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The Observations is an historical novel about the friendship between a maid and her missus. Bessy is a young Irish girl escaping a difficult past by arriving in an equally disturbing future. Why the strange requests from her new employer? Bessy’s curious nature leads to interesting discoveries and even more questions. What happened to her predecessor that the missus loved so dearly? Jealousy provokes a childish prank that leads to frightening reactions. Written from Bessy’s point of view, this book is hard to put down.
This is a must read for dog lovers and military supporters alike. Pen Farthing is a British Royal Marine who is deployed for a combat mission in Afghanistan. During a patrol, Farthing comes across a dog fight, and vows to find a safe home for the dog involved in the scuffle. Little does Farthing know that there are hundreds of dogs throughout the country looking for someone to love them.
A comic take on the legendary hanging judge, Roy Bean. Told through a series of vignettes, the story covers different stages of Bean's life, from his arrival in the town of Vinegaroon where he sets himself up as judge, through his romance with a local Mexican girl, to the destruction of the town in a devastating fire. Director extraordinaire John Huston brings to life the legendary hanging judge of the Old West, Roy Bean, a mysterious outlaw who sets up shop in a small town and establishes his own law. Paul Newman excels in his title role of His Honor.
This book is a real treasure full of captivating stories about some of the world’s most experienced people. The author went to the ends of the earth to photograph these “poster people for longevity” and to capture the core of their spirit. They are truly the most fascinating people in the world. The secrets of these supercentenarians (110 years or older) will surprise and inspire you.
Two mothers and their lives will forever be intertwined due to an accident that takes the lives of each of their sons. Although the two families did not know each other, the community in which they lived began to take sides. The pain each woman feels worsens as the domino effect of finger-pointing and blaming each other rips their families and friends apart. Fans of Jodi Picoult will enjoy the same kind of writing style in Cushman's faith-based book.
Boyle, an author of fictional biographies based on actual events, highlights the life of Frank Lloyd Wright, genius and famous architect whose personal life was a mess, fraught with disappointments, scandal and tragedy. The story is told through the eyes of the four women in Wright’s life: Olgivanna, Montenegrin beauty; Maud Miriam Noel, drug-addicted Southern belle; Mamah Cheney, murdered feminist and soulmate; and devoted first wife, Kitty Tobin, who bore Wright 6 children. Each woman’s story reflects Wright’s rebellion against a conventional lifestyle and his financial troubles. Much of the novel is centered on Taliesin, Wright’s Wisconsin home, built in the area where he grew up as the son of Welsh immigrants.
Although not usually a reader of biography, I couldn’t put this one down after I started reading it. It is a fascinating biography that reads like a love story interwoven with the era’s turbulent history, including the exploits of Napoleon himself. A well researched book based on diaries and letters, Josephine is brought to life as a remarkable woman in her own right who emerged from an isolated childhood in the Caribbean with the name Rose to wife of Napoleon and Empress of France. She wielded influence and charm in the social circles and political life of the times while facing her many challenges with dignity. Although married to someone else when he died, Napoleon’s last words were “Josephine”, the name he had given her.
Devon is a young lady who finds herself in the middle of a terrible crime. A newborn baby has been discovered in a trash can near her apartment, and the police are asking questions. Could Devon have been involved? Could she know who is responsible? This book is a must read for parents of teenagers, and for anyone who is interested in the juvenile justice system.
When Piper Kerman is arrested on drug trafficking charges, she is certainly surprised. Ten years have passed since Piper has engaged in criminal behavior, and she has moved on to a more traditional middle class lifestyle. Suddenly, she finds herself doing time in a Federal facility for women, and she struggles to accept her new reality. Kerman offers readers a unique perspective on the criminal justice system in our country.
Scottoline mixes up lots of humor along with her woman’s perspective in sharing everyday life events to give you laugh-out-loud reading fun. She shares stories of her off-beat family members (her mother comes to breakfast in a doctor’s coat), multiple divorces (Thing One, and Thing Two), her theory on how divorce has led to multiple pets, why middle-aged feet don’t require shoes, the reason ladies should never consider going braless, and her use of the Guilt-O-Meter. Women over forty will totally enjoy these stories. The book is a collection of her published columns that appeared in the Philadelphia Inquirer. She is also a well known fiction writer (detective & mystery stories). Ladies, this is a speedy read and not to be missed.
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