mid-1980's. Her uncle Finn has been godfather and a crucial part of her life and when he dies he leaves behind an intriguing portrait of June and her older sister. Finn, is an an accomplished painter, a gay man who succumbs to AIDS in the early days of the "gay plague." June reluctantly befriends his surviving partner, an Englishman with a checkered past and a deep and satisfying story results. The voice of June is one of the most authentic I've ever encountered.
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Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital by Sheri Fink
Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital

jksquires, March 5, 2014

Thought provoking is undoubtedly an overused description, but if this book doesn't provoke you to think long and hard about such issues as euthanasia, rationing medical resources, and the tragedy of Katrina, nothing will. When a decision was made to speed the demise of patients with DNR orders, was it an extraordinarily compassionate and brave one, or was it an overstepping of a physician's oath to first do no harm? That the situation was dire and healthcare professionals were heroic in a manner most of us could not imagine facing is quite clear, but the 45 bodies left behind at Memorial Hospital provoked many lingering and complex questions. This book really is about life and death and the razor's edge involved in decisions made in the wake of Katrina.
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Dark Voyage: A Novel by Alan Furst
Dark Voyage: A Novel

jksquires, January 28, 2014

This is not the usual genre I'm drawn to, but Alan Furst is an incredible writer. His story of a Dutch merchant ship commandeered by British intelligence is full of fascinating characters and a compelling tale of traveling through very dangerous oceans in the early days of World War II. The Dutch captain, Erik DeHaan, is a thoroughly decent yet world weary man. His international crew is fascinating, as are two unexpected passengers. Discovering a great author is a passion of mine, and I look forward to reading all of Furst's novels.
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The Daughters of Mars by Thomas Keneally
The Daughters of Mars

jksquires, October 16, 2013

This is a beautifully written panoramic novel by the great Thomas Keneally. It tells the story of two sisters who leave their homestead in Australia both to volunteer as nurses in the Great War. The two sisters, Naomi and Sally, are not particularly close before this life changing experience, but come to understand each other and grow closer through their harrowing war-time experiences. Keneally's attention to detail is astonishing. The author based his novel on journals of nurses who served in World War I and he has worked a true magic in bringing them to life and the lesson of the futility of war is one for all conflicts to come.
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