2013 Books (12-31-13)

In an earlier post, I talked about my love of reading…and indicated that I was going to try something new in 2013. I will still continue to offer my “book of the month” suggestion (or two or three suggestions!). But I thought you might like to join me in my journey this year through the wonderful books that are available.

So…this page will contain a listing of all the books I read in 2013! They won’t be classified…they won’t be listed in any particular order (except the order I happen to read them in)…but I will try to give a very brief synopsis so you can decide for yourself if they look interesting.

I’ll put the date when I add books to the list in the title so you can see the updates.

Pull up a chair and join me!

January

1. Swagger – Lisa Bloom...a look at the challenges facing boys and possible solutions to help them meet them
2. Shakespeare’s Tremor and Orwell’s Cough – John J. Ross…a look at the medical lives of famous writers
3. Carly’s Voice – Arthur Fleischmann with Carly Fleischmann…incredible story of a young woman who was unable to communicate because of autism and the intelligent and gifted person who came to light when technology helped her find her voice
4. Miracle Boy Grows Up – Ben Mattlin…an intriguing memoir of a young man coming to age during the time of the disability rights movement and his life as a “normal” human being who just happened to be disabled
5. A Sunless Sea – Ann Perry…the newest mystery novel in the William Monk series that focuses on the impact of opium in Victorian England
6. The Damnation of John Donellan – Elizabeth Cooke…a look at a mysterious case of death and scandal in Georgian England; was it murder or not?
7. Jane Doe no more – M. William Phelps with Donna Palomba…the story of Palomba’s 15-year-battle to gain justice for herself from a rape that resulted in a significant change in how rape victims are treated and her creation of a website to support rape victims
8. Death Benefit – Robin Cook...another of Cook’s medical thrillers related to current/developing technology and the impact it can have on our lives
9. The Witness – Nora Roberts…who is Abigail Lowry and what dark secrets from her past keep her so tightly self-enclosed? Can anyone penetrate the shield she keeps around herself and let her enjoy life?
10. Daddy’s Little Girl – Mary Higgins Clark…another of her mysteries, focusing on a young woman determined to keep the killer of her older sister from being free
11. My Almost Certainly Real Imaginary Jesus – Kelly Barth…a spiritual memoir…the journey of a young lesbian woman through many forms of religiosity into a healing relationship with Jesus.
12. City of Saints – Andrew Hunt...a fictionalized version of an unsolved murder that took place in Salt Lake City in 1930
13. The Unfaithful Queen – Carolly Erickson…a historical novel of Catherine Howard, the fifth wife of Henry VIII
14. Killing the Poormaster – Holly Metz…in Hoboken, New Jersey, in 1938 (before social welfare agencies developed), care of the indigent was taken care of by the “poormaster” who–in this case–took pride in purging people from the rolls. Was his death an intentional murder or a tragic accident?
15. Gather at the Table – Thomas Norman DeWolf and Sharon Leslie Morgan…slavery continues to impact our society; how can we heal from it? Morgan (a black woman and descendant of slaves) and and DeWolf (a descendant of the largest slave-trading dynasty in US history) embarked on a 3-year journey, spending time with each other’s families and engaging in sometimes difficult conversations about how the trauma of slavery shaped their lives and shapes all our lives.

February

16. Lincoln’s Hundred Days – Louis Masur…what happened to the Emancipation Proclamation between the time Lincoln first announced it and when it was officially implemented
17. The Watchers – Stephen Alford...Elizabeth I really began what we would call modern espionage because of concerns about her survival; a fascinating look (using secret files) about what those concerns were and how those who were in Her Majesty’s secret service went about confronting them.
18. And Live Rejoicing – Huston Smith…vignettes from a life focused on world religions; encounters with spiritual mavericks, seekers, and religious leaders
19. The Dreyfus Affair – Piers Paul Read…a well-researched portrayal of the accusation-of-treason affair that tore France apart early in the 20th century
20. For One More Day – Mitch Alboni…another signal book by Alboni about the difference a simple decision can make in our lives. What if we could spend one more day with someone we love and who had a tremendous impact on our lives?
21. Silent No More – Aaron Fisher…Fisher was known as “Victim #1” when the Sandusky child abuse story first broke. He, his mother, and his therapist share how the abuse developed from the time he was 11 until he somehow got the strength to break away when he was 15. It’s a chilling story.
22. A Father First – Dwyane Wade…While I am not familiar with Wade as a basketball player, his story of his desire to be a good father to his two boys (when he gained full custody of them) is a touching account of a man who has been through some difficult times but who chose to put his family first.
23. The Aleppo Codex – Matti Friedman…a fascinating story of what happened to “the most perfect copy of the Hebrew Bible,” written over a thousand years ago
24. Necklaceology – Candie Cooper…Cooper gives instructions for 40 necklaces of various types.

