#BookSale “The Fallen Man: A Leaphorn and Chee Novel” by Tony Hillerman

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From New York Times bestselling author Tony Hillerman comes another thrilling mystery featuring Leaphorn & Chee who must investigate a cold case that has far more personal consequences than expected.

“Gripping.”—New York Times Book Review

Human bones lie on a ledge under the peak of Ship Rock mountain, the remains of a murder victim undisturbed for more than a decade. Three hundred miles across the Navajo reservation, a harmless old canyon guide is felled by a sniper’s bullet. 

Joe Leaphorn, recently retired from the Navajo Tribal Police, believes the shooter and the skeleton are somehow connected and recalls a chilling puzzle he was previously unable to solve. But Acting Lieutenant Jim Chee is too busy to take an interest in a dusty cold case . . . until the reborn violence of it hits much too close to home.

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#BlogTour “Attraction” by Ruby Porter

Title: Attraction
Author: Ruby Porter
Genre: Literary Fiction

Release Date: April 14, 2020
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The present reckons with the past in Attraction, Ruby Porter’s atmospheric debut novel.

Three women are on a road trip, navigating the motorways of the North Island, their relationships with one another and New Zealand’s colonial history. Our narrator doesn’t know where she stands with Ilana, her not-quite girlfriend. She has a complex history with her best friend, Ashi. She’s haunted by the memory of her emotionally abusive ex-boyfriend. And her period’s now weeks late.

Attraction is a meditative novel of connection, inheritance and the stories we tell ourselves. In lyrical fragments, Porter explores what it means to be and to belong, to create and to destroy.

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My mum buys her lotto tickets from that Mobil. She rings ten minutes after I leave to remind me to pick one up. —Somewhere lucky. Maybe Matamata, or Thornton. Get it where you feel the pull.

I say, —Okay, Helen, and hang up.

I’ve always called her that, because I have two mums. She met Chris not long after I was born, and Chris moved in when I was eighteen months old. They were together for ten years. My dad was never really on the scene.

My earliest memories don’t come in images, but in thoughts. Realising it was my third birthday. Wondering what to call my mums. Recognising Helen walking down the road, while in a car with Chris. I haven’t retained the picture of her, or the road, just that knowing. Maybe it shocked me that her life existed outside of our house. Maybe it shocked me that her life existed outside of mine.

I say, —What’s your first memory? No matter how vague.

—It’s not vague, Ilana says. —Falling into the bath. I don’t remember the feeling, but I remember the view of the ceiling.

Through the soft light of water.

—And I remember Mum, pulling me out. That was the scar­iest part, her being that frightened. You know, cos I was a kid.

Ruby Porter is a prose-writer, poet and artist. She tutors creative writing at the University of Auckland, and in high schools. Ruby was the winner of the Wallace Foundation Short Fiction Award in 2017, and the inaugural winner of the Michael Gifkins Prize in 2018, with her debut novel Attraction. Attraction was written during her Masters of Creative Writing at the University of Auckland under supervisor Paula Morris, and published in May by Melbourne-based Text Publishing. It is distributed throughout Australia and New Zealand.

“The House on Mango Street” by Sandra Cisneros

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House on Mango Street

by Sandra Cisneros

Genre: Genre Fiction/Cultural Heritage/Hispanic & Latin

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The best-selling coming-of-age classic, acclaimed by critics, beloved by readers of all ages, taught in schools and universities alike, and translated around the world.

The House on Mango Street is the remarkable story of Esperanza Cordero, a young Latina girl growing up in Chicago, inventing for herself who and what she will become. Told in a series of vignettes—sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes deeply joyous—Sandra Cisneros’ masterpiece is a classic story of childhood and self-discovery. Few other books in our time have touched so many readers.

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“The Pearl that Broke Its Shell” by Nadia Hashimi

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The Pearl That Broke Its Shell

by Nadia Hashimi

Genre: Historical Fiction/Cultural Heritage/Asian/Middle Eastern

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Afghan-American Nadia Hashimi’s literary debut novel is a searing tale of powerlessness, fate, and the freedom to control one’s own fate that combines the cultural flavor and emotional resonance of the works of Khaled Hosseini, Jhumpa Lahiri, and Lisa See.

