Prairie Fires by Caroline Frasier
Laura Ingalls Wilder amazed and delighted generations of children and adults with stories of her childhood. Caroline Fraser gives us a comprehensive look not only at her life but what was really going on in the world around her. She takes us from the beginning in Minnesota to the prairie and from the easy times, which there weren't many of, to grasshoppers, fires, crops going under and Pa's big dreams. Laura had to work at an early age especially after Mary went blind and was the family's major breadwinner for years. This pioneering upbringing pushed her on later in life when her family had it's share of hardships. Meticulously researched, this is a comprehensive guide to life on the prairie. It is a first hand look at the myth, the child, mother, wife and writer of books that continue to draw our attention still.
Artemis by Andy Weir
Jasmine "Jazz" Bashara is a Saudi Arabian native who has grown up on the moon with only her dad to raise her. Just making ends meet, Jazz works as a porter (read smuggler) and is soon over her head when she takes on a job not to smuggle but to take out some machinery so another business can take over. Jazz is already one small moon step away from getting caught and deported and her machinist dad is not exactly over the moon with Jazz's life style and career choice. When her employer ends up dead and Earth thugs get involved, Jazz knows that she needs to make things right or die trying. Thrill a minute, non-stop dry wit and non-stop adventure all add up to another giant hit for Weir. Like "The Martian" this book has just enough technical science to make rocket science nerds weep for joy but not enough for non-tech readers to cry in frustration.
Cedar has been raised by a nice Midwestern couple but when she goes searching for her birth mother she finds out that she is Native American. Something weird is happening to the birth rate and soon everyone is on the verge of hysteria. This affects Cedar because she has a secret that she tells her birth mother - she is pregnant. As the government begins rounding up all the pregnant women supposedly so that they can help what will be difficult pregnancies, Cedar tries to flee and is caught.
With the help of all her family she breaks out of the center and must go into hiding to keep her baby safe. Will her baby be ok? Will she be ok? Will the world be ok? This frightening account "a la Handmaid's Tale" is written in a journal Cedar writes for her child. The scariest thing about this book is that we seem to be dangerously close to a world in which women have no choice about what is best for them or their unborn child.
November 11th, 2017
Nahri is a con artist in 18th century Egypt who doesn't believe in magic but she is the first one to use it to make a buck. When a con goes wrong and a smoking hot djiin is summoned and they both end up in pursuit ,Dara takes her to the magical city of Daevabad - the City of Brass. Nahri will soon realize that she indeed does possess magic in the healing arts but she will find herself needing to trust for the first time in her life and once again, her life will depend on taking the right gamble. The city is due for major upheaval and Nahri could be used as a political pawn. Aside from the magical hot desert sands, a lush new world of sights and food, witty banter and the quintessential love triangle - S.A. Chakraborty does for middle eastern folklore what Deborah Harkness did for witches and vampires. You will find yourself as I did, in breathless anticipation for the next book.
River is a man at odds with himself. He is a tough loner trying to forget all the horrible things that come from too many years at war yet willing to risk everything to save an abused dog. Brazil seemed like the perfect place to hide - loud, beautiful and unlike anything he knew but then he met the beautiful and free spirited Natal and his life was changed. His nightmares now include her relationship with a drug kingpin the terror of Rio. She is good for him pulling him out of dark moods but can he keep the girl and keep his life? For fans of Jack Reacher this is one solid action packed thriller starring a hero with a heart of gold.
Bonfire by Krysten Ritter
Abby is a successful environmental attorney in Chicago who takes a case that just happens to be in her old small hometown in Indiana. She left behind those horrible high school days and must now not only face them, her old classmates and ailing dad, but see if the town's number one employer and some say - town savior, could be poisoning the townspeople. While in high school there was something called "the game" played by the pretty and powerful against the weak and different. One of the game's leaders disappeared and in searching for what happened to Kaylee, Abby finds herself in the middle of what might be another game with higher stakes and greater danger. Old boyfriends, old fears and old insecurities add up to one great "Erin Brockovitch" mystery. You can go home again - but should you?
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