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By Woman's Day Staff Posted April 29, 2009 from womantalks.com

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Need a new book for your nightstand? Then check out these book recommendations from the Woman’s Day editors. Every couple weeks we will submit new reviews for books we love so you can find a page turner of your own. Settle in and find a new story to enchant you.


How Not to Act Old by Pamela Redmond Satran
It is impossible to read this book of little age-betrayers—don’t yell into your cell phone, edit the anecdotes—without secretly keeping score. (Gee, I don’t do that, do I?) Satran is really perceptive about the habits and tastes of over-40s, and she delivers her warnings with tongue in cheek and lots of good humor. For the record, I was relieved to find out that I don’t block the aisle, wear granny glasses or text with my index finger—but there’s no way I’m giving up Tuscany, Springsteen or éclairs, no matter how old they make me look. -- Diane Oatis; available at Amazon.com


Nights of Rain and Stars by Maeve Binchy
The novel is about four tourists who meet in a village in Greece and the ways in which their lives intertwine. The plot is somewhat contrived but Binchy is a good storyteller. It’s a good beach read (i.e., not complicated) and certainly put me in the mood to visit Greece. -- Donna Meadow; available at Amazon.com


The Blind Faith Hotel by Pamela Todd
Fourteen year old Zoe’s family falls apart. When her mother takes her and her brother and sister back to her childhood home, Zoe’s world falls to pieces. The Blind Faith Hotel is a poignant story of a girl trying to get her bearings and find her place in her family and the world. -- Donna Meadow; available at Amazon.com


Summer on Blossom Street by Debbie Macomber
The story enters around a knitting shop where people join a knitting class who want to “quit something or someone.” Likeable characters and a plot that’s a little predictable. It’s a light, fun easy read. Perfect for lounging by pool or at the beach, and I almost had the desire to learn to knit! -- Donna Meadow; available at Amazon.com


Thirteen Moons by Charles Frazier
I thoroughly enjoyed his first novel, Cold Mountain, so was anxious to read his second book. Thirteen Moons is a story about an orphan named Will Cooper, who begins his autobiography reminiscing of life before his life-long love changed everything. At the age of twelve, he embarked on a journey into the Cherokee Nation. Frazier's writing weaves facts and snippets from history to create a beautiful and mysterious portrayal of the Cherokee. Tales of adventure, romance, and brotherhood turn into wanderlust and a life eroding away.-- Donna Meadow; available at Amazon.com


Chill Out and Get Healthy by Aimee Raupp
If you're curious yet skeptical about Oriental medicine, give this book a shot. It's clearly aimed at stressed-out city women who are more concerned about fitting into their designer jeans than they are about their health, but Raupp aims to change that. A Chinese medicine practitioner, she writes in a conversational tone, speaking directly to the reader as if she were chatting with friends on their way from brunch to Bergdorf¹s. Initially that drew me in, but her “You can do it, girlfriend!” talk started to grate on my nerves after a few chapters. And, skeptic that I am, I had a hard time swallowing all of the “medical” explanations and advice (i.e., she’s strongly against soy and dairy). That being said, the overall guidance she gives makes sense: Take time to get stress under control and eat clean, healthy foods and you should live a happier, healthier life.-- Barbara Brody; available at Amazon.com


The Wonder Spot by Melissa Bank
Despite the fact that by the end of this novel I had grown annoyed by the protagonist (perhaps the reason that she can't find a man is because she is boring?) I still couldn’t put this book down. It chronicles 20 years in the life of chronic outsider Sophie Applebaum, from her days of ditching Hebrew school class, to her first job as a lackluster assistant at a book publisher to a string of not-quite-right relationships. There was something very satisfying—and relatable—about getting to follow her on such a long journey, and I enjoyed Bank’s description of the changing landscape of New York City through all those years-- Amanda Greene; available at Amazon.com


Goodbye, Columbus by Philip Roth
The title story of Philip Roth’s first book, a collection of six short stories, is told from the perspective of Neil Krugman, a brainy Rutgers grad living in a blue collar area of Newark, NJ. He falls in love with Brenda Patimkin, who is from wealthy Short Hills, NJ. The story deals with class issues and trying to negotiate a young relationship while being from two very different worlds.-- Amanda Greene; available at Amazon.com


