Daily Archives: April 5th, 2013

Virals by Kathy Reichs

Dr. Kathy Reichs is a fascinating person.  She is one of only eighty-two forensic anthropologists ever certified by the American Board of Forensic Anthropology. She served on the Board of Directors and as Vice President of both the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and the American Board of Forensic Anthropology, and is currently a member …

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Sacred Hearts by Sarah Dunant

Sarah Dunant is the author of international bestsellers.  She has homes in London, England and Florence, Italy.  She researches carefully but I did not enjoy this book. It was a recent read in my book group. I would not have chosen the book myself. The story is set in 1570 in the Italian city of …

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The Welsh Girl by Peter Ho Davies

The Welsh Girl was book of the month in by my book club.     Peter Ho Davies was born in Britain in 1966 to Welsh and Chinese parents, Davies now makes his home in the USA.   He  is now on the faculty of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Davies is a recipient of fellowships from …

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Second Chance by Jane Green

Jane Green is the author of fourteen New York Times best selling novels, dealing with real women and all the things life throws at them, with her trademark wisdom, wit and warmth.  A former feature writer for the Daily Express newspaper in the UK, Green took a leap in faith when she left, in 1996, …

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In the Dark by Mark Billingham

I have always enjoyed detective novels, mysteries and crime thrillers.  Mark Billingham is an English crime novelist and stand up comedian. If you ever have an opportunity to hear him speak, take it. I first read a Mark Billingham novel when I was studying creative writing in Stirling, Scotland.  One of the books I read …

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From A to B by Gerry McGrath

I know Gerry McGrath personally.  He lives in the village but grew up in Helensburgh, Scotland.  He graduated from Strathclyde University, Glasgow and taught for some years.  More recently, he moved to the south west of the country to concentrate on his poetry.  He is a stimulating poet. Gerry McGrath is also a poet concerned …

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Made In America by Bill Bryson

Bill Bryson is a best-selling American author of humorous books on travel, as well as books on the English language and science. I have read and enjoyed many of his books. Born in America, he was a resident of United Kingdom for most of his adult life before returning to the USA in 1995. In 2003 …

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Gardens of Water by Alan Drew

At the library, I picked up another book promoted by the book group run by successful, local author Evelyn Hood. It was “Gardens of Water” by Alan Drew. The story is set in a small town outside Istanbul, Sinan Basioglu, a devout Muslim, and his wife, Nilüfer, are preparing for their nine-year-old son’s coming-of-age ceremony. Their headstrong …

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