HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN

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FUN MURDER MYSTERY AND GOODREADS CHOICE AWARD 2013!

THIS IS THE NINTH CHIEF INSPECTOR GEMACHE MYSTERY SO READ SOME OF THE OTHERS.

PUBLISHERS DESCRIPTION:

“There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.” —Leonard Cohen

Christmas is approaching, and in Québec it’s a time of dazzling snowfalls, bright lights, and gatherings with friends in front of blazing hearths. But shadows are falling on the usually festive season for Chief Inspector Armand Gamache. Most of his best agents have left the Homicide Department, his old friend and lieutenant Jean-Guy Beauvoir hasn’t spoken to him in months, and hostile forces are lining up against him. When Gamache receives a message from Myrna Landers that a longtime friend has failed to arrive for Christmas in the village of Three Pines, he welcomes the chance to get away from the city. Mystified by Myrna’s reluctance to reveal her friend’s name, Gamache soon discovers the missing woman was once one of the most famous people not just in North America, but in the world, and now goes unrecognized by virtually everyone except the mad, brilliant poet Ruth Zardo.

As events come to a head, Gamache is drawn ever deeper into the world of Three Pines. Increasingly, he is not only investigating the disappearance of Myrna’s friend but also seeking a safe place for himself and his still-loyal colleagues. Is there peace to be found even in Three Pines, and at what cost to Gamache and the people he holds dear?

How the Light Gets In is the ninth Chief Inspector Gamache Novel from Louise Penny.

One of Publishers Weekly‘s Best Mystery/Thriller Books of 2013

One of The Washington Post‘s Top 10 Books of the Year

An NPR Best Book of 2013

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MEET THE DEVIL

THE MAN WHO BUILT BOXES

THESE WERE FUN SHORT STORIES – NONE TOOK MORE THAN 30 MINUTES TO READ – A GOOD READ WHILE WORKING OUT ON THE TREADMILL!  IT WAS NICE TO BE ABLE TO PUT THE BOOK DOWN BETWEEN STORIES AND READ ANOTHER BOOK WITHOUT LOSING THE PLOT OR MOMENTUM.  I’M NOT USUALLY A FAN OF SHORT STORIES BUT THESE WORKED WELL FOR ME…

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In these twelve stories, you’ll meet a remarkable cast of complex, quirky characters tangled up in the limits they’ve put on their lives. Driven by love or loneliness, like the man in the title, they’ve boxed themselves in. Frank Tavares tells their stories with humor and compassion. And while the themes may be familiar””crumbling marriages, feuding neighbors, sparring business partners, and the endless searching for what might have been””here they become fresh, unpredictable, and surprising. This exciting debut collection from a first-rate storyteller will haunt and fascinate you long after you finish reading. You may never look at a chance pick-up in a bar the same way again.

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PLAYING WITH POISON

PLAYING WITH POISON

A CUTE MURDER MYSTERY WITH SOME “WHO DUN IT” AND SOME FLIRTING AND ROMANCE.  FIND OUT WHO HAS THE MEANS, MOTIVE AND OPPORTUNITY!  A VERY EASY READ WITH A SHORT SUSPENSE SCENE AT THE END!  EASY TO DEVOUR ON A COLD, SNOWY DAY STUCK INSIDE BY THE FIRE!

I got this kindle book free at BOOKBUB – try it!

Publisher Description

Pool shark Jessie Hewitt usually knows where the balls will fall and how the game will end. But when a body lands on her couch, and the cute cop in her kitchen accuses her of murder, even Jessie isn’t sure what will happen next. Playing with Poison is a cozy mystery with a lot of humor, a little romance, and far too much champagne.

One dead body, one sexy police officer, and one very confused pool player. Let the games begin! Jessie Hewitt has to catch the killer… or she’ll be suspect number one. A cozy mystery with over 100 five-star reviews on Amazon.

