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The Covenant of Water by Abraham Verghese

This massive tome is well worth the time and effort it takes to essay its length. Covering every type of human feeling, aspiration, fear and fulfillment the narrative flows much like the water that pervades the story. Always moving, never the same, leading to an eternal sea of consciousness and meaning.

First Blood by Amelie Nothomb

At times appalling, always lively, uniformly loving, this account of the author’s father and his life experiences is a bright and interesting read, and the reader is left with a warm regard for both the subject and his biographer.

Barbara Isn’t Dying by Alina Bronsky

A tale of a supremely disagreeable man who must learn to be a fully functioning human being when his wife takes ill and can no longer serve him hand and foot. Bitter and sweet and with a redemptive ending.

The Postcard by Anne Berest

A gripping search for the enigmatic meaning of a postcard bearing the names of relatives killed in the Nazi camps becomes a quest for personal identification and the finding of an appropriate place in the world. Absolutely intriguing.

The Shining Mountains by Alix Christie

A chronicle of the shameful treatment of the native peoples of the northwest, this eminently readable and engaging novel is informative, touching and passionate, taken from the author’s own family history.