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Barbara Kingsolver Prodigal SummerThe Complaints by Ian Rankin. $ 1.99
From the Jacket Copy:
Nobody likes The Complaints—they’re the cops who investigate other cops. It’s a department known within the force as “The Dark Side,” and it’s where Malcolm Fox works. He’s a serious man with a father in a nursing home and a sister who persists in an abusive relationship, frustrating problems about which he cannot seem to do anything.

Then the reluctant Fox is given a new case. There’s a cop named Jamie Breck, and he’s dirty. The problem is, no one can prove it. As Fox takes on the job, he learns that there’s more to Breck than anyone thinks—dangerous knowledge, especially when a vicious murder takes place far too close to home.

In THE COMPLAINTS, Rankin proves again why he is one of the world’s most beloved and bestselling crime writers, mixing unstoppable pacing with the deeper question of who decides right from wrong.

PW calls this book a disappointment and another reviewer mentions its slow and needlessly convoluted plot.

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The Complaints Ian Rankin Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver. $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:
Barbara Kingsolver’s fifth novel is a hymn to wildness that celebrates the prodigal spirit of human nature, and of nature itself. It weaves together three stories of human love within a larger tapestry of lives amid the mountains and farms of southern Appalachia. Over the course of one humid summer, this novel’s intriguing protagonists face disparate predicaments but find connections to one another and to the flora and fauna with which they necessarily share a place.

Prodigal Summer weaves together three stories of human love within a larger tapestry of lives in southern Appalachia. At the heart of these intertwined narratives is a den of coyotes that have recently migrated into the region.

From the BN reviewer “Erotic and poetic, Prodigal Summer is Kingsolver’s most profoundly philosophical work. With prose that is as supple as a bobcat’s tread, she paces deftly between each character’s tale, as they search for deeper meaning in the natural world around them. Wolfe knows that by sheltering predators she’s removed humankind from nature’s equation and attempted to make a false Eden of the woods. Bondo, however, forces her to accept that she needs the companionship of her own species. Lusa and Garnett realize that to live off their land they need to cede it a certain respect. And by so doing, they awaken to a richer connection with the earth and a renewed belief in the essential importance of love.”

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Belong to Me      by     Marisa de los SantosBelong to Me by Marisa de los Santos. $ 1.99

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Everyone has secrets. Some we keep to protect ourselves, others to protect those we love.

A devoted city dweller, Cornelia Brown surprised herself when she was gripped by the sudden desire to head for an idyllic suburb. Though she knows she’s made the right move, she approaches her new life with trepidation and struggles to forge friendships. Cornelia’s mettle is quickly tested by judgmental neighbor Piper Truitt, the embodiment of everything Cornelia feared she would find in suburbia. A saving grace soon appears in the form of Lake, and Cornelia develops an instant bond with this warm yet elusive woman.

As their individual stories unfold, the women become entangled in a web of trust, betrayal, love and loss that challenges them in ways they never imagined, and that ultimately teaches them what it means for one human being to belong to another.

Highly recommended by School Library Journal and a BN recommended read.

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Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance Robert M. PirsigZen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig. $ 2.99.

From the Jacket Copy:

Acclaimed as one of the most exciting books in the history of American letters, this modern epic became an instant bestseller upon publication in 1974, transforming a generation and continuing to inspire millions. This 25th Anniversary Quill Edition features a new introduction by the author; important typographical changes; and a Reader’s Guide that includes discussion topics, an interview with the author, and letters and documents detailing how this extraordinary book came to be. A narration of a summer motorcycle trip undertaken by a father and his son, the book becomes a personal and philosophical odyssey into fundamental questions of how to live. The narrator’s relationship with his son leads to a powerful self-reckoning; the craft of motorcycle maintenance leads to an austerely beautiful process for reconciling science, religion, and humanism. Resonant with the confusions of existence, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance is a touching and transcendent book of life.

Hailed as an instant classic but some of the goodreads reviews suggest that Pirsig is nothing but a self important windbag whose interpretation of philosophies brooked no room for dispute.

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Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com

One Comment

  1. cleo
    Dec 21, 2012 @ 20:52:24

    I remember enjoying Prodigal Summer, even though I felt like one of the three intertwined stories was weaker than the other two. There’s some romance, but no HEAs for any of the couples, although it does end on an optimistic note. It’s not nearly as good as Poisenwood Bible, but more ambitious than her earlier books.

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