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The Book of Ruth
Jane Hamilton
0385265700
Dec 1989
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Book Review
Oprah Book Club® Selection, November 1996: The Book of Ruth is a virtuoso performance and that's precisely why it can be excruciating to read. Author Jane Hamilton leads us through the arid life of Ruth Grey, who extracts what small pleasures and graces she can from a tiny Illinois town and the broken people who inhabit it. Ruth's prime tormentor is her mother May, whose husband died in World War II and took her future with him. More poor familial luck has given Ruth a brother who is a math prodigy; Matt sucks up any stray attention like a black hole. Ruth is left to survive on her own resources, which are meager. She struggles along, subsisting on crumbs of affection meted out by her Aunt Sid and, later, her screwed-up husband Ruby. Hamilton has perfect pitch. So perfect that you wince with pain for confused but...


A Map of the World
Jane Hamilton
0385720106
Dec 1999
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Book Review
Oprah Book Club® Selection, December 1999: In A Map of the World, appearance overwhelms reality and communal hysteria threatens common sense. Howard and Alice Goodheart, the couple at the center of Jane Hamilton's 1994 novel, have labored mightily to create a pastoral paradise in a Wisconsin subdivision. Their 400-acre dairy farm is the last in Prairie Center, and they're working flat out to raise their two young girls in a traditionally bucolic manner. Yet paradoxically, they strike their neighbors as unacceptably modern, and have been treated as interlopers since the day of their arrival. Howard, in love with his vocation, chooses not to believe that they've been frozen out. But Alice, flinty and quick to judge, finds things harder. And her job as school nurse doesn't work wonders for her reputation either. Happily,...


Bloody Bones
Laurell K. Hamilton
0515134465
August 2002
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Book Review
When Anita Blake's boss at Animators, Inc., informs her that she's expected to raise 300-year-old zombies from a field of jumbled bones just to settle a land dispute, she's understandably annoyed. But as soon as she arrives in Branson, Missouri, to do the deed, the job gets more interesting. A psychotic sword-wielding vampire starts committing multiple murders in the area, and Anita must call on Jean-Claude, her powerful fanged suitor, for help. As always, Anita prevails over the undead, keeping Jean-Claude at arm's length, clearing the cemetery land of an ancient enchantment, and nailing the vampiric killer in one fell swoop. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

Book Description
Meet Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter. Her 9-to-5 turns into 24-7 when...


The Psychic Workbook
Craig Hamilton-Parker
0091790867
Aug 1995
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Tragic Mountains
Jane Hamilton-Merritt
0253207568
Nov 1999
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From Publishers Weekly
The Hmong, a mountain people of Laos, were U.S. allies during the Vietnam war. A noble, friendly folk with a 4000-year-old culture, they are the object of a genocidal campaign by the communist Laotian and Vietnamese governments. In this bitter, tragic and disturbing saga, Asian scholar/journalist/photographer Hamilton-Merritt documents the horrible suffering endured by the Hmong since they were abandoned by the U.S. in 1975. Her collection of eyewitness testimonies establishes that the Laotian-Vietnamese forces have field-tested chemical and biological toxins by using Hmong villages as targets (the "yellow rain" dismissed by the Western media as bee dung). The situation is especially urgent because those thousands of Hmong who succeeded in escaping to Thailand are now being forcibly repatriated to their homeland,...


The Family Markowitz
Allegra Goodman
0374529396
August 2005
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Book Review
The stories in this collection are so linked and consistent, the book is almost a novel. It tells the comic and endearing history of a family of archetypal American Jews. Rose, the finicky and irrational Jewish mother, becomes increasingly dependent on Percodan and on her two sons, Ed, a hard-headed academic, and Henry, an arty dilettante. Ed's writer wife Sara suffers through teaching creative writing at the local Jewish Community Center. Ed painfully endures an interfaith weekend with crushingly banal Christian ecumenists, even though both he and Sara are completely irreligious. Meanwhile their daughter Miriam alarms them by rediscovering Judaism. Goodman, whose stories appear regularly in the New Yorker, delights the reader with recognition of the funny in the familiar. --This text refers to an out of print or...


