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BOOK REVIEW: Christmas Bells

BOOKS: Schoolteacher draws from Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s writings as she faces modern-day troubles Christmas Bells  by Jennifer Chiaverini How do you keep faith when everything around you seems to be falling apart? Chiaverini attempts to answer that question in her latest historical novel. Alternating Christmas storylines bring together Henry Wadsworth Longfellow in the 1860s as he faces the imminent […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The Mistletoe Inn

BOOKS: Author of holiday-themed novellas creates modern-day Christmas fairy tale.    The Mistletoe Inn  by Richard Paul Evans Kimberly Rossetti wants to become a romance writer. She’s 32 with one divorce, two failed engagements, and many broken hearts behind her — hardly an expert on happily ever after endings! Facing the prospect of holidays alone, she […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Mister Owita’s Guide to Gardening

BOOKS: Henderson Book Club pick explores growth of relationship between unlikely friends   Mister Owita’s Guide to Gardening: How I Learned the Unexpected Joy of a Green Thumb and an Open Heart  by Carol Wall An autobiographical story of the blossoming of a seemingly unlikely friendship. An affluent white woman who is worried about serious health […]

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BOOKS: Historical fiction/fantasy in biblical setting tells story of characters interacting with enigmatic robe.    The Robe  by Lloyd C. Douglas The Robe is a novel that tells a story of what happens to Jesus Christ’s robe after his crucifixion. The book offers a detailed description of life in Roman times, and shows firsthand the intertwined politics and […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The End of Night

BOOKS: Author Bogard references Nevada in his musings on modern use of artificial light.   The End of Night  by Paul Bogard The author offers a chronicle about the overuse of artificial light and his world-wide search for places that still remain dark. The chapters of the book are numbered according to the Bortle ranking of sky darkness, ranging from […]

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BOOKS: Flight Behavior

BOOKS: An Appalachian hike leads to a season of life-changing decisions.   Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver Set in rural Tennessee in the present, Flight Behavior deals with climate change and the unexpected effects on the people as well as the environment. The story begins with Dellarobia Turnbow hiking up a mountain path in present day […]

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BOOKS: Sideways

BOOKS: Misadventure abounds on pre-wedding wine-tasting road trip.   Sideways by Rex Pickett Long-time buddies Miles and Jack are heading to the Santa Ynez wine country for a week of tasting and relaxing. Of course, as many well-meaning road trips tend to do, the vacation quickly takes a turn for the worst. While narrator Miles intends […]

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