March

25. Butch Cassidy – W.C. Jameson…Did Butch Cassiday actually live beyond the shoot-out shown in the movie Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid? There’s a lot of evidence that would seem to indicate he did…
25. The Romanov Conspiracy – Glenn Meade…a thriller that suggests that the story that everyone “knows” about the end of the Romanov family isn’t the complete story. The question of whether Princess Anastasia survived is at the heart of the story.
26. Nano – Robin Cook…a follow-up to Cook’s Death Benefit in which Pia Grazdani, the medical student protagonist takes some time off from her medical studies to work in the field of nano technology–but discovers that there is no one overseeing moral and ethical issues they raise. Cook draws on both his legal and medical background to raise disturbing questions.
27. The Virgin Cure – Ami McKay…In New York in the 1870s, young girls with no parents or other guardians had few opportunities for a positive life. McKay’s study of this time draws on the story of her great-great-grandmother, one of the early female physicians and one of the few who was willing to reach out to give health care to all women and children, to tell this story of life on the streets through the voice of 12-year-old Moth.
28. The Far Side of the Sky – Daniel Kalla…Shanghai was a place of refuge for many German Jews during World War II. Kalla uses this little-known history as a backdrop for a fascinating story of love and survival between two “outcast” members of society–a German Jewish widower surgeon, and a young Chinese-American nurse..
28. The English Monster – Lloyd Shepherd…Drawing on a real-life crime spree (the “Ratcliffe Highway murders of 1811), this is an intriguing historical novel that recreates the beginnings of police investigation as well as looking at what happens to Britain as she gained global power but–in many ways–lost her soul.
29. The Murders of Richard III – Elizabeth Peters…There are many groups interested in the question of whether or not Richard III actually was the murderer of his nephews in the Tower in order to consolidate his hold on the throne. This crime novel focuses on a weekend gathering of one of those groups–but with a twist. Is there just going to be discussion of the question? or will there be another murder of Richard III?
30. The Lady in the Tower – Alison Weir...I’ve always been interested in Anne Boleyn, and Weir gives a somewhat different perspective. She looks at the motives and the court intrigues that brought Boleyn down…the evidence for and against her innocence–and ultimately presents a biography of a woman who was queen for just under three years but whose influence lasted much longer.
31. Conning Harvard – Julie Zauzmer…My brother attended Harvard, so I was interested in this story about a young man who plagiarized and lied his way into several schools–ultimately Harvard–and the awards and grants that he “won” by using other people’s materials. He was caught…eventually…but this book shows how much easier it is today to use technology to lie and cheat to gain admission to a coveted college.
32. Kinsey and Me – Sue Grafton…I’ve always enjoyed Sue Grafton’s stories with her detective, Kinsey Millhone, and these short stories (written before the novels started) are a fascinating look at both Kinsey (her alter ego) and Kit Blue (a younger version of Grafton herself, as she dealt with her alcoholic mother’s death).
33. Walking with God on the Road You Never Wanted to Travel – Mark Atteberry…an interesting use of the Israelites’ wandering in the wilderness to create several guidelines for when we wander in our own wilderness times. I found some good points–but also found it coming from a more fundamentalist perspective of reading the Bible than I have.
34. The Price of Politics – Bob Woodward…a fascinating look at how the rigidity of both political parties got us to the point where we are today, trying to deal with the effects of the sequestration trigger that was supposed to be so draconian that both parties would do anything to avoid it
35. The Client – John Grisham…11-year-old Mark Sway witnesses a suicide–but before the man dies, he burdens Mark with a terrible secret…the place where the body of a murdered US senator has been stashed. How is he to deal with this and keep his family safe?
36. When “Spiritual But Not Religious” Is Not Enough – Lillian Daniel…Daniel takes on the oft-repeated current mantra that “I’m spiritual but not particularly religious,” using humor and personal experiences to acknowledge that while that may work in good times and in sunsets and beaches, when we hit rough spots and dark nights, when there is worldwide disaster, when we struggle with other fallible human beings, we need something more.

