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12/08/2011 2:30 pm

What do you read when you need comforting? All creatures great and small by James Herriot

   Jacket cover: The best of James Herriot Don't deny this happens to you.  We all get down, hit a rough patch, lose a job or get a divorce.  Sometimes a gripping action movie is just what you need.  But sometimes nothing works but a good, heartwarming laugh. For those moments, there is one author I can always count on.  He's gone now, but his works will endure. The author is James Herriot, whose real name was James Alfred Wight, or Alf.

Book review: The dragonriders of Pern by Anne McCaffrey

    The volume The dragonriders of Pern contains three of my all-time favorite titles: Dragonflight, Dragonquest, and The white dragon.  Anne McCaffrey is a prolific writer with multiple scifi/fantasy series, but her Pern volumes are the most numerous and arguably the most popular.  What has always appealed to me, first, is Pern itself: its beautiful dragons and Earth backhistory and curre

Book Review - The Secret History of the Pink Carnation

There once was a wonderful swashbuckling tale of a daring Englishman who would sneak off to France at the height of the Revolution and steal French aristocrats from under the shadow of La Guillotine.  The book was called The Scarlet Pimpernel and was made into to a movie at least three different times.  If you haven’t heard of it please do yourself the favor and get the book from the library.  Picking up where the Baroness Orczy left off her tale

Mystery review: A trick of the light: a Chief Inspector Gamache novel by Louise Penny

    The seventh book in Louise Penny's Three Pines series was released in August.  I am surprised to discover I haven't reviewed her books before this!  From her very first book, Penny became a favorite author and has remained so with each addition to the series.  The setting is a tiny village of Québec south of Montréal with a disproportionate share of creative geniuses and artful curmudgeons.  And also, as a character in A trick of the light puts it,

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