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The Beginner's GoodbyeThe Beginner's Goodbye

 

Anne Tyler is known for her novels featuring quirky characters struggling with close relationships. She writes with humor and sympathy about imperfect people making tentative steps towards their goals. Her novels are primarily set in Baltimore and focus on the everyday lives of people experiencing challenges in dealing with friends and family. Tyler won the Pulitzer Prize in 1989 for "Breathing Lessons." Some of her other...

[Nightwoods

 

Fans of Charles Frazier will be pleased to know his latest novel, Nightwoods, contains many of the features that made his previous bestseller, Cold Mountain, such a hit: epic landscapes, a perilous journey and, of course, a love story.

Frazier returns to the mountains...

The Dog Ate It

 

Our family dog, Sophie, is a yellow lab mix who loves food of all kinds but oddly enough, not dog bones. I decided that if I could buy treats from a store for her instead, why couldn't I make them at home? That way I know exactly what's in them and I can make sure they're both good and good for her. Here are four books that can start you off right down the road of delightful dog food at home.

Bringing up Bebe

 

Contrasting parenting styles is a hot topic in recent books. The latest of these is "Bringing Up Bébé: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting." Author Pamela Druckerman writes about raising a baby in Paris. She is astonished to observe how well-behaved French children are in restaurants. She does not see children interrupting their parents or refusing to eat, and she...

 

 

It's getting time for me to think about buying my next car. This one is 13-years-old. It has served me well, but if I want to get anything for it in trade, I need to act. Unfortunately, I still have books to read.

I shouldn't say read, I should say, I still have books to listen to. On tape. My car has a tape player which a new car will not have because the medium is quite obsolete.

Why do I have books on tape? Well, since the medium is obsolete, books on tape are easy to obtain! At garage sales and estate sales they are very inexpensive. In fact, I...

Justinian's Flea

 

Justinian's Flea by William Rosen chronicles the Byzantine Empire under Emperor Justinian. From his collection of law into the Justinian Code to the military victories under his general Belisarius, the author gives a detailed history of an era under one of the few...

Find a Romance in February

 

What do you do when you're waiting for the next book in you favorite series? Bite your nails, eat chocolate, pull out your hair? I'm reserving my copy from SLCL now and brushing up on my fav series and trying a few new ones

"Rainshadow Road" by Lisa Kleypas
Set on gorgeous San Juan Islands, the second novel in the Friday Harbor series is filled with magic. Lucy's frog of a boyfriend dumps her for another woman...

"Wayward Saints" by Suzzy Roche

 

Suzzy Roche, youngest sister in the trio known as The Roches, has written "Wayward Saints" her first literary offering. Roche has...

The Way We Were

 

Two major literay awards in 2011 were won by novels exploring themes of memory and time. Jennifer Egan was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 2011 for "A Visit from the Goon Squad." This unusual novel is comprised of interconnected stories featuring record producer Bennie Salazar, his assistant Sasha, and various other people they know through their lives. Egan depicts her characters as teenagers, young adults, and...

The Long Night by Steve Wick

 

In "The Long Night," author Steve Wick tells us what it was like to be a broadcast journalist in Europe, and chiefly Berlin, during the 1930's rise of Adolf Hitler. But Wick wasn't born until 1951. So instead, he examines the work of William Shirer to capture a foreign correspondent's view of a Germany gone mad.

The first time I read Shirer's "...

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