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$15.99
ISBN-13: 9781401341336
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Published: Hyperion, 4/2010

As Connie Goodwin, a Harvard grad student, is preparing to spend the upcoming summer months working on her Ph.D. dissertation, she is asked by her mother to prepare her long-dead grandmother’s house for sale. Connie’s mother, Grace, has neglected to pay the taxes on the old, mysterious house, and she hopes to be able to sell it to pay back the money she owes. Connie reluctantly agrees and sets out to Marblehead, MA with her trusty dog to start the clean up. Connie finds the house covered in vines, filled with all sorts of odd bottles, jars, and books. While browsing through one of her grandmother’s bookshelves she comes across an antique Bible, upon opening the book Connie finds a key containing a hidden scroll bearing the name Deliverance Dane. Connie, being an excellent researcher due to her scholarly studies, sets out to discover who Deliverance Dane really was. After some intensive library research Connie realizes that Deliverance Dane was on trial for witchcraft in 1682 in Salem, MA. and sets her on the search for the “physick” book that is mentioned in the list of Deliverance’s belongings in the city’s archives. Add to this a possible romance with a handsome steeplejack named Sam, and her advisor, the unsavory Manning Chilton who may just be trying to steal Connie’s project to present as his own, and you’ve got a real page turner.

Katherine Howe, who among her family members includes Elizabeth Howe who was convicted of witchcraft in 1692, has written a spectacular first novel told in alternating chapters in Deliverance’s own voice. Was Deliverance really a witch? To find out you’ll have to pick up The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane; it’s a great summer read!

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$15.99
ISBN-13: 9780743264624
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Published: Simon & Schuster, 9/2007

American Bloomsbury is a highly readable exploration of Concord, Massachusetts during the time Louisa May Alcott, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and others called it home. A great look into one of the most important writers communities.

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$16.00
ISBN-13: 9780553384246
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Published: Bantam, 4/2008

Mildred Kalish grew up during the Depression on an Iowa farm. She does a fantastic job of recounting her and her family’s experiences during that really difficult time. I really enjoyed reading about the gardening, household chores, and cooking during a time when there was not running water or electricity in every household. You may find their resourcefulness inspiring as I did – waste not want not! This is a great read for those interested in times gone by.

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Astrid and Veronika (Paperback)

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ISBN-13: 9780143038078
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Published: Penguin Books, 2/2007

I just love this book! This first novel by Olsson tells the story of an unlikely friendship between a young writer and an elderly hermit. This is a quiet comforting little book, and I highly recommend it.

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$15.00
ISBN-13: 9780345487537
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Published: Ballantine Books, 4/2009

These short stories are like a conversation with your best girlfriends. I just love Elizabeth Berg, and I urge you to read this book, it is just so great. After reading it you will want to pick up the telephone and call your closest friend.

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Mudbound (Paperback)

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ISBN-13: 9781565126770
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Published: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 3/2009

Set in the Mississippi Delta directly following World War II, Mudbound tells the story of two families whose lives intersect for a period of time. Ronsel Jackson and Jamie McAllan are both war heroes arriving home plagued by memories of battle. Although a decorated soldier, Ronsel is not recognized as such upon his return to the country he risked his life to defend. Ronsel's family sharecrops on the farm owned by Jamie's brother Henry, and the unlikely friendship between the men of different races sets terrible events in motion neither of them would have predicted. Jordan's first novel is a great read, her writing is fluid and authentic, and I hope she has many stories to tell in the future.

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The God of War (Paperback)

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ISBN-13: 9781416563174
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Published: Simon & Schuster, 4/2009

Twelve-year-old Ares Ramirez has a lot of responsibility on his plate as a major caretaker in the life of his younger brother Malcolm, who is mentally handicapped, and trying to live a normal life with his eccentric mother in their trailer by the Salton Sea. Set in the late 1970's after the end of the Vietnam War, but living in an area still being used by the military for weapons testing, Ares' life is full of contradictions and challenges; as he befriends a troubled teenage boy he gets in over his head, with disastrous results. The God of War is an excellent novel exploring the challenges of family and circumstance.

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