The Wednesday Sisters by Meg Waite Clayton
The Wednesday Sisters is a story of friendship between five women who first meet in a 1960s San Francisco area park as their children play and follows them through the years. These women are very different but they discover they have a mutual love of reading great literature and writing. They continue to meet every Wednesday to share their latest reads and their thoughts in writing. As time progresses, their friendships mature as well as their writings. I enjoyed reading about their lives through those turbulent times ('60s,'70s) in San Francisco...they were changing and so was the country. I found myself thinking how much we (working women) take for granted. -- Donna Meadow; available at Amazon.com


Brooklyn by Colm Toibin
Equal parts Irish melancholy and American optimism, Brooklyn is set in the early 1950s and follows Eilis Lacey as she leaves her provincial hometown in Ireland to live and work in New York City. Colm Toibin does a masterful job at capturing the naiveté, yet fearlessness of the character in a voice that is so superbly feminine; it’s hard to believe the book was actually written by a man. While it would have been easy to rely on the clichéd wonderment of the recent immigrant in Manhattan, this story takes place in the borough of Brooklyn—where the streets are lined with trees and the different ethnic communities have their own neighborhoods, but live peacefully intertwined with one another. And, just when the story becomes reminiscent of the heartbreak that is the modern Irish narrative, the reader is pleasantly surprised when the author, again, chooses a direction that makes this novel all its own.-- Meghan Ahearn; available at Amazon.com


Mark of the Lion Series by Francine Rivers
Of all the books I have read, the ones I seem to favor the most are those that capture characters that have qualities I respect and wish to hold myself. In the series created by Francine Rivers, all three books portray men and women that fight through their struggles to become stronger. Torn by her love for a handsome aristocrat, a young slave girl clings to her faith to save her from the clutches of the early Roman Empire. Their love story quickly develops into a thrilling chase for freedom from their culture. The third book breaks into a somewhat separate story, developing the two lesser known characters. Equally as exciting and refreshing, the love between these two takes a few turns for the worse before the beautiful ending. The Mark of the Lion series is a must read!-- Courtney McCrea; available at Amazon.com


The Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
Hands down my favorite book ever. This collection of short stories focuses mostly on Indians living in America, and their feelings of displacement, loneliness, heartache and hope. But it is the way that Lahiri writes that make these stories sing, and be startlingly identifiable to anyone, regardless of ethnicity, age or culture.-- Amanda Greene; available at Amazon.com


Celebutantes by Goldberg and Ruthanna Khalighi Hopper
This quick beach read is captivating and humorous as the two authors, both Hollywood socialites, unravel the behind-the-scenes workings of red carpets, film wars and fashion faux-pas. The somewhat shallow, but likeable, main character, Lola Santisi, goes on a mission to make more of herself and takes a job helping her brilliant, undiscovered designer friend get noticed by the Hollywood elite. The novel takes place during a chaotic Oscar week as Lola coddles and coerces starlets and gets stomped on by their entourages in the process. Her social struggles and fashion sense are sure to leave readers amused and grateful they aren’t entwined in the throes on Hollywood.-- Ashley Bell; available at Amazon.com


Hurry Down Sunshine by Michael Greenberg
Raising a teenage daughter is difficult no matter what, but for one father (and family), this journey was particularly stark. In this powerful memoir, Greenberg vividly describes the year his 15-year-old daughter, Sally, went mad. Literally. From her initial crack-up to the long recovery in and out of a psychiatric ward, the way he describes the characters and roller-coaster ride that everyone went on will keep you turning the pages. You can’t help but feel deep sympathy for everyone involved, especially his daughter. Greenberg also does an impressive job of illustrating how much of a ripple effect one person’s crisis can have on the rest of the family. What’s the ultimate outcome? Guess you’ll just have to read it and see.-- Abigail L. Cuffey; available at Amazon.com


The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruis Zafron
This novel, set in Barcelona in 1945 when the city is still healing from the Spanish Civil war, is about a boy, Daniel, who finds solace in a mysterious book entitled The Shadow and the Wind by Julien Carax. When Daniel sets out to find the author's other works, he makes a shocking discovery—someone is systematically destroying every copy of every book Carax has written. In fact, Daniel may have the last book in existence. Soon his innocent quest opens a door into one of Barcelona's darkest secrets‹an epic story of murder, madness and doomed love.-- Carlos Lamadrid; available at Amazon.com


