The Dutch House: A Review

November 8, 2019

 The Dutch House by Ann Patchett

The Dutch House Review

Genre/Categories: Complicated Family Drama, Literary Fiction

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Siblings Danny and Maeve are living in The Dutch House when their mother abandons the family. Their father remarries, but after he dies, their stepmother kicks Danny and Maeve out of her life and out of the house. Suddenly, all Danny and Maeve have is each other. This story explores their complicated lives and relationships.

Amazon Rating: 4.4 Stars

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This Tender Land: A Review

November 7, 2019

 This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger

This Tender Land Review

Genre/Categories: Historical Fiction, Coming of Age, Adventure, Great Depression

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A journey to find safety, love, and home….

During the Great Depression, four orphans escape from the Lincoln School in Minnesota, an unhappy and perilous home/institution for Native American children where they had little food, harsh punishments, and suffered abuse. This quartet of miserable children consists of rebellious, free-spirited, and harmonica-playing Odie; his responsible and conscientious older brother Albert; their best friend and Native American, Mose; and a brokenhearted little girl named Emmy. The foursome makes their escape in a canoe down the Gilead River toward the Mississippi in search of a safe place to call home and people to love them. They become found family to each other and survive encounters with all types of people.

Amazon Rating:  4.7 Stars

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Fiction/Nonfiction Book Pairings: #NonficNov

October 5, 2019

Fiction/Nonfiction Book Pairings #NonficNov

I’m eager to participate in Nonfiction November this year hosted by Doing Dewey, Julz Reads, What’s Nonfiction, Sarah’s Book Shelves, and Shelf-Aware. During the month of November, you will notice one nonfiction focused post each week:

Weekly Topics:

My Year in Nonfiction

Fiction/Nonfiction Book Pairings (today’s post)

Be the Expert

Nonfiction Favorites

Nonfiction TBR

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Fiction and Nonfiction Book Pairings

Nonfiction November is an opportunity to reflect on the year, to celebrate and appreciate nonfiction, and to share recommendations.

Today for Nonfiction November hosted by Sarah’s Bookshelves, I have ten fiction/nonfiction book pairings to share with you! Can you add to this list?

Please join me for Nonfiction November!

Dear Hamilton by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie
paired with
Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow

The Aviator’s Wife by Melanie Benjamin
paired with
Gift From the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh

America’s First Daughter by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie
Jefferson’s Sons by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley (MG)
paired with
Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power by Jon Meacham

Resistance Women by Jennifer Chiaverini
paired with
Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric Metaxas

Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate
paired with
Before and After: The Incredible Real-Life Stories of Orphans Who Survived the Tennessee Children’s home Society by Judy Christie and Lisa Wingate

Far From the Tree by Robin Benway
paired with
Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love by Dani Shapiro

Learning to See: A Novel of Dorothea Lange by Elise Hooper
paired with
Dorothea Lange: A Life Beyond Limits by Linda Gordon

Becoming Mrs. Lewis by Patti Callahan
paired with
A Grief Observed by C.S. Lewis

The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
paired with
Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to end Slavery by Eric Metaxas

The Pearl That Broke Its Shell by Nadia Hashimi
paired with
The Underground Girls of Kabul by Jenny Nordberg


I know you can help me add to this list!
I’d love to hear your suggestions for a fiction/nonfiction pair.

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The Fountains of Silence: A Review

November 3, 2019

 The Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys

The Fountains of Silence Review

Genre/Categories: Historical Fiction, Post Spanish Civil War Spain, YA, Family, Love Story

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In 1957, Madrid, Spain is under the control of the fascist dictator General Francisco Franco. While citizens endure harsh conditions of the dictatorship after the Spanish Civil War, tourists experience another version of life in Spain as they enjoy parties and wine at the Hilton Hotel. Eighteen-year-old Daniel is a hotel guest, a photographer, and the son of a Texas oil tycoon; his mother was born in Spain and Daniel is eager to visit her homeland. Ana works at the hotel as a maid. Daniel and Ana meet and fall in love. While Ana is simultaneously intrigued by American life and concerned for her family, Daniel sets his mind to capture the real Spain in photos and finds himself investigating the plight of stolen children. The circumstances surrounding their love story are difficult for them to navigate.

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The Macmillan E-Book Embargo Won’t Be Cancelled; the ALA Continues the Fight

Thanks for the information Briana and Krysta @

Pages Unbound | Book Reviews & Discussions

Macmillan Ebook Embargo Update

The Macmillan e-book embargo starts November 1.  If you haven’t heard of it, the embargo means that Macmillan will allow libraries to buy only one copy of an e-book for the first eight weeks after publication.  This copy will be a perpetual access copy (meaning libraries can keep it in their collections indefinitely) and will cost $30. After eight weeks, libraries will have the ability to purchase metered copies, which means they can keep the license for two years or 52 lends, whichever comes first.  The cost for a metered copy will be $60.  The purpose of the embargo is to create long wait times for e-books so frustrated library patrons will be forced to buy the book if they want to read it.

This new policy is greatly concerning to libraries since wait lists for e-books are often already months long, even with their ability to buy multiple copies. …

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