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The Long Song

Posted on: December 22, 2014 at 5:41 pm, in

The Long Songby Andrea Levy July is a slave in Jamaica in the 1800s.  Life is understandably harsh, but July’s mistress, Caroline, takes a liking to her and provides her with the life of a lady’s maid which is much more genteel than the hard, forced labor of the people in the fields.  Life changes […]

State Of Wonder

Posted on: December 22, 2014 at 4:54 pm, in

State Of Wonderby Ann PatchettMarina Singh is accustomed to her quiet existence working in a pharmaceutical lab, but when her lab partner, Anders, disappears on a mission to the Amazon, Marina leaves her comfort zone to go and retrieve him.  In the jungle Marina tracks down her former mentor, Dr. Annick Swenson, and her team […]

The Back of the Turtle

Posted on: December 22, 2014 at 4:29 pm, in

The Back of the Turtleby Thomas King The Back of the Turtle, a Governor General’s award-winner,  is a little bit Tom Robbins-esque with a quirky cast of characters from various backgrounds who are linked via an environmental tragedy.  When a northern B.C. tailings pond fails, it fills a river system with toxins, killing everything in […]

Water for elephants

Posted on: December 17, 2014 at 5:34 pm, in

By Sara Gruen This is one that outdid the movie. I loved this book. I found that the author really did her homework in researching the life of a circus employee. The circus is a tough life. Living on the road always on the go; traveling from town to town. This book describes what it […]

Where’d You Go, Bernadette

Posted on: December 17, 2014 at 11:22 am, in

By Maria Semple This bestselling novel is a great pick if you are looking for a quick read. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and became quite attached to the characters. It’s funny, quirky, and there’s a bit of a mystery. Where’d You Go, Bernadette is set in Seattle so reflections on the weather and West Coast […]

Hounded

Posted on: December 12, 2014 at 9:30 am, in

by Kevin HearneThe Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 1If you’re looking for a fast, funny read and you’re a fan of mythology and magic in the modern world, here’s a great pick. Atticus O’Sullivan is the last Druid, and is just trying to live peacefully, running his bookshop and hunting (in dog-form of course) with his […]