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Gradle Bird   

 Gradle Bird

Does family history matter? Maybe not, but it certainly can solve mysteries and diminish obsessive thoughts, at least in J. C. Sasser's beautifully written YA, Gradle Bird. Of course a bit of magic doesn't hurt. more...
Shame, Shame, I Know Your Name   

 Shame, Shame, I Know Your Name

Shame, Shame, I Know Your Name is the second thriller in the Marina Konyeshna series by Heather Harlen. Its fast paced dialogue and action kept me turning the pages. Human trafficking remains the driving force behind the plot. Her a fresh inner dialogue, utilizing her innate wit and intelligence, provides readers with suspense, danger, and drama from Moscow's soup kitchens to its night clubs. Marina's irrepressible personality makes her a highly likable protagonist. more...
Rough Crossing   

 Rough Crossing

We're not all cut from the same cloth, and not all of us are brave enough to seek out the specific drum beat that echoes through our bodies. Rosemary McGuire is one woman who had the courage to do just that. But it wasn't easy. She had misgivings and doubts all along the way, and it is these wrestlings that are examined in her book, Rough Crossing. more...
Crosscurrents   

 Crosscurrents

Crosscurrents and Other Stories, the first collection by Gerry Wilson, reads as well as most literary lights, and for me it brought to mind the works of Alice Munro. Here are tales of women in every state and stage of life, struggling with problems common to females everywhere. Though the situations and complexities feel familiar, and Wilson addresses issues that are all too real, each of these women feels complete as a character, responding to life's circumstances in her particular way. more...
The Education of Will   

 The Education of Will

If you have an aggressive dog, you may have heard of Patricia McConnell. For decades, she has written and taught about animal behavior. She is known as a scientist writing about dog training and as a consultant on behavior problems. Her new memoir, The Education of Will: A Mutual Memoir of a Woman and Her Dog, reveals a more private story about her world and one special dog. more...
Turning Homeward   

 Turning Homeward

As a girl growing up in the suburbs of New York City, Adrienne Ross Scanlan watched her father with the other men at Temple Zion, white prayer shawls over dark suits, "swaying and chanting their prayers." At home, she watched a different kind of movement as the tremors and other neuro-motor impacts of Parkinson's disease robbed her father of the ability to "rise from his Naugahyde recliner, walk into a room, hug his daughters, talk and laugh with friends..." more...
Gradle Bird
Shame, Shame, I Know Your Name
Rough Crossing
Crosscurrents
The Education of Will
Turning Homeward

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Review of the Month


The Universe Playing Strings by R. M. Kinder

In The Universe Playing Strings, author R. M. Kinder lures her reader into the world of bluegrass music. She skillfully develops four distinctly different voices and blends them together to give life to four musicians. Carl Bradshaw, also known as "Pops" is the strongest voice of the story. He's a skilled fiddler who earns his keep doing string instrument repair. His words introduce and close this story set in in Tucson, Arizona. Amy Chandler, the young proud owner of a Martin-28, is a skilled guitarist and performer. Jack Martin, son of a famous author, is a determinedly independent performer and songwriter. And Cora Leban is an older woman of lesser musical confidence who hovers around the edge of the musical jam sessions. more...

   Reviewed by Diane Stanton
Diane Stanton is a retired teacher currently luxuriating in having time to read, write and play with her dogs. She lives with her family in Virginia.
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