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Books in the News - 10/13/13

The Land of DreamsYour guide to the books reviewed in the local Sunday papers, complete with links!

In the Pioneer Press Books section:

Friday's Harbor by Diane Hammond - The heartwarming and provocative sequel to Hannah's Dream, Friday's Harbor is the compelling story of a dying orca, the caring zoo that saves him, and the controversy that threatens his captivity.

Turn Left at the Cow by Lisa Bullard - Thirteen-year-old Trav feels like a fish out of water in rural Minnesota in this funny mystery about a boy who discovers his dad may have been a bank robber.

The Land of Dreams by Vida Sundstol; translated by Tiina Nunnally - The chilling first installment in Vidar Sundstøl's critically acclaimed Minnesota Trilogy, set on the rugged north shore of Lake Superior and in the region's small towns and deep forests.

And in the Star Tribune Books section:

The House of Hades by Rick Riordan - Greek and Roman demigods from the Prophecy of Seven must work together to seal the Doors of Death--and help Percy and Annabeth escape the Underworld in the process.One Summer: America, 1927

Penumbra: The Premier Stage for African American Drama by Macelle Mahala - Penumbra Theatre Company was founded in 1976 by Lou Bellamy as a venue for African American voices within the Twin Cities theatre scene and has stood at the intersection of art, culture, politics, and local community engagement ever since. Based on interviews with actors, directors, playwrights, and critics, this book offers a multifaceted view of the theatre and its evolution.

One Summer: America, 1927 by Bill Bryson - Bryson examines closely the events and personalities of the summer of 1927 when America's story was one of brawling adventure, reckless optimism and delirious energy.

Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin by Jill Lepore - From one of our most accomplished and widely admired historians, a revelatory portrait of Benjamin Franklin’s youngest sister and a history of history itself. Like her brother, Jane Franklin was a passionate reader, a gifted writer, and an astonishingly shrewd political commentator. Unlike him, she was a mother of twelve.Book of Ages

Dirty Love by Andre Dubus III - A collection of short stories examining the lives of suburbanites seeking solace and gratification in food, sex, work, and love.

Quiet Dell by Jayne Anne Phillips - Mesmerizing and deeply moving, "Quiet Dell" is a tragedy, a love story, and a tour de force of obsession and imagination from one of America s most celebrated writers.

This House is Haunted by John Boyne - Written in Dickensian prose, This House Is Haunted is a striking homage to the classic nineteenth century ghost story.

Family Trouble: Memoirists on the Hazards and Rewards of Revealing Family edited by Joy Castro - This volume navigates the emotional and literary minefields that any writer of family stories or secrets must travel when depicting private lives for public consumption.

Happy reading!

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