In Kabul, 2007, with a drug-addicted father and no brothers, Rahima and her sisters can only sporadically attend school, and can rarely leave the house. Their only hope lies in the ancient custom of bacha posh, which allows young Rahima to dress and be treated as a boy until she is of marriageable age. As a son, she can attend school, go to the market, and chaperone her older sisters.

But Rahima is not the first in her family to adopt this unusual custom. A century earlier, her great-great grandmother, Shekiba, left orphaned by an epidemic, saved herself and built a new life the same way.

Crisscrossing in time, The Pearl the Broke Its Shell interweaves the tales of these two women separated by a century who share similar destinies. But what will happen once Rahima is of marriageable age? Will Shekiba always live as a man? And if Rahima cannot adapt to life as a bride, how will she survive?

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“Swing Time” by Zadie Smith

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Swing Time

by Zadie Smith

Genre: Women’s Fiction/Historical Fiction/Cultural Heritage/African

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A New York Times bestseller * Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction * Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize

An ambitious, exuberant new novel moving from North West London to West Africa, from the multi-award-winning author of White Teeth and On Beauty.

Two brown girls dream of being dancers—but only one, Tracey, has talent. The other has ideas: about rhythm and time, about black bodies and black music, what constitutes a tribe, or makes a person truly free. It’s a close but complicated childhood friendship that ends abruptly in their early twenties, never to be revisited, but never quite forgotten, either.

Tracey makes it to the chorus line but struggles with adult life, while her friend leaves the old neighborhood behind, traveling the world as an assistant to a famous singer, Aimee, observing close up how the one percent live.

But when Aimee develops grand philanthropic ambitions, the story moves from London to West Africa, where diaspora tourists travel back in time to find their roots, young men risk their lives to escape into a different future, the women dance just like Tracey—the same twists, the same shakes—and the origins of a profound inequality are not a matter of distant history, but a present dance to the music of time.

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“Cave of Bones” by Anne Hillerman

Cave of Bones (A Leaphorn, Chee & Manuelito Novel)

by Anne Hillerman

Genre: Genre Fiction/Cultural Heritage/Native American

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New York Times bestselling author Anne Hillerman brings together modern mystery, Navajo traditions, and the evocative landscape of the desert Southwest in this intriguing entry in the Leaphorn, Chee, and Manuelito series.

When Tribal Police Officer Bernadette Manuelito arrives to speak at an outdoor character-building program for at-risk teens, she discovers chaos. Annie, a young participant on a solo experience due back hours before, has just returned and is traumatized. Gently questioning the girl, Bernie learns that Annie stumbled upon a human skeleton on her trek. While everyone is relieved that Annie is back, they’re concerned about a beloved instructor who went out into the wilds of the rugged lava wilderness bordering Ramah Navajo Reservation to find the missing girl. The instructor vanished somewhere in the volcanic landscape known as El Malpais. In Navajo lore, the lava caves and tubes are believed to be the solidified blood of a terrible monster killed by superhuman twin warriors.

Solving the twin mysteries will expose Bernie to the chilling face of human evil. The instructor’s disappearance mirrors a long-ago search that may be connected to a case in which the legendary Joe Leaphorn played a crucial role. But before Bernie can find the truth, an unexpected blizzard, a suspicious accidental drowning, and the arrival of a new FBI agent complicate the investigation.

While Bernie searches for answers in her case, her husband, Sergeant Jim Chee juggles trouble closer to home. A vengeful man he sent to prison for domestic violence is back—and involved with Bernie’s sister Darleen. Their relationship creates a dilemma that puts Chee in uncomfortable emotional territory that challenges him as family man, a police officer, and as a one-time medicine man in training.

Anne Hillerman takes us deep into the heart of the deserts, mountains, and forests of New Mexico and once again explores the lore and rituals of Navajo culture in this gripping entry in her atmospheric crime series.

