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The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls, by Anton Disclafani


This book is so different from what I expected and I loved it. I saw this book in our high school library and expected a sort of “I love horses and a halcyon vision of summer camp.” The story is … Continue reading

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The Boy in the Shadows, by Carl-Johan Vallgren


Translated from Swedish, this is a complex thriller with many interwoven plots. It takes place mostly in Stockholm, so the large number of Swedish place names and names of Swedish characters give it an additional complexity similar to reading a … Continue reading

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The Eye of Childhood, short stories


The Eye of Childhood is a collection of short stories by notable authors including Graham Greene, John Updike, and D.H. Lawrence, most of them male and most of them from the British Isles. They generally focus on horrific experiences in … Continue reading

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Age of Adaline, Film


Ready for an evening with the box of tissues and the cozy blankie? If you lived Fault in Our Stars, The Notebook, and other romantic films that make you weepie, here is another good one. Starring Blake Lively and Harrison … Continue reading

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Sense and Sensibility & Jane Austen Regrets – DVD


This is the BBC Video version of Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility, adapted by Andrew Davies. The DVD comes with a second ┬ádisc Jane Austen Regrets about the life of Jane Austen, based upon her remaining letters. This was fascinating … Continue reading

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The Japanese Lover by Isabel Allende


I highly recommend this book. I read the first couple chapters and thought, “This is a BOOK!” Her prose is so lovely, so well constructed. I have loved her other books, such as “Daughter of Fortune,” also set in San … Continue reading

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The Hired Girl, by Laura Amy Schlitz


This story is told in the first person by a 14-year old girl through her journal, written in 1911. It starts out slowly as she is working on a farm. Her mother has passed away and she is doing all … Continue reading

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