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Radio Shangra-La

An existential crisis leads Lisa Napoli to take a leave of absence from her job at Marketplace at NPR to travel to Bhutan to volunteer at a youth radio station. The king of Bhutan celebrates “Gross National Happiness” rather than GNP. An exploration of what determines happiness ensues. Non-fiction. Recommended. Find in Catalog

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Death Before Wicket

Of the books that have been sitting on my reading table for six months (or longer), many have been sitting because they are Aggressively Good for Me: social action, mission studies, nurture for community, leadership, and spiritual growth. And then there’s Death Before Wicket. Death Before Wicket is a treat that I placed in my […]

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Harvard 1914

Written by a local author, this first-time novel is set on the Harvard campus during the first year of WWI. It tracks the lives of three classmates — one British, one German, and one American — during that pivotal year. The German and British students return home to fight for their respective countries. The overall […]

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Middlesex

This novel was extremely interesting and exquisitely well-written. It wasn’t exactly the kind of thing I normally read, but I cannot deny that this novel shows so much imagination, creativity and talent by Eugenides. Find in Catalog

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But Beautiful: A Book About Jazz

This book is a true TBR stalwart, since I’ve had the first-edition hardcover on my shelf since 1996, and I remember buying it at Marsh Woodwinds in Raleigh. Dyer channels the feel of improvisation in his prose examining the tortured lives of several jazz luminaries of the last century—Pres, Monk, Bud, Ben, Mingus, Chet, and […]

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The Fault in Our Stars

Well I devoured the novel in just a few hours. I really loved the wit and banter between Hazel Grace and Augustus. It was cute, charming and heart-breaking. I have no idea if this was an accurate representation of his teenagers with cancer think and process things but it felt honest and believable to me. […]

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Runaway

I need to study this book. It’s so beautiful and so compelling! The writing drew me in so subtly and sweetly that I didn’t see the emotional precipice until I had fallen into it. Each story made the pain of the fall and landing totally worthwhile. I don’t know how Ms. Munro did this, over […]

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High Wizardry

I think I like this volume better than the previous two in the series! Ms. Duane stirs spirituality into the story in a sweet, gentle sort of way. Madeline L’Engle did something similar, but with a decided Christian slant. Religion aside, Ms. Duane’s work certain stands next to that of Ms. L’Engle, as a wonderful […]

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