April

37. Operating Instructions – Anne Lamott…I picked this up on the recommendation of a good friend and–while some of the language is not what I enjoy reading–following the struggle of this 35-year-old single mother who is also struggling with her relationship with God kept me reading. I found that I had to read carefully in order to not miss the period “gem” of a faith statement in the middle of a rant about her exhaustion dealing with her son.
38. Crystal Gardens – Amanda Quick…I enjoy her paranormal mystery/romance books, and this is another in that series. Lucas Sebastian is investigating his uncle’s death–classified as a suicide. But in the process he finds himself dealing with a lady in distress, buried treasure, danger caused by something paranormal…
39. Breach of Promise – Anne Perry…Perry does a fantastic job of presenting Victorian life! In this novel, dealing with the refusal of a brilliant young architect to marry his alleged fiance (daughter of his patron), Perry takes a clear-eyed look at what it was like to be a woman…what options were available to her…and ends up with a startling–but (in hindsight) a very clear reason for the refusal. Intertwined with their story are two other stories that also deal with women’s place and roles in Victorian society.
49. Secret Adversary – Agatha Christie…Tommy and Tuppence find themselves embroiled in a dangerous political mystery that had its beginning on the Lusitania right before it sank. Lusting for adventure, they find themselves caught up in something more significant–something that could bring the British government down.
50. The Racketeer – John Grisham…A former small-town lawyer is caught up as an innocent victim of a racketeering indictment…a federal judge is murdered…the lawyer says he knows who did it but will only reveal if he is given immunity and the reward money and entered into the witness protection system…and the twists and turns begin! Grisham never romanticizes his characters, but he always creates stories that show the strengths and weaknesses of our judicial system.
51. 38 Nooses – Scott Berg…a tragic but honest look at what led to one of the largest mass executions in the United States–38 Dakota Indians. Berg places the Dakota War  in both its political and military context–while the nation was struggling with the Civil War. Both whites and Native Americans were victims and perpetrators of broken promises that led to the brutality that led to this tragic situation.
52. Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury…one of the first books of his I read, but rereading it years later, I found there to be much more to it than simply the story of a fireman whose responsibility it is to burn books. Bradbury challenges our desires to be simply entertained–and what happens when we don’t want our cherished beliefs to be questioned.
53. The Professor and the Madman – Simon Winchester…a fascinating look at the intersection of two lives (the editor and a man committed to an insane asylum because of a murder) and how they impacted the creation of the English Oxford Dictionary.
54. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas – John Boyne…a different look at the Holocaust–through the eyes of a naive 9-year-old who really doesn’t understand what his father does…who becomes friend with a boy in striped pajams…with an unexpected denouement.
55. The Scientists -Marco Roth…Roth’s parents were both brilliant–his father a scientist and his mother a musician–but there were family secrets that he sensed but never really knew. This is his attempt to look back and his childhood and attempt to understand how it impacted him as an adult.
56. Shouting in the Dark – John Bramblitt…Epilepsy robbed Bramblitt of his sight, but he found his way back to wholeness through rediscovering his love of painting. He now exhibits his artwork and does workshops that bridge the gap between the sighted and the blind–and brings new understanding of how we perceive and see.
57. Shadow Divers – Robert Kurson…John Chatterton and Richie Kohler, scuba divers who started started as bitter rivals but became friends, found themselves involved in solving a mystery. What looked at first like a pile of junk turned out to be a sunken German U-boat, found 60 miles off the coast of New Jersey, 230 feet below the surface. They spent six years trying to figure out what it was, eventually rewriting a portion of World War II history.
58. Driving the Saudis – Jayne Amelia Larson…an intriguing look at Larson’s experience as the only female chauffeur (out of many) hired to drive members of the Saudi royal family during one of their many visits to Beverly Hills. As the only female, she had unique opportunities to see both the ways in which people are alike as well as the ways in which power can cause individuals to literally not see the humanity of others.
59. The Good Girls Revolt – Lynn Povich…the women of Newsweek (who were researchers) sued their bosses in the 1960s for sexual discrimination (because all the reporters were men and they were not given the opportunity to join them)–and changed the workplace for women (although not as much as they perhaps might have hoped for)
60. Sister Queens – Julia Fox…Fox takes an in-depth look at the lives of two sisters who became queens–Katharine of Aragon and Juana (the Mad)–and gets behind the stereotypes to see how their lives were impacted by their times. Katharine is far more than merely Henry VIII’s discarded first wife, and Juana “the Mad” was in fact an intelligent woman who was held prisoner by her father and then her son.
61. The Kingmaker’s Daughter – Philippa Gregory…Gregory excels at making history live and she does it again in this portraying of the life of the daughters of Richard Neville, Earl of Warwick. Focusing on Anne–who chooses to marry Richard, Duke of Gloucester–Gregory portrays life in 15th-century England from the perspective of a young woman desperately trying to find her own life rather than merely being her father’s pawn.

May

62. Zoo – James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge…a scary look at unintended consequences of our technology! Something is impacting (in a negative way) the relationship between animals and humans. Jackson Oz is trying to get people to listen, but for five years no one does. When they finally do, it’s almost too late.
63. The Pharoah – Garry Shaw…an intriguing look at the life of the pharaohs at home, in the court, and on campaign.
64. Shakespeare Saved My Life – Laura Bates…Dr. Bates was a prison volunteer and teacher who decided to teach Shakespeare in supermax solitary confinement. There she met Larry Newton, an inmate who had spent years in solitary confinement and who was ultimately changed by reading Shakespeare.
65. Nineteen Eighty-Four – George Orwell…another of those classics I read in high school but decided to revisit. It’s a chilling look at a society where every thought and every action are controlled…and where language grows smaller in order to create more control. Winston Smith tries to free himself from this control, only to find that it is impossible.
66. Being Santa Claus – Sal Lizard…Lizard has been Santa for more than twenty years, and he shares some of the lessons and stories from his interactions with children and adults.
67. Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden…In this fictionalized story, Nitta Sayuri tells the story of her life as a geisha, starting with her sale into a famous geisha house when she is only nine. There is much to learn…and this is a fascinating look at a life that from the outside seems exotic and glamorous, but on the inside is challenging and often cruel.
68. Ayn Rand Nation – Gary Weiss…a fascinating–and frightening–look at the ways in which Ayn Rand’s philosophy and writings have influenced American culture and politics, creating a struggle to determine what kind of America we will be…people who are concerned about being our brothers’ keepers or a nation that considers selfishness to be the highest virtue
69. The Great Charles Dickens Scandal – Michael Slater…a somewhat interesting–but also tedious–look at the scandal of whether or not Charles Dickens and a young actress (Ellen Ternan) were lovers…or what the relationship was with Dickens and his sister-in-law…and what caused his marriage to break up in 1858, shattering his persona as “the great champion of hearth and home in Victorian Britain”
70. As She Lay Sleeping – Mark Pryor…Natalie Antonetti was brutally murdered in Austin, Texas, and her case ultimately ended up in the cold case file until an anonymous phone call years later warmed it up again. It eventually became Pryor’s case to take to trial, and he was determined to find justice for Natalie and her family.
71. A is for Alibi – Sue Grafton…the first of the “alphabet mysteries” by Grafton, introducing Kinsey Millhone, a hard-boiled young private eye. Laurence Fife was murdered…the jury was convinced his wife did it. But did she? She says she didn’t, and hires Kinsey to find the real killer.
72. B is for Burglar – Sue Grafton…Elaine Boldt, a wealthy widow, disappears on her way to her Florida condo. Her sister hires Kinsey to find her…but instead of a simple “missing person” case, it turns into murder, arson, burglary…
73. C is for Corpse – Sue Grafton…Bobby Callahan was badly injured in a car wreck that he is convinced was a murder attempt, but because of brain injuries he suffered, he’s not sure why. Nobody believes him, so he hires Kinsey to find the truth…which she does, but too late.
74. The Antiquarian – Julian Sanchez…a fascinating mystery that draws upon the Kabbalistic tradition, the position of Jews in Spain during the Middle Ages and their sometime relationship with Gentiles, the sometimes less-than-legal world of sellers of antiques, and the mysteries of faith and love. Enrique is drawn into all of this when his adoptive father–a well-known dealer in antiques–is murdered and he wants/needs to know why.
75. Feast of Souls – C.S. Friedman…the first book of a science fiction/fantasy trilogy that raises this question: “What would the world be like if sorcery required the sacrifice of life itself?” Not necessarily your own, although that’s true for witches…but the one you (as sorcerer) draw the power from. Besides dealing with that question, the world is faced with the return of demons that could wipe the world out–again…and a young woman, Kamala, is struggling to find her place in this world as possibly the first female sorcerer.

