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Emily Maxwell, a widow, takes on a new independence after her sister-in-law faints. Relying on Arlene to do the driving she realizes that she is the better driver and buys a new Subaru after her car is damaged in a snow storm on the slick streets. Emily longs to hear from her grandchildren, and wishes for more interest from her children. She adds up the number of friends she has lost and the few remaining that still meet after church or get together at funerals. It is a poignant novel, that takes into account the desires and dreams of our parents or grandparents. Emily Alone is Emily self-reliant and spunky.
Michael Fazio has dedicated his entire life to providing excellence in customer service. Fazio works as a concierge for a luxury hotel in New York. He recounts experiences with his most memorable clients and details their lavish demands. Fazio is often forced to get creative in order to meet his clients expectations, and readers will enjoy his recollection of both successful ventures and unsuccessful fiascos as he tries to please some of the worlds wealthiest travelers.
"It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still." Liesel Meminger is a young girl who is coming of age during the rise of Hitler's regime. Her family experiences many hardships, and her life story is the main plot of this novel. Her story is told through the voice of Death, who makes an effective if unusual narrator.
Henrietta Lacks was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who was diagnosed with cancer in 1951. Samples of her tissue were removed without her consent, grown in culture and HeLa cells were born. Her cells are still alive today more than 60 years after her death. Billions of the HeLa cells have been bought and sold and were vital in developing the polio vaccine and other research but neither Henrietta nor her family received any monetary compensation. Henrietta’s family did not learn of her cells until 20 years after her death when they, too, became the focus of research. Her story explores the dark history of experimentation on African-Americans, bioethics, and whether or not we control the use of our own bodies
Five year old Jack’s world is Room, an 11x11 space he shares with Ma. Room is where they eat, sleep, and play. Jack’s bed is Wardrobe where Ma tucks him in at night. Their togetherness is interrupted only by visits from “Old Nick”. Most days Room is filled with laughter and learning and other days Room is a place of silence and despair. Room is home to Jack but to Ma it’s a prison where she has been held for seven years. On Jack’s birthday, Ma decides that their lives can not continue in Room. Told in the voice of Jack, the story reflects the power of love and the endurance of the human spirit in unbearable circumstances.
Louis Zamperini is an olympic athlete,determined to set new world records when World War II interrupts his plans. Zamperini then embarks on a new journey as a bombardier for the Army Air Force until he is shot down over the Pacific in May 1943. Zamperini spends 47 days at sea before he is captured by the Japanese and detained as a POW. Zamperini's story is one filled with heartache and sorrow, but is also a story of courage,sacrifice,and honor. This book will appeal to military history buffs, WWII researchers, and sports historians... as well as anyone who enjoys a good story about overcoming obstacles.
In 1942 Paris during World War II, 10 yr. old Sarah and her family are arrested and taken from their home in the middle of the night by French police in the historic roundup of Jews known as the Velodrome d’Hiver. In the terror of the moment, Sarah locks her young brother in the bedroom cupboard of their home to protect him and keeps the key, promising to come back for him. Sixty years later, Julia Jarmond, an American reporter living in France, begins research for an article on the historic roundup and stumbles across events connecting her with Sarah’s past, unraveling a story of love, war, sacrifice and tragedy and the aftermath for those who survived.
When readers first meet Liz, she is a young girl who is living with drug addicted parents. She is often neglected and forced to use her own resources to survive. As a teen, she makes a series of poor choices, and she finds herself living on the streets. Only when she begins attending an alternative high school does Liz realize that she can leave her past behind her and attain goals that readers would not have imagined. This is an inspriational book for young adults who are facing difficult times in their own lives as well as for adults who enjoy stories of success.
Dr. Herriot fans will love this book! Dr. Wells tells of the rigors of veterinary school, and then recounts his first job as a vet in South Dakota. He describes interesting cases from his early years of practice there, and eventually moves to Colorado. Each chapter is a quick read. We hear about dogs, cats, horses, donkeys, cows etc. Some of the more memorable tales deal with encounters with porcupines and emergency care, not in the barn but in the open conditions of cold, snow, mud, and darkness. You will have a new respect for vets who practice in rural areas with animals that can injure or kill with one kick. A Chihuahua with attitude and a Basset who hates nail trims will make you smile. Also available in large print.
This book tells the story of an unlikely friendship between Col.Sean MacFarland and Sheik Abdul Sattar. The two were able to overcome political and cultural differences and form an alliance that would drive al-Qaeda from Ramadi. Their joint efforts would benefit the Sheik's tribe as well as the American military forces. This book is recommended for readers with an interest in Military History or Military Strategy.
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