 

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#Review “True to Herself” by Barbara M. Webb

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True to Herself

by Barbara M. Webb

Genre: Mystery & Suspense/Psychological/Romance

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4/5 Stars!

When Moira Capaldi finds her husband of ten years in their bed with another woman, she takes the opportunity to realize a lifelong dream—leave her teaching job in Sydney and return to small town English life to pursue a career as an artist.

It’s easier said than done.

After a short holiday to clear her head, Moira resigns from her teaching position, files for divorce and heads for the UK.

I don’t fault Moira for leaving, I just didn’t care for all the effort she took in avoiding Guido Capaldi. She’d done nothing wrong, and I felt a face-to-face confrontation was called for.

Of course, I didn’t know the whole story yet.

The mind-numbing, time-consuming bureaucracy of re-establishing her English citizenship is a piece of cake compared Moira’s struggles with herself.

Extreme changes in her finances, living arrangements… and the weather cause Moira to second-guess her decision to strike out on her own.

She begins to settle into an easy peace, slowed at times by her interactions with her growing network of acquaintances… and a surprise supernatural element.

Three of Moira’s acquaintances are women experiencing their own personal dramas.

Zara is a gallery owner who gives Moira her first job. She appears to run hot and cold, is always concerned about money, and is too protective and forgiving of a frequent rude and abrasive customer to the gallery.

Felicity is a trip. She’s a successful, well-known—but not big name—artist who’s forsaken motherhood for the sake of her art career in a male-dominated field. And her marriage is falling apart.

Teacher and former dancer, Scarlett, is Moira’s closest confidante. And she’s in counseling because her marriage is falling apart.

There’s also two men—Mike and Tony–who enter Moira’s life. She connects with them on different levels and both leave her puzzled for different reasons.

True to Herself is an engaging read. The situations aren’t unique or uncommon but watching Moira Capaldi and her supporting cast tackle the emotional issues of life in their own way held my interest and kept me turning pages. I wouldn’t trade places with any of them though and didn’t always agree with their decisions… but I understood.

Moira reveals what drove her hasty exit from Sydney, as well as her behavior in her marriage. A short time later, a family emergency requires a return down under. Many long-held issues are laid to rest for Moira during the trip, but before she can leave the country, she suffers a vicious attack.

Despite her personal humiliation and wounded dignity, the attack seems to push Moira forward in high gear, making her more aggressive and decisive.

It would appear other characters moved forward as well… with some interesting couplings.

While I can appreciate characters/stories continuing on past a book’s end, some things felt unresolved to me.

  • Moira mentioned “being the eldest” but no mention of siblings was made again, and I thought there would have at least been contact during the family emergency.
  • – the attack on Moira was violent and malicious, but there was only mention of a restraining order, with no follow-up.
  • The wedding engagement! Who? What? How? WHY?
  • – the situations of Scarlett, Felicity, and Zara were messy and unconventional, and I felt no ‘closure’ for any of them…especially Zara.
  • – the supernatural events were easily explained but confusing as they were supposedly all tied to the cottage itself and didn’t feel all-encompassing.
  • – Moira’s romantic interests… feels like Choose Your Own Adventure.

Like I said, some things felt unresolved TO ME, however, my issues don’t keep True to Herself from being an enjoyable read, and I do recommend it.

Enjoy!

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The year is 1985. The first British mobile phone call has been made, and the first debate in the House of Lords has been televised.

What brings four women together in West Gidding a village near London? Scarlett Hughes is a sexy, dark-haired teacher who was a Bluebell dancer in Paris in her youth; Zara James, an eccentric art gallery owner, who escaped from what was known as Yugoslavia, harbours a secret; Felicity Green, a talented water colourist, refuses to have children in order to carve out a place for herself in a male-dominated art world; and then there is Moira Capaldi, formerly an international air hostess, who comes all the way from Sydney, Australia.

Resigning from an established career in education, vacating her marital Sydney apartment overlooking the Pacific Ocean and abandoning her wayward husband, Guido, Moira Capaldi arrives in West Gidding to follow her passion for art and develop her painting skills.

