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Diane is our newest staffer.  She's partial to the kids' section, but reads all over the board.  Come in and say hi!

 

 

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Angels Flight (Mass Market Paperback)

$10.00
ISBN-13: 9780446582773
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Published: Grand Central Publishing, 2/2011
An activist attorney whose case against the L.A. police department over the torture of a young black murder suspect is murdered in a quaint trolley known as Angels Flight.

There are two mysteries here. Obviously, the first is the killing of the lawyer. In order to solve this case, detectives have to re-investigate the prior murder the attorney's client is believed to have committed. But the lead detective, Harry Bosch is convinced the young man is guilty and lying about the torture. In spite of himself, Harry can't ignore where the evidence leads him.

This is the first Michael Connelly book I have read. I found Harry Bosch completely believable as a veteran detective with serious problems accommodating police department politics that frequently interfere with his investigation. I enjoyed the story immensely.

$27.95
ISBN-13: 9780525953081
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Published: Dutton Adult, 1/2014
This is the latest in the D. D. Warren mysteries. D. D. is seriously injured during the prologue, but that won't keep her away from the investigation into serial killings that are connected to a deceased serial killer from decades earlier. The twists and turns will keep you guessing as the suspense builds.

I was perplexed by the surplus of suspects in this novel but I never felt like I was being played.

$17.99
ISBN-13: 9780399160950
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Published: Putnam Juvenile, 8/2014
One of my favorite aspects of my job at Saturn Booksellers is that I never know what exciting new books I will find each day as I peruse – straightening and checking as I go – the shelves. Imagine my excitement at finding a new intermediate picture book by Patricia Polacco. One of my favorite authors, Polacco relates the story of how she overcame her fear of speaking in front of her class and even going on to play the lead in a school production. Mr. Wayne's Masterpiece is a tribute to another of Polacco's teachers who enriched her life and helped her meet her potential.

Beautiful Day (Paperback)

$16.00
ISBN-13: 9780316099769
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Published: Back Bay Books, 3/2014

Jenna is about to be married. Her mother died some years earlier but she left a notebook specifying every detail necessary for the "beautiful day". Jenna's older sister is tasked with filling her mother's shoes in spite of her rather cynical attitude toward marriage, resulting from her own divorce and relationship with her father's much married partner.

 

I enjoyed this book in spite of myself. I can't think of much worse than being left with directions for every detail of my wedding by my dead mother. Although I can't imagine feeling obligated to follow her every suggestion. 

The story was saved from being completely mundane by the many deeply flawed characters surrounding the happy couple. I couldn't help myself from continuing to read in spite of all the unfinished tasks waiting for me.

$17.99
ISBN-13: 9780062083197
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Published: Harper Torch, 4/2014
Whether you are already a fan of Fancy Nancy, or a stranger to her, you are in for a treat. From the glittering cover, through her inevitable conflict with her plainer family, to the heartwarming ending, this is Jane O'Connor at her best. Nancy imagines her uncle's wedding at a four star resort. Unfortunately, the bride and groom have other ideas and plan an outdoor wilderness wedding.

$16.95
ISBN-13: 9780307946607
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Published: Anchor, 1/2012
The first half of the book covers the years during World War II. Eisenhower's great success and, perhaps, the outcome of the war resulted in large part from his ability to recognize the importance of intelligence, particularly the information derived from the breaking of the German code, Enigma.  Eisenhower's use of intelligence was less successful during his presidency perhaps because the intelligence was less reliable. Even the operations considered successful were impacted by a lack of attention to the possibility of long term unintended consequences. We are still haunted by some of those consequences. 

I enjoyed this book and I learned a lot about the roots of some of our government’s worst decisions.

$15.00
ISBN-13: 9780553593624
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Published: Bantam, 8/2012
This is the second in the Maggie Hope Mystery series. Set in England during WWII, the Battle of Britain is in full force and the Nazis are plotting to replace King George VI with the recently abdicated King Edward VIII who is friendlier to the Nazis. Part of the plot is to kidnap Princess Elizabeth. Maggie Hope has become more confident and assertive since her first mystery but she again uses her exceptional math skills against her adversaries.

If you enjoy mysteries with page turning suspense but without stomach turning gore, this is the series for you. Maggie is an independent young woman ahead of her time, developing friendships with like-minded young people while dealing with men in authority who are anything but. I totally recommend this book as well as the prior, Mr. Churchill's Secretary, but I recommend reading them in order so you can fully appreciate Maggie's development as a character.

$27.00
ISBN-13: 9780547719283
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Published: Houghton Mifflin, 6/2014
Baime has written a history of the Ford family and the Ford Motor Company through World War II. We all know the important role Detroit played in responding to FDR's call to American industry to become the supplier of arms to the allies, but I doubt many were aware of the enormous difficulties in getting Willow Run up and running. Edsel Ford promised the plant would build one bomber an hour. He didn't live to see it but the goal was surpassed before the war was over. Edsel Ford was a tragic figure, caught between his father, who under the influence of the thug, Harry Bennett, denied him any power in the company, and the heavy burden he felt to do the right thing for FDR, the country and Ford Motor Company. Much of the book was a revelation to me. This is one that I thoroughly enjoyed.

