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The weight of Blood

Set in the town of Henbane in the Ozark mountains, this is a dark and complex tale - coming of age, murder, and complicated family ties. Young Lucy is haunted by the death of her slow-witted friend Cheri, and the disappearance of the mother she never knew. What Lucy discovers is gruesome and horrific. The authors writing skillfully evokes the beauty of the Ozarks. She is realistic in her examination of the human condition. - Katherine

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The Weight of Blood (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9780812995206
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Published: Spiegel & Grau, 3/2014

Secret of Magic

The Secret of Magic (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9780399157721
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Published: Putnam Adult, 1/2014
Fiction is often thinly disguised true stories. Deborah Johnson has written a captivating lush protrayal of post-WWII life in Mississippi.  In the early days of NAACP, a young woman works in Thurgood Marshall's office & she comes across a file about an African American vet who disappears in Alabama on his way home to his father in Mississippi.  An older (white) published author has sent for an investigation of the death/disappearance of the returning vet; the son of the man whose stories inspired her novel.  At times, Johnson's prose conveys magic & her characters are well-developed.  An unforgettable story.

Boy Snow Bird

Boy, Snow, Bird (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9781594631399
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Published: Riverhead Hardcover, 3/2014

This book is a recast Snow White fairytale with a dark, grim bent.  It is an edgy, well-written modern day story of secrets, race & the power of what is seen in the mirror

Boy is a runaway from a cruel father who ends up in a small New England town.  She marries the father of motherless Snow, a beautiful & odd young girl.

When Boy gives birth to her daughter Bird, the plot thickens.  And a surprising plot twist makes for an astonishing finish to this intriguing novel. 

ISBN-13: 9780670024780
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Published: Viking Adult, 1/2014
Based on real characters, this historical fiction takes on early abolitionists & women making their voices heard.  The author bring to life the characters & their hometown of Charleston in the early 1800s.  The story begins with 10 year old Sarah Brimke being given a young slave for her birthday.  When Sarah refuses her gift she is required to write an apology to the town matrons who were guests at the party.  Sarah never gives up her sensibility & becomes an early abolitionist.  This is a thoughtful, well-researched and well-written read.

The Midnight Witch

This is a most delicious indulgence - English aristocracy, a witch's coven, and a true love that alters destiny. Brackston is adept at drawing her characters in clear strokes and establishes a certain sense of place (late 1800's Great Britain - London). What impressed me was Brackston's understanding of witchcraft and witch power - everything seemed real and true. A page turner! -Katherine Cobb, Waucoma Bookstore, Hood River, Oregon

The Midnight Witch (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9781250006080
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Published: Thomas Dunne Books, 3/2014

Mister Owita

"This is a heart touching memoir with very current concerns. Both major characters have hidden wounds that begin to heal as their friendship develops. A Kenyan professor turned gardener and bagger at a grocery store in Roanoke and a white American teacher who hates flowers form an absolute friendship. As Giles helps Carol restore her garden, themes of reclaiming and restoring beauty are explored both in the natural and human world. An unforgettable story."

ISBN-13: 9780399157981
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Published: Putnam Adult, 3/2014

The Museum of Extraordinary Things

" Hoffman's gift for story telling takes on new depth as Coney Island (New York in the early 1900's) becomes the colorful backdrop for the story of young Coralie & Eddie's romance. Repressive fathers, a touch of magic, the opening of Coney Island and the tragic Triangle Shirtwaist Fire in 1911 all add into a thick plot. Illusion and photography give Hoffman's magic a realistic bent. The rich cultural history is fascinating and the human relationships are full of depth."

ISBN-13: 9781451693560
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Published: Scribner Book Company, 2/2014

Little Demon

"Written by the nonfiction editor of the Washington Post, Little Demon in the City of Light is historical nonfiction that reads like a spicy mystery novel. French culture and sensibility are revealed in a murder investigation that also explores the Belle Epoch (late 1800's) fascination with hypnotism and mind control. Once I began reading, the real world faded away and I was mesmerized."

ISBN-13: 9780385536035
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Published: Doubleday, 2/2014

You Disappear

"Now I want to read Jungersen's first novel Undergrowth! You Disappear has a well constructed plot and close regard for human relationships - makes for a cannot put down read. The author has carefully researched neurology. He deftly explores how a flaw in a human anatomy can trick a person to behave in an unacceptable manner."

You Disappear (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9780385537254
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Published: Nan A. Talese, 1/2014


Hild (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9780374280871
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 11/2013
If you enjoy historical fiction - this is a good read for you, especially as the long darkness has returned.  Study the glossary first, to facilitate understanding the warps and welts of this carefully written novel.  Hild is a 10 year old clairvoyant in 7th century England.  She follows her uncle, a king in North Umbria.  The land, the customs, and the relationships of the people - all come alive and colorful under the pen of Nicola Griffith.  -Katherine

Songs of WIllow Frost

ISBN-13: 9780345522023
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Ballantine Books, 9/2013
Although set in Seattle around the same time period as Ford's Hotel on the Corner of Bitter & Sweet, this well-written book explores different aspects of the human heart and a different lens looking at the culture of the city.  A young Chinese orphan goes in search of his mother - he has seen a poster of her at the movie theater where the nuns take all the boys one day a year for a birthday treat - popcorn and a movie.  The plot thickens to a wonderful read.  -Katherine

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