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The Red Bandanna: A Life. A Choice. A Legacy. by Tom Rinaldi

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THEY WAITED AT BEDROCK.

Seven stories below the ground, seventy feed deep in the earth, they sat. On a bright spring morning, while flags flew at half-staff in the memorial plaza far above, some seven hundred had made the long descent to gather in this chamber. Together they met: strong and weak, mournful and hopeful, persistent and diminished. Families and firefighters, city officials and rescue workers, orphans and political leaders, they waited for the solemn ceremony to begin.

Dec 062016
 

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Say Goodbye For Now by Catherine Ryan Hyde

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Part One: The Half-Wild Prince – June 1959
Chapter One: Dr. Lucy
The knock propelled her out of sleep and set the dogs barking. Or maybe the knock propelled the dogs out of sleep and their barking finally broke through the nightcap, the sleeping pill, and the exhaustion.

 

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page 97: (I know, more than 2, but I love this)
He grabbed the boy up into his arms and lifted him into the air, holding him tightly to his chest. For a moment, father and son remained silent.

Then Calvin asked, “Am I hurting you?”
“Yeah,” Justin said.
“Should I put you down?”
“No.”

So the embrace continued.

Nov 222016
 

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Between The World And Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

 

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Son,
Last Sunday the host of a popular news show asked me what it meant to lose my body. The host was broadcasting from Washington, D.C., and I was seated in a remote studio on the far west side of Manhattan. A satellite closed the miles between us, but no machinery could close the gap between her world and the world for which I had been summoned to speak. When the host asked me about my body, her face faded from the screen, and was replaced by a scroll of words, written by me earlier that week.
 
 
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page 113:
You exist. You matter. You have value.

Oct 112016
 

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Tomorrow There Will Be Apricots by Jessica Soffer

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Lorca
I was pretending to read the paper. I thought that if I didn’t say anything, my mother might stop glaring at me, burning a hole in my face.

I was home from school. I’d been sent home.

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page 254:
He realized that in order to love more, he would have to feel less. This was what it meant to love, he thought. It required a certain degree of forgetting, of loss; it was like rushing into freezing water, jumping with your eyes closed into a dark hole, not making a sound.

Sep 062016
 

Lowcountry Stranger (Sweeney Sisters #2)

Lowcountry Stranger by Ashley Farley

 

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A gentle breeze in the late afternoon of an early June day rustled the Spanish moss draped from the live oak trees, bringing with it the smell of the salty marsh to those gathered on the lawn for the wedding of the youngest of the Sweeney sisters. Women tugged their shawls tighter around their shoulders, thankful they’d be remembered to bring a wrap for what promised to be a chilly evening ahead. The sun shimmered off the high tide on the inlet, casting Moss Creek Farm in a pale glow. The white frame antebellum plantation house with its green-black shutters, large columns, and wrap around porches stood like a grand old dame, proud and dignified and handsome.

This is only about half of the first paragraph, but I think it’s enough to give you an idea if you’d like to keep reading or not.

 

 

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Who would chase the ghosts from her closet, if not Eli? She opened another cabinet. He deserved so much better than her.

Aug 162016
 

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Family Tree by Susan Wiggs

I’m loving this book!!!

 

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“I can’t believe we’re arguing about a water buffalo.” Annie Rush reached for her husband’s shirt collar, turning it neatly down. “Then let’s quit arguing,” he said. “It’s a done deal.” He sat down and shoved first one foot, then the other, into his cowboy boots—the ridiculously expensive ones she had given him last Christmas. She’d never regretted the purchase though, because they looked so good on him. “It’s not a done deal. We can still cancel. The budget for the show is already stretched to the limit. And a water buffalo? It’s going to be fifteen hundred pounds of stubborn.”

What do you think — keep reading or pass? 

 

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page 98:
Slight smile from the doctor as he exchanged a look with the other doctor, then turned to Annie. “There was an accident,” he said. “You suffered a head injury.”

Jul 262016
 

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Harmony by Carolyn Parkhurst

 

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Chapter 1: Iris
June 3, 2012
The camp is in New Hampshire. We’ve been driving for two days now—well, not literally, because we stopped at a hotel overnight and we’ve taken breaks to eat and go to the bathroom, but you know what I mean. We’ve been driving for two days, approximately, and I can’t decide if I want to be there already or not.

 

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page 98:
“Listen, sweetie”, Janelle says. “It’s true that the reason this particular group of people got together is that we’ve all got kids who have issues. But every single plan we’ve made, every single conversation we’ve had, has been about what’s going to work out best for all our kids.

Jul 052016
 

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Everything We Keep by Kerry Lonsdale

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Part One:
Gem city of the Foothills
Los Gatos, California

Chapter One:
July
On our wedding day, my fiance, James, arrived at the church in a casket.