$15.00
ISBN-13: 9780553384765
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Published: Bantam, 1/2012
Dr. Olivia Bayer conducts her last therapy group. The group consists of four women from different generations with different life experiences that pushed them past the line that defines acceptable ways to express anger. With nothing left to lose, professionally, Olivia grabs the freedom to express her creativity while treating her patients as she has yearned to.

I laughed as I identified with each of these women as frustration grew into uncontainable anger, and I was touched as the walls between them began to fall and were replaced by new bonds of friendship and caring. Most of all, I identified fully with the therapist who felt stifled by the constraints placed on her by a bureaucracy that allowed for minimal individuality by those actually doing the work.

This book is one of my all-time favorites.

$14.00
ISBN-13: 9780385347457
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Published: Broadway Books, 3/2014
This book begins with Noa on death row with six months to wait for her execution. On the third page, she admits to committing the murder, yet it remains a mystery as bit by bit we learn the details of Noa's life and the facts surrounding the shooting. Noa is a complex character. I was continually wondering how much of her attitude was real and how much was an act. I enjoyed this book, but if you like your endings tied up with a neat bow, this isn't the book for you.

Revolution (Hardcover)

$19.99
ISBN-13: 9780545106078
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Published: Scholastic Press, 5/2014
This is the second title in “The Sixties Trilogy". It is a unique composite of fiction combined with photographic history. It takes place during the course of Freedom Summer in Greenwood, Mississippi in 1964. The story is told through the eyes of three children. Sunny, a white 12-year-old who is already experiencing more change than she wants and does not understand why coloreds cannot be satisfied with their own places to go. Her stepbrother, Gillette, judges people on their baseball skills so he is more accepting. Raymond, who's black, can't resist pushing back at the injustices in life regardless of his parents' wishes or the advice of the SNCC volunteers who want the focus to be on voter registration.

The photos illustrated the struggle for civil rights while the text was sympathetic toward the challenges facing each of the three children. 

I recommend this book for anyone ten years and older.

$27.95
ISBN-13: 9780385532433
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Published: Doubleday, 3/2014

Both authors of this book are journalists and conducted meticulous research. Aribert Heim was a Nazi doctor who committed stomach-churning atrocities while serving at the Mauthhausen Concentration Camp as part of the Waffen-SS.

 

At war's end, Heim was in American custody but was released because of his relative anonymity. Then, as the dust began to settle and authorities were close on his heels, he was tipped off by sympathizers in the new government.

 

Alfred Aedtner was a perfect example of a civil servant doing his job with tenacity and unswerving dedication. A former soldier in the German army, he became a police officer and eventually was assigned the job of bringing war criminals to justice. Like many others, Heim was able to evade justice until his death in Cairo. 

 

This book provided fascinating new insight into the intricacies of the decades-long search. It is the first account in which the search is conducted by someone who was a part of the Nazi war effort, yet his dedication was undeniable.

 

The authors make the interesting argument that the continuing search and prosecution of those who were captured, such as Eichmann, kept the issue alive, preventing the German government, which included many high ranking Nazis, from ignoring the atrocities their country had committed.

Invisible City (Hardcover)

$24.99
ISBN-13: 9781250043399
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Published: Minotaur Books, 5/2014

Rebekah Roberts' mother was a Hasidic Jew who abandoned her Christian husband and newborn daughter to return to New York and her religion. As a young woman, Rebekah moves to New York to follow her dream of becoming a reporter. That she may also be in close proximity to her mother is a bonus.

Rebekah's first big story is the murder of a Hasidic woman. There is inherent conflict between police procedures and Hasidic law on the handling of the body, and Rebekah sees the NYPD bowing to Hasidic law endangering the investigation. As a result, Rebekah pursues the investigation on her own, learning about her mother along the way. Even as she solves the murder, the investigation engenders more questions than answers about her mother.

I hope this means Invisible City will be the first in a series. Ms. Dahl not only produced a story full of suspense and interesting characters, she shed light on an aspect of American culture that is usually hidden.

$26.95
ISBN-13: 9780307701220
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Published: Knopf, 6/2013
Ellis interweaves the political and military efforts towards independence into one narrative. He believes that is the only way the story becomes coherent. I enjoyed Ellis's clear and concise writing style.

Of the numerous books I have read about the revolution, I believe this is my favorite. I look forward to reading other books by this author.

$4.99
ISBN-13: 9780545459389
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Published: Scholastic Inc., 2/2014

This book is part of a fantastic children's historical fiction series. I have heard from a number of our young customers about how much they enjoy this series and especially this book.

 

I would estimate it to be appropriate for second grade and up. The book starts with the escape of a young boy and his sister from a Jewish ghetto in Poland. The book acknowledges the mistreatment of Jews, mainly through these two young characters, but it handles the subject carefully. The children spent the remainder of the war with the Jewish underground fighters, which included their aunt, and were reunited with their father after the war. Perhaps the number of survivors in this one family may detract from the realism of the story but it is a way of introducing this important historical reality.

 

I e-mailed Ms. Tarshis about the title of this book since, obviously, the Nazi invasion of Poland took place in 1939 and the Warsaw Ghetto was long gone. She explained that she wanted a shorter timeline to the end of the war because of the young age of her target audience. I understand her point, and even before contacting her about the discrepancy, I was wondering how she could have kept the story going for approximately four years without getting into dangerous territory for her young readers. I was totally impressed with the effort she made in answering my e-mail.

 

I personally enjoyed this book and look forward to sharing it with my grandchildren.