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The book is a collection of poems, many about the fragility of life. I especially liked “For C.”, a poem about long-lasting love which “has the quality of something made, / Like a good fiddle, like the rose’s scent, / Like a rose window or the firmament.” The linking of rose’s scent and rose window, two very different things with the same word, is something that Wilbur does a lot of in his poems. The translations are less fun.

Batman Detective Comics Vol. 4 the Wrath

This book is a must read for Bat fans. It has what they would expect in a Batman novel. The Batman has to go up against a really powerful crime boss, shadow assassin, bat-like creatures, and a man with a grudges against the police department. He does good work taking them down some. The last one makes you wonder if Batman turns his hatred for crime into a weapon and does to them what they have done to others. Will he still be a good man or not? It is worth a look to see the difference between the Batman we know and the one who could come to be.

The Lost Painting

An excellent read for art enthusiasts and mystery lovers. It reads almost like fiction in that the plot is always twisting and changing, leaving the reader guessing and eager to finish it. The book spends little time on the look of the painting, which was delightful because no one is interested in the beautiful words to describe the painting. I would recommend it.

Girl in the Road

This brilliantly creative evocation of a dystopian future will challenge your assumptions and open your mind. The two protagonists are both engaged in parallel quests, tied together by history and symbology, both characters driven by longing, loss, and the search for justice. Byrne’s compelling, hallucinatory narrative of a trans-oceanic trek across an undulating, energy-producing mechanical snake, is in itself worth the price of admission.

The Affluent Society

A classic. In 1958, with scarcity apparently mostly conquered and demand being generated by slick ads, Galbraith asks what is the appropriate new theory, since conventional economic theory was completely driven by scarcity. Of course, scarcity came roaring back in the 1970’s. Galbraith’s analysis of why we spend so little on public goods is timeless. And the politely snarky comments on just about everything are still highly entertaining.

Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker

Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker by Jennifer Chaverini is a work of excellent research and literary quality. Elizabeth Keckley’s story is realistically and sensitively portrayed, and well woven with those of other historical figures and events taking place in Washington and the country at that time. The author is a skilled writer whose storytelling captivates and transports you to the place and era of the subject, and holds your interest page by page. She also depicts all the facets of these years, their concerns and inhabitants, with a remarkable degree of dimensionality, allowing the reader to move beyond academic explanations of the period into a better understanding of how events deeply effected the people and the nation that lived through them.

A Thousand Splendid Suns

This book is written so well. Its a story filled with tragedy, friendship, death, and hope. There are so many emotions. A beautiful story about the struggle Afghanistan women have to face. It has captured me and taken me on a journey. The author a great writer and storyteller. Hands down, my favorite author of all time.

0‰ Happier: How I Tamed The Voice In My Head, Reduced Stress Without Loosing My Edge, And Found Self-Help That Actually Works—A True Story

10‰ Happier: How I Tamed The Voice In My Head, Reduced Stress Without Loosing My Edge, And Found Self-Help That Actually Works—A True Story by Dan Harris.
158.12 Harris. The title says it all! Harris is a co-anchor of Nightline and host of the weekend editors of Good Morning America. I have never laughed out loud while reading a book on mindfulness or meditation until I read this one. You will find stories about the different folks in the newsroom including Peter Jennings and Diana Sawyer, and others like Eckhart Tolle, Ted Haggard, and Deepak Chopra that Harris interviewed. This book will be of interest to seasoned mediators as well as those curious about the practice. I loved the first title he came up with for the book.

The Girl on the Road

Monica Byrne’s The Girl on the Road is set several decades from now in a world that is changing rapidly due to climate change. Meena, a young Indian woman, sets out on a quest to find the story of her parents’ murder (and her birth, which occurred simultaneously) by taking to the Trail, a floating bridge between India and Djibouti that serves as a way to harness the ocean’s energy. Interspersed with her narrative is the story of Mariama, a young escaped slave who is making her way to Ethiopia with the help of some kindly strangers. As the book progresses, the two stories begin to intersect. This is a well-written and thought provoking book, but it is also somewhat disturbing.

The Perfect Cruise

The author tells of different cruise lines reviews. He gives valuable tips for travelers from the standpoint of a cruiser rather than a travel agent working with a certain company. He takes much of the leg-work from researching particular cruise lines. This book is a must read for travel agents as well as cruise travelers!

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