June
76. Wallace – Jim Gorant…Can a pit bull truly be rescued and become not only a valued pet but also a champion Frisbee dog? Wallace could…and in the process saved a marriage and began to change the image of pit bulls.
77. D” is for Deadbeat – Sue Grafton…When Kinsey Milhone is “stiffed” by a client with a false name–who shortly turns up dead–she can’t let it go but digs deeper to find out who he was and what he actually wanted from her.
78. “E” is for Evidence – Sue Grafton…Kinsey finds herself accused of insurance fraud and so ends up taking on herself as a client, trying to unravel the frameup and in the process, discovering one family’s ugly little secret.
79. Conviction – Leonard Levitt…Martha Moxley was brutally beaten to death when she was fifteen…and for over twenty years, her murderer walked freely because of his family’s money and influence. A reporter, Levitt faced his own challenges as he tried to get people to pay attention and ultimately find justice for Martha and her family.
80. Found in Translation – Nataly Kelly and Jost Zetzsche…a fascinating look at how everything we do is impacted by language and how it is translated, including a lot of stories behind what we normally think of when we hear the word “translation”.
81. The Illustrated Man – Ray Bradbury…a science fiction classic! This series of short stories–triggered by living tattoos on a man whose life has been made miserable by them–raises questions about how we relate with each other…who we are…how we control (or are controlled by) technology…how we can fulfill our dreams. They all grow out of the question “What if…?”
82. My Amish Childhood – Jerry Eicher…Eicher’s childhood–while within the Amish community–was not a particularly typical Amish childhood, since he was part of an outreach group living in Honduras. He looks back fondly but also clearly at the struggles between tradition and culture, as the community eventually was split because of the effects of a culture in which the Amish were seen as rich–and where theft was simply part of everyday life.
83. F is for Fugitive – Sue Grafton – Kinsey Milhone finds herself caught in a dysfunctional family as she tries to help a dying father clear his son’s name of murder. Small-town secrets weave a tangled web that becomes difficult to untangle, especially as additional murders take place.
84. The Auditorium Organ – David Pickering…Using material from Community of Christ archives, Pickering has written an easily readable history of the search and decisions that culminated in the choice of the magnificent Aeolian-Skinner organ for Community of Christ Auditorium and the three individuals who have served as principal organist over the last 50 years.
85. Making Elegant Jewelry for Special Occasions – nice look at jewelry ideas for weddings, formal occasions. Some I really like–some is too “far out” for me.
86. Beadalicious – Sonya Nimri…some fun jewelry projects!
87. Jewelry in a Flash…projects (with instructions and pictures) that can be done in 15-60 minutes, although until I get more comfortable with techniques, they’ll still probably take me longer than that.
88. First Beading – Jema Hewitt…good introduction to jewelry making.
89. G is for Gumshoe – Sue Grafton…Asked to find Irene Gersh’s elderly mother, Kinsey Milhone instead finds  unexpectedly on a hit man’s list, falls in love with a private detective she hires to protect her, and ultimately discovers a Gersh family secret with an unexpected twist.
90. H is for Homicide – Sue Grafton…Shocked by the unexpected death of a claims adjuster at California Fidelity (who provides her office space), Kinsey Milhone gets drawn into an undercover investigation of insurance fraud as she is thrown into jail and becomes friends with a young woman who is apparently a major mover in the scam.
91. The Art of Making Jewelry – Deborah Krupenia…an excellent overview of making jewelry with a variety of techniques.
92. They Call Me a Hero – Daniel Hernandez…Most 20-year-olds don’t write memoirs, but Hernandez–who was serving as a political intern–has become well-known because he was the first person at Gabby Gifford’s side after she was shot. He looks back at what led him to that point and how his life and opportunities to be a role model were impacted by that event.

