Category: Books

Orphan Train – Book Review

Vivian has never really talked about her experience on the train with anyone. It was shameful, she says. Too much to explain, too hard to believe. All those children sent on trains to the Midwest – collected off the streets of New York like refuse, garbage on a barge, to be sent far away as …

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Winner of 2 AM at the Cat’s Pajamas

Thanks to all who entered to win a copy of this fabulous book! I used Random.org to choose a winner. Congratulations to: Debbie from Houston, Texas I’m sending you an email, Debbie, to confirm your mailing address. For those of you who did not win, I hope you’ll consider picking up a copy of this …

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2 A.M. at the Cat’s Pajamas – Book Review and Giveaway

 Not today, Philadelphia. Bring your sorry shit back tomorrow. – from 2 A.M. at the Cat’s Pajamas – Madeleine Altimari is only nine years old, but don’t let that fool you…this is one brave, independent-minded kid who doesn’t let reality get in the way of her dreams. Madeleine has been practicing singing all her life. …

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Fourth of July Creek – Book Review

The cop flicked his cigarette to the dirt-and-gravel road in front of the house, and touched back his hat over his hairline as the social worker drove up in a dusty Toyota Corolla. Through the dirt window, he spotted some blond hair falling, and he hiked in his gut, hoping that the woman in there …

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All Our Names – Audiobook Review

I had lost too much of the heart and all the faith needed to stay afloat in a job where every human encounter felt like an anvil strung around my neck just when I thought I was nearing the shore. – from All Our Names – Isaac is a young black man living in Uganda …

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The Painted Veil – Book Review

His lips moved. He did not look at her. His eyes stared unseeing at the whitewashed wall. She leaned over him so that she might hear. But he spoke quite clearly. “The dog it was that died.” – from The Painted Veil – Kitty Garstin, a spoiled young debutante living in 1920’s England, makes the choice …

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Byrd – Book Review

Dear Byrd, This is how I told your father. We climbed up on his roof. We could see the ocean, wrinkles of light in the distance. I was wearing a billowy cotton skirt. I wanted to look soft, unthreatening, unselfconsciously pretty. I wanted your father to love me. My legs were pale, not used to …

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The Invention of Wings – Book Review

Those skinny ones stuck out from my back like nubs. She patted them and said, “This all what left of your wings. They nothing but these flat bones now, but one day you gon get ’em back.” – from The Invention of Wings, page 1 – Sarah Grimke and her sister,  Angelina, grew up in …

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Whiskey Beach – Book Review

Through the chilly curtain of sleet, in the intermittent wash of the great light on the jutting cliff to the south, the massive silhouette of Bluff House loomed over Whiskey Beach. It faced the cold turbulent Atlantic like a challenge. I will last as long as you. – from Whiskey Beach, page 1 – Bluff …

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Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation for Animals – Book Review

Knowledge is power. Animals deserve all we can give them. – from the Introduction – Physical Therapist Susan E. Davis spent more than thirty years using her skills to treat human patients, and then decided to funnel her love for animals into her career. She trained at the University of Tennessee’s Veterinary School and opened …

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