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China Lake

Tense, quick pace story. Moments of humor—especially involving the China Lake Museum Questions raised about why we love the people we love. And how what loyalties/prejudices we bring to the table in life affects how we justify our actions China Lake takes its name from Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake because Evan Delaney’s brother […]

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Before Ever After

Before Ever After is a lyrical story of a quest. Well- structured and thoughtful. How do you feel about immortality? —Desire? or Despise? How does one achieve immortality? What is true love? What happens to the ones who love the immortal ones? Soto explores these questions in her first novel through Max, a tour guide […]

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The Witches of Eastwick

This was a very different book for me — I’ve never read one quite like this before. John Updike’s writing is so beautiful and I loved reading his long, visually descriptive sentences and fell in love with his colorful use of language. The three main characters are modern-day witches and the book follows their widowhood, […]

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The Metamorphosis

I will leave it to others to explain why this splendid little book is deemed important to literature. But if you are even a little interested in “The Metamorphosis,” I can urge you to hesitate no longer in its reading. As Jesse Eisenberg’s character in “The Squid and the Whale” said, “It is very Kafkaesque.” […]

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The Shape Shifter

Another good read by this author. Spooky events which are unexplainable, and the mythology a society builds to understand them. It spoke to me on another level since I read his autobiography in the same two month period. The thorough understanding of the vastness of the Southwest, where people may live hours away from each […]

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Spider Woman’s Daughter

This continuation of the Joe Leaphorn series begins by “taking” Joe out of commission. I wondered if that reflected the author’s father’s illness, and the precarious balance between life and death. Still, a good read that weaves in the interdependence of rural people most everywhere. The setting is what draws me to these novels, well, […]

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The Job

An FBI agent teams up with a criminal to catch a brutal murderer. Fast-paced, international travel with quirky details of places, particularly in Portugal and London. A light read, ages 15+. I’d read it again on vacation. Not enough substance to mention around a water cooler at work. Find it in Catalog

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The Job

A good vacation read, lightweight with some interesting details of places in Portugal, with tension building to find a creepy international drug lord. My favorite part is the times when the main character kicks butt!! Nice change from lucky but self-deprecating Stephanie Plum. It would be nice to have her be smarter than men for […]

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Night

Such a profound, moving book! The author writes about his experiences as a young Jew living in Hungary in 1941 during the rise of Hitler in Germany. His memoir starts with the gradual realization that his life and the lives of his family and friends will be changing. The book leads the reader through the […]

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