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In One Person Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781451664133
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Published: Simon & Schuster - January 29th, 2013

You're kidding, right?! A coming of age
story from John Irving. We know the story will be unusual and
audacious, and the characters will be peculiar and quirky. While
some aspects of Irving are familiar - prep school, wrestling, Vermont
- we are taking this trip to the unfamiliar and courageous territory
of gender identity and preference. Irving does not allow for
indifference in either his characters or his readers. He challenges
us to consider all our sexual possibilities. In return, we get a
great story.

~Dana


Last Night in Twisted River Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780345479730
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Published: Ballantine Books - June 15th, 2010

Different story---same John Irving, a master storyteller with a quirky tale of lumbering in northern New Hampshire with characters so peculiar and allluring that I will remember them forever. There is an autobiographical element in this book and, yes, a bear. This is a return to the Irving of old---I had all but given up on him, but this story takes you on such an incredible journey in time, place, and substance that you will shirk work and postpone play to keep reading. If Ketchum doesn't make your heart sing, you should see a cardiologist.

~Dana


Telex from Cuba Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781416561040
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Published: Scribner Book Company - June 2nd, 2009

Viva La Revolucion! Venceremos! This is the battle cry of those Castro boys who come down from the mountains with their band of guerillas to upset the sugarcane cart of whatever regime is in power at the time. There are 26 American families living in Cuba in the late fifties. Much of this story is told by two children who are growing up in the American colony of Preston. Life here is an artificial existence of elaborate entertainment for the wives and kids of the United Fruit Co. employees. But these kids are catching on to the real and huge cost of their lifestyle here. They begin to understand that violence and brutality isn't just what comes down from the hills. It is complicated and dangerous, and their Tips For Anglos brochure provided by Unifruitco would not guide them through the political upheaval of the late 50?s.

This is one of few novels set in revolutionary Cuba. I was drawn to it because of an interest in Cuba, but I stayed until the end because Telex From Cuba is worth the reading.

~Dana


Loving Frank Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780345495006
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Published: Ballantine Books - April 8th, 2008

Having grown up in the shadow of Taliesin, I already knew some of the lore surrounding Frank Lloyd Wright and his architecture and love affairs. This novelization of the relationship between Wright and Mamah Cheney is impressively well researched. There is the unrelenting self-absorption of the two lovers who shocked Chicago society and the world architectural community. Together they offend and estrange their families, children, friends and business associates. You may already know the denouement, but Horan's depiction is chilling and left me holding the terrible realization that tragedy can find one anywhere, including this most perfect, verdant setting in rural Wisconsin.

~Dana