Instead, the neatly devised plans are disrupted when romance unexpectedly seeks her out on the Greek island of Leros, and Australia lures her back for a short visit with devastating consequences.

Does Moira need to address the demons of her past before she can embrace any happiness in the present?

 

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Women Writers… writing | Barbara M. Webb

Barbara M Webb
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TRAVEL: I graduated from Queensland University, with an English major. I lived in 7 of the 50 countries I have visited. These days I live between Quito in Ecuador and Cornwall in the UK. I speak 3 languages.

CAREER: After graduating, I worked for Qantas as an airhostess before teaching English for many years.

BOOKS: Writing has always been part of my life but only recently have I published three books.

PASSIONS: I enjoy rug making, living in new cultures, and gardening. I love going to the theatre, concerts and films. I no longer dance the tango: instead I watch it with pleasure.

 

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Webpage – Cornwall2theandes
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Award Recipient from the Dublin Writers’ Conference 2016

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True to Herself coverThe year is 1985. The first British mobile phone call has been made, and the first debate in the House of Lords has been televised.

What brings four women together in West Gidding a village near London? Scarlett Hughes is a sexy, dark-haired teacher who was a Bluebell dancer in Paris in her youth; Zara James, an eccentric art gallery owner, who escaped from what was known as Yugoslavia, harbours a secret; Felicity Green, a talented water colourist, refuses to have children in order to carve out a place for herself in a male-dominated art world; and then there is Moira Capaldi, formerly an international air hostess, who comes all the way from Sydney, Australia.

Resigning from an established career in education, vacating her marital Sydney apartment overlooking the Pacific Ocean and abandoning her wayward husband, Guido, Moira Capaldi arrives in West Gidding to follow her passion for art and develop her painting skills.

Instead, the neatly devised plans are disrupted when romance unexpectedly seeks her out on the Greek island of Leros, and Australia lures her back for a short visit with devastating consequences.

Does Moira need to address the demons of her past before she can embrace any happiness in the present?

“True to Herself”

Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Suspense/Psychological/Cultural Heritage

Release Date: March 14, 2017

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Also from Barbara M. Webb

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Following the death of her husband from cancer, Barbara Webb set off alone to make a new life for herself in Quito, the capital of Ecuador, 2,800 metres above sea level. In ‘South America: A New Rhythm to Life’, she describes how she adapted not just to the altitude but to a new language and a new culture.

The experience gave her the confidence to explore other places in South America, and the book charts her travels to Colombia, Peru, Uruguay, Argentina, and Chile.

‘South America: A New Rhythm to Life’ takes up where Barbara left off in ‘From Cornwall to the Andes’, which recounts her experiences of caring for her terminally ill husband.

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How do you cope with a terminal diagnosis for your husband?Mving from Grief in Cornwall cover

Grief affects us all; the only thing that’s different is how we deal with it to empower ourselves.
In “From Cornwall to the Andes”, Barbara Webb recounts her experiences of caring for her terminally ill husband in Cornwall and, after his death, dealing with the pain of his loss. In this poignant memoir, Barbara takes us on an emotional journey from grief to self-fulfilment.
At the same time, we travel with her from Cornwall to Ecuador where she worked as a volunteer at the Teatro Bolivar, in Quito for several years. From there she went to Argentina, Colombia, Peru, and Chile. Through her travels in South America, she finds a new rhythm to life.
This true story is interspersed with accounts of some of her other travels, as she has visited 50 countries and lived in seven.

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“Behold the Dreamers: A Novel (Oprah’s Book Club)” by Imbolo Mbue

 

Behold the Dreamers: A Novel (Oprah’s Book Club)

By Imbolo Mbue

Genre: Literary Fiction/Cultural Heritage

Jende Jonga, a Cameroonian immigrant living in Harlem, has come to the United States to provide a better life for himself, his wife, Neni, and their six-year-old son. In the fall of 2007, Jende can hardly believe his luck when he lands a job as a chauffeur for Clark Edwards, a senior executive at Lehman Brothers. Clark demands punctuality, discretion, and loyalty—and Jende is eager to please. Clark’s wife, Cindy, even offers Neni temporary work at the Edwardses’ summer home in the Hamptons. With these opportunities, Jende and Neni can at last gain a foothold in America and imagine a brighter future.

