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Together Tea Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780062236807
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Published: Ecco Press - May 21st, 2013

Do you remember the drama of the 1979 Iranian hostage crisis? Read about how the Iranian characters in this novel experienced that time period. The book describes their subsequent life in the 1990’s in America, and a return trip to Iran in 1996. In her first novel, Kamali shares Persian social customs and the immigrant experience in an engaging style with grace and humor. Find out why the main character, Mina, and her family call America “the Land of the Teacups.” 

~Carolyn


The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780679724636
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Published: Vintage - March 17th, 1990

Until I had seen the Woody Allen movie, Midnight in Paris, my copy of this biography sat half-read on the bookshelf for many years. I began it again and enjoyed Gertrude's discussion of her life with Alice and the universe of people they encountered, especially at 27 rue de Fleurus in Paris. Gertrude's observations of Picasso, Sherwood Anderson, the Cone sisters, Matisse, Hemingway, and Bertrand Russell are among some of the most interesting. Her quirky style is evident in this description of her French poodle, Basket: She says that listening to the rhythm of his water drinking made her recognize the difference between sentences and paragraphs, that paragraphs are emotional and that sentences are not. And, this time, I read the book right through to the final paragraph!

~Carolyn


An Altar in the World: A Geography of Faith Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780061370472
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Published: HarperOne - February 9th, 2010

This quiet meditative book can be used as a field guide for spiritual awareness. Barbara Taylor, an ordained Episcopal priest, reflects on living in the here and now. Among others, she cites the poet Rumi, the Old and New Testaments, Buddha, and Thoreau, in showing how there are altars everywhere. The wilderness chapter on the “holy art of being lost” is particularly engaging. Reverend Taylor currently teaches religion at Piedmont College in Georgia.

~Carolyn


The Outlander Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780061491344
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Published: Harper Perennial - June 30th, 2009

In The Outlander, a gripping chase story unfolds in the wilderness of the great northern plains. Set in the early twentieth century, this novel about a young woman who has murdered her husband, leads to encounters with gamblers, mountain men, preachers, Indians, miners, horse thieves, and more as pioneer life is evoked. In what other book could the scent of cinnamon be so refreshing?

~Carolyn


Hunting and Gathering Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781594481444
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Published: Riverhead Books - April 3rd, 2007

I was first drawn to this book by the colorful cover, and once I began reading it I was entertained by its eccentric characters


The Volcano Lover: A Romance Cover Image
$21.00
ISBN: 9780312420079
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Published: Picador USA - August 1st, 2004

Many years ago, a member of my book group chose for discussion this book. I probably would not have read it on my own, but it has been one of my favorite books for the past fifteen years. Everytime I think about "stuff" or collecting things, I remember this book. A wonderfully written piece of historical fiction, it is based on the lives of Sir William Hamilton, his wife Emma (born Emily Lyon) and Lord Nelson. If you have read Susan Sontag's essays and criticism, this is a good choice for experiencing her creativity as a fiction writer. If you have not read Susan Sontag, the blending of history and fiction will stay with you forever.

~Carolyn


Adele & Simon Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780374380441
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Published: Farrar Straus Giroux - September 5th, 2006

This book follows two children, Adele and Simon, in their wanderings home from school through Paris. Along the way, Simon continues to lose things, until he has practically nothing left. His lost belongings appear on every page for the reader to find, making the book a more sophisticated and Parisian "Where's Waldo." The illustrations, done in warm and earthy colors, evoke a very French mood, from the art nouveau M


Selected Poems of Langston Hughes: A Classic Collection of Poems by a Master of American Verse Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780679728184
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Published: Vintage - September 12th, 1990

I received a copy of this collection of Langston Hughes poetry from my daughter for Christmas four years ago. I turn to it often. It has a poem for any of my moods or situations. On a wintry day after shoveling snow, I read aloud Still Here on page 123.

~Carolyn