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Lois is our Children's Book Specialist.  She works with schools and libraries, and she can help you find that perfect book for your child or grandchild.

The Gods of Gotham (A Timothy Wilde Novel #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780425261255
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - March 5th, 2013

JUNE 2015

It is 1845 and New York City has just founded it's police force; the giant potato famine has hit Ireland, forcing millions to emigrate to America where anti-Irish rage is at an all time high and crime is rampant. A devastating fire has forced Timothy Wilde to reluctantly become an NYC "copper". Trying to stay clear of gang and Tommy Hall politics, he attempts to find a brutal killer who is striking fear in the hearts of New Yorkers. A riveting and beautiful mystery, I highly recommend.

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The Great Thanksgiving Escape Cover Image
By Mark Fearing, Mark Fearing (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763663063
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Published: Candlewick - September 9th, 2014


Relive your childhood's Thanksgiving visits to Grandma's house! A hoot for all ages. Kids will identify and parents will reminisce. The humorous dialogue will amuse, however the illustrations are worth the priceof the book!! A great Thanksgiving read-aloud...

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A Gift from Brittany: A Memoir of Love and Loss in the French Countryside Cover Image
ISBN: 9781592404346
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Published: Avery - March 3rd, 2009


This excellent memoir follows the friendship of two very different women. Marjorie Price was in her late twenties when she went to france. There she mees and falls in love with a young French painter. They move to a remote farm in Brittany where she meets Jeanne, an elderly French peasent woman, whose frindship will sustain Marjorie when her "perfect" life unravels. A remarkable read.

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The Chaperone Cover Image
ISBN: 9781594631436
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Published: Riverhead Books - June 4th, 2013


This is a fascinating story of two women who become unlikely companions in 1922. Louise Brooks, who really lived and was a silent film icon, is only 15 when she leaves Wichita, Kansas for New York City with her chaperone, 36 year old matron Cora Carlisle, who is truly the heart of this book. The many layers of her story will captivate you. This is a well developed portrayal of the social upheaval the Jazz Age brought to every corner of American life. I found it a very satisfying read.

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A Spear of Summer Grass Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780778314394
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Mira Books - April 30th, 2013

JULY 2013

Delilah Drummond becomes mired in a scandal after the suicide of her thrird husband. From a wild lifestyle in post WWI Europe she is exiled by her family to the British colony of Kenya. Life there is as jaded as in Europe abd more scandal awaits her, but so does a man who might finally help her find peace.

A love story of Kenya as much as Delilah and Ryder. If you like reading books set in the 1920s, this one gives you a fascinating look into the Africa of that era.

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The Sugar Queen: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780553384840
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Bantam - April 14th, 2009

MARCH 2012

Looking for a midwinter escape? I happily recommend this delightful story of friendship and love.

There is a magical element that provides an unusual twist. I've really enjoyed all of this author's books; she always has a humorous touch which adds to your reading pleasure. Very entertaining.

A Redbird Christmas: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781400065059
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Random House - October 25th, 2005


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