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Andalucian Friend

The Andalucian Friend by Alexander Sōderberg Breaking her personal code to date a charming patient, Sophie Brinkmann discovers that he is the head of a powerful international crime organization warring against a ruthless German syndicate. The Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan-Philipp Sendker When a successful New York lawyer suddenly disappears without a trace, neither his wife nor his daughter ... Read More »

I Hate To Leave This Beautiful Place by Howard Norman

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I Hate To Leave This Beautiful Place A most unusual memoir written by novelist Howard Norman, in five essays, he recalls his connection to “place” in relation to his own personal development and “place” at that particular period of his life. Reviews describe this book as both “luminous” and “strange”, but also, decidedly disquieting,  haunting, and lovely. Youth in Grand Rapids, Michigan, ... Read More »

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The 100-Year-Old Man who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson On his 100th birthday, Allan Karlsson, who has a larger-than-life back story as an explosives expert, climbs out of the window of the nursing home. So begins an unforgettable adventure involving thugs, an elephant and a very friendly hot dog stand operator.   And the Mountains Echoed ... Read More »

Lawrence in Arabia by Scott Anderson

Lawrence in Arabia

Lawrence in Arabia : war, deceit, imperial folly and the making of the modern Middle East by Scott Anderson A thrilling  narrative of one of the most epic and consequential periods in 20th century history  - the Arab Revolt and the secret great game to control the Middle East. The Arab Revolt against the Turks in World War One was, in ... Read More »

Frozen in Time by Mitchell Zuckoff

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Frozen in Time : an epic story of survival and a modern quest for lost heroes of World War II by Mitchell Zuckoff In Nov. 1942 a U.S. cargo plane crashed into the Greenland ice cap, the B-17 sent on the search-and-rescue mission got caught in a storm and also crashed.  A second rescue operation was launched, but the plane flew into ... Read More »

Echoes of My Soul by Robert K. Tanenbaum

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Echoes of My Soul by Robert K. Tanenbaum This riveting chronicle of the infamous Career Girls Murders, a case that led to the Supreme Court’s enactment of the Miranda Rights and the abolition of the death penalty in New York State, follows the murder of two young women, the innocent man convicted of the crime and the young D.A. who ... Read More »

Detroit: An American Autopsy by Charlie LeDuff

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Detroit: An American Autopsy by Charlie LeDuff Back in his broken hometown, LeDuff searches through the ruins for clues to its fate, his family’s, and his own. Once the richest city in America, Detroit is now the nation’s poorest. LeDuff sets out to uncover what destroyed his city, and shares an unbelievable story of a hard town in a rough ... Read More »

And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini

And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini Hosseini explores the many ways in which families nurture, wound, betray, honor, and sacrifice for one another; and how often we are surprised by the actions of those closest to us, at the times that matter most. Following its characters and the ramifications of their lives and choices and loves around the globe, ... Read More »

Murder and Mayhem

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I have been a fan of the murder mystery since, at a tender age, I first discovered Hercule Poirot and Nero Wolfe. I was an voracious reader and my parents allowed me to read these classic series. To this day, I find mysteries highly entertaining. I looked at my list of books (yes, I do keep a list of everything I have read),  I found that I ... Read More »