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Display Name: EmilyEm
About me: I think I'm a Minnesotan now; I've lived in the Twin Cities most of my adult life. If I'm not reading, gardening is the next best thing.
Reading Interests: Reading has always been among my favorite pastimes. I love fiction mostly; good writing is a must.

EmilyEm's Book Lists
Inspired by Art and Artists (15 titles)
These books have at their heart a love of art or inspiration from a work of art. Those based on real people and works of art are the best as are stories of art work stolen and found.
2013 Best Reads--A Short List (10 titles)
We moved a few miles down the road--still in Hennepin County--and renovated our house. Somehow that interfered with the usual number of books read. But, there were certainly good ones read and a long list to enjoy in the months ahead.
Immigrant Stories (19 titles)
Drawn to these stories for years, partly for my own history and my interest in genealogy, I am always touched by the character's search for 'home' even in not very welcoming circumstances. I first read books of people coming to America, but have long known this is not the only place immigrants come. That has led me to places far and wide.
Best Coming-of-Age Novels So Far This Year (7 titles)
I'm drawn to books--sometimes inadvertently--about young people on the cusp of adulthood. These may not be perfect genre examples but they certainly are good reading!
EmilyEm's Best 12 in 2012 [out of 50] (12 titles)
It was a remarkable year for two of my favorite types of reading: the coming of age story and those about the immigrant experience.
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Cover ArtThe hundred-foot journey : a novel
by Morais, Richard C.
Hassan Haji is born with perfect taste as Madame Mallory discovers to her chagrin: "That skinny Indian teenager has that mysterious something that comes along once a generation. He is one of those rare chefs who is simply born. He is an artist." So begins an endearing story of family and food. Hassan tells his and his restaurant family’s journey from Mumbai to London to the foothills of the French Alps where he learns to cook at his grandmother Ammi’s side and then from two-star Michelin restaurateur Gertrude Mallory before opening his own Paris restaurant. It reads like a memoir; the characters seem like people you’ve read about in the food business. Soon to be in theaters as a summer movie.   posted Apr 23, 2014 at 10:39AM

Cover ArtThe cartographer of no man’s land
by Duffy, P. S.
A Nova Scotia man joins Canadian troops headed to the Great War, promised with his sailing, artistic and navigation skills he’ll be a cartographer. On the home front his son Simon watches the war and its effects on his family and neighbors. Duffy has written a wonderful story that appealed to me on many levels. The mystery of brother-in-law Ebbin, thought missing in action, gives the narrative page-turning intensity. But, Simon’s coming-of-age age story, particularly as he confronts the prejudice against his German heritage teacher is touching. And, the widow and son where Angus billets behind the lines gives the story both humor and pathos. Good first effort from this Minnesota writer.   posted Apr 20, 2014 at 3:48PM

Cover ArtBy its cover
by Leon, Donna.
A book thief is at work in an historic library. Brunetti finds himself looking for clues among the few people who have even used its reading rooms. Leon’s readers will find another well-thought-out, very contemplative, mystery for Brunetti and his team. Of course, I’m always forlorn to come to the end of her wonderful tales; this one seemed particularly short without much going on other than the main story!   posted Apr 9, 2014 at 7:36AM

Cover ArtHow the light gets in
by Louise Penny
Armand Gamache returns to Three Pines when a house guest of the town’s bookshop owner goes missing. Gamache’s troubles with the powers that be in the department and with Jean-Guy Beauvoir continue. The homicide victim turns out to be the last of five quintuplet girls known to everyone—at least by name—throughout the province. The problems in the police department are enormous and deadly. You hope for the best, but wonder who might not make it to the book’s end. Just keep turning pages; no wonder Penny’s latest book was on so many 2013 ‘Best Books’ lists.   posted Apr 4, 2014 at 9:57PM

Cover ArtThe beautiful mystery
by Louise Penny
Armand Gamache and Jean-Guy Beauvoir arrive at a remote Quebec monastery recently made famous for a recording of Gregorian chants where one of the 24 monks has been murdered. The men uncover much about the lives of these mostly silent—except for singing—monks but are stymied for a motive and the curious piece of old music that the choirmaster monk who died had clutched in his hand. There’s a secondary story of unresolved police issues that somewhat parallel the main story. But, I’ve not read that earlier book so was a bit at a loss. Still, a very good whodunit.   posted Apr 1, 2014 at 7:29PM

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