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Author Archive: "Kathy H"

Pioneer, Go Home!

Back when the Florida Keys Scenic Highway was being built, they piled up mounds of earth to support the roadbed. When a family of hillbillies accidentally discovers this brand-new unclaimed land, they decide to homestead. Needless to say, the Florida authorities are not happy. It's a classic, and hilarious, case of country bumpkin versus city slicker.


The Dream Thieves (Raven Cycle #2)

How often is the second book in a series even better than the first? (Never?) Dream Thieves is the exception. Blue begins to discover which Raven boy she really loves, Adam finds his true vocation, and Ronin brings his dreams to actual physical life. I've barely touched the surface of all that happens in this book! My only question: How can book three possibly manage to keep up?


Flowers for Algernon

This is Charlie's moving journal detailing both the extreme enhancement of his intellect by an experimental drug and his subsequent loss of intelligence. As I get older, I appreciate it even more for its insights into loss of abilities, because I see an analogy to aging.


The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger

Can you trust advice from a paper finger puppet? Tommy is going to find out. Read this book! You must!


Code Name Verity

In this tale of friendship, war, and early women's aeronautics, "Verity" has been captured by the Nazis while attempting espionage in France during World War II. This story is her confession. She swears she is telling the truth, but she also admits that she is a very good liar. Code Name Verity is totally engrossing.


Family Dinner

This book is both inspiring and empowering. There are great ideas for making family meals a reality in your home. Menus, recipes, conversation starters, and much more. Besides the how-to aspect, there are stories about family meals past and present from actual people with real, active, and diverse families. This book is for any one who would like help re-connecting with their loved ones.


Daughter of Smoke and Bone

Laini Taylor writes more poetically than anyone I've read since Ursula K. Le Guin, without ever losing the momentum of her story — and what a fresh, evocative, and engrossing story. Taylor's characters live in a very believable world and struggle with decisions that have serious consequences. She doesn't offer much assurance that anyone will live happily ever after. But there is hope.


Three Dog Life

This is not a dog story (although Abby does have three dogs who are important to her). Instead, it is the honest depiction of how a woman named Abigail Thomas survived the shattering loss of her happy marriage when her husband is hit by a car and receives a traumatic brain injury. And how life can go on.


Trash

If you were so poor you had to dig through trash every day just to find enough junk you could sell to survive, what would you do if you found a wallet filled with money and, therefore, a way to leave the dump forever? Could you keep it when everyone tried to take it away?


Black Ties and Lullabies

What would it take to make a cynical, dedicated, professional bodyguard have sex with the man she's supposed to be protecting? Alcohol?  Opportunity?  Anger?  Lust? Bernie can't believe it when she finds out she's pregnant! An enjoyable read. I especially liked the well-rounded supporting characters.


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