July

93. The Saint Who Would Be Santa Claus – Adam English…a fascinating look at how the lives and times of Nicholas of Myra have morphed into the stories around today’s Santa Claus.
94. I is for Innocent – Sue Grafton…Private investigator Morley Shine has dropped dead, and Lonnie Kingman asks Kinsey Milhone to finish up a case he was investigating–a murder supposedly committed by David Birney. But Birney swears he is innocent of his wife’s death five years ago. Is he or not?
95. Guest of Honor – Deborah Davis…When John McCain made a brief mention of a dinner between Booker T. Washington and Theodore Roosevelt in his concession speech, Davis got curious. This is the story of what she found out about a 1901 dinner in the White House that almost ruined the careers of these two men.
96. Limitless – Nick Vujicic…50 short devotions by an incredible young man born without arms or legs–yet who bears a powerful testimony of what God can do if we only give God a chance with us.
97. Bonhoeffer – Eric Metaxas…a fascinating biography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a young theologian caught up in the struggles of Nazi Germany. This book puts Bonhoeffer in the context of his family, his country, and his religion, and helps answer (for me) the question of how a minister could find himself caught up in the  failed conspiracy to assassinate Hitler. Bonhoeffer’s life is a challenge to each of us who call ourselves followers of the Christ.
98. The Caning – Stephen Puleo…I had always thought of John Brown’s raid at Harper’s Ferry as the spark that ignited the Civil War, but Puleo makes a strong case for this long-forgotten incident as the spark instead. Charles Sumner made a passionate anti-slavery speech that also included harsh statements about a southern Congressman…and Preston Brooks (the cousin to the ailing Congressman) felt he had no choice but to punish Sumner, according to the Southern Code of Honor. This caning (beating) broke into the open the chasm between the North and the South and provided the foundation on which John Brown and the Dred Scott decision built, driving the nation into war.
99. City of Fiends – Michael Jecks…In 1327, Edward II had been removed from his throne and his son installed in his place. England was close to Civil War. During two weeks of that year (June 24-July 7), Jecks follows the lives of two inter-connected families as well as three knights as they struggle with the lawlessness  in and around the town of Exeter. Too many killings and lots of uncertainty as to who did them and why…
100. Brain on Fire – Susannah Cahalan…She was a successful reporter with the New York Post but suddenly began a sudden seeming descent into insanity–hallucinations, violence, dangerous instability. For a month a team of doctors desperately sought to figure out what was wrong or else she was going to have to be institutionalized–if she survived. But at the last minute, a celebrated neurologist joined the team and discovered that she was the victim of a newly discovered autoimmune disease. Based on medical records and journals kept by her family, along interviews, this is her piecing together of her month of madness.
101. Chain Maille – Karen Karon…an excellent introduction to making chain maille jewelry with lots of good pictures and sample projects
101. The Devil in the White City – Erik Larson…The Chicago World Fair was an incredible undertaking…but at the same time, America’s first serial killer took advantage of the fair and the vulnerable young woman who came to Chicago. Larson does a magnificent job of weaving the two stories together, telling an incredible story of a fascinating achievement that took place despite challenges of finances, planning, weather, and oversight…while at the same time sharing the story of a charming but deadly psychopath.
102. Meet Me at Emotional Baggage Claim – Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella…short, light-hearted essays by a mother and daughter team who don’t agree on much of anything…but who are learning how to stay close while mother Lisa struggles with the empty nest and daughter Francesca focuses on setting her boundaries as an independent young adult.
103. “J” is for Judgment – Sue Grafton…Wendell Jaffe had been presumed dead (suicide) after his pyramid scheme unraveled…until he was seen living it up in Viento Negro. As Kinsey Millhone begins digging on behalf of the insurance company (who want their money back), she tries to figure out who has the money…what happened to his partner…whether he is going to try to help his 18-year-old son who is up on a murder charge…and in the middle of all of this, she also has to deal with the first contact she has had with her mother’s family…and wonders where they’ve been for the last 25 years of her life!
104. “K” is for Killer – Sue Grafton…Lorna Kepler was murdered. That’s what everyone said–everyone but her mother Janice. Against her better judgment, Kinsey Millhone agrees to take on the case…and finds herself drawn into the dark side of the life of a high-priced call girl…and also finds herself giving into her own dark side in order to find justice (vengeance?) for Lorna’s death.
105. “L” is for Lawless – Sue Grafton…Kinsey Milhone agrees to help her landlord…and finds herself up against world-class liars! Johnny Lee told his family he served in the military, but the military has no record of his service. When he is murdered, his “best friend” beaten up, and his apartment robbed, Milhone finds herself tracking a pregnant(?) woman with a duffel bag cross-country…and in the process coming across yet another man from Johnny’s past in the attempt to solve a decades-old mystery.
106. Lord John and the Private Matter – Diane GabaldonLord John Grey finds himself investigating two difficult situations at once–the murder of a comrade-in-arms who might have been a traitor, and how to convince the man his beloved cousin is engaged to to break the engagement without casting aspersions on her (because he is “poxed”). Moving from the drawing rooms of the high and mighty to the bawdy houses of the London underworld, Lord John finds himself struggling to understand how seemingly disparate individuals and situations are related.
107. Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade – Diane Gabaldon…Seventeen years ago, Lord John’s father was found dead, with accusations of his having been a traitor who supported the Scottish Jacobites. But suddenly a page from the Duke of Pardloe’s missing journal has shown up, and John begins to realize that all is not as it seemed. He struggles to find the answers–and in the process struggles to determine if there is a way to uphold his family’s honor (and his own) while at the same time saving a former lover’s life.
108. The Pope’s Last Crusade – Peter Eisner…The only pope I was aware of during World War II was Pius XII–but there is quite a story involved with Pius XI–who was an outspoken critic of the Nazis. He asked a relatively unknown American Jesuit priest to write an encyclical (in the pope’s name) condemning the Nazis and their doctrine of racial purity, but there were others in the Vatican who were not as condemning as Pius XI. This is the story of the encyclical…the conspiracy within the Vatican to stop the encyclical from reaching him…and a story that raises questions about how different the war might have gone and how many lives had been saved had Pius XI not died when he did.
109. Lord John and the Hand of Devils – Diane Gabaldon…In these three short stories/novellas, Lord John Grey finds himself face-to-face with elements of the supernatural. As in other experiences with Lord John, they all involve war, intrigue, and espionage, and they all require him to face his own fears and beliefs.

