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Books in the News - 4/28/13

What books are all the rage in your local newspapers?  Here you go!  Enjoy this list of all the books featured in our local papers in thisDeadly Harvest last weekend of April! 

At the Pioneer Press, we have:

Deadly Harvest: A Detective Kubu Mystery by Michael Stanley - Girls are disappearing in Botswana. The rumor is they're being harvested for muti, a witch doctor's potion traditionally derived from plants and animals--and which, some believe, can be made more potent by adding human remains. Detective David "Kubu" Bengu joins the investigation with the police force's newest detective--and only woman--Samantha Khama, for whom the case is personal.

We'll Be the Last Ones to Let You Down by Rachael Hanel - Rachael Hanel’s name was inscribed on a gravestone when she was eleven years old. Yet this wasn’t at all unusual in her world: her father was a gravedigger in the small Minnesota town of Waseca, and death was her family’s business. Her parents were forty-two years old and in good health when they erected their gravestone—Rachael’s name was simply a branch on the sprawling family tree etched on the back of the stone. As she puts it:I grew up in cemeteries.

The Star Tribune Books section had a large feature on Isabel Allende and her new book, Maya's NotebookAllende will be appearing at Talking Volumes on May 8th at the Fitzgerald Theater.Country Girl

Other books featured included:

Country Girl by Edna O'Brien - Edna O'Brien's family encouraged her to attend pharmacy school, but she left before finishing to marry an older writer, give birth to two sons, and publish, in 1960, her first novel. The Country Girls so scandalized the O'Briens' local parish that the book was burned by the priest, her family disgraced. Country Girl comes twenty-one books later, a rich and heady accounting of the events, people, emotions, and landscape that imprint upon and enliven one lifetime.

Paris by Edward Rutherfurd - From the grand master of the historical novel comes a dazzling epic portrait of Paris that leaps through centuries as it weaves the tales of families whose fates are forever entwined with the City of Light.

The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud - From the New York Times-bestselling author, a brilliant new novel: the riveting confession of a woman awakened, transformed, and betrayed by passion and desire for a world beyond her own set in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

In the Body of the World by Eve Ensler - Eve Ensler has devoted her life to the female body - how to talk about it, how to protect and value it. Yet she spent much of her life disassociated from her own body. While working in the Congo and being diagnosed with uterine cancer, she is forced to become first and foremost a body.  Unflinching, generous, and inspiring, Ensler calls on us all to embody our connection to and responsibility for the world.

And a few new poetry collections were highlighted:  The First Flag by Sarah Fox, It Becomes You by Dobby Gibson and Black Aperture by Matt Rusmussen.

Happy Reading!

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