Body Surfing by Anita Shreve
This is just one of those perfect summer reads. A young widow works as a live-in tutor for a wealthy family one summer in their beachfront New Hampshire house. She quickly exhibits both a unifying and polarizing force on the family: two brothers compete for her affections, their kind-hearted father and sister fill a void in her life, and their mother¹s inexplicable disapproval foreshadows the book’s unexpected ending.-- Amanda Greene; available at Amazon.com


Chocolat by Joanne Harris
Set in a small town in France during Lent, Harris tells the story of newcomer Vianne Rocher and the spells ¬both literal and metaphorical ¬that she casts over the seemingly narrow-minded, church-going people of Lansquenet. Vianne, with the help of her six-year-old daughter, Anouk, opens up a chocolate shop in the middle of town, tempting each person with her magical ability to detect one’s favorite candy. Enraged by her unconventional methods and the fact that she stays open on Sundays, the priest, Francis Reynaud sets out on a personal mission to destroy what he sees as Vianne’s deliberate disobedience of his life’s work. Harris eloquently depicts the unraveling of Reynaud’s control ¬ over himself and the town ¬ with Vianne¹s mission to reach out and warm the hearts of the people of Lansquenet, making this a modern classic, sure to inspire every type of reader. -- Ashley Bell; available at Amazon.com


Admission by Jean Hanff Korelitz
I’m halfway through this novel and I can’t wait to see what happens. Portia Nathan, an almost-40 admissions officer at Princeton (and an Ivy-league grad herself) has a seemingly great life: a job she loves, a long-term relationship with her guy. But little by little things start to fall apart. I don’t want to give too much away, but let’s just say you’ll find yourself wanting to shake some sense into Portia and give her a hug at the same time. Between her boyfriend, her mom, and the college hopefuls who¹ll do just about anything to get into Princeton, Portia has her hands full. Anticipating how it will all play out is what keeps me reading. That’s not to say that the book doesn’t have its flaws. I’ve been able to guess a few plot twists long before they actually happened, and couple of sections move rather slowly. But so far, I’m hooked. -- Angela Ebron; available at Amazon.com


Are You There Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea by Chelsea Handler
To sum it up in one word: Hilarious. Are You There Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea had me laughing out loud throughout the entire read. In this book of personal essays on relationships, family life, and the adventures of comedian and actress Chelsea Handler, she manages to get herself into the most outrageous situations. Whether she's convincing her third-grade class that she has been tapped to play Goldie Hawn's daughter in the sequel to Private Benjamin, deciding to be more egalitarian by dating a redhead, or looking out for a foulmouthed, rum-swilling little person who looks just like her...only smaller, Chelsea doesn’t hold anything back. Welcome to Chelsea's world, a place where absurdity reigns supreme and a quick wit is the best line of defense. -- Stefeni Bellock; available at Amazon.com


The Girls from Ames by Jeffrey Zaslow
Perhaps it’s the Midwesterner in me, but I was immediately drawn to this touching and entertaining book that chronicles a forty-year friendship among a group of eleven women from Ames, Iowa. Zaslow does an astonishingly thorough job of telling their individual stories, from childhood to adulthood, as well as detailing how their friendship has morphed along with the ups and downs of life. Throughout all of the career changes, babies, divorces and even death, one thing stayed the same: they remained friends and supported each other. Told through their own memories, interviews with people who knew them in their early years and accompanied by photographs, this book is an empowering and uplifting nod to the importance of long-lasting female friendships. -- Abigail L. Cuffey; available at Amazon.com


The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
Any complaints you have about your own life and family will almost certainly pale by comparison to Walls’ childhood, which she details in this gripping memoir. Now an accomplished journalist, Walls transports you to her former life as the daughter of an alcoholic father and mentally ill mother who live like nomads and eventually settle in an impoverished West Virginia town. Some of the scenes will make you cringe, but they’ll stick with you. And no matter how disturbing some of it is, you can’t help be inspired by what is ultimately a story of resilience. -- Barbara Brody; available at Amazon.com


Broken: A Love Story by Lisa Jones
This memoir, by a journalist who went to Wyoming’s Wind River Indian Reservation on assignment and stayed off/on for four years, revolves around Stanford Addison, a wheelchair-bound Native American spiritual healer and horse breaker. Mixed in with his tale are a brief history of the Northern Araphos tribe, the heartbreaking reality of modern reservation life and Lisa Jones’ own journey of personal and spiritual growth. But, more revealing than the author’s insights gained from sweat lodges and the nuggets of wisdom that Addison provides, is the honest range of emotions she is unafraid to acknowledge. From the guilt she feels as a white woman on a reservation to the lust she has for a man that is not her boyfriend, these sentiments she shares show the reader that we are all nothing but our feelings if we cannot understand, and eventually, control them. -- Meghan Ahearn; available at Amazon.com


Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell
Most people know Gladwell from his bestseller, The Tipping Point. His latest book is just as interesting. Here he examines why some people succeed and others don’t. What’s great is that he doesn’t focus solely on business people, which is what I expected. Instead, he looks at everyone from pro hockey players to airline pilots to Asian math whiz kids and more. What he discovered is that culture, circumstance, luck, even the month in which you were born all factor into how successful you are. And here I thought it was just hard work. Whether you agree with his points or not, Gladwell makes his case in a very entertaining way. -- Angela Ebron; available at Amazon.com


Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri
Not having read any of Lahiri's previous work, I can't make comparisons, but this newest collection of short stories from the Pulitzer Prize­ winning author of Interpreter of Maladies and The Namesake definitely lives up to her distinguished literary reputation. Divided into two parts—-the first consisting of five standalones; the second, a trilogy—-the set of tales is mainly inhabited by Bengali-American characters and often addresses their culture-specific struggles. Yet despite my very different cultural background, I had no difficulty connecting with the protagonists. The stories’ themes are universal at their core: the struggle to maintain family ties while coming into one’s own, the inevitable problems that arise within relationships, the far-reaching consequences of our choices, the little tragedies of daily life—-and the much bigger ones. Lahiri's characters are, for lack of a better way to define it, very real, and they pulled me readily into each story. Part II, with the expanded development that a longer devotion to the characters allows, drew me ever deeper in with its quiet suspense, and resonated for days after I’d finished it. As a lover of short stories, I've now put Interpreter of Maladies high on my list of must-reads. -- Lauren Kuczala; available at Amazon.com


The Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer
Twilight: When I first starting hearing about this book series, I just thought it was another pop culture fixation and I especially thought it was meant for teens (like a Nancy Drew or Sweet Valley High). After hearing from so many friends and co-workers that it was a phenomenal read, I decided to jump on the bandwagon and join all the Twilighters for the ride, and boy am I glad that I did. Besides being a sucker for a good romance, I have to say that the writing of this book is so beautiful and it captivates you from page one. When I finally had time to sit with the book and read, I finished in two days, and then I immediately proceeded to watch the movie. By the next weekend, I had completed New Moon and within two weeks, I'd also read Eclipse and Breaking Dawn. The entire saga tells a tale of love for family, friendship, companionship and adventure. I get so many people who roll their eyes at me when I talk about these books, but I say to them “just read Twilight, and if you don’t like it, I won’t push you to read another.” I know that once they read the first, they won’t stop until all four are read.-- Mary-Theresa Tringale; available at Amazon.com


My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult
This fascinating book has recently been made into a movie starring Cameron Diaz and Abigail Breslin. I haven’t seen the movie yet so I can’t compare the two, but the book is well worth a read. Essentially, it’s about a child who’s conceived for the main purpose of helping her older sister battle leukemia. Asking a child to donate blood, bone marrow, etc., to save her sister’s life might not seem like a big deal, but is it ethical to bring a child into the world specifically for this purpose? Is it fair to ask a child to undergo a series of invasive procedures to help her sibling? How would you feel if you were one of these girls—or if you were one of their parents? These are the questions this book addresses, and admittedly there are no easy answers. But as medical technology continues to evolve they’re certainly questions worth thinking about. -- Barbara Brody; available at Amazon.com


Covert: My Years Infiltrating the Mob by Bob Delaney with Dave Scheiber
I’m a big fan of The Sopranos, so when I heard about this book I had to check it out. It’s the true story of former New Jersey state trooper Bob Delaney’s time as an undercover agent deep inside the Mafia. Becoming a wise guy meant losing touch with family and friends; otherwise he’d compromise the police operation and his own life. Delaney recounts many frightening experiences, many of them bringing him this close to some of the top figures in organized crime. The inner workings, hierarchy and illegal schemes of major crime families that Delaney details, as well as his own psychological struggles, is fascinating. Equally fascinating is how he went from a life undercover to his current life as a referee for the NBA. Talk about a transition! -- Angela Ebron; available at Amazon.com


