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A Summer Reading Retrospective
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Publish date: 2013-09-01
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Synopsis:

 I realize that a fair amount of time has passed since our last newsletter to you, our valued customers.  While I may not have been in direct contact lately, I assure you much of that time was spent with my nose in a book.  In an effort to reconnect I have compiled a list here of my favorite titles for the summer of 2013. For propriety’s sake I have not included titles that found merely adequate.

Review:

 
INTO THE FREE  
 by  Julie Cantrell
A beautiful literary coming of age story.  “ A lyrical, moving, haunting, wise, brutal , warmhearted, and ultimately freeing and inspiring coming of age tale told with poetic honestly”, Jennifer Niven, author of Velva Jean Learns to Drive.  This is a compelling story about personal struggle and spiritual resilience.

EVIDENCE OF LIFE   
by  Barbara Taylor Sissel
  A tale about what transpires after Lindsey’s ‘last ordinary day’.  Her husband and daughter leave on a weekend camping trip and encounter the unexpected….a horrible flood, an unplanned detour, and a twisted visitor that no one knew was even in the picture…a gripping  tale, taut and chilling, about the invisible fractures that can shatter a family and a mother caught in a web of lies that nearly unhinge her.

DREAM  with LITTLE ANGELS  
 by   Michael Hiebert
Welcome to a trip to the dark side of small town Alabama. This is an expertly written debut of a small southern town haunted by tragedy.   A work of literary suspense of a young boy coming of age as one brave woman, his mother, struggles to put an unsolved mystery to rest.  As the town scours the woods and fields for two missing girls, his mother is battling small town bureaucracy; Abe our young protagonist traverses the shifting ground between innocence and a hard-won understanding of an often unjust world

THE YONAHLOSSEE RIDING CAMP FOR GIRLS  
by Anton Disclafani
 It is 1930, in the midst of the great depression and Thea Atwell has been cast out of her home, exiled to an equestrian boarding school for southern debutantes.  This is much less a story about horses than it is about a young girl far removed from her dream-like, roaming existence, struggling not only with her responsibility for events of the past but her growing fascination or rather obsession with the head master of her new school .  This novel is part love storyGirls and part heartbreaking family drama about money, love, family, class and home.  While the depression marked a economic awakening for the country as a whole, the Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls marked a sexual awakening for Thea starkly marked against modest southern decorum.

   
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