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How to Raise An Elephant: No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency (21) – Alexander McCall Smith

Mma Ramotswe can find a way to solve any problem, so she doesn’t think this one can be too hard. Surely taking care of a baby elephant is something she can manage . . . or is it? And she … Continue reading

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Migrations – Charlotte McConaghy

Franny has an irresistible urge to wander. She just cannot stay in one place for very long. She also has an irresistible urge to swim in the ocean, the very cold ocean. And she has a great love for birds. … Continue reading

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The Burning Kingdoms – Sally Green

From the publisher, “In this conclusion to the epic Smoke Thieves trilogy, the world has erupted into all-out war. King Aloysius is mining powerful demon smoke and using it to fuel an unstoppable army of children. March, now banished for … Continue reading

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The Time of Green Magic – Hilary McKay

From the publisher, “When Abi’s father marries Max and Louis’s mom, their families start over together. Abi suddenly finds herself the middle child, expected to share far too much—especially with grubby little Louis. Then they move into an eerie, ivy-covered … Continue reading

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The Faithless Hawk – Margaret Owen

From the publisher, “Dangerous magic, a tormented romance, and lethal betrayals come to a head in the thrilling sequel to Margaret Owen’s The Merciful Crow.  As the new chieftain of the Crows, Fie knows better than to expect a royal … Continue reading

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Anxious People – Fredrik Backman

The eight strangers who were participating in an apartment viewing could not, in their wildest imaginations, have thought this would have been a life-or-death situation. (And really it wasn’t, but they didn’t know that!) You see, a bank robber burst … Continue reading

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Chasing Chopin: A Musical Journey Across Three Centuries, Four Countries, and a Half-Dozen Revolutions – Annik LaFarge

There have been many, many, biographies of Chopin. Do we really need a new one? Yep . . . we need this one, because it is a biography of Chopin’s music:  how he composed, how he played his music, how … Continue reading

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The Geometry of Holding Hands: An Isabel Dalhousie Novel (13) – Alexander McCall Smith

What a treat in this era of staying home and self-distancing. Isabel Dalhousie is always calm and reassuring. You know that everything will be all right, eventually.  This time, her problems center on her niece, Cat, who has an unsuitable … Continue reading

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Or What You Will – Jo Walton

He has had an amazing life. He can be anyone, do anything. He can be a boy or a god, play anyone. It’s hard to believe he is just a figment of Sylvia’s imagination. But it’s true, and he has … Continue reading

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Riviera Gold : A novel of suspense featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes – Laurie R. King

While Holmes was away doing something or other, Mary was lounging on the Venice Lido with a new friend, (the Honourable Terrence Shields-McClintock), when Terry suddenly said, “You need to come sailing with us. Truly.” Twenty-two days later she found … Continue reading

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Elephants: Birth, Life, and Death in the World of the Giants – Hannah Mumby

On a trip to Africa, I was amazed at the way the elephants encircled the babies to protect them when we came near. If there were no little ones in the group, they paid no attention to us, but they … Continue reading

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Galileo : and the Science Deniers – Mario Livio

There have been a great many biographies written about Galileo, but very few (if any) written by someone with Mario Livio’s credentials. He is an astrophysicist who has worked with the Hubble telescope, the descendant of Galileo’s telescope.  As a … Continue reading

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The Book of Koli – M. R. Carey

Mythen Rood is a large village, more than two hundred souls. It is Koli’s home, a fine home with a fence all around it, as high as one man on another man’s shoulders. It seems that everything outside that fence … Continue reading

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Raphael, Painter in Rome – Stephanie Storey

When Raphael was eleven, he promised his dying father that he would become the greatest artist in history. This book is the story of how he tried to keep that promise.  The painting of Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel has been told … Continue reading

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The Golden Flea: A Story of Obsession and Collecting – Michael Rips

Yes, this is really a book about a flea market, and yes, it is pretty good. New York City’s Chelsea Flea Market operated most weekends in a two-floor garage on the west side of Manhattan for decades, and Michael Rips … Continue reading

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