Bloody Bones
Laurell K. Hamilton
0425205673
November 2005
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Book Review
When Anita Blake's boss at Animators, Inc., informs her that she's expected to raise 300-year-old zombies from a field of jumbled bones just to settle a land dispute, she's understandably annoyed. But as soon as she arrives in Branson, Missouri, to do the deed, the job gets more interesting. A psychotic sword-wielding vampire starts committing multiple murders in the area, and Anita must call on Jean-Claude, her powerful fanged suitor, for help. As always, Anita prevails over the undead, keeping Jean-Claude at arm's length, clearing the cemetery land of an ancient enchantment, and nailing the vampiric killer in one fell swoop. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

Book Description
In Laurell K. Hamilton's New York Times bestselling...


The Stones Cry Out
Molyda Szymusiak
0253335310
Apr 1999
Hardcover
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Book Description
"The Stones Cry Out is startlingly good as literature. It is also an important addition to a thin historical record. . . . Her account of the revolutionary rhetoric, set against the reality of what the revolutionaries were actually doing, is as macabre as any of the descriptions of bodies."--The Wall Street Journal "This is a powerful and compelling story of terror, struggle and death sprinkled with moments of tenderness, written by a woman who writes not of politics but only of what she experienced."--New York Times Book Review In 1975, Molyda Szymusiak (her adoptive name), the daughter of a high Cambodian official, was twelve years old and leading a relatively peaceful life in Phnom Penh. Suddenly, on April 17, Khmer Rouge radicals seized the capital and drove all its inhabitants into the countryside. The chaos...


Human Body
Ann Baggaley
0789479885
January 2001
Textbook Paperback
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Book Description
Pocket-sized and heavily illustrated consumer guide to the structure, inner workings, and common disorders of the human body. Two parts include a regional atlas of the body and a description of common disorders. Also includes a glossary of medical terms. Softcover.

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Pocket-sized and heavily illustrated consumer guide to the structure, inner workings, and common disorders of the human body. Two parts include a regional atlas of the body and a description of common disorders. Also includes a glossary of medical terms. Softcover.


Frank Lloyd Wright's Monona Terrace
David V. Mollenhoff
0299155005
May 1999
Hardcover
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From Library Journal
"It will come about someday," was Frank Lloyd Wright's prediction in 1958 about the fate of a civic center he initially designed in 1938 for the shore of Lake Monona in Madison, WI. On July 18, 1997, the convention center, Monona Terrace, opened its doors. This is an exhaustive, well-illustrated recounting of the project and a critique of the completed facility. The book's comprehensiveness makes it a mandatory addition to specialized architectural collections and collections of Madison local history while limiting its desirability elsewhere.AJay Schafer, Bay Path Coll. Lib., Longmeadow, MA Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Book Description
"What a fascinating book Mollenhoff and Hamilton have written. Monona Terrace is one of the most controversial and...


The Short History of a Prince
Jane Hamilton
0385479484
Mar 1999
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Book Review
As a teenager in Oak Ridge, Illinois, Walter McCloud is desperate for adventure, hoping for love and success as a dancer. "If life for Walter was composed in part of confusion, shame and deception, the ballet was order, dignity and forthright beauty." In 1995, at 38, nothing has turned out as he had expected. Having spent years working in a dollhouse shop in New York and engaging in that city's ready sexual excitement, Walter finally returns to his Midwestern roots, accepting a teaching job in Otten, Wisconsin--a place that might have little to recommend it save its proximity to his family's summer home. ("It had taken Walter several years to admit to himself that he couldn't go on indefinitely selling Lilliputian Coke bottles and microscopic toilet-roll dowels.") In this new community, he will have to...


