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Books

Hoffman's latest melds fiction and fact in "Extraordinary" way


Reading Alice Hoffman’s latest novel, “The Museum of Extraordinary Things” (Scribner, 2014), reminded me of watching documentaries with lovely time-lapse photography of flowers growing and blooming. Several memorable characters grow, evolve and discover mysteries and characteristics in themselves in a deep and interesting way during the course of the book.

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Gladwell's "David and Goliath" takes on underdogs


Author Malcolm Gladwell likes to tell his readers that what they believe to be true often isn’t.

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Novel weaves mythical tale with folklore elements


I’m a big fan of the science-fiction and fantasy genres, but it’s often difficult to find well-written books in either style. Enter author Helene Wecker.

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Bryson's "One Summer" recounts momentous season in U.S.


History buffs will no doubt immediately understand the significance of the title of Bill Bryson’s latest best-seller, “One Summer: America, 1927” (Doubleday, 2013). The rest of us have the privilege of discovering the many amazing events that unfolded in that seminal year and decade.

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Gilbert's latest explores themes of love, discovery


Elizabeth Gilbert is well known for her autobiographical best-sellers, including the blockbuster “Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia” (Viking Adult 2006) and “Committed: A Love Story” (Viking, 2009).

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