August

110. “M” is for Malice – Sue Grafton…Kinsey Milhone is hired to find a missing heir. Guy Malek has been gone for about 18 years, but a will that supposedly disinherited him has disappeared and he now stands to gain a substantial portion of the estate. In the process, she gets to know the rest of the family–and isn’t sure she likes them…but also discovers some family secrets that everyone would like to keep hidden.
111. The Freedom Line – Peter Eisner…During World War II, many downed US and English airmen were brought home due to the efforts of a group of young people in Spain and France who created the Freedom Line, an underground railway the operated under the nose of the Nazis. They struggled with both how to work with the Allies and also how to beware of traitors in their midst.
112. The Kindness of Strangers – Katrina Kittle…Kittle has written a powerful story of the impact of child abuse–on the child, definitely, but also on the community and on those who are willing to be involved with a damaged child and attempt to bring healing.
113. N Is for Noose Sue Grafton…This time Kinsey Milhone accepts a case that she should have left alone. Tom Newquist, a respected detective, died unexpectedly, town members were saddened, but not surprised, since his health had not been good. His wife was left with questions about what had been bothering Tom the last few weeks of his life–and she hired Kinsey to find out. She should have left it alone–and so should Kinsey.
114. MagykAngie Sagea delightful story of a world where wizadry is an integral part of life. The Heap family loses the 7th son shortly after birth…but then finds an abandoned infant girl in the forest. As time passes, the question of who the girl is–and the appearance of dark magic in the world–catch them in a swirl of events that have the potential to tear them apart…or to save the world.
116. Does Jesus Really Love Me? – Jeff Chu…Chu, a young gay Chinese-American Christian crossed America to try to find the answer to the question of whether Jesus truly loves him. Spending time in a wide variety of denominations, Chu presents a funny, heartbreaking, and challenging portrait of Christian America as we struggle with questions of how to understand biblical teachings on homosexuality.
117. The Road Out – Deborah Hicks…Hicks was a young teacher who developed an after-school/summer reading program for young girls who were growing up poor in a neighborhood of Appalachian migrants. She hoped to give them a better education than she had received–and also hope that their lives might be different. She was with them for four years–and when she returned four years later to see how they were doing, she found their dreams often colliding with reality…and yet they still hoped for a better future.
118. Monster – Walter Dean Myers…16-year-old Steve Harmon is in prison, waiting trial for murder. Trying to come to grips with who he really is and how he found himself in this situation, he creates a movie script as the trial takes place. This was a recommended young adult novel–and would be a good read to help them understand life choices and their impact.
119. Claudia, Wife of Pontius Pilate – Diana Wallis Taylor…Drawing on the little mentioned in the Bible about Claudia as well as the historical information that is known, Taylor creates a fascinating look at what life might have been like for this woman. In the process, she also presents a look at the challenges faced by other women–and Christians–during the time Jesus ministered on earth and shortly after.
120. Hate List – Jennifer Brown…another excellent young adult novel…Valerie Leftman’s boyfriend, Nick Levil, opens fire on students in the high school cafeteria, killing and wounding several before killing himself. His decision on who to kill was apparently based on a “hate list” that Valerie had drawn up of people–people who irritated/bullied/angered her. She struggles with her degree of complicity in the killing, even though she didn’t know he was going to do it…and struggles to find healing for herself, her family, and others impacted by Nick’s actions.
121. O is for Outlaw – Sue Grafton…Kinsey Milhone is surprised when she receives a phone call offering to sell her some of her belongings that were found in a storage locker belonging to her ex-husband, a cop who was implicated in a fatal beating and whom she left for that reason. Now, though, Mickey is dying in the hospital, and in an effort to find out what is going on, Kinsey discovers evidence that he was innocent of the beating charge…and also discovers her own blind spots.
122. Give Me Everything You Have – James Lasdun…Lasdun was a professor who taught creative writing and loved what he did. However, one former student  (a young woman from Iran) became obsessed with him, and when he did not return her “love,” she then became obsessed with ruining him. While an interesting–and frightening–story of how difficult it is in this electronic age to fight untruths, it also at times became a maudlin “poor me” amateur psychological analysis.
123. Flyte – Angie Sage…This is Book 2 of the Septimus Heap series…and Septimus is settling in to be Apprentice to ExtraOrdinary Wizard Marcia Overstrand while Jenna is learning how to be Princess. But Darknesse is still determined to try to take over the castle.