 

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page 42:
Days came and went, each blurring into the next. Endless nights out with Nadia, dinners with Kristen and her husband, and countless evenings alone watching movies from the couch. When there wasn’t anything interesting to watch, I baked.

Jun 282016
 

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Run The World by Becky Wade

 

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Chapter 1: Trading The Start Line For The Sideline
England
339 miles

If I couldn’t race them, I’d just have to stalk them—from behind the barriers dividing spectators from the female Olympic marathoners snaking along the River Thames. The pavement separating me from the runners was no larger than the gap that, just weeks earlier in Eugene, Oregon, stood between me and Emma Coburn, the eventual Olympic Trials 3,000 meter steeplechase champion. Until the Big Spill, that is. In the middle of that race, every steepler’s worst fear became reality as both my body and my 2012 Olympic dreams came crashing down, the former straight into the water pit, the latter into another arduous four year wait.

 

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page 76:
Our trek ended  in a warm kitchen, and my homesickness lifted with the aromas filling the room.

Apr 122016
 

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Pushed To The Limit by Karen Chester

 

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Faye Seymour has long reigned as Greenville’s gossip queen, but recently she’s been at her worst, spreading rumors like wild fire and putting a lot of noses out of joint. Event planner Emma Cassidy has already lost an important client to Faye’s loose tongue, and she can ill afford to lose any business. When Emma discovers Faye lying at the bottom of  a flight of stairs, the feisty old lady declares she was pushed–and that Emma is the culprit!–before passing out.

 

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Emma took the key and returned to her car. Before starting the ignition, she stared at the glaring graffiti one more time. It might be just mindless teenage vandalism, but it might also be a sinister threat.  Quit snooping around or else…

Mar 152016
 

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Don’t Let My Baby Do Rodeo by Boris Fishman

 

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Maya had been early to pick up Max the day he didn’t come home with the school bus. Usually she was still powering up Sylvan Gate Drive when the old yellow bus sputtered to its crown, the doors exhaled, and Max tumbled out, always before the Kroon girl because Max always took the front seat. Even in the family Corolla, it was Alex at the wheel, Max in the passenger seat, and Maya in the back. Maya had gathered that the popular children sat back of the bus. She asked Max once why he wasn’t among them. “There’s too much noise in the back,” he had said, and she had felt a hidden satisfaction at his indifference.

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Max wondered the house sullenly, occasionally lifting his fingers to the side of his head and wincing theatrically. His wound had frightened him.

Mar 012016
 

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Let me start with this:

I am an apostate.

I have lied. I have cheated.

I have done things in my life that I am not proud of, including but not limited to:

Falling in love with a married man nineteen years ago

Being selfish and self-centered

Fighting with virtually everyone I have ever known (via hateful emails, texts, and spoken words)

Physically threatening people (from parking ticket meter maids to parents who hit their kids in public)

Not showing up at funerals of people I loved (because I don’t deal well with death)

Being, on occasion, a horrible daughter, mother, sister, aunt, stepmother, wife (this list goes on and on)

The same goes for every single person in my family:

My husband, also a serial cheater, sold drugs when he was young

M mother was a self-admitted slut in her younger days (we’re talking 1960’s, before she got married)

My dad sold cocaine (and committed various other crimes) and then served time at Rikers Island

Why am I revealing all this? Because after the Church of Scientology gets hold of this book, it may well spend an obscene amount of money running ads, creating websites, and trotting out celebrities to make public statements that their religious beliefs are being attacked- all in an attempt to discredit me by disparaging mt reputaion and that of anyone close to me. So let me save them some money. There is no shortage of people who would be willing to say “Leah can be an asshole”- my own mother can attest to that. And if I am all these things the church may claim, then isn’t it also accurate to say that in the end, thirty plus years of dedication, millions of dollars spent, and countless hours of study and training didn’t really “fix” me? Perhaps Scientology doesn’t work.

 

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page 37:
The mention of RPF, the Rehabilitation Project Force, sent a chill down my spine. I knew what that was from seeing the RPF members in their musters, which were the formations we all had assemble in at any Sea Org gathering.

Feb 232016
 

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My Mother’s Kitchen by Meera Ekkananth Klein

 

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Kashi’s day follows the rhythm of the sun. She can hear the far off sound of a rooster crowing and the final notes of the nightingale. It is still dark outside; the only hint of the coming dawn is the faint tinges on the horizon, a pale suspicion of light. Kashi wants to burrow her head into the pillow and keep the day at bay. but before long her father will be asking for his first cup of coffee, and besides it is almost time to get ready to go to work at the Big House. Spending time with Meena and her mother is the highlight of her day. She loves the walk up the slope, past the meadow filled with wild mustard, and through the dark cavern of trees. The trail leads though the raspberry brambles and past wild crabapple trees. Coming p the hill and seeing the Big House for the fist time, as it is called by the villagers, is always a thrill.

