Spotlight on The Secrets We Keep by Stephanie Butland

This looks like a good one.

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The Secrets We Keep


Title: The Secrets We Keep
Author: Stephanie Butland
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark
Publication Date: July 7, 2015
Genres: General Fiction



A tragic accident, a broken heart, and a marriage drowning in secrets…

Mike always walks the dog in the evening while Elizabeth relaxes in
the bathtub–but one night he doesn’t come back. Mike has drowned
while saving a teenage girl named Kate, his dog standing on the bank
barking frantically as the police pull his body from the water.

But despite her husband being lauded as a hero, Elizabeth can’t wrap
her mind around the fact that Mike is gone–and Kate won’t
reveal the details of what really happened that night.

Elizabeth finds herself facing the unfathomable possibility that she
may not have known her husband at all. Does she really want to
know the truth? Or will the weight of Mike’s secrets pull her under?




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Spotlight on The Girl Who Wrote in Silk by Kelli Estes

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The Girl Who Wrote in Silk


Title: The Girl Who Wrote in Silk
Author: Kelli Estes
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark
Publication Date: July 7, 2015
Genres: General Fiction, Historical



While exploring her aunt’s island estate, Inara Erickson is captivated
by an elaborately stitched piece of fabric hidden in the house. The
truth behind the silk sleeve dated back to 1886, when Mei Lien, the
lone survivor of a cruel purge of the Chinese in Seattle found refuge
on the island and shared her tragic experience by embroidering it.

The lives of Inara Erickson and Mei Lien are intertwined through the
sleeve that holds centuries of secrets. After uncovering the truth,
Inara must make an impossible choice: share the secret and shake her
family to its core or keep the secret hidden and dishonor Mei Lein.



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Book Review: The Deep End by Debra Purdy Kong

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The Deep EndThe Deep End
A Casey Holland Mystery #4
Debra Purdy Kong
TouchWood Editions, September 2014
ISBN 978-1-77151-093-6
Trade Paperback

Casey Holland, the protagonist in this series by Debra Purdy Kong, in which this is the fourth entry, “a criminology student and an experienced security officer,” has just started her first shift as a volunteer at Fraserview Youth Custody Center, a juvenile detention facility just outside of Vancouver housing 25 youngsters, supposedly only for a few days each.  Soon after her shift starts, she is startled to find that a friend’s 15-year-old grandson, Justin, is a resident there.  Then, later on that same evening, Mac Jorgenson, the 230-pound man in his late fifties and the director of the facility, dies right in front of Casey, from an apparent heart attack, although it develops that the circumstances were suspicious.  A helluva way to start a new job – – and that’s…

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The Girl and the Goal

Loved this book.

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So, my Summer Reading goal is to read more “adult” books. If you’ve read one of my previous posts, then you know that I mainly read young adult books. One question that the children’s and teen librarians are asking participants when they sign up for the Summer Reading program is: Why are you signing up for the Summer Reading program? One of the answers is “to challenge myself.” That option stuck out to me. I’d like to think that my goal is challenging myself because I’m broadening my horizons. I’m stepping outside of my reading comfort zone.

The book that helped me to get out of this reading comfort zone is The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins. One day I was lucky enough to find a best-seller copy and decided to see what the hype was all about. The book is well worth all of the praise…

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This Guy Has A Dumb Opinion About Gone With The Wind

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I want to start today’s post by sending you somewhere else–to a column by Lou Lumenick of the New York Post.

Go there. Read it.

Now, let me tell you how dumb this opinion is.

Without going into a long diatribe on the Confederate flag, I’ll simply say I understand why most Americans want it removed from courthouses and state flags. It’s a symbol of racism, plain and simple.

But to somehow equate the racism represented by the Confederate flag to Gone With the Wind is, well, dumb. The fact of the matter is that when GWTW was published, racism was alive and well. Segregation was law in parts of America, mostly the south, where Margaret Mitchell’s novel takes place. The time in which GWTW takes place, the American Civil War, is an even more racially charged time.

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