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Where We Come From offers a view of what is currently happening on America’s southern border through the eyes of those physically and emotionally closest to the situation.  Author Oscar Cásares grew up in Brownsville, Texas, just across the Mexican border and he himself is one of those people. The border is a dangerous place for those who live just north of it and for those who cross it every
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Librarian Sari Feldman Because so few avid readers can afford, or have the space, for all the books they want to read, they are highly dependent upon their local libraries to fill in the gaps. I have read an average of about fifty library books per year for the last ten years, so that’s most certainly the case for me.  And I’m not talking about just tree-books, I also check out e-books and
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Last year’sThe Punishment She Deserves is the twentieth detective novel in Elizabeth George’s Inspector Lynley series, and the first addition to the series since 2015’s A Banquet of Consequences. Fans of the author’s Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers character will be pleased to learn that the novel is as much, actually much more, about Havers as it is about her boss Thomas Lynley.  Lynley, in
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Book Chase by Sam Sattler - 6d ago

Blood Ties is the fourth in a series of what author Barbara Fradkin calls Cedric O’Toole Mysteries. It is my first exposure to Mr. O’Toole and his friends, and I’m still trying to figure out what I really think of the guy – and his friends.  Cedric (or Rick, as he prefers to be called) is so laid back about life that he doesn’t get very excited when a man shows up at his door claiming to be
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This is day number two of my no-reading week, but I did manage to find a fun, book-related movie today to help ease some of the pain of my book-withdrawal. I'm referring to a 2006 movie called Stranger than Fiction starring Will Farrell, Emma Thompson, Dustin Hoffman, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and Queen Latifa.  I suppose that Stranger than Fiction could be categorized as more of a romantic comedy
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Book Chase by Sam Sattler - 1w ago

My second cataract surgery and lens implantation was done early this morning, and that means that my reading and blogging time will be severely limited/handicapped for the next six or seven days.  I've really got to force myself to stay away from physical books and the internet as much as possible because that is supposed to hasten the healing process, but that's tough for me.  Until the
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I read and review so many books with the words “bookstore” or “bookshop” in the title that I could never hope to hide my attraction to them.  Spotting a new one of those on a bookstore shelf is sure to stop me in my tracks – and as often as not, the book ends up going home with me.  That’s, in fact, exactly how I found Robert Hillman’s The Bookshop of the Broken Hearted.  I enjoy the bookstore
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Book Chase by Sam Sattler - 1w ago

It tuns out that the new thing among avid Canadian readers is something called a Silent Book Club – although some have taken to calling them Book Clubs for Introverts.  So how does a silent book club differ from a traditional book club?  As it turns out, in a whole bunch of ways.  It will probably not surprise any of you to learn that I have never been a member of a formal book club because
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"Every book, every volume you see here has a soul. The soul of the person who wrote it and those who read it and lived and dreamed with it. Every time a book changes hands, every time someone runs his eyes down it pages, its spirit grows and strengthens." Carlos Ruiz Zafón (The Shadow of the Wind) Spanish novelist Carolos Ruiz Zafón is one of my favorite writers. If you enjoy books about
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I count dystopian or post-apocalyptic novels among my favorites, but having read quite a few of them over the years I’ve started to realize that finding something even a little different in the genre is not easy – not that I’m going to let that keep me from trying.  Kimi Eisele’s The Lightest Object in the Universe is one dystopian novel that does manage to stand out from the crowd a bit. And

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