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Display Name: Kim b
About me: I love my job as a librarian at HCL.
Reading Interests: I am drawn to literary and historical fiction, memoirs, adventure, and books on spirituality. My mood and intuition usually lead me to the right book at the right time.

Kim b's Book Lists
Boarding Schools (12 titles)
“I always worried someone would notice me, and then when no one did, I felt lonely.” Curtis Sittenfeld, Prep
Ranking Ernest Hemingway (6 titles)
The June 6, 2014 Publisher's Weekly includes an interesting ranking. Author Nancy Sindelar (her book Influencing Hemingway comes out soon) offers her ranking of Hemingway's best fiction. I will add her ranking in the list below. Do you agree with Sindelar?
Coming soon to a library near you (34 titles)
The anticipation builds for these books either recently published or to be published in the summer or fall of 2014.
Missing Persons (26 titles)
Fiction and nonfiction about disappearances.
In Praise of Alexander McCall Smith (5 titles)
I am a huge fan of Alexander McCall Smith's #1 Ladies' Detective Agency series (although I will only listen to them because the reader Lisette Lecat is perfection). Recently a patron asked me if I had "read" McCall Smith's series 44 Scotland Street. I hadn't. Now I'm hooked because of its character Bertie, a very intelligent and lonely six-year-old boy who has an impossible mother. There are many wonderful characters who live on 44 Scotland Street but Bertie is my favorite. Alexander McCall Smith is a master storyteller. His books are funny, smart, all too human, tender and wise.
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Cover ArtAn unreal dream : the Michael Morton story
Excellent documentary about Michael Morton who was wrongly imprisoned for the brutal murder of his wife. Twenty-five years later the truth comes out (both DNA proof someone else committed the crime, and the suppressed evidence by the prosecuting attorney that would have exonerated Michael). A disturbing look at our legal system.   posted Jun 30, 2014 at 4:03PM

Cover ArtThe snow child : a novel
by Eowyn Ivey
A magical, unusual read. I loved every minute of this beautiful novel set in the Alaskan wilderness.   posted Jun 30, 2014 at 11:38AM

Cover ArtCan’t we talk about something more pleasant?
by Roz Chast
Only child Roz Chast has written an excellent graphic memoir about dealing with her aging parents who had reached their nineties. Her mother is a real handful and her father is so sweet. You will laugh and cry as you read this raw, often hilarious book.   posted Jun 6, 2014 at 10:09AM

Cover ArtThe silent wife : a novel
by A. S. A. Harrison
The Silent Wife reminded me so much of Gone, Girl but I enjoyed The Silent Wife more.   posted Jun 2, 2014 at 9:14AM

Cover ArtDead man walking : an eyewitness account of the death penalty in the United Stat
by Helen Prejean
I recently heard Sister Helen Prejean speak in Minneapolis and her articulate presentation made me want to read her book. I saw the movie Dead Man Walking years ago but the book is much better. Prejean completely opposes the death penalty and she works as a spiritual advisor for Death Row inmates. She is sickened by the evil acts these prisoners committed (although she states some innocent people are mistakenly executed) but until government is perfect, capital punishment should be abolished. She also points out it is much more expensive to execute (with lawyers, trials, retrials, etc) than to sentence a prisoner to life in prison. A fascinating and thought-provoking work.   posted Mar 12, 2014 at 2:05PM

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