September

124. Physik – Angie Sage…Silas Heap, the father of the Heap clan, unSeals a forgotten room in the palace and releases the ghost of Queen Etheldredda, who has been stuck there 500 years. She is still as dreadful as ever, and in her quest for everlasting life, the Heap family finds themselves in the middle of it! At the same time, Septimus finds himself learning significant medical potions that will help when (if?) he can return to his own time.
125. Learn to Make Jewelry… A basic primer on jewelry making
126. The Elimination – Rithy Panh…Panh was 13 years old when the Khmer Rouge took control of Cambodia–and the only survivor of his family. Now a respected filmmaker, this book is his attempt to document and make sense of what happened to his country by confronting Comrade Duch, one of the men primarily responsible for the genocide. At times sad, at other times terrifying, Panh forces us to confront the nature of evil, and what causes individuals to see others only as tools rather than as human beings.
127. P is for Peril – Sue Grafton…Dr. Dowan Purcell had been missing for two weeks when Kinsey Milhone was called in–but she was called in by the doctor’s first wife, not his current wife. There are lots of “explanations” for the doctor’s disappearance, but not too many facts, and in trying to sort them out, Kinsey finds herself in a shadowland of duplicity and double-dealing.
128. Until I Say Good-Bye – Susan Spencer-Wendel…When she was diagnosed with ALS, Spencer-Wendel decided that she could either spend the time remaining to her chasing cures and treatments, or she could use it to focus on her family and to help them create memories that would hopefully sustain them after her death–and she decided to do the latter. Typed with one thumb on her phone, because she no longer had strength or ability to use any other device, this is a wonderful memoir of acceptance and living life to the fullest, regardless of the circumstances.
129. The Mystery Woman – Amanda Quick…Beatrice Lockwood is a paid companion with a past. She foils a crime outside a fancy ball, aided by Joshua Gage, a man who also has a secret past. When these two come together, sparks fly–and they both find themselves in the clutches of the killer known as the Bone Man, a man with his own secret past.
130. Life on the Color Line – Gregory Howard Williams…Until he was ten years old, Williams lived as a white boy. Then his parents’ marriage broke up, and in his life with his father, he discovered that instead of the Italian background his father claimed, instead he was African-American. Williams struggled to find his own place in life–was he white? black? neither? both? It’s a fascinating memoir that raises questions of nature versus nurture.
131. Queste – Angie Sage…Septimus Heap and his sister Jenna are hoping to find the mysterious House of Foryx, a place where all Time meets. There they hope they will be able to find Nicko and Snorri (trapped back in time in Physikbut the ghost of Tertius Fume, the first Chief Hermetic Scribe is determined to send Septimus on a deadly Queste.
132. The Lost Years – Mary Higgins Clark…What might happen if someone found a letter written by Christ to Joseph of Arimathea? What might people do to get their hands on it? This is the premise of this mystery by Clark. Jonathan Lyons believes he has found such a letter, but he is murdered and the letter disappears. Was he murdered by his wife? or by his lover? or by one of his colleagues? And what happened to the letter? It’s up to his daughter to try to unravel the mystery.
133. Pilgrim’s Wilderness  – Tom Kizzia… Papa Pilgrim showed up in the Alaskan town of McCarthy with his wife and fifteen kids in tow, telling folks that they wanted to live a simple, pioneer life as “inholders” in the National Park. At first everything seemed fine, but soon a darker side of the family began to show up. Kizzia tells a fascinating–and ultimately terrifying–story of a family enmeshed in the life of a sociopath who almost tore his family and the town apart.
134. Q is for Quarry – Sue Grafton…“Jane Doe” was discovered near a quarry off a major California highway eighteen years ago. Now the two men who found the body are both ill–and neither wants to leave the case unsolved. They ask Kinsey Millhone to do the legwork for them–but in the process, of finding out who the victim is, Kinsey finds herself fighting for her own life.
135, R is for Ricochet – Sue GraftonReba Lafferty is about to be released from prison, and her rich father asks Kinsey Millhone to help her stay straight. It seems like a simple task, but nothing ever turns out that simple! Kinsey finds herself caught between her desires to help Reba’s sick father, a request to work with the Feds to obtain information about Reba’s ex-boss who is running a money-laundering game, and her desire to just walk away.
136. S is for Silence – Sue Grafton…Violet Sullivan disappeared from her almost-seven-year-old daughter’s life thirty-four years ago, leaving a hole that Daisy has never been able to fill. So she hires Kinsey Millhone to help her find out the truth. Did Violet just run off, leaving the daughter who adored her? Or was she killed by her husband? Or is the truth something else?
137. A Gift of Hope – Danielle Steel…After her son died and her marriage broke up, Danielle Steel needed to find a new way to find meaning in her life. In response to that prayer, she had a strong sense that she needed to go out on the street to help the homeless. She and several friends ended up forming a team that spent ten years in this ministry, and while she initially did not want to talk about it, she has written this book in response to the need she sensed for many of us to know the tremendous needs.
138. Novena for Murder – Carol Anne O’Marie…Sister Mary Helen has returned to Mount St. Francis College for Women for what she fears will be a quiet retirement. However, instead she is greeted with an earthquake and a fatally bludgeoned history professor. Who killed him? and why?
139. Jurassic Park – Michael Crichton…Cloning has made it possible to perhaps bring species back from extinction–but is that wise? Crichton plays with our fascination with dinosaurs, our desires to be entertained–and the implications of playing with technology without moral boundaries.
140. Syren – Angie Sage…Septimus Heap, along with Spit Fyre (his injured dragon), Jenna, and Beetle, finds himself stranded on a beautiful island–but everything is not as it seems. At the same time, Lucy and Wolf Boy become entangled with some sailors who are up to no good, and Milo (Jenna’s father) has a treasure chest in his hold–and the cargo in it creates more problems than expected!

