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A Trip to the Stars: A Novel by Nicholas Christopher
A Trip to the Stars: A Novel

lindavw, February 17, 2012

A many-faceted jewell of a novel. Nicholas Christopher dishes up the mystery of life in a beautifully told series of tales. The story follows a boy and his aunt after his kidnapping at a New York planetarium. It is epic and mythic in scope: it sweeps you up from the start and carries you around the world, through the constellations, and to the dark side of the moon. It is filled with captivating characters: psychics, astonomers, arachnologists, vampires, and Atlantian researchers. A book like this is truly rare, and it has to be the most unique book I have ever read.
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The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee
The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer

lindavw, January 9, 2012

This has to be the best non-fiction book of 2011. Mukherjee demonstrates what great writing can be: intriguing and personal, never dry and always accessible. As a medical researcher and physician, he has created a compelling and compassionate work that encompasses all we we have come to know about cancer, from its first discovery in Egypt to our modern day targeted gene therapies. He has included real stories of cancer patients (many of them his own patients) and the dedicated doctors and researchers who race to find the cause and cure of the deadly spectrum of cancer diseases. It is an inspiring work and I believe it will remain as good a read in ten or twenty years as it is today.
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Fall of Giants by Ken Follett
Fall of Giants

lindavw, January 3, 2011

Sweeping saga of the first quarter (or so) of the 20th Century. The story was so compelling that I zoomed through the 800 pages, even though I knew the outcome of women's suffrage, World War I, the Russian Revolution, and the Great Depression. The story is neatly tied together with memorable characters and nice historical details. This book has very broad appeal and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a book with a good, intricate plot.
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