Monthly Archives: February 2016

The Smell of Other People’s Houses – Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock

A portrait of 1970 Alaska is vividly portrayed through the eyes of teens, each struggling with very real issues.  Ruth feels like the central character because she leads the story. We feel her sense of abandonment because she can remember … Continue reading

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The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories – Ken Liu

I have tried to select a favorite from these wonderful stories, but I just can’t. At first I chose All the Flavors, loving the open minded child Lily and her adventures with the Chinamen who came to Idaho City. Or … Continue reading

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The Invisible Guardian – Dolores Redondo

The Basque Country in Spain is beautiful and remote. It has its own history, language, and has a strong belief in its mythology. Inspector Amaia Salazar grew up there, so she was the logical one to be assigned to head … Continue reading

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The Waters of Eternal Youth – Donna Leon

  As a Venetian police inspector, Guido Brunetti was called upon to investigate all manner of crimes, but when his mother-in-law’s best friend asked for a favor, Brunetti needed to find a gentle way to decline. After all, the incident … Continue reading

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Spill Simmer Falter Wither – Sara Baume

He is an outcast – misshapen, unloved, fearful. He keeps to himself. It is safer that way. Acting on impulse (a very rare thing) he adopts an aggressive one-eyed dog. And so, his life begins to change.  He has a … Continue reading

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Starflight – Melissa Landers

Solara has spent most of her life in an orphanage and has learned to fend for herself.  It’s not been an easy life and she is now a convicted felon trying to get passage to the outer planets.  She’s able … Continue reading

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