Archive for April, 2009

Grave Site

04/27/2009

Grave Site
Charlaine Harris
Mystery
293 pages
copyright: 2006
isbn: 0-425-21289-0

Harper Connelly has what you might call a strange job: she finds dead people. She can sense the final location of a person who’s passed, and share their very last moment. The way Harper sees it, she’s providing a service to the dead while bringing some closure to the living-but she’s used to most people treating her like a blood-sucking leech. Traveling with her step-brother Tolliver as manager and sometime-bodyguard, she’s become an expert at getting in, getting paid, and getting out fast. Because for the living it’s always urgent-even if the dead can wait forever.

Secret Touch

04/21/2009

Secret Touch
Jean Innes
Historical Romance
446 pages
copyright: 1992
isbn: 0-8217-3746-5

In England to find a bride, British-born Greek resident Vincent Montagu sets his sights on Lydia Grey, an orphaned Englishwoman who longs for the passion and adventure she knew in her adopted India.

A Kiss To Remember

04/13/2009

A Kiss To Remember
Kimberly Van Meter
Harlequin Superromance
243 pages
copyright: 2008
isbn: 0-373-71485-8

Nora Simmons experienced her first kiss when she was just ten years old. Ben Hollister was twelve and visiting his grandparents in Nora’s hometown, Emmett’s Mill. But after that summer—and one very memorable kiss—Ben and Nora didn’t see each other again. Until now…

Ben, who’s become a high-powered lawyer, has inherited his grandparents’ rambling old Victorian, which he plans to sell. He needs Nora, the town’s best landscaper, to help him get the house in shape.

As much as they fight their attraction, it’s obvious the sparks are still there. So Nora doesn’t understand why Ben wants to leave Emmett’s Mill—leave her—again.…

Brothel: Mustang Ranch And It’s Women

04/09/2009

Brothel: Mustang Ranch And It’s Women
Alexa Albert
United States History
271 pages
copyright: 2001
isbn: 0-965-018875

“When Harvard Medical School student Alexa Albert conducted a public-health study at the Mustang Ranch brothel in Nevada, the only state in America where prostitution is legal, neither she nor the women of the brothel could have predicted the result. Having worked with homeless prostitutes at a drop-in center in New York City’s Times Square, Albert was intimate with the human devastation caused by the sex trade and curious to see if Nevada’s brothels offered a less harmful model for a business that will always be with us. Mustang Ranch had never before let such an outsider in, but after three years of Albert’s persistent urging, it finally relented and opened its doors to her.” “What Albert did not anticipate was that the women of the Mustang Ranch would be so hungry to confide in her, or that she would come to care about them so deeply. The prostitutes poured their stories out to Albert: how they came to be at Mustang Ranch, their surprisingly deep sense of craft and vocation, and how they reconciled their profession with the attitudes of their families and the outside world. Consequently, what began as a public-health project evolved into something more personal and ambitious – a six-year study of the brothel and its women.”–BOOK JACKET.

The Bell Jar

04/03/2009

The Bell Jar Sylvia Plath Fiction 264 pages copyright: 1971 isbn: 0-613-29198-0 The Bell Jar is a classic of American literature, with over two million copies sold in this country. This extraordinary work chronicles the crack-up of Esther Greenwood: brilliant, beautiful, enormously talented, successful – but slowly going under, and maybe for the last time. Step by careful step, Sylvia Plath takes us with Esther through a painful month in New York as a contest-winning junior editor on a magazine, her increasingly strained relationships with her mother and the boy she dated in college, and eventually, devastatingly, into the madness itself. The reader is drawn into her breakdown with such intensity that her insanity becomes completely real and even rational, as probable and accessible an experience as going to the movies. Such deep penetration into the dark and harrowing corners of the psyche is rare in any novel. It points to the fact that The Bell Jar is a largely autobiographical work about Plath’s own summer of 1953, when she was a guest editor at Mademoiselle and went through a breakdown. It reveals so much about the sources of Sylvia Plath’s own tragedy that its publication was considered a landmark in literature.

Murder On St. Mark’s Place

04/01/2009

Victoria Thompson Mystery 277 pages copyright: 2000 isbn: 978-0-425-17361-9 In turn-of-the century New York City, midwife Sarah Brandt and Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy see birth and death–and even murder….