Very Valentine by Adriana Trigiani
Valentine Roncalli is following in her grandmother’s footsteps: she makes beautiful one-of-a-kind wedding shoes. But their century-old Greenwich Village business is in trouble, and it’s up to Valentine to save it. Add the complications of a colorful Italian family, an on-again off-again romance, the struggle to reconcile the present with the past, and the challenges of being true to yourself, and you have classic Trigiani. If you liked her earlier books, especially Lucia, Lucia—and if food, fashion (shoes!), the Village and Italy have any resonance for you—you’ll love this one. -- Diane Oatis; available at Amazon.com


Girls Like Us by Sheila Weller
Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon: If you’re a “girl” of a certain age, at least one of those names will make you light up. Weller, an exhaustive researcher, intertwines the biographies of the three singer-songwriters, sometimes in surprising ways. (Fun fact: The link between all three is James Taylor.) I’d always admired their talent, but after reading this book, I came to appreciate their bravery. They really were pioneers, in their music and in their personal lives, and the risks they took in pursuit of their talent are inspiring. -- Diane Oatis; available at Amazon.com


Belle in the Big Apple by Brooke Parkhurst
This autobiographical book tells the story of the beautiful Southern belle from Alabama, Brooke Parkhurst who made her way to the bright lights and big city to pursue her journalism and cooking career. The road wasn’t quite an easy start for this talented and aspiring woman in her 20s. Read along as Brooke experiences the ups and downs of New York City life and brings her Southern charm and recipes along with her too. The story was particularly heartwarming and entertaining, the writing is outstandingly clever, and the recipes are finger lickin’ good. The story will sure hit home for some readers like me, who have made their way north of the Mason Dixon line in search of their dreams. -- Olivia Putnal; available at Amazon.com


Nights of Rain and Stars by Maeve Binchy
This simple but engaging tale focuses on four strangers from different countries who find themselves on a Greek isle that’s struck by tragedy. Although they become fast friends, their experiences and interactions with each other--and with several interesting locals they encounter in Greece--help them each learn more about themselves and what they want out of the future. Take it with you to your local beach and imagine you’re sitting by the Aegean Sea. -- Barbara Brody; available at Amazon.com


But Enough About Me: How a Small-Town Girl Went from Shag Carpet to the Red Carpet by Jancee Dunn
Growing up in suburban New Jersey, Jancee Dunn was a lot like any other slightly geeky music-obsessed teen, but a series of random (and lucky) breaks lands her a job writing for Rolling Stone Magazine. Her often-hilarious encounters with the rich and famous will have you wondering, “What is a nice girl like you doing in a place like this?” Dunn’s humor and sharp eye for detail are winning; if you have fond memories of the ‘80s, you’ll really enjoy this book. -- ¬Diane Oatis; available at Amazon.com


Apples and Oranges: My Brother and Me, Lost and Found by Marie Brenner
A memoir of the love story between a polar-opposite brother and sister, written by the prodigiously gifted Marie Brenner, one of Vanity Fair’s top writers. I doubt that I would have read the book (memoirs aren’t my preferred reading), except that Brenner is also the cousin of a dear friend of mine, who gave me the book. And not reading it would have been a loss. Brenner puts words and ideas together better than just about anybody, and her tale of sibling rivalry, reconciliation and loss is wise, funny, entertaining and gripping. I was partly interested because part of her story takes place in San Antonio, 60 miles from the small town where I grew up, so the book is sprinkled with familiar names and places. But that was just a grace note. Her story is universal and delivers a strong emotional pull, especially to anyone (and that’s most of us) who’ve ever dealt with any kind of sibling issue. -- Jane Chesnutt; available at Amazon.com


The Uncommon Reader: A Novella by Alan Bennett
The Queen discovers the Bookmobile! While out walking the corgis one day, Queen Elizabeth II stumbles upon the van parked outside Windsor. Curious, she befriends Norman, a young man who works in her kitchen and is a devoted reader; he becomes her literary guide. As she grows more and more besotted with books, she ignores her royal duties, becomes more inquisitive and outspoken, disrupts state functions—and, of course, deeply troubles those around her, from the house staff to the Prime Minister. A charming (and slyly funny) story about the power of reading. We were definitely amused. -- Diane Oatis; available at Amazon.com