However, the world of great power and privilege conceals troubling secrets, and soon Jende and Neni notice cracks in their employers’ façades.

When the financial world is rocked by the collapse of Lehman Brothers, the Jongas are desperate to keep Jende’s job—even as their marriage threatens to fall apart. As all four lives are dramatically upended, Jende and Neni are forced to make an impossible choice.

 

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Author Spotlight: Barbara M Webb


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Pick up Barbara M. Webb’s latest book, True to Herself, for 99¢ during a limited Amazon promotion!

 

True to Herself coverThe year is 1985. The first British mobile phone call has been made, and the first debate in the House of Lords has been televised.

What brings four women together in West Gidding a village near London? Scarlett Hughes is a sexy, dark-haired teacher who was a Bluebell dancer in Paris in her youth; Zara James, an eccentric art gallery owner, who escaped from what was known as Yugoslavia, harbours a secret; Felicity Green, a talented water colourist, refuses to have children in order to carve out a place for herself in a male-dominated art world; and then there is Moira Capaldi, formerly an international air hostess, who comes all the way from Sydney, Australia.

Resigning from an established career in education, vacating her marital Sydney apartment overlooking the Pacific Ocean and abandoning her wayward husband, Guido, Moira Capaldi arrives in West Gidding to follow her passion for art and develop her painting skills.

Instead, the neatly devised plans are disrupted when romance unexpectedly seeks her out on the Greek island of Leros, and Australia lures her back for a short visit with devastating consequences.

Does Moira need to address the demons of her past before she can embrace any happiness in the present?

“True to Herself”

Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Suspense/Psychological/Cultural Heritage

Release Date: March 14, 2017

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Barbara M Webb
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I graduated from Queensland University, with an English major. After graduating, I worked for Qantas as an airhostess before teaching English for many years.

I lived in 7 of the 50 countries I have visited. These days I live between Quito in Ecuador and Cornwall in the UK. I speak 3 languages.

Writing has always been part of my life but only recently have I published three books. I enjoy rug making, living in new cultures, and gardening. I love going to the theatre, concerts, and films. I no longer dance the tango: instead, I watch it with pleasure.

~ Links ~

Webpage – Cornwall2theandes
Twitter
Facebook

Award Recipient from the Dublin Writers’ Conference 2016


Also from Barbara M. Webb

~ Nonfiction ~

Under the Skin of a Foreign Country cover

Following the death of her husband from cancer, Barbara Webb set off alone to make a new life for herself in Quito, the capital of Ecuador, 2,800 metres above sea level. In ‘South America: A New Rhythm to Life’, she describes how she adapted not just to the altitude but to a new language and a new culture.

The experience gave her the confidence to explore other places in South America, and the book charts her travels to Colombia, Peru, Uruguay, Argentina, and Chile.

‘South America: A New Rhythm to Life’ takes up where Barbara left off in ‘From Cornwall to the Andes’, which recounts her experiences of caring for her terminally ill husband.

Amazon Button


How do you cope with a terminal diagnosis for your husband?Mving from Grief in Cornwall cover

Grief affects us all; the only thing that’s different is how we deal with it to empower ourselves.
In “From Cornwall to the Andes”, Barbara Webb recounts her experiences of caring for her terminally ill husband in Cornwall and, after his death, dealing with the pain of his loss. In this poignant memoir, Barbara takes us on an emotional journey from grief to self-fulfilment.
At the same time, we travel with her from Cornwall to Ecuador where she worked as a volunteer at the Teatro Bolivar, in Quito for several years. From there she went to Argentina, Colombia, Peru, and Chile. Through her travels in South America, she finds a new rhythm to life.
This true story is interspersed with accounts of some of her other travels, as she has visited 50 countries and lived in seven.

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