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The Sun Is a Compass: My 4,000-Mile Journey into the Alaskan Wilds Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316414449
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Published: Little, Brown Spark - February 25th, 2020

The Sun is a Compass is a biologist’s candid journey of self discovery complete with aggressive bears, playful humpback whales, feisty hummingbirds and scolding chickadees. Heading into the most remote areas of Alaska and Canada, Caroline Van Hemert and her husband Pat rowed, rafted, hiked, skied and canoed 4000 miles from Bellingham, Washington to Kotzebue, Alaska. How do two people have such resilience to survive dangerous situations – unpredictable storms, the threat of an avalanche, swimming across a frigid Arctic river, and a depleting food supply? This memoir and others such as Raynor Winn’s The Salt Path, will compel you to observe and appreciate the healing forces of your own natural environment.

- Mindy


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The Last Flight Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781728215723
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Published: Sourcebooks Landmark - June 23rd, 2020

Claire – surviving in an abusive marriage in NYC; Eva – waitressing in an upscale restaurant in Berkeley and . . . operating a dangerous “side job.” A desperate attempt by two women to disappear from their current fearful lives. Can they pull it off? Two identities switched. A plane crash. One lives. Absolutely thrilling with all the twists, turns and connections you never see coming!

- Mindy


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More Miracle Than Bird Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781947793767
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Published: Tin House Books - June 2nd, 2020

Book clubs - have a “field day” with Alice Miller’s More Miracle than Bird. The novel opens with Georgie Hyde-Lees as she tends to a London hospital ward of injured World War I officers. Throw in secret meetings, spirits, and shades of a medieval romantic tragedy as Georgie‘s anticipated relationship with the much older Irish poet W. B. Yeats develops. No doubt strong-willed Georgie is going to do “her own thing;” there were a few passages where I wanted to reach into the book and extract naïve Georgie from the unsettling situation. Pay attention - symbolism abounds (Look closely at the cover) - enjoy and don’t forget to pass the brandy!

-  Mindy


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The Salt Path: A Memoir Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780143134114
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Published: Penguin Books - March 5th, 2019

Ok, so I must confess…. I chose this book for its wonderful artistic cover. But what a journey of despair and perseverance! One day the author and her husband lose their farm over a legal dispute and the next day, he is diagnosed with a debilitating disease. What would you do with no home, distraught news and very little financial security? Walk, walk and walk . . . more specifically, 630 miles along the South West Coast Path in England. Reminiscent of Ruth Fitzmaurice’s I Found My Tribe and Bill Bryson’s A Walk in the Woods, The Salt Path is about coping and healing through the wind and downpours of coastal storms, the pain and thirst from the blistering heat but also about living in the moment, moving forward on a path of acceptance and sheer resilience.

- Mindy


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Lady Clementine Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781492666936
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Published: Sourcebooks Landmark - July 7th, 2020

Have a map of Europe handy as you delve into Marie Benedict’s newest novel Lady Clementine. The author once again brings us the voice of the times, as she has so successfully done in her prior historical novels. Benedict cleverly introduces conversations between Winston Churchill and his wife Clementine that might have taken place within the span of two world wars. “Clemmie” not one for frivolity, struggles between her duty as mother and her duty to stand beside her husband during his changing parliamentary capacities. How different the outcome of Winston’s political ventures would have been if Clemmie had chosen a less daunting path! And when you finish this novel, be sure to pick up Erik Larson's The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz.

-  Mindy


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The Only Woman in the Room Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781492666899
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Published: Sourcebooks Landmark - August 6th, 2019

Married at nineteen to a wealthy, but abusive Austrian munitions dealer, glamorous witty Hedwig Kiesler finds a way to leave behind an unsafe world of the 1930s and begins a new life of Hollywood stardom, but one of loneliness and guilt. Now known as Hedy Lamarr, could she have saved the lives of many Austrian Jews by exposing Hitler’s horrific plans? How does she convince the male world that this beautiful actress of the 40s wants to be recognized for her intellect – specifically a scientific invention that would improve U.S. military weaponry? Mixing fact with fiction, Marie Benedict once again reveals a historic female figure (as with Mileva Maric in The Other Einstein) who contributed much more to society than was revealed on the screen.