The Favorites by Mary Yukari Waters
A family secret between two houses on a quiet lane in Kyoto unfolds over 10 years and three generations of women. The reader gains insight about the nuances of traditional Japanese culture and manners—just as the modern world begins to find them obsolete. Waters does a superb job of subtly telling a story about mothers and daughters while quietly revealing lessons about emotions, attachments and self-reliance. -- Meghan Ahearn; available at Amazon.com


Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
A Greek couple’s journey to America has heartbreaking consequences for their grandchild, a hermaphrodite who is born a girl and grows into a man. With a plot like that I wasn’t sure how I’d like this novel. But I loved it. Callie/Cal’s story (and that of his ancestors) is so memorable and engaging that you won’t want to put the book down. -- Angela Ebron; available at Amazon.com


Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
My friend Mark recommended this book to me about a serial killer who strikes during the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair, and I was hooked from the beginning. What makes it so remarkable is that the events actually happened. The backstory of how the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair, known for it’s enormous Ferris wheel, came to be are fascinating and the parallel story of H.H. Holmes, a serial killer who murders women, men and children, is chilling. -- Angela Ebron; available at Amazon.com


The Smart One and the Pretty One by Claire LaZebnik
This fun novel shows the contrast between two sisters, one who’s a high-powered attorney and the other an out-of-work stylist who’s gotten deep into debt. The storyline revolves around the attorney trying to drive some sense into her flighty sister; the fashionista, meanwhile, finds a decades old “engagement” contract that their parents and some family friends drew up for her serious sister and their son and tries to spin it into reality. The tale is forgettable enough but perfect for reading on a beach or plane. -- Barbara Brody; available at Amazon.com


Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult
This gripping novel takes you into a small town and into the mind of a bullied teen who opens fire on his high school classmates. Some of the characters are a bit cliché (you have your jocks, nerds, etc.) but the story is extremely engaging and written in such a way that you sympathize with so many of the characters, including the shooter and his mother. Picoult does an excellent job of illustrating how the line between right and wrong often gets very blurry, and she reminds you of how difficult it is to be a teen and figure out where you fit in. -- Barbara Brody; available at Amazon.com


Novel About My Wife by Emily Perkins
This chilling novel depicts the marriage of Londoners Tom and Ann. After pregnant Ann survives a train derailment strange things start happening: she catches a strange man following her home, their house becomes infested with bugs and she develops an obsessive compulsion to sculpt clay figurines well into the night. The book is full of suspense up until end, when Tom comes to the devastating realization that he was wrong all along about what was going on under his roof. -- Amanda Greene; available at Amazon.com


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Posted by Elizabeth Strout

Olive Kitteredge


I just finished reading this novel and it was nothing short of fantastic. It is many little stories that all have Olive (the central character) running through them. The character is so human,sometimes bad sometimes good but always interesting. All I can say that when the book ended I was not ready to let it go. I just wanted more of Olive. Give it a try I believe you wll love it.
Margaret Gaetano

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Posted by Deborah Rodriguez

Kabul Beauty School

Soon after the fall of the Taliban, in 2001, Deborah Rodriguez went to Afghanistan as part of a group offering humanitarian aid to this war-torn nation. Surrounded by men and women whose skills–as doctors, nurses, and therapists–seemed eminently more practical than her own, Rodriguez, a hairdresser and mother of two from Michigan, despaired of being of any real use. Yet she soon found she had a gift for befriending Afghans, and once her profession became known she was eagerly sought out by Westerners desperate for a good haircut and by Afghan women, who have a long and proud tradition of running their own beauty salons. Thus an idea was born. Although I am not a big fan of non-fiction, this was one I couldn't put down..

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Posted by Nora Roberts

Morrigan's Cross / Dance Of The Gods / Valley Of Silence

I just finished this trilogy by Nora Roberts and I have to say they are the best I have read in a very long time. They were published in 2006, 2007 & 2008 and I think they are great. If you love romance, adventure and magic you are going to love these books, but I do recommend you read them in the order they were written since you would probably be lost if you don't. In my personal opinion they would make a great trilogy movie (hint, hint) Nora Roberts has a new fan.

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khaled Hosseini

sorry - the title of book is A Thousand Splendid Suns
not nights.

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Posted by Khaled Hosseini

A thousand Splendid Nights

If you enjoyed the Kite Runner you will certainly enjoythis book about two young women who grew up in Afghanistan during the war and the takeover by
the Taliban.

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