When Madeline Was Young
Jane Hamilton
0385516711
Sept 2006
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
An unusual ménage poses moral questions in this fifth novel (after Disobedience) from Hamilton, winner of the PEN/Hemingway Award for The Book of Ruth. Aaron and Julia Maciver are living in a 1950s Chicago suburb with their two children—and with Aaron's first wife, Madeline. Aaron has insisted on caring for Madeline after she suffered a brain injury soon after their wedding, leaving her with the mental capacity of a seven-year-old. Refusing to consider this arrangement inconvenient, Julia treats the often-demanding Madeline like a beloved daughter, even letting her snuggle in bed with Aaron and herself when Madeline becomes distraught at night. Decades later, the Macivers' son, Mac, now a middle-aged family practitioner with a wife and teenage daughters, prepares to attend the funeral of his...


The Center of Everything
Laura Moriarty
0786888458
July 2004
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Book Review
Laura Moriarty's debut novel is a simple story, but effectively told. Ten-year-old Evelyn Bucknow lives with her not very responsible young mother, Tina, on the outskirts of a small Kansas town. The Center of Everything follows a clean arc: How Evelyn, a gifted but poor student, negotiates the pitfalls of her background to become a college student. The book shows the scary tenuousness of poverty. When Tina's car breaks down, their life falls apart like a flimsy cardboard edifice. Evelyn can't get to school, Tina can't get to work, and unseemly relationships with men who own cars develop. The novel's other theme is the importance of teaching; when one of her teachers tells her she's gifted, Evelyn's life is changed. "She takes off her glasses, still looking at me. I take off my glasses too, because for a moment I think she is...


Half a Heart
Rosellen Brown
0743505794
May 2000
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From Publishers Weekly
As she has amply proven throughout her distinguished career, Brown (Civil War; Before and After) tackles timeless, yet timely, moral issues with the insight and gravity of one who has been on the frontlines of social change. Here she returns to the civil rights era in a gripping novel tracing the lives of several people who participated in that struggle and continue to live in its shadow. In the 1960s, when Jewish graduate student Miriam Starobin went from Texas to Mississippi to teach history at an all-Black college, she had an affair with charismatic African-American music professor Eljay Reece. Their relationship ended acrimoniously after Miriam gave birth to their daughter, Veronica, and Eljay claimed the child and drove Miriam out of their lives. Now, 17 years later, in what at first seems a miraculous...


Disobedience
Jane Hamilton
0385720467
July 2001
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Book Review
A wayward wife, an Oedipally obsessed e-mail snoop, a pint-sized Civil War reenactor (oops, make that living historian), and a cheerfully oblivious cuckold comprise the Shaws of Chicago, the decidedly quirky characters of Jane Hamilton's fourth novel, Disobedience. An unlikely family to fall prey to the vagaries of modern life, the Shaws are consumed with clog dancing, early music, and the War Between the States. But they do possess a computer, and when 17-year-old Henry stumbles into his mother's e-mail account and epistolary evidence of her affair with a Ukrainian violinist, he becomes consumed with this glimpse into her life as a woman, not simply a mother. To picture my mother a lover, I had at first to break her in my mind's eye, hold her over my knee, like a stick, bust her in two. When that was done, when I had...


A Map of the World
Jane Hamilton
0553527371
May 1995
Audio Cassette - Abridged
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Book Review
Oprah Book Club® Selection, December 1999: In A Map of the World, appearance overwhelms reality and communal hysteria threatens common sense. Howard and Alice Goodheart, the couple at the center of Jane Hamilton's 1994 novel, have labored mightily to create a pastoral paradise in a Wisconsin subdivision. Their 400-acre dairy farm is the last in Prairie Center, and they're working flat out to raise their two young girls in a traditionally bucolic manner. Yet paradoxically, they strike their neighbors as unacceptably modern, and have been treated as interlopers since the day of their arrival. Howard, in love with his vocation, chooses not to believe that they've been frozen out. But Alice, flinty and quick to judge, finds things harder. And her job as school nurse doesn't work wonders for her reputation either. Happily,...

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