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Reviews by Karen

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astoriaASTORIA
Peter Stark
The harrowing tale of the quest to settle a James-town-like colony on the Pacific coast. Just 2 years after the Lewis and Clark expedition concluded, John Jacob Astor funded two advance parties to settle the wild, unclaimed Pacific NW His plans were to establish a global trade network. More than half of his men died violent deaths. The others survived starvation, madness and greed. Astor’s dreams were not realized, but this expedition established to route for the Oregon trail. A riveting true adventure story. I couldn’t put it down.

 
lifeandloveofdogsTHE LIFE & LOVE OF DOGS
Lewis Blackwell
This is a beautiful coffee table book about the love we have for dogs and the love they have for us. “Why do humans and dogs have a love for each other unlike that of any other relationship?” The photography is outstanding from photographers from all over the world. Think Christmas. This book would make any dog lover happy.

 
goldfinchTHE GOLDFINCH
Donna Tartt
A must read with unforgettable characters and a suspenseful narrative. Theo Decker, a thirteen-year-old, finds his life in turmoil after the sudden death of his mother. With no responsible relatives to care for him, he finds himself isolated physically and emotionally. This is a book you will not want to put down.

 

constellationofvitalA CONSTELLATION OF VITAL PHENOMENA
Anthony Marra
Anthony Marra’s first novel and winner of The Pushcart Prize. In Chechnya, a land engulfed in war, eight year old Havaa watches from the woods as her father is abducted by Russian soldiers. A story about people caught in the middle of a war torn environment and finding humanity in unexpected places. A powerful novel.

 

IilluminationsLLUMINATIONS
Mary Sharratt
A fictionalized account of the life of Hildegard von Bingen, one of the most extraordinary women of the Middle Ages. She was given to the Church at the age of eight by her noble family and sequestered with another young girl in a small room for many years. Her time behind these walls and her much fought for release into the world to ultimately earn her place in history is brought to life in this well researched and insightful account. This book is an accessible way to learn more about this saintly woman. I was engrossed from the first page. Historical Fiction at its best.
 

THE SENSE OF AN ENDING, by Julian Barnes
This intense novel follow Tony Webster, a middle-aged man, as he contends with a past he never thought much about–until his closest childhood friends return with a vengeance: one of them from the grave, another maddeningly present. Tony thought he left this all behind as he built a life for himself, but when he is presented with a mysterious legacy, he is forced to revise his estimation of his own nature and place in the world. A great read and a good candidate for book club discussion.

girlwhofellfromskyTHE GIRL WHO FELL FROM THE SKY
Heidi Durrow
A beautiful story of a mixed race young girl and the love she finds in her grandmother’s home in Portland, Oregon, after the loss of her Swedish mother. A first novel by this author. I look forward to more.

 

OPEN
Andre Agassi
Inside view of the life of a champion tennis player and the world of professional tennis. You don’t have to be a tennis player or even know much about the game to thoroughly enjoy this book. You will never watch a professional tennis match in the same way.

 
ahouseintheskyA HOUSE IN THE SKY
Amanda Lindhout
Amanda tells her story of being held captive for 460 days in Somalia by a terrorist group. A suspenseful well written account of her experiences traveling the globe and becoming a free-lance reporter only to be drawn to Somalia, the most dangerous place in the world to report on the conditions in that country. Kept in chains in a small room, she draws on her inner resources for survival.

 
borntorunBORN TO RUN
Christopher McDougall
Engaging book about marathon ultra-running, culminating in a match between the Americans and the world’s best runners, theTarahumara Indians of the Copper Canyon.

 

savageharvestSAVAGE HARVEST
Carl Hoffman
A mystery has always surrounded the 1961 disappearance of Michael C. Rockefeller, the twenty-three-year-old son of Nelson Rockefeller. Michael was on a collecting expedition in New Guinea for the Museum of Primitive Art when he disappeared. Sensational stories circulated, fueling speculation and intrigue for decades. Hoffman retraces Michael’s steps traveling to the jungles of New Guinea and immersing himself in a world of former headhunters and cannibals. –review by Karen