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Jodi Lew-Smith
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Author of The Clever Mill Horse (and its sequels!)
Author of The Clever Mill Horse (and its sequels!)

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The History of Love
by Nicole Krauss            For much of the time I was reading this book I kept thinking
the title was utterly bizarre and made no sense. Which is best explained by
quoting the opening lines: “When they write my obituary. Tomorrow. Or the next
day. It will ...

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The Book of Strange New Things
By Michael Haber This IS a book of strange new things—mostly due to its odd
brew of components. On one hand it’s a sci-fi space travel book. On another
it’s a tale of religious mission, with a Heart of Darkness type of set-up. And
then it’s a quirky love ta...

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The Midwife's Revolt (by Jodi Daynard)
           I freely confess it; this is exactly the kind of book I’m predisposed
to like. Which means my recommendation should be served with a good pinch of
salt as I’m biased. But if you happen to likewise have a soft spot for historical
tales about women...

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Life After Life
           Kate Atkinson has had a long and distinguished career but I
confess this is the first book of hers I’ve read, and it was suggested by a
member of my book club. I had little or no expectation going into this book,
but Life after Life took me for a...

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The Tilted World
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some lovely aspects to this historical novel by Tom Franklin and Beth Ann Fennelly. I enjoyed the premise of a federal agent
during prohibition falling for the best moonshine maker in the region. I liked
the setting and the sense of th...

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The Doomsday Book
I've never been much of a fantasy reader, but a friend recommended
Connie Willis as someone I might like and I thought to take a peek. She's won
the Hugo and Nebula awards more times than almost anyone else, so she must be
doing something right. I started w...

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Come get a book signed next Saturday the 4th!
Haymaker Card and Gift will host a book signing for two new books by local authors on Saturday April 4th from 11 AM  until 1PM. Hardwick author, Jodi Lew-Smith has written an action packed historical adventure fiction book set in 1810 USA. Her main characte...

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All the Light We Cannot See
I'm very late to the game of recommending this book, but in case you haven't heard of Anthony Doerr's new book, put it on your reading list right now. What most impressed me about this book was Doerr's incredible patience in spinning this tale. He told it w...
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