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January 2012: Shelf Awareness, Staff Reviews & More
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| Yet another posthumous work from Roberto Bolaño? Incredibly, eight years from the great writer's death, we are treated to one of his best novels, The Third Reich.
With nods to Death in Venice and The Stranger, Bolaño tells the tale
of Udo, a German war games champion on vacation with his girlfriend in
Spain. There, they fall in with another German couple and a handful of
locals. When one of Udo's new acquaintances goes missing, he becomes
dangerously embroiled in a game of Third Reich. Bolaño is a master at
imbuing his character's every thought and action with tension and
foreboding, and this skill is on very fine display here, where even a
day at the beach is an ominous event. -Michael [Here are more of Michael's staff favorites]
Beginning next month, we'll have a trio (or more) or Staff Favorite reviews. Stay tuned!
Books from Local Authors
| Portland writer Diana Bailey Harris culled through the many correspondences between her sibling relatives to compile Reflections of a Civil War Locomotive Engineer.
Separated as adolescents in Canada, reunited by the US Civil War,
brothers John and Francis Bailey forge bonds which ensure their
survival in the turbulent years that follow. This historical
biography presents America's pursuit of her Manifest Destiny through the
eyes of a Michigan railroad engineer and an Albany NY policeman, based
on the trove of documents Diana's father, John Bailey, collected over
nearly half a century.
In Real Women Real Wisdom,
17 ordinary yet extraordinary women--most in their 50s and
60s--reflect on the challenges, mysteries and ultimately the triumphs
in their lives. Their stories tell of the transformative experiences of
loss, suffering, life-threatening illness, recovery, and forgiveness,
as well as the quiet moments of reflection that have led to their
personal encounters with the Divine. The journeys they share hold great
wisdom, hope and inspiration for all who read about them. This
collection of essays was edited by Portlander Maureen Hovenkotter, a writer on spirituality for The Oregonian and other publications.
Susan Schoenbeck's Good Grief: Daily Meditations
is dedicated to those who have lost loved ones and whose hearts are
broken. The thoughts and experiences contained here are meant to soothe
the pain of grief. For years we have been told those who grieve should
accept their loss and move on. This book shows us how we can continue
expressing our love for them. We learn that awareness of the continuity
of life after death opens the door to a continued relationship with a
presents a series of poems that explore the many facets of the term
"threshold." These gripping lyric and prose poems explore duality in its
many forms: the private, contemplative world versus a world of action;
the mirror sides of health and sickness; the warmth of a June sun and
the deep, long nights of winter; mother and child; collecting and
letting go. From the comfort of a morning bed at home to the desperate
streets of Hanoi, Threshold is a searing portrait of healing, the courage it takes to bridge the gulfs that divide, and the wonder of the ties that bind.
For adult children of parents struggling with Alzheimer's disease,
finding useful tips and suggestions for dealing with everyday challenges
can be difficult. Unforgettable Journey: Tips to Survive Your Parent's Alzheimer's Disease provides an easy-to-read, concise compilation of author Anne P. Hill's experiences coping with her mother's illness.