Thursday, November 29, 2007

The Horse: A Miscellany of Equine Knowledge

The Horse: A Miscellany of Equine Knowledge
by Julie Whitaker& Ian Whitelaw

The Horse is not only for horse owners or equestrians, but for anyone who has a fondness for horses. The book is loaded with historical facts, trivia, as well as information about evolution, breeds, style of riding, as well as other numerous topics. Because the layout of the The Horse is unique, the reader doesn’t have to start with chapter one . . . just open the book to any section, any page.


Wednesday, November 28, 2007

The Thirteenth Tale

The Thirteenth Tale
by Diane Setterfield

Vida Winter, a popular historical novelist, is at the end of her life. She hires Margaret Lea to write her extraordinary life story before it's too late. As the strange tale of the Angelfields unfolds, Margaret is mesmerized. Soon, she is uncovering old and new mysteries, as well as discovering personal revelations.

This is an captivating novel. Setterfield delves into the world of twins and their unique connection as well as the power of uncovering the past .


Tuesday, November 20, 2007

The Greatest Presidential Stories Never Told

The Greatest Presidential Stories Never Told: 100 Tales from History to Astonish, Bewilder, and Stupefy
by Rick Beyer

Here are some fun facts that will help you in your next trivia game. These are the interesting facts that make some of our presidents memorable. A fun book to read!

- Dixie

Friday, November 16, 2007

On Kingdom Mountain

On Kingdom Mountain
by Howard Frank Mosher

Miss Jane Kinneson is the owner of Kingdom Mountain, located on the US-Canadian border in upstate Vermont. She is an interesting character - independent, intelligent, and more than a bit eccentric.

The novel focuses on life in northern Vermont in 1930. Miss Jane must defend her mountain against developers who want to build a highway through her land.

On Kingdom Mountain
is a delightful read, the story is imaginative, and the characters are fun. This book is part historical fiction with a little bit of mystery and a sweet love story. Wonderful!

- Kathy S.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

. . . and His Lovely Wife

...and his Lovely Wife: a memoir from the woman behind the man
by Connie Schultz

Plain Dealer columnist Connie Schultz tells the inside story of her husband Sherrod Brown's campaign for the U.S. Senate from the fall of 2005 until the 2006 election. From mundane details like clothing choices and haircuts to gut-wrenching betrayals by friends and sacrifices by family, the author makes you feel like you are right there with her through these long months. I've always liked Connie Schultz' writing and point of view. If you do too, or just want to find out what a political campaign is like from the inside, this is a captivating book to read.

- Linda B.

Monday, November 5, 2007

The Secret Cardinal

The Secret Cardinal
by Tom Grace

The author pulls you into the story within the first few pages, much like Clive Cussler. Nolan Kilkenny, an ex-Navy SEAL, is called to the Vatican and given a mission by Pope Leo XIV to rescue a Bishop Yin from a Chinese prison. This adventure takes Kilkenny and his crew from the Vatican across Asia to China and ultimately involves the Mafia and the conclave of cardinals that will elect the next pope. It's a wild roller coaster ride from beginning to end.

- Pat

Friday, November 2, 2007

The Ghost at the Table

The Ghost at the Table
by Suzanne Berne

This is the book to read in November. It is the story of two sisters reuniting with their father for Thanksgiving dinner. They meet at the New England home of Frances, an interior decorator. Cynthia, an historical fiction writer, is visiting to gather information about a book on Mark Twain's daughter. Their different versions of their family history collide with the addition of their father and Frances' family.

This is a tale exquisitely told by Berne, an English professor at Harvard. As she exposes the past through eyes of the sisters, she adds more layers of meaning with the addition of the lives of Mark Twain's daughters.

- Holly