Ellie's Picks

ISBN-13: 9781594205866
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Published: Penguin Press, 1/2015
Years ago when I read Fuller's first memoir, Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight, about growing up in Rhodesia in the 70's and 80's I was struck by the marvelous language she employed. Well, she has only gotten better with each new book. Leaving Before the Rains Come deals with the breakup of her marriage to the American who was going to save her from her early tumultuous life. She can and does leave the reader breathless, as she resumes her memories of Africa and life in Wyoming! I highly recommend for people who love memoirs - I do.

ISBN-13: 9780803740815
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Published: Dial Books, 1/2015
The War That Saved My Life is a great girl's read about a 10 year old named Ada, who is disabled with an untreated club foot. She escapes her life of neglect when she and her younger brother board an evacuee train to the country when German bombs are being dropped on London. A whole new life becomes available to the children against a backdrop of war and sacrifice. In the country Ada earns self-respect, emerges a hero and learns the meaning of home. The reader also learns a lot about war and love. I highly recommend this for 9-12 year olds.

Echo (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9780439874021
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Published: Scholastic Press, 2/2015
A fairy tale opens this trio of interconnected stories in which a mystical harmonica brings together three children growing up before and during World War II. Friedrich is a talented young musician whose birthmark makes him undesirable in Nazi Germany. Mike, a piano prodigy in Pennsylvania, lives in an orphanage with his younger brother Frankie. And finally, Ivy Lopez from California is dealing with school segregation and Japanese internment. Each independent story is engaging but together they "harmonize" to create a thrilling whole. A great read for boys and girls 10-14.

One Plus One (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9780525426585
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Published: Pamela Dorman Books, 7/2014
Here is a fun summer read - just out by best selling author, Jojo Moyes. It's an unforgettable story of Jess, a single mother, her goth teen son, Nicky and 10 year old math wiz daughter, Tanzie. And, of course, Ed, the tech millionaire, who makes it possible for Tanzie to compete in a math contest in Scotland with the hope of winning a big financial scholarship to the math school of her dreams. But life is not always what one would hope for but sometimes curves in life are better than what one wishes for.  Great fun!

ISBN-13: 9781455516698
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Published: Grand Central Publishing, 4/2014
Looking for a good summer read, try this biography of an iconic American family. Conrad Hilton bought his first hotel (post depression) for $5000 and ended up with over 300 hotels worth twent billion in 2007. Along the way, crazy times with his son Nicky, Elizabeth Taylor, Zsa Zsa Gabor and a cast of thousands. Interesting and fun read.

ISBN-13: 9780345522023
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Published: Ballantine Books, 9/2013
I have always liked stories of a young boy coming of age and all that it involves. So I knew this book was going to give me a good read. Twelve year old William Eng, a Chinese American child lives at Seattle's Sacred Heart Orphanage during the 1930's until he escapes with his blind friend, Charlotte. They are on the search for Willow Frost, an exotic film star and singer which William believes is his mother. Hope and fate, laughs and tears, this book has it all as you follow William's journey to a satisfying ending.

ISBN-13: 9780062236678
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Published: HarperTorch, 11/2013
I have enjoyed Ann Patchett's fiction since her first novel, THE PATRON SAINT OF LIARS, and now she has written an autobiography made up of articles she wrote over the past twenty years for various magazines. It is great - we meet her family, friends, an old dog and a remarkable nun to name a few. Dare I say, I liked it better than her novels...well no, because she is always a good read in any form.

Meeting Cezanne (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9780763648961
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Published: Candlewick, 10/2013
Written by the author of WAR HORSE this lovely, gentle story of a youg boy's summer in rural Provence, working in his aunt's cafe, is a delight - with a charming surprise ending! And the gorgeous illustrations are perfectly matched to the story. Art lovers and educators take note.

Sycamore Row (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9780385537131
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Published: Doubleday, 10/2013
John Grisham has written twent-eight crime novels and now he takes us back to Clanton, Mississippi, the setting of his first novel, (A Time to Kill) and his best...I think. Jake Brigance once again finds himself in a controversial trial exposing old racial tensions. I found myself enjoying this book after years of skipping him. Give it a read!

The Fallen Angel (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9780062073129
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Published: Harper, 7/2012

Once again, Daniel Silva came through with a new adventure of Gabriel Allon, art restorer and Israeli assassin/spy. This time he is dealing with Iranian jihadists who plan to take out the  pope while he visits the Holy Land. The world should be thankful for Israel and their brilliant intelligence system. An exciting read.

ISBN-13: 9780312427801
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Published: Picador, 2/2009
I have spent my life dodging mathematic principles - so why did I enjoy this charming little novel (translated from Japanese) so very much? Maybe because of the kindness shown by the housekeeper of a brilliant math professor who has suffered a traumatic head injury which forces him to live with only eighty minutes of short-term memory. And maybe because he makes math and prime numbers so very interesting!

ISBN-13: 9781616200480
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Published: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 3/2011
Now in Paperback
"What a fun read! Here is a story about a man trying to fix his past mistakes in order to save his future. And of Stella, his elderly talking dog who provides him with sage advice on virtually every topic. She gives him better consolation than any human could. You do not need to be a dog lover to enjoy this book, but you'll find it even more enjoyable because of Stella."

State of Wonder (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9780062049803
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Published: Harper, 6/2011

"Ann Patchett, best known for her best selling novel, Bel Canto, has a new book coming out in June. State of Wonder follows Marina Singh, a researcher for a pharmaceutical company, deep into the Amazon jungle to find a colleague who has disappeared while working on the developement of a new drug that could have a profound impact on western society. What follows is a gripping adventure into the different choices we make in the name of decency and love. As usual a great read from an accomplished writer."