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WHEN GIRLFRIENDS MAKE CHOICES

WHEN GIRLFRIENDS MAKE CHOICES

THIS WAS A VERY EASY READ WITH VERY LITTLE PLOT.  AT TIMES I JUST WANTED TO REACH IN AND STRANGLE LARA FOR THE CHOICES SHE IS MAKING!  SHE IS TURNING 30 AND ALL HER FRIENDS ARE IN SOLID RELATIONSHIPS OR GETTING MARRIED.  NO REASON TO BECOME OBSESSED WITH THE FORBIDDEN LOVE OF AN OFFICE RELATIONSHIP TO A MARRIED MAN!  AND LARA IS NOT HIS FIRST – OBVIOUSLY SHE WON’T BE THE LAST! FUN READ IF YOU NEED SOMETHING LIGHT AND AIRY!

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Lara Kearns has it all — loyal friends, a good job, and a great education. Now she just needs is someone to share it all with. She thinks that Paul Mackenzie might be the one. But he has a secret that will throw her into a moral quandary…

Publisher Description

A novel about forbidden love, the choices you make, and discovering what’s important in life.

Lara Kearns has it all. She has her MBA, a successful career in advertising in Seattle, and she’s even living with her best friend and single mom, Robin. Reliable, dedicated, and eager, Lara is the resident go-to-girl, and she wouldn’t have it any other way.

Lara’s that girl who has everything going for her…everything, that is, except for true love. With the big 3-0 on its way and no man in sight, Lara wonders if she’ll always be married to her career, or her cat, and never find the One.

But then, when she least expects it, a handsome and suave executive at her firm, Paul Mackenzie, makes a pass at her. Hesitant at first about striking up an office romance, Lara eventually finds herself falling for her charming colleague. And the best part? Paul is falling in love with Lara, too!

What happens, though, when the man of your dreams loves you… and his wife?

Battling with what the head and the heart want, Lara finds herself in a precarious situation. Life is spiraling out of control, but with the support of her therapist and friends, Lara must make a choice. Is she really prepared to chase after love… at all costs?

This is a provocative story about struggling between right and wrong. About what you will or won’t do for true love. About what happens when girlfriends make choices.

While this Women’s Fiction novel is Book #3 in the When Girlfriends collection, it can be read as a stand-alone.

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THE STORYTELLER

THE STORYTELLER

WHAT A GREAT BOOK – I LOVED IT FROM START TO FINISH.  IT WAS NOT AT ALL WHAT I EXPECTED BUT WAS SURPRISING PLEASED EVEN TO THE VERY END WHICH WAS EVEN MORE SHOCKING THAN THE STORIES THAT UNFOLDED.  I THINK NANA WAS THE ACTUAL STORYTELLER BUT THERE WERE SEVERAL STORIES INTERTWINED IN THE BOOK.  READ AND ENJOY!

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Some stories live forever . . .

Sage Singer is a baker. She works through the night, preparing the day’s breads and pastries, trying to escape a reality of loneliness, bad memories, and the shadow of her mother’s death. When Josef Weber, an elderly man in Sage’s grief support group, begins stopping by the bakery, they strike up an unlikely friendship. Despite their differences, they see in each other the hidden scars that others can’t, and they become companions.

Everything changes on the day that Josef confesses a long-buried and shameful secret—one that nobody else in town would ever suspect—and asks Sage for an extraordinary favor. If she says yes, she faces not only moral repercussions, but potentially legal ones as well. With her own identity suddenly challenged, and the integrity of the closest friend she’s ever had clouded, Sage begins to question the assumptions and expectations she’s made about her life and her family. When does a moral choice become a moral imperative? And where does one draw the line between punishment and justice, forgiveness and mercy?

In this searingly honest novel, Jodi Picoult gracefully explores the lengths we will go in order to protect our families and to keep the past from dictating the future.

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SPARROW MIGRATIONS

SPARROW MIGRATIONS

I DOWNLOADED THIS AS A FREE BOOK FROM BOOKBUB SO I DID NOT HAVE HIGH EXPECTATIONS.  HOWEVER, IT WAS A REALLY GREAT STORY ABOUT SEVERAL PEOPLE WHO WERE ON THE PLANE THAT CRASHED INTO THE HUDSON JANUARY 15, 2009 OR WERE ON SIGHTSEEING FERRIES AND WITNESSED THE CRASH.  THE EVENT TRULY CHANGED THESE PEOPLE’S LIVES AND TRULY BECAME A MIRACLE FOR EACH OF THEM!  ENJOY!

