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Library Load

Posted by bookinn on June 16, 2009

I love going to the library!

Trudys Promise Trudy's PromiseBy Marcia Preston

From Amazon:
From Publishers Weekly
It’s been three months since East Berliner Trudy Hulst saw her husband, Rolf, a political activist who fled to the West just ahead of the Stasi in the early 1960s. So when the Stasi summons her for interrogation, she knows what’s in store. With the help of Rolf’s friend Wolfgang, now a state policeman, Trudy escapes to West Berlin, only to find out that her husband was shot and killed while he was going over the wall. Trudy finds a room in a dingy boarding house, works as a waitress and bides her time until her young son and his grandmother can join her. But when President Kennedy comes to town, Trudy’s story so captivates a member of the presidential entourage that he takes her to America as a symbol of the Cold War’s devastation. Meanwhile, Wolfgang’s ties to the Hulsts put his career and his life in jeopardy. Though the portrayal of deprivation and suffering in East Berlin is by-the-numbers, Trudy’s struggle to adapt to the free world is refreshing, particularly her experiences in 1960s America. (Mar.)
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Names My Sisters Call Me Names My Sisters Call Me. By Megan Crane

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From Publishers Weekly
In this witty novel by the author of Frenemies, Philadelphia cellist Courtney Cassel decides the occasion of her engagement is the perfect time to heal family wounds. Six years ago, wild-child middle sister Raine ruined oldest sister Norah’s wedding and ran off with longtime friend Matt Cheney, with whom Courtney was having a secret affair. Accompanying her supportive fiancé, Lucas, on a business trip to San Francisco, Courtney drops in on Raine unannounced and discovers Raine is still with the smoldering, charismatic Matt, whose mere presence can still reduce Courtney to the emotional state of an adolescent. Soon, Courtney’s questioning every choice she’s made. When Matt and Raine show up for the engagement party, scores are settled, lives are examined and a few secrets about strait-laced Norah come to light. Crane’s brisk voice and knack for finding the humor in Courtney’s angst keep the mood upbeat all the way to the rosy resolution. (Apr.)
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Enlightenment Enlightenment By: Maureen Freeley

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From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. At the start of Freely’s complex, often riveting novel set in contemporary and Cold War Turkey, a journalist known only as Miss M returns to Istanbul in 2005 after a long absence at the request of Jeannie Wakefield, whose father, William, was an American spy. Jeannie hopes that Miss M will write an article to help her husband, once Miss M’s lover, who’s been detained in the United States and sent to Guantánamo. A few months later, Jeannie disappears, leaving behind a long letter detailing events from the 1960s. The main narrative threads—extracts from Jeannie’s letter; Miss M’s memories of Istanbul from that same period and her present-day account of investigating Jeannie’s long-ago indoctrination into a Communist cell, which was at one point charged with the infamous but possibly apocryphal Trunk Murder—interweave toward a quietly stunning conclusion. Both mystery/thriller and mainstream literary readers will be well rewarded. Freely is the English translator of Nobel Prize–winner Orhan Pamuk’s novel, Snow. (May)
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Excited to read them all!

Natalie


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Posted by bookinn on June 10, 2009

Wordless Wednesday

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The bookshelf my husband made me. I just love it!

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Natalie

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Library Load

Posted by bookinn on June 6, 2009

From the Library today:

The Red Scarf

I have been wanting to read this ever since i read the reviews. From Amazon:

Sophia Morozova’s relationship with fragile Anna Fedorina begins through a small act of kindness at a 1930s Siberian labor camp. As the two inmates struggle daily to survive, they increasingly rely on each other for hope and comfort; when Anna falls ill, Sophia escapes, intending to find Anna’s lifelong love, Vasily, and rescue Anna. Beautiful and charismatic, Sophia quickly becomes a force to reckon with in the town of Tivil, where she hopes to find Vasily, and her connections with powerful gypsy Rafik, the handsome factory director Mikhail Pashin and the stern but unreadable Aleksei Fomenko become satisfying sources of danger and desire. Furnivall (The Russian Concubine) paints a stark picture of rampant scarcity, grim regimentation and blaring propaganda in pre-WWII Soviet Russia. In pushing the limits of Sophia and Anna’s love and friendship, she nicely pits small lives against a monolithic state, paradoxically composed of watchful villages. (July)

The Burnt House by Faye Kellerman

Love Kellermans books and i only have 3 more to read of the Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus Novels.

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From Publishers Weekly

A coincidence so improbable that a character comments on it renders bestseller Kellerman’s 16th novel to feature Lt. Peter Decker of the LAPD and wife Rina Lazarus (after 2003’s Street Dreams) one of the series’ lesser entries. After a commuter airplane crashes into an apartment building shortly after takeoff from Burbank Airport, Decker and his team investigate what many fear was a terrorist attack. Meanwhile, the parents of Roseanne Dresden, a flight attendant, suspect that their daughter was murdered by her stockbroker husband, Ivan, who claims his wife joined the doomed flight at the last minute. Roseanne was considering divorce, and Ivan stood to lose financially. As the probes into the crash and into Roseanne’s fate converge, readers will find it a challenge to suspend disbelief. Fans of the extended Decker-Lazarus clan will enjoy catching up with old friends, but those looking for a plausible police procedural may be disappointed. (Aug.)

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