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Roost by Ali Bryan

Roost, Ali Bryan Freehand Books, 249 pages ISBN 9781554811373   Claudia lives in a house where every puzzle box is missing a piece, all the towels are frayed and the wallpaper border is curling at the edges.  Her kids, Wesley … Continue reading

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The Adventures of Don Valiente and the Apache Canyon Kid by John A. Aragon and Mary W. Walters

Continuing the series of self-published books and works by new authors, today’s post is a rollicking, shoot-em-up tale of adventure in the Wild West.  John A. Aragon and Mary W. Walters are both established writers, and The Adventures of Don Valiente … Continue reading

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The Pigeon Pie Mystery by Julia Stuart

The Pigeon Pie Mystery, Julia Stuart Doubleday, 313 pages ISBN 9780385535564 Princess Alexandrina, the daughter of the exiled Maharaja of Prindur and an English noblewoman, has always lived a life of privilege in Victorian England.  Raised in a household with … Continue reading

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Where’d You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple

Where’d you Go, Bernadette, Maria Semple Little, Brown and Company, 326 pages ISBN 9780316204279 When Bernadette Fox graduated from architecture school, she established herself quite firmly as a genius of found materials. An abandoned bifocals factory, under Bernadette’s vision, became … Continue reading

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The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

The Snow Child, Eowyn Ivey Reagan Arthur Books, 386 pages ISBN 9780316175678 Jack couldn’t believe his eyes.  He woke early that morning, and it was barely light, but he knows what he saw.  A little girl was dashing between the … Continue reading

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Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore, Robin Sloan HarperCollins, 288 pages ISBN 9781443415781 Clay Jannon is out of work.  It’s 2008, and the San Francisco area is already overflowing with unemployed web designers.  Competition is fierce for the few available jobs in … Continue reading

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The Cricket on the Hearth: A Fairy Tale of Home by Charles Dickens

The Cricket on the Hearth:  A Fairy Tale of Home, Charles Dickens Bradbury & Evans, 174 pages Viewed online through the Internet Archive Charles Dickens has often been credited with the invention of contemporary Christmas.  For Dickens, Christmas was a … Continue reading

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