-  Mindy


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The Last Tourist (Milo Weaver #4) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250036216
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Published: Minotaur Books - March 24th, 2020

Olen Steinhauer keeps the pace going with his latest CIA adventure starring the elusive Milo Weaver. CIA analyst Abdul Ghali is sent on a mission to the Western Sahara to investigate Milo and his connections to the “Library” only to end up escaping with him on a boat to Spain. You will get jet lag, just reading about take offs and landings – to China, Italy, Africa, England, Switzerland, the U.S.  Of course, a novel by Steinhauer would not be complete without holding an intimate or private meeting among agents in a restaurant. From individuals to ruthless corporations - who can be trusted, who is compromised, who is safe, who will be the last “tourist”?

- Mindy


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The Middleman: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250036186
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Published: Picador - June 4th, 2019

Pacifist Martin Bishop, who spent time with a left-wing group in Berlin, is joined by the more volatile Benjamin Mittag, creating a mass disappearance of Americans across the United States. These two revolutionaries manage to feed on an atmosphere of fear and paranoia, encouraging a myopic vision of a society that needs fixing – a society full of hypocrites, distrustful politicians, ruthless corporations and questionable media. Steinhauer ingeniously connects an engaging cast of characters – including special agent Rachel Proulx – who twist and turn their way through the novel, plowing through scrupulous situations and acts of disloyalty. Be prepared to pay attention to every word, every detail in Steinhauer’s newest fast-paced thriller.

-  Mindy


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The Line Tender Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780735231610
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Published: Puffin Books - April 21st, 2020

MIDDLE GRADE - AGES 10+

Thirteen-year-olds Lucy and Fred decide to spend their summer working on a science project – a field guide that Lucy illustrates while Fred writes. The only stipulation is that they have to see the actual specimen. But when a dead great white shark appears, memories of Lucy’s mother, a marine biologist, surface once again. What comes through is the naïve honesty of a young girl who has coped with losing her mother and now has to deal with yet another tragedy. One particular chapter literally took my breath away. The Line Tender is a book to savor, one that will help any young person, who has experienced loss, to understand the feelings of sadness and anger and to survive with the help of family and unexpected friendships. The cover and chapter illustrations by Xingye Jin are perfect and are a major contribution to the story.

-  Mindy


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Things You Save in a Fire: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250622129
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - July 14th, 2020

What happens when you need to leave the profession you love, to live with your estranged mother – who walked out on your 16th birthday? Cassie, an experienced, highly qualified firefighter moves from Texas to Massachusetts to appease her mother and to join another team of firefighters, except this crew overlooks her qualifications and has a difficult time accepting a female firefighter. Things You Save in a Fire is about forgiveness and compassion towards our coworkers, our family, and . . . our enemies.

- Mindy


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Wicked River Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781492658993
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Published: Sourcebooks Landmark - May 1st, 2018

A honeymoon to remember! Newlyweds and urbanites Natalie and Doug venture on a canoe trip in the vast Adirondacks. Enter Kurt who, having broken ties with civilization, is becoming more predatory each day. Enter Mia, Natalie’s thirteen-year-old niece who is counting the days for her aunt to return to city life and soon realizes those days have passed. Lost maps, broken bones, near-starvation and shivering temps – who becomes Lost-Found-Trapped-and-Saved in Jenny Milchman’s latest thriller? Suspense at its best!

-  Mindy


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Max and Bird Cover Image
By Ed Vere
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ISBN: 9781492635581
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Published: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky - September 5th, 2017

CHILDREN - AGES 3-6

Max is back! With minimal illustration and vibrant color, Vere teaches children about persistence, dreams, manners and learning, but most of all, about friendship. Max chases Bird but also wants to befriend him. Bird wants to learn to fly, and after spending weeks studying books from the library, they both give it a try. In the world of picture books, Max is here to stay. A delightful read that will put a smile on everyone’s face!

-  Mindy


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Mad Enchantment: Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781632860125
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Published: Bloomsbury USA - September 6th, 2016

In Mad Enchantment, Ross King provides an in-depth historical account of the life of an artist in his later years. At seventy-five years of age, the Impressionist Claude Monet was so prolific that he built another studio at his home in Giverny to accommodate his massive canvases. Monet’s personality comes to life - around the transformation of his famous series of the Water Lilies and his determination to have the proper setting for these paintings, promised to France; his privileged lifestyle during a time of war, and his anguish over his diminished eyesight. And who knew he was such a gourmand! A rich well-documented read in this extremely handsome publication for those interested in the arts, politics and history!

-  Mindy


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