Reader's Link - March 2013 Staff Picks Archive

Story Without Words


Title: Ice
By: Arthur Geisert

A children's book of immense beauty. The illustrations were so detailed and of such high caliber, I found myself reading it more than once. Enjoyable for both children and adults. A visual pleasure.

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Posted by JB Reader on March 25, 2013 at 8 a.m.

My Life in France

My Life in France

Title: My Life in France
By: Julia Child

Part autobiography, part cookbook, that reads like a fiction novel, which is both inspiring and very funny.

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Posted by JB Reader on March 20, 2013 at 4:20 p.m.

Grand Sun

Heat of the Sun

Title: Heat of the Sun
By: David Rain

Grand Opera searching for a Puccini to give it voice is the fast and absorbing read, Heat of the Sun, by David Rain. Madame Butterfly has long ago died for honor in the house on Higashi Hill, Nagasaki, having been discarded by her Lieutenant Pinkerton. Her son has been taken by Pinkerton and his American wife, Kate, back to America.

Ten years later, Woodley Sharpless, the son of the American consul in Japan, recounts the story of that son, with whom he meets up at a posh boys school, a boy with the unfathomable violet eyes of a mixed heritage. And Trouble lives up to his name. Sharpless follows Trouble's exploits across the globe, from the schoolyard in New York, to Mexico, to Los Alamos and the atomic bomb over Nagasaki. It's a wild ride, full of explosive events, human betrayals, and, behind it all, the ghosts of that melding of cultures in the house on Higashi Hill. "the ticktock motion begun in Nagasaki so many years before had at last achieved its rest."

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Posted by libwolf on March 11, 2013 at 8:30 a.m.

Who is the last runaway?

The Last Runaway

Title: The Last Runaway
By: Tracy Chevalier

Beginning in England, this is the story of Honor Bright, a young Quaker woman who travels to Ohio with her sister after a broken engagement. The sea voyage is terrible and Honor knows she can never face the sea again. However, upon landing in America, she is faced with many more trials and tribulations. Things are very different in the American Friends’ communities. Honor must rely on strangers in a strange land for support, food, shelter, everything. She begins to realize that sometimes principles are rendered difficult by social, economic, and political realities especially for a minority group like the Quakers.
Chevalier paints a vivid picture of the Ohio frontier and the Underground Railroad in this novel.

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Posted by ogradyj on March 4, 2013 at 8 a.m.

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