I RECOMMEND JOINING BOOKBUB!

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January 15, 2009. Hudson River, New York City.
Robby Palmer, a 12-year-old boy with autism, witnesses the “Miracle on the Hudson” from a sightseeing ferry and becomes obsessed with the birds that caused the plane crash.
Passengers Deborah and Christopher are trying to escape their infertility struggle when Flight 1549 plunges them into the icy river.
Preacher’s wife Brett Stevens has hidden a secret for years. She’s aboard the ferry, too, where the eye of a TV camera threatens to expose her.
Their lives intersect in Sparrow Migrations, the braided narrative of ordinary people transformed by an extraordinary event — and by each other.
Sparrow Migrations was a semifinalist in the 2011 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest. In a review of contest manuscripts, Publishers Weekly said: “The plot lines are sophisticated, the characters intricately drawn, and the book has a remarkably strong voice… brimming with humanity and grace.”

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THE KITE RUNNER

Click here to view eBook details for The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

I AM ASHAMED TO SAY I WAS NOT GOING TO READ THIS BOOK BECAUSE OF THE AUTHOR’S NAME!  THAT’S NOT USUALLY HOW I OPERATE BUT 911 IS STILL SO FRESH IN MY MEMORY – IT IS HARD TO OVERCOME.  SO, I PUT THE BOOK ON MY WISH LIST LAST YEAR AND THEN KHALED HOSSEINI’S “AND THE MOUNTAINS ECHOED” WON ALL KINDS OF AWARDS IN 2103.  WHEN I CHECKED THE LIBRARY, THE KITE RUNNER WAS AVAILABLE AND I SCOOPED IT UP!

I REALLY LOVED THE STORY.  IT IS ABOUT TWO BOYS GROWING UP (ONE THE SON OF A WEALTHY MAN; THE OTHER THE SON OF THE WEALTHY MAN’S SERVANT) AS FRIENDS IN THE  AFGHANI WORLD OF THE 1970’S.  LIVING THROUGH THE TAKE OVER BY THE TELEBAN YET WORKING THROUGH THEIR OWN CHILDHOOD STRUGGLES.  THE STORY IS WOVEN SO INTRICATELY YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND ALL THE COMPLEXITIES UNTIL THE LAST FEW CHAPTERS.  IT SHOWS WE ARE ALL HUMANS WITH WEAKNESSES BELOW THE SURFACE BUT WE CAN ALWAYS STRIVE TO BE BETTER AND OVERCOME THOSE WEAKNESSES!  A RECOMMENDED GOOD READ!

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The New York Times bestseller and international classic loved by millions of readers.

The unforgettable, heartbreaking story of the unlikely friendship between a wealthy boy and the son of his father’s servant, The Kite Runner is a beautifully crafted novel set in a country that is in the process of being destroyed. It is about the power of reading, the price of betrayal, and the possibility of redemption; and an exploration of the power of fathers over sons—their love, their sacrifices, their lies.

A sweeping story of family, love, and friendship told against the devastating backdrop of the history of Afghanistan over the last thirty years, The Kite Runner is an unusual and powerful novel that has become a beloved, one-of-a-kind classic.

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THE POISONWOOD BIBLE

THE POISONWOOD BIBLE

THIS IS A WONDERFUL STORY ABOUT LIFE AND LIFE CHOICES.  IT DOES NOT ONLY DEPICT THE AFRICAN CONGO OVER A 30 YEAR STRUGGLE FOR INDEPENDENCE BUT HOW OUR FAITH IS SHAPED; HOW ONE MAN’S CHOICES AFFECTED THE LIVES OF HIS WIFE AND FOUR CHILDREN.  IT IS ABOUT FAMILY, LOVE AND LOSS, SURVIVAL!  IT MADE ME APPRECIATE THE LIFE I HAVE – UNDERSTANDING IT IS NOT THE POSSESSIONS OR MONEY OR STATUS THAT IS IMPORTANT BUT THE PERSON I HAVE BECOME AND THOSE I CHOOSE TO LOVE AND SHARE LIFE WITH.  AS ZAK BROWN PUT IT “FORGET THE THINGS THAT YOU CAN’T CHANGE, FORGIVE THE ONES YOU CAN…YOU GOTTA LET IT GO!”

