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  • The War On Emily Dickinson on Jan. 13, 2012
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    This is a beautifully heartfelt book, a story of love, loss, and faith. The backdrop - the scourge of the AIDS epidemic in San Francisco - is devastating, but the resilience of the patients, the care workers, and the community is even stronger. Marthe and Kell are so real, so earthy, so complicated, and you root for them and empathize with them. The supporting cast is also fantastic, and I'm not lying when I say I dreamed about the Souzas. They get into your head. I also really loved the structure of the book, which really suits the nature of the complicated relationships and the confusing times in which the characters lived.
  • The War On Emily Dickinson on Jan. 13, 2012

    This is a beautifully heartfelt book, a story of love, loss, and faith. The backdrop - the scourge of the AIDS epidemic in San Francisco - is devastating, but the resilience of the patients, the care workers, and the community is even stronger. Marthe and Kell are so real, so earthy, so complicated, and you root for them and empathize with them. The supporting cast is also fantastic, and I'm not lying when I say I dreamed about the Souzas. They get into your head. I also really loved the structure of the book, which really suits the nature of the complicated relationships and the confusing times in which the characters lived.
  • Alvin's Farm Book 1: Alvin's Farm on Jan. 13, 2012

    Anna Scott Graham has an amazing ability to create characters that get under your skin. It happened for me with Marthe and Kell in The War on Emily Dickinson, and it happened again with Alvin and Jenny; I keep dreaming about these characters! The focus is on everyday life and "regular" people, but Scott Graham has an amazing way with uncovering the pain and secret histories present in every family. It's not lurid, though: she approaches these characters with sensitivity and humanity. This is the first in a trilogy and I'm anxious for the release of The Thorn and the Rose.
  • A Slider, Tumbling on Jan. 13, 2012

    Anna Scott Graham makes you really live with her characters, and care about them straightaway. They're messy, they're real, they're maddening, and they're wonderful; she has a real gift for capturing the intricacies of human relationships. The backdrop of baseball and the world series was particularly interesting for me, but if you're not a sports fan, don't let that put you off--this is a book about people with baseball as a backdrop, and not the other way around.
  • Allegiance: A Dublin Novella on Jan. 13, 2012

    Domin has an uncanny knack for setting an historical scene--just the right amount of detail to really bring the time alive, without being in your face or pedantic about it. The writing is elegant, the characters are full-blooded and complicated, and there's just the right mix of romance and action. A fantastic read.
  • Alvin's Farm Book 2: The Thorn And The Rose on Jan. 21, 2012

    Yet another heartbreaker from Anna Scott Graham, the continuing story of Jenny, Alvin, Sam, and the rest of the folks in Arkendale. So looking forward to the final book in the trilogy!