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Songs of Willow Frost Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780345522023
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Published: Ballantine Books - September 10th, 2013

Although set in Seattle around the same time period as Ford's Hotel on the Corner of Bitter & Sweet, this well-written book explores different aspects of the human heart and a different lens looking at the culture of the city.  A young Chinese orphan goes in search of his mother - he has seen a poster of her at the movie theater where the nuns take all the boys one day a year for a birthday treat - popcorn and a movie.  The plot thickens to a wonderful read.  -Katherine


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ISBN: 9780802119773
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Published: Atlantic Monthly Press - July 5th, 2011

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ISBN: 9780307268327
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Published: Knopf - July 12th, 2011

If you enjoy rich hsitorical fiction -- with a strong female protagonist -- this will be a satisfying read.  The historical and emotional range of this book provide much food for thought.  From the mid 1800s as a Spanish family settles a farm in Puerto Rico (still under slavery), the American Civil War breaks life apart.

 Katherine


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ISBN: 9780385344159
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Published: Delacorte Press - July 26th, 2011

Historical fiction at its best: memorable characters, lively emotional content, and a look at the world in a time of great change -- the late 1800s.  A different, unique look at the people and places through the eyes of invincible Vinnie, Mrs. Tom Thumb.

Katherine


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ISBN: 9780061928352
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - April 5th, 2011

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ISBN: 9780670022175
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Published: Viking Adult - January 4th, 2011

In a departure from The Memory Keeper's Daughter, Edwards gives us an intricate historical fiction set in New England and highlighting the suffragette movement. In her writing, Edwards again has the reader examine the complexities of human relations and the glory of nature.

--Katherine


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ISBN: 9780374236441
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - December 21st, 2010

Dederer gives us her life observations in a very articulate, humorous, and home-grown voice. With lively dialogue and wry observations, Dederer chronicles not only her marriage and her yoga practice but also a cultural look at the Northwest from a Seattle home. From the 1970s to the present: always gray, a little loose, and so much fun.

 --Katherine 

 


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ISBN: 9780802119810
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Published: Grove Press - April 5th, 2011

A grief memoir like no other...immediate, whimsical, loving, and full of cultural richness. From NYC to Mexico, family relationships and a deep abiding love are examined through dialogue and life's stories ranging through the life of Aura, Goldman's wife. Very powerful and accessible.

 --Katherine


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ISBN: 9780399157158
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Published: Putnam Adult - February 3rd, 2011

From the author who gave us Labyrinth comes another Basque country tale – a haunting read about the damaged lives caused by World War II. A heartbroken man (still unrecovered from his brother's death) is wandering Europe and ends up in a Basque village where he becomes involved in a mystery left from the Spanish-American War. A historical mystery.

 --Katherine


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ISBN: 9781416590590
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Published: Atria Books - April 5th, 2011

In this richly detailed historical fiction, two love stories (ninety years apart) are interwoven with great authenticity. War-torn India is the backdrop for a forbidden love and a crumbling marriage. All the senses come alive reading this compelling story.

 --Katherine