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  • Books | February 15, 2015

    ‘Dress Shop of Dreams’ explores love and loss

    British writer Menna Van Praag explores the entwined natures of love and loss, and of joy and pain in her beautiful novel of magical realism, “The Dress Shop of Dreams.” Her characters pursue complex romantic story lines, revealing intimate moments and deep-seated hopes for happiness

  • Books | February 15, 2015

    National Geographic resources — food for the mind

    Mary.newkirk

    On Jan. 27, 1888, a group of 33 geographers, explorers, cartographers, teachers and other professionals met at the Cosmos Club in Washington, D.C., to discuss organizing “a society for the increase and diffusion of geographical knowledge.” We know that group now as the National Geographic Society, one

  • Books | February 15, 2015

    Book reveals midwives’ secrets

    “The Secrets of Midwives” is a heartwarming story about three generations of a family of midwives who share some of their clients’ most private moments but can’t reveal their own private problems to their family members. Neva Bradley is the youngest member of the

  • Books | February 08, 2015

    Author digs into Puritan history in ‘Storm of Witchcraft’

    We have read about it all before: It is early 1692. In the town of Salem, Mass., teenaged girls are twitching and screaming that they are possessed by the Devil — someone in the community has cast a spell on them. People are accused, imprisoned, tried, and

  • Books | February 08, 2015

    ‘Auschwitz Escape’ historical fiction at its best

    “The Auschwitz Escape” is the story of two men, a German Jew named Jacob Weisz and a French assistant pastor named Jean-Luc Leclerc. It’s also the story of the loss of Jacob’s family and almost everyone he has ever known. Importantly, it’s

  • Books | February 08, 2015

    Remembering Charles Dickens 203 years after his birth

    Pecoraro

    Saturday marked the 203rd birthday of Charles Dickens. Born in Portsmouth, England on Feb. 7, 1812, Dickens is considered by many to be one of the greatest authors in the English language. In addition to writing some of the most popular novels of the 19th century, Dickens

  • Books | February 08, 2015

    ‘Boy on the Porch’ loaded with surprise

    Expecting the unexpected is only one lesson that Sharon Creech teaches her readers. And she does exactly this in such a clever, honest and humane way that readers can’t help but get totally absorbed with her characters. This time, Newbery Medal winner Creech introduces

  • Books | February 08, 2015

    ‘Good Spy’ sheds light on CIA politics

    Ongoing revelations of CIA torture tactics in the so-called war on terrorism may make this book’s title appear to be a contradiction in terms. As the subtitle indicates, the book is a biography of Robert Ames, who joined the CIA in 1960, focused his work

  • Books | February 01, 2015

    Valerie Plame’s ‘Burned’ falls short of memorable

    “Burned” is Valerie Plame’s second novel, and like her first one, “Blowback,” it was co-written by Sarah Lovett. Lovett is a more experienced novelist; Plame is a former CIA counterespionage agent married to a former U.S. ambassador, Joseph Wilson. Their names were in

  • Books | February 01, 2015

    The Hillerman Prize: The best of Western mysteries

    Marcia.allen1

    I still miss having a fresh, new Tony Hillerman mystery to read. I never tired of reading the latest adventures of law officers Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee as they patiently sorted out the facts of murders and thefts that took place in the Southwest.


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