Inheritance by Lan Samantha Chang (Appleton)
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Notable Books Marathon – WLA, October 2005 Chang, Lan Samantha (Appleton). Inheritance. Two young Chinese sisters, ignored by family after their mother's suicide, are inseparable. However, the 1930's Japanese invasion of China, followed by the Communist takeover, tears them apart, almost destroys their love, and changes their lives forever. Davis, Tom (Green Bay). The Tattered Autumn Sky: Bird Hunting in the Heartland. Award-winning outdoor writer Tom Davis’s collection of essays conveys the essence not only of hunting, but more importantly of the relationships that exist among hunting companions, and their dogs. Dybek, Stuart. I Sailed with Magellan. Dybek connects gently ironic stories of growing up and getting out in Polish American Chicago in the 1960s and 1970s. Kooser, Ted. Delights and Shadows. These carefully crafted poems reflect a joy for life through powerful human images and intimate observations of everyday things. Logue, Mary (Stockholm). Bone Harvest. This compelling mystery is the latest in a series of police procedurals set in rural Pepin County and featuring Deputy Sheriff Claire Watkins. It interweaves a fifty-year-old-murder with the current theft of toxic pesticides and subsequent murders. Mitchell, Judith Claire (Madison). The Last Day of the War. This smart, entertaining first novel is a moving story of an adventurous young Jewish-American girl in post World War I Europe. Munro, Alice. Runaway. Flawless prose and peerless insight into human nature are Munro's gifts to the reader in eight short stories. Roth, Philip. The Plot against America. In a chilling alternate history set in 1940s America, hero and anti-Semite Charles Lindbergh wins the presidency over FDR, and a Jewish family endures life in a new society. Stefaniak, Mary Helen (Milwaukee). The Turk and My Mother. A story of a family of immigrants living in Bayview. The storyteller Staramajka keeps us involved as she weaves the happening of their lives in their homelands with their experiences in the "new world." Tyson, Timothy B. (Madison). Blood Done Sign My Name. This heartrending true story explores the plight of Blacks in the small town of Oxford, North Carolina, which has been barely touched by the Civil Rights Movement. Vreeland, Susan (Racine). The Forest Lover. This historical novel is based on Canadian artist Emily Carr’s own journals and narrative sketches from her travels through British Columbia and pre-war France. Wolff, Tobias. Old School. A scholarship student with literary ambitions and a shameful secret experiences an unforgettable year when his prep school is visited by Robert Frost and Ayn Rand.