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Beautiful Ruins: A Novel, by Jess Walter.
September 21/2016 by
Beautiful Ruins: A Novel, by Jess Walter. New York: Harper, 2012. In 1962, a young American movie actress shows up at the remote, obscure, Italian “Hotel Adequate View” thinking that she is dying of cancer. Pasquale, the hotelier, naturally falls in love with her. 50 years later, Pasquale travels to Hollywood, in hopes of finding […] »
Unattended Death, by Victoria Jenkins.
June 22/2016 by
An Unattended Death. By Victoria Jenkins. (Sag Harbor, NY: The Permanent Press, c2012. 214 pp.) Recommendation submitted by: Carolyn Petersen, Assistant Program Manager, Library Development Set in Shelton, WA, the first book, in what may be a new police procedural series, does a good job of capturing the ambiance of this lumber mill town. When a […] »
Your Heart Is a Muscle the Size of a Fist, by Sunil Yapa.
April 21/2016 by
Your Heart Is a Muscle the Size of a Fist. By Sunil Yapa. (New York, NY: Lee Boudreaux Books/Little, Brown and Company/Hachette Book Group, 2016. 312 pp.) Recommendation submitted by: Will Stuivenga, Cooperative Projects Manager, Washington State Library, Tumwater, WA. This is not a nice book. This is not a pleasant book. But it may be an important […] »
Portlandtown by Robb De Borde
April 13/2016 by
Portlandtown: A Tale of the Oregon Wyldes. By Robb De Borde. (New York: St. Martin’s Griffin, 2012. 375 pp.) Recommendation by Carolyn Petersen, Assistant Program Manager, Library Development What does a reader get when a writer combines gunfights, zombies, circus freaks, and a Portland pioneer family named the Wyldes?  The reader is rewarded with a crackling good […] »
My Sister’s Grave by Robert Dugoni
September 09/2015 by
My Sister’s Grave. By Robert Dugoni. (Seattle: Thomas & Mercer, 2014. 410 pp.) Recommendation by Carolyn Petersen, Assistant Program Manager, Library Development Tracey Crosswhite became a detective with the Seattle Police Department as a result of her younger sister’s murder. Tracey never was convinced that the man convicted and serving time for her sister’s murder was […] »
Wilderness, by Lance Weller
June 23/2015 by
Wilderness: A Novel. By Lance Weller. (New York: Bloomsbury, 2012. 293pp.) Recommendation by PNW & Special Collections April 9, 1865 was the day that General Robert E. Lee surrendered the Army of Northern Virginia at the McLean House in the village of Appomattox Court House. This is often cited as the official date of the end of the Civil War […] »
The Impersonator, by Mary Miley
March 03/2015 by
The Impersonator: A Mystery. By Mary Miley. (New York: Minotaur Books, 2014. 320 pp.) (A Roaring Twenties Mystery, Book 1) Recommendation by: Carolyn Petersen, Assistant Program Manager, Library Development, Tumwater, WA. Mary Miley’s Impersonator deserved to win the Minotaur Books/Mystery writers’ of America First Crime Novel competition.  The murder mystery begins with the heroine of the book, vaudevillian Leah […] »

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