The Signal

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This is a western story of childhood, love of land and family, and what is truly meaningful in life and the difficulty of finding the truth. Read by T. Ryder Smith who really makes the story come alive.

Bloodroot

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Bloodroot is a flower whose blood-red sap possesses the power to heal and to poison, and this book tells a story of incendiary romance that consumes everyone in its path. Myra Lamb is a wild young girl who grows up on Bloodroot Mountain in the Smokey Mtns of Tennessee. Her grandmother Byrdie, passes down “the touch” that bewitches animals and people alike. Doug is the neighbor boy who longs for Myra yet is destined never to have her. Against a backdrop of beautiful but unforgiving country, a dark mystery unfolds of one family across generations. In this audiobook all the characters are read by people whose voices bring to life the characters they portray.

The Lake of Dreams: a novel

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This complex family history is set in the Finger Lakes area of upstate New York. It is the story of Lucy Jarrett, who returns to her childhood home and accidentally discovers her family's hidden past. Lucy is in transition and is attempting to figure out what comes next for her. Besides still being distraught by her father's death in a fishing accident years earlier, she questions her current arrangement with her boyfriend and career choices. Lucy reconnects with her first boyfriend and digs into her family's mysterious past while she is home. The mystery of her family's secret past is very interesting and ends nicely in present day.

The Wednesday Sisters

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This book tells the wonderful story of the friendship of five women in Palo Alto, California. The women are very different but are bonded by a shared love of literature and the Miss America Pageant, which they watch together every year. The women start a writing club and meet weekly. They also experience the history of Vietnam, the race for the moon, and the women’s movement. Humorous and enjoyable!

The Red Garden

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This book is a collection of stories that chronicle the history of Blackwell, a mythical town in Massachusetts. Each story takes place in a specific time period and focuses on different characters descended from the town founders. The stories are short and not directly related yet they piece together a fragmented picture of the town’s history. Recommended for those that like magical realism.

Lady of the Butterflies

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This is the story of Eleanor Glanville, daughter of a Puritan landowner in the English moors during the 17th century. The marshy land that she lived on was abundant with butterflies. At that time butterflies were believed to be the souls of the dead and Eleanor's scientific study of butterflies had others believing she was mad. This historical romance shows the differences between Puritans and Catholics, and how they affected England politically and historically. A large part of the story involves Eleanor's love life and her struggle with her lovers over the decision whether or not to drain the marshes around her home. An excellent read for those who like historical fiction.

The Pox party / taken from accounts by [Octavian Nothing's] own hand and other sundry sources ; collected by M.T. Anderson of Boston

The Pox party / taken from accounts by [Octavian Nothing's] own hand and other sundry sources ; collected by M.T. Anderson of Boston Book Cover

In this young adult novel, the story is centered on Octavian and his mother, Cassiopeia, an African princess, who were sold into slavery before the birth of Octavian during pre-Revolutionary War in America. Octavian is an experiment for the Novanglian College of Lucidity in Massachusetts to be studied for his African intellect and ethnicity in order to see if he can be successfully educated in comparison to white people. Anderson writes from the point of view of Octavian and we, the reader, see Octavian believing his life is normal to coming to the realization that his life is nothing more than a test. Octavian’s story, albeit fiction, really is an amazing account of the life of those living in slavery and their hope for freedom.

Letting Loose the Hounds

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Here are 11 stories set in the small towns of Utah and Arizona. Most of them deal with "letting loose" or wanting to. The stories range from situations that are familiar and surprising in their range and can definitely be considered written with "guy humor."

The Marriage Bureau for Rich People

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In this charming novel, retired civil servant, Mr. Ali, decides to open a marriage bureau to remedy his boredom. The accounts of his matchmaking for affluent clients in contemporary India are entertaining and humorous. He becomes so successful that he requires an assistant, Aruna, a poor hindu girl, who encounters a handsome young doctor that comes to the agency for a list of potential wives. Fans of Alexander McCall Smith’s Mma Ramotswe will likely find Mr. Ali to be a similarly engaging main character.

The Case for God

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This book is a comprehensive history of religion as it relates to humanity starting with the most basic ideological systems of the civilizations of 30,000 years ago and bringing us to present religious (and anti-religious) belief systems. Ms. Armstrong portrays religion and faith as valid, and even vital, structures of humanity making an excellent argument for the pragmatism of religious beliefs and faith as they goes face to face with philosophy and science.