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The Storyteller Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781439102770
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Published: Atria/Emily Bestler Books - November 5th, 2013

Jodi always tells a good story and this is one of her best in years. The eponymous storyteller is a Holocaust survivor, living in the same small town in New Hampshire as a former Nazi SS officer. The officer has changed his name but he can't change his past. This is only the main storyline - there are many more including a story inside the story. The ending is completely unpredictable - I didn't guess it


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Autobiography of Mark Twain: Volume 1, Reader’s Edition Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780520272255
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Published: University of California Press - March 26th, 2012

Volume Two is very interesting as was the first volume. I'm guessing that most readers ( myself included ) are not familiar with some of the people and events Mark Twain mentions. Some of the big scandals of his time are forgotten now. This volume is as discursive as the first.  I love reading American History written by someone who lived it -- he seems to know everyone!


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When the Emperor Was Divine Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385721813
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Published: Anchor - October 14th, 2003

Suppose this happened to you. One day you receive a letter from the US government. You are being notified that you and your family and almost everyone you know are to be evacuated from your homes in two days. You do not know your destination (there have been rumors) or the duration of time that you will be away. Japanese Americans living on our west coast actually had this happen to them after the bombing of Pearl Harbor in what is now called the Japanese internment. This evocative and insightful novel tells the story of one such family. It all happened. It's true. Yes, this happened in the United States of America in the early 1940s. This book would make a great book club selection. I highly recommend it.


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I Capture the Castle Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780312201654
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - March 15th, 1999

This is the book J.K. Rowling says was her favorite book when she was an adolescent. Once you read it you'll know why she loved it so.


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The Cat's Table (Vintage International) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307744418
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Published: Vintage - June 12th, 2012

I would definitely recommend this novel! It takes place in the 1950's with three 11-year-old boys on a ship departing Columbo and heading to England. The voice of the boys is perfect. As the mother of three boys, their timeless antics rang true. Lots of mayhem, some of which is serious mayhem. They are seated at the most lowly table in the dining room, the Cat's Table.


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River of Smoke: A Novel (The Ibis Trilogy #2) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250013750
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Published: Picador - October 2nd, 2012

This new novel takes place in China and closely follows the characters and events in Sea of Poppies. The how and why of 19th century China vs. outsiders is the focus in this second volume in the trilogy. What will happen next?


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Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780767929714
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Published: Anchor - June 12th, 2012

So who killed Garfield? The assassin or the doctors? Yes, she wrote that great book about Teddy Roosevelt (River of Doubt). This book is the perfect choice for the history lover in your family.


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Miss Lina's Ballerinas Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780312382438
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - October 26th, 2010

This is the book I gave to my 5 year-old granddaughter! It is fun to read over and over.