The Book of Jonas by Stephen Dau – Audiobook Review

The Book of Jonas by Stephen Dau, narrated by Simon Vance Published in audio by Tantor Audio; published in print by Blue Rider Press, an imprint of Penguin

Synopsis:

After the destruction of his home and death of his family by a rogue U.S. military operation, Jonas leaves his unnamed Muslim country to start a new life in the United States. Only fifteen when he first moves, Jonas has a fair amount of anxiety stemming both from trying to adjust to living in a new place, and from what he went through in the time immediately after the attack. Mandated by his school to see a counselor, after beating up another boy who was giving him a

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The Book of Jonas – Giveaway

Today I’m reviewing the audio edition of The Book of Jonas by Stephen Dau, but I also have two copies of the print edition to give away to lucky winners.

This contest is open to readers with US mailing addresses. Please enter by 11:59 pm Central on Thursday, April 5th, 2012.

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The Maid and the Queen by Nancy Goldstone – Book Review

The Maid and the Queen: The Secret History of Joan of Arc by Nancy Goldstone Published by Viking Books, an imprint of Penguin

If there is a French woman more famous than Marie Antoinette, it would undoubtedly be Joan of Arc. We all know her story, hearing the voice of God and his angels, she traveled to the dauphin in order to lead his army and regain the French throne from the English. The legend of Joan of Arc includes her picking out the dauphin from amongst a crowd of people, having never seen her before. What the legend fails to recognized, is the powerful influence wielded by the dauphin’s mother-in-law, Yolande of Aragon, the Queen of

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An Elegy for Eddie by Jacqueline Winspear – Book Review

Elegy for Eddie by Jacqueline Winspear Published by Harper Books, an imprint of HarperCollins

My reviews of the first eight books in the series: Maisie Dobbs, Birds of a Feather, Pardonable Lies, Messenger of Truth, An Incomplete Revenge, Among the Mad, The Mapping of Love and Death, A Lesson in Secrets.

A simple man with an almost miraculous ability to calm horses, Eddie was beloved by nearly everyone in the community where Maisie grew up. When he dies in a suspicious accident in a paper factory, many of the men who knew him are certain that his death was no accident. This is a case that both hits Maisie close to home – much closer

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The Truth of All Things by Kieran Shields – Book Review

The Truth of All Things by Kieran Shields Published by Crown, an imprint of Random House

It is 1892, and a prostitute has been found murdered in Portland, Maine. This is no ordinary murder, however. The woman is laid out in a pentagram with a pitchfork through her neck – a method of killing sometimes used to make sure a witch is truly dead. This sort of sensational murder is not good for a town, so the mayor puts Deputy Marshal Archie Lean in charge of the investigation. Lean can’t do this job alone, though, it takes criminologist Percival Grey and eventually local historian Helen Prescott to help him begin to unravel the mystery behind this

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