HERE IS THE LIBRARY SYNOPSIS OF THE BOOK:

  • The Poisonwood Bible is a story told by the wife and four daughters of Nathan Price, a fierce, evangelical Baptist who takes his family and mission to the Belgian Congo in 1959. They carry with them everything they believe they will need from home, but soon find that all of it–from garden seeds to Scripture–is calamitously transformed on African soil. What follows is a suspenseful epic of one family’s tragic undoing and remarkable reconstruction over the course of three decades in postcolonial Africa. The novel is set against one of the most dramatic political chronicles of the twentieth century: the Congo’s fight for independence from Belgium, the murder of its first elected prime minister, the CIA coup to install his replacement, and the insidious progress of a world economic order that robs the fledgling African nation of its autonomy. Against this backdrop, Orleanna Price reconstructs the story of her evangelist husband’s part in the Western assault on Africa, a tale indelibly darkened by her own losses and unanswerable questions about her own culpability. Also narrating the story, by turns, are her four daughters–the self-centered, teenaged Rachel; shrewd adolescent twins Leah and Adah; and Ruth May, a prescient five-year-old. These sharply observant girls, who arrive in the Congo with racial preconceptions forged in 1950s Georgia, will be marked in surprisingly different ways by their father’s intractable mission, and by Africa itself. Ultimately each must strike her own separate path to salvation. Their passionately intertwined stories become a compelling exploration of moral risk and personal responsibility.Dancing between the dark comedy of human failings and the breathtaking possibilities of human hope, The Poisonwood Bible possesses all that has distinguished Barbara Kingsolver’s previous work, and extends this beloved writer’s vision to an entirely new level. Taking its place alongside the classic works of postcolonial literature, this ambitious novel establishes Kingsolver as one of the most thoughtful and daring of modern writers.
WHILE I WAS READING THIS STORY, MY HUSBAND AND I WATCHED AN OLD BOB HOPE MOVIE (Call Me Bwana
1963 Film) WHERE HE WAS SENT ON A MISSION IN AFRICA.  TWO THINGS STRUCK ME – HOW SIMPLISTIC MOVIES WERE BACK THEN AND EVEN THOUGH IT WAS MEANT TO BE A COMEDY, HOW RIDICULOUS THEIR DEPICTION OF AFRICA WAS!

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THE BURGESS BOYS

THE BURGESS BOYS

I REALLY ENJOYED THIS BOOK – A GREAT STORY FROM START TO FINISH.  IT FEELS SO TRUE BECAUSE EVERY FAMILY HAS A “STORY”!  OH! IT WOULD BE FUN TO WRITE OURS!

HERE IS THE LIBRARY SYNOPSIS:

Elizabeth Strout “animates the ordinary with an astonishing force,” wrote The New Yorker on the publication of her Pulitzer Prize–winning Olive Kitteridge. The San Francisco Chronicle praised Strout’s “magnificent gift for humanizing characters.” Now the acclaimed author returns with a stunning novel as powerful and moving as any work in contemporary literature.

Haunted by the freak accident that killed their father when they were children, Jim and Bob Burgess escaped from their Maine hometown of Shirley Falls for New York City as soon as they possibly could. Jim, a sleek, successful corporate lawyer, has belittled his bighearted brother their whole lives, and Bob, a Legal Aid attorney who idolizes Jim, has always taken it in stride. But their long-standing dynamic is upended when their sister, Susan–the Burgess sibling who stayed behind–urgently calls them home. Her lonely teenage son, Zach, has gotten himself into a world of trouble, and Susan desperately needs their help. And so the Burgess brothers return to the landscape of their childhood, where the long-buried tensions that have shaped and shadowed their relationship begin to surface in unexpected ways that will change them forever.

With a rare combination of brilliant storytelling, exquisite prose, and remarkable insight into character, Elizabeth Strout has brought to life two deeply human protagonists whose struggles and triumphs will resonate with readers long after they turn the final page. Tender, tough-minded, loving, and deeply illuminating about the ties that bind us to family and home, The Burgess Boys is Elizabeth Strout’s newest and perhaps most astonishing work of literary art.

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