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page 75:
My mother’s picnic luncheons are a feast for the eyes and mouth. For today’s picnic she has packed foods the travel well. First there is tomato rice–rice cooked in a broth of garlic and fresh tomatoes and topped with crunchy cashews.

Feb 162016
 
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Once a Crooked Man by David McCallum

 

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Until he pulled open the door of the Starbucks at 59th and Lexington, Carter Allinson II had only experienced crushes on the fair sex in his early years and minor infatuations in his teens. Some of the latte had led to wild sexual exploits but Carter had never fallen deeply in love.

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page 87:

“This is where we change vehicles, old boy,” said Villiers as he switched off the ignition. “Excuse me.” Stretching across, he flicked a catch on the dashboard and a panel flipped down revealing a Browning 9mm complete with silencer and two spare clips.

Feb 092016
 

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Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline

 

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1st chapter
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I believe in ghosts. They’re the ones who haunt us, the ones who have left us behind. Many times in my life I have felt them around me, observing, witnessing, when no one in the living world knew or cared what happened.

I am ninety-one years old, and almost everyone who was once in my life is now a ghost.

 

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page 128:
Molly’s been surprised to find that she looks forward to it. Ninety-one years is a long time to live-there’s a lot of history in those boxes, and you never know what you’ll find.

Jan 262016
 

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A Place at the Table by Susan Rebecca White

 

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1st chapter
Prologue: Wild Sow (Emancipation Township, North Carolina, 1929)

For Alice, looking at James was like looking back at herself, only a washed-out, lighter version, and with short wavy hair instead of plaits held in place with pieces of torn-up muslin. Alice had been looking at James all twelve years of her life, she who entered the world exactly fifteen months after her brother. From a young age they would have staring contests: first one to blink lost. They were constantly engaging in these battles of will, though Alice was always the loser. James could stare through the tears building up in his eyes, while Alice couldn’t bear the sting.

 

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page 221
I think Daddy loves me. I am almost sure he does.

Jan 052016
 

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1st chapter:
Wake up! What are you doing lying in there? The library doesn’t open for another two hours, you shouldn’t be here at all. If that isn’t the limit! Now they’ve started locking readers in my basement. Honestly, there’s no end to what I have to put up with. No, no point in shouting, it’s not my fault…But I know who you are, you know your way around the library. You mooch around this place all day, so sooner or later you were bound to end up spending the night here.No, don’t go away, now that you’re here, you can give me a hand.

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page 57:
Sometimes the readers think we’re being grumpy toward them. You have to understand us: who’d choose to come and shut themselves up under these neon lights and inside these plasterboard walls when the sun’s just starting to send out the first timid rays of warmth and the grass is greening under the wind at lambing time, eh?

 

I’m not very far into this book and not sure I’m liking it. I think I’ll read a bit more and if I don’t start getting more interested, I’ll go on to something else. Yes, me, a person that has always had to finish a book no matter what, isn’t doing that any more.

Dec 012015
 

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Save My Place by Olivia deBelle Byrd

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My stubborn Southern mind was made up. At the ripe old age of twenty-two, I was to become an old maid. Given that fact, I determined it was judicious of me to further my education, so I had taken the graduate exam and applied to the University of Georgia for a master’s degree in education. Since the school was incidental to m momentous decision to enter the world of spinsterhood, the University of Georgia was selected based on the sole criterion of a college sorority sister who needed a roommate. The pivotal U-turn in my life was the indirect result of my college boyfriend of three years–the man I was to marry, settle down with in a cottage by the sea, and live with happily ever after–unceremoniously breaking up with me exactly twenty four hours after my college graduation.

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page 101:
I went home to Hillston, and we took a family vacation to Panama City Beach for the first time in several years as we had planned. Stewart was home from the University of Florida for the summer and had finally turned into a quasi-human being.

Nov 032015
 

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Joy For Beginners by Erica Bauermeister

 

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Prologue:
Life came back slowly, Kate realized. It didn’t come flooding in with the reassurance that all was well. The light outside was no different; her daughter’s body, the strength of her hug, was not necessarily more substantial. The delicate veil Kate had placed between herself and the world was not flung away. It clung.

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page 98:
At the end of the third day they had stopped in an old Victorian seaport, perched on the edge of nowhere, Sara was sure, for the highway simply ended at the edge of town and there was nothing but water at the other side. The brick buildings on the main street seemed to be frozen in time, tall and stately and ornate.