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Book Bits Review Links: Liyun Li, Laura K Cowan, Wendy Wunder, Jeffery Deaver, Raymond Benson, Katy Beebe

Book review links for your Sunday afternoon:

  • kindersolitudeKinder than Solitude, by Liyun Li, reviewed by Marie Arana – “Memory is a one-way lane. Going down it, we summon faces from the past: old loves, lost friends, long-vanished relatives, our own young selves. We seldom imagine that our faces will haunt others in return. Or so says Yiyun Li in this sleek, powerful novel about the weight of memory, the brunt of loss and the myriad ways the past can crimp a soul.”  The Denver Post
  • musicofsacredlakesMusic of the Sacred Lakes, by Laura K Cowan, review by Malcolm R. Campbell – “Laura K. Cowan (“The Little Seer”) brings her knowledge of Little Traverse Bay in Northern Michigan to this gently told, magical novel about the profound interactions of a highly conflicted character with the place where he lives.  For six generations the Sanskevicz family has farmed land once occupied by the Odawa and Ojibwe tribes. Peter doesn’t want the farm, firmly believing that the summer tourists have more resonance for this quiet world than he does.”  Literary Aficionado
  • museumintangiblethingsThe Museum of Intangible Things, by Wendy Wunder, reviewed by Diane Colson – “The plot has a deliberately outlandish feel as Zoe sets out to teach practical Hannah about intangible qualities such as insouciance (by sleeping in an IKEA store) and audacity (by releasing the Kermit balloon before the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade.) But realism isn’t the point of The Museum of Intangible Things. It’s the steady flow of offbeat humor as well as Hannah and Zoe’s genuine bond that keeps readers fully invested in their story.”  Book Page
  • icecoldIce Cold: Tales of Intrigue from the Cold War, edited by Jeffery Deaver and Raymond Benson – “The Cold War is a common thread that runs through all 20 original stories that comprise ICE COLD, yet each of them is diverse and distinct from its fellows, ranging in topic from suspected spies to the traitors within, from domestic and foreign intrigue to the enemy without, to what Walt Kelly so brilliantly characterized in the phrase “we have met the enemy, and he is us.” It is a must-have volume for your bookshelf.” Book Reporter
  • brotherhugoBrother Hugo and the Bear, by Katy Beebe , illustrated by S.D. Schindler,Age Range: 5 – 9 – “Prepare to be charmed by a bear who loves words—or at least loves to eat them…This accurate (if abbreviated) delineation of the process of medieval manuscript bookmaking shines thanks to the fey twist of ursine longing for the written word. (glossary, author’s note, illustrator’s note)”  Kirkus Reviews



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