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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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$17.99
ISBN: 9781250045942
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Published: St. Martin's Press - October 14th, 2014

The setting for Dallas' story is 1864 Kansas.  It is the story of the women left behind when the men go off to fight the Civil War.  Eliza, the main character, has been left with the sole responsibility of providing for herself and two small children during extremely dangerous times.  Eliza and the friends in her quilting group provide support for each other, forming ties that survive to the end of the war when some of the men return and others do not.  Eliza is forced to make ethical choices alone with only her conscience as her guide. 

This is a thoroughly enjoyable book.  I recommend it to anyone who enjoys historical fiction, particularly those with strong female characters.


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ISBN: 9780395926161
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - November 14th, 2003

For me, fall is the season for cooking and this book is my newest inspiration.  It's a fun and interesting reference book, telling you everything you never knew you needed to know about selecting staples for your pantry.  Interspersed with recipes from a simple corned beef sandwich to a more complicated risotto with scallops and fennel, this book has something for everyone.


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ISBN: 9781628723717
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Published: Arcade Publishing - April 15th, 2014

We've all heard the stories of Danish resistance to the Nazis' efforts to identify and round up Danish Jews, but this book tells the back story of countless, ordinary Danes who joined in the effort.  It also chronicles the numerous other acts of defiance and the practical assistance Danes rendered to the allied cause, including providing radio guides to Allied flyers and rescuing downed flyers and other fugitives from Nazi pursuers.

Hitler's Savage Canary reads a bit like a text book and I found it slow going in the beginning, but I soon found myself enthralled by the daring and resourcefulness of the Danes.


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ISBN: 9781451691726
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Published: Simon & Schuster - September 9th, 2014

This is the second Jim Brodie Mystery.  Jim Brodie is an antiques dealer specializing in Japanese art and owner of a Tokyo P.I. firm he inherited from his father.  He becomes embroiled in a mystery dating back to atrocities committed in China during WWII, when an elderly Japanese veteran hires Brodie's firm to protect him from vengeance seeking Chinese.  Chinese antiquities stolen during WWII are at the heart of the mystery.

 

Beginning in Tokyo, the events move on to Miami, reaching their climax in Barbados.  The plot had me enthralled and totally stumped; but equally interesting were the insights into Japanese and Chinese history and culture.


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ISBN: 9780307946607
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Published: Anchor Books - January 17th, 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.


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ISBN: 9780553593624
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Published: Bantam - October 16th, 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.


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ISBN: 9780547719283
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - June 3rd, 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.


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ISBN: 9780553384765
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Published: Bantam - January 3rd, 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.


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ISBN: 9780385347457
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Published: Broadway Books - April 1st, 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.


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ISBN: 9780545106078
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Published: Scholastic Press - May 27th, 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.


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ISBN: 9780385532433
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Published: Doubleday Books - March 25th, 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.


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ISBN: 9781250043399
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Published: Minotaur Books - May 6th, 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.


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ISBN: 9780307701220
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - June 4th, 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.


By Lauren Tarshis, Scott Dawson (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780545459389
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Published: Scholastic Inc. - February 25th, 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.


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ISBN: 9780312614584
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Published: Minotaur Books - April 1st, 2014

Reading this book almost had me busting out in a chorus of, "I Am Woman Hear Me Roar". It is the seventh in the Anna Pigeon series but it is my first time in reading the series. Anna, her friend (a paraplegic), the friend's fifteen-year-old daughter, her old dog, a wealthy outdoor equipment designer, and her thirteen-year-old daughter, go on an Autumn canoe trip in northern Minnesota. The designer and her daughter are not exactly outdoorswomen, but they are there to test out high tech equipment she designed for disabled campers. On the second evening, Anna goes off on her own only to return to find four well-armed thugs had kidnapped the others. Anna has no weapons or means of communication with her friends or the outside world, but she has the advantage of being unknown to the thugs.  She has only two to three days to rescue her friends and remove the threat posed by the kidnappers or her friends will be killed or transported out of the country.

I listened to this book on CDs, and I found it so exciting that I got pulled over for driving fifteen miles an hour above the speed limit. I did not feel I lost anything by not reading the other books in the series first.


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ISBN: 9781250035813
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - November 19th, 2013

Nelson tells the history of WWI through the experiences of five young Harvard-educated men. The book is based mostly on the letters sent home by these young lieutenants. He chose officers because they censored their own letters and, thus, were more detailed and included more about their experiences and feelings. The best, and also the worst, aspect of this book was the amazing detail. It provided amazing insight into the boredom of waiting for their entry into the fighting and the incredible brutality of trench warfare. But at times it was slow going.

These men joined the war as a mission and a duty. They generally found the ways of the military infuriating, and their greatest scorn was targeted at higher ups. I enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone interested in history told at a personal level.


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ISBN: 9780553593617
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Published: Bantam - April 3rd, 2012

Maggie Hope obtains a job as a typist and stenographer for Winston Churchill in 1940. Soon, this brilliant mathematician becomes involved in code breaking. Her personal mystery becomes intertwined with an espionage investigation.

This is Ms. MacNeal’s first novel. I enjoyed it thoroughly. It is an exciting, yet fun read, filled with surprising twists. Not only is Maggie engaging, but there are a variety of interesting lesser characters and an appropriately villainous villain.


By Jon Meacham, Len Cariou (Read by)
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ISBN: 9780739306772
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Published: Random House Audio Publishing Group - October 14th, 2003

This is the story of perhaps the most important friendship between leaders of two nations in history. It waned when the interests of their nations diverged but it remained until Roosevelt’s death as the war in Europe was ending. This is a fascinating book which illuminated unknown (at least to me) aspects of these most important men.


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ISBN: 9780765337788
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Published: Forge - February 11th, 2014

Between her marriage to a hoarder, her career – in which she has lost all interest – and her stifling relationship with her mother, Paula Makaikis has reached her limit. Her accidental acquisition of a large dog changes everything. Her husband forbids her to bring the dog home, so she buys a car, takes a leave of absence from her job, and goes on a road trip. She ends up in a wildlife rehabilitation center in Northern Minnesota where she begins a new life.

This is one of those books that you hate to see end. I have made it a permanent staff pick.


$14.99
ISBN: 9780765337788
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Published: Forge - February 11th, 2014

Between her marriage to a hoarder, her career – in which she has lost all interest – and her stifling relationship with her mother, Paula Makaikis has reached her limit. Her accidental acquisition of a large dog changes everything. Her husband forbids her to bring the dog home, so she buys a car, takes a leave of absence from her job, and goes on a road trip. She ends up in a wildlife rehabilitation center in Northern Minnesota where she begins a new life.

This is one of those books that you hate to see end. I have made it a permanent staff pick.