October

141. T is for Trespass – Sue Grafton…Kinsey’s next door neighbor, Gus, needs help while he recovers from a nasty fall. When Gus’s daughter hires a nurse, things start going downhill–because who is the nurse really? And is everyone really who they say they are?
142. U is for Undertow – Sue Grafton…Michael Sutton shows up at Kinsey’s office with a story about a murder that took place when he was about six–and that he was convinced he saw the body being buried. However, his past history of repressed memories raises questions about his truthfulness.
143. Advent of Dying – Carol Anne O’Marie…Sister Mary Helen’s new secretary is a puzzle. Suzanne seems to be hiding something, but no one knows for sure. When she is found dead, Sister Mary Helen finds herself unable to let go, because Suzanne needs justice.
144. The Missing Madonna – Carol Anne O’Marie…Sister Mary Helen has semi-retired from handling the alumna office–but her waist is showing the results of too many lunch meetings! She joins the OWLS and attends a convention in New York, where she worries about one of her friends who seems upset about something. When that friend disappears immediately after returning home, Sister Mary Helen is determined to find out why.
145. Gaddafi’s Harem – Annick Cojean…Gaddafi presented himself (at least publicly) as someone supportive of women’s rights and a reformer, but the truth was that he systematically raped and abused any woman who caught his eye, regardless of marital status or age. This is the story of Soroya–a 15-year-old who found herself one of Gaddafi’s victims, and who has courageously stepped forward to begin to make the plight of these victims (some as young as 12) known to the world.
146. Chain Style – Jane Dickerson…a book of contemporary jewelry designs (and instructions) using various kinds of chain
147. Titanic Tragedy – John Maxtone-Graham…Drawing on many historical documents, Maxtone-Graham gives a fascinating story of the Titanic tragedy–from the building of the ship to its departure, the sinking, passenger stories, and memorials to her crew.
148. The Fourth Gospel: Tales of a Jewish Mystic – John Shelby Spong…Spong presents some interesting insights into how knowledge of Jewish mysticism can inform our reading of the Gospel of John, but his insights are marred by his constant–and negative–viewpoint towards those who hold traditional views that disagree with his perceptions and understandings.
149. The Beggar King – Oliver Potzsch…In 1662, Jakob Kuisl, the hangman of a village in the Alps, receives a letter that his sister is very ill and he needs to come visit…but when he arrives, he finds her dead and he is arrested as the murderer. He has little hope of escaping the torture intended to wring a confession from him before he is executed, but his strong-willed daughter–who has come unknowingly to the same village to seek a new life with her boyfriend–holds the key to his freedom.
150. Molly Brown from Hannibal, MIssouri – Ken and Lisa Marks…This short volume fleshes out the life of the woman who is usually known only as “the unsinkable Molly Brown”–Titanic survivor. Her life was much more interested and varied than commonly known…and was shaped by her early life in Hannibal.
151. Rough Justice – Jack Higgins…There are undoubtedly many things that go on behind the scenes of governments that remain unknown–ways of dealing with difficult situations. Blake Johnson (a trusted presidential adviser) and Harry Miller (trusted adviser of the Prime Minister) find themselves in one of those difficult situations…and their actions lead to a chain reaction of events of death and destruction, involving again Sean Dillon, the former IRA enforcer now putting his skills to use for the good of the government.
152. Murder in Ordinary Time – Carol Anne O’Marie...Sister Mary Helen finds herself caught up in another murder when Christina Kelly, the leading investigative reporter on a local television channel, takes one bite of a cookie and dies. The killer was someone in the studio–but who?
153. Murder Makes a Pilgrimage – Carol Anne O’Marie…Sister Eileen has won a free pilgrimage trip to Spain for herself and Sister Mary Helen. Their tour group is an unlikely mix of people–and Lisa Springer was the oddest one in the mix. When she ends up dead, Sister Mary Helen again finds herself helping to figure out who killed and why.
154. Prisoners of the White House – Kenneth Walsh…The White House looks like an intriguing place to live, but presidents have often found it more like a prison than a mansion, finding themselves isolated from the people they have been elected to lead. Walsh looks at presidents from Roosevelt to Obama, studying how each has succeeded (or not) in staying connected–and the pollsters and staff who either help them or hinder those connections.
155. V is for Vengeance – Sue Grafton…Kinsey Millhone’s 38th birthday gift is a punch in the face that leaves her with two black eyes and a broken nose. It comes courtesy of Lorenzo Dante, a “businessman” whose business dealings are definitely on the wrong side of the law–but who has his own personal standards. He is at the middle of a series of situations Kinsey finds herself dealing with–all of which involve a desire for vengeance in some way or another.
156. Darke – Angie Sage…Septimus finds himself the only one who can save the Castle and the Wizard Tower from the spreading evil Darkenesse. With the help of his friends, Septimus and ExtraOrdinary Wizard Marcia Overstrand battle to save their world.

November

157. Zealot: the Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth – Reza Aslan…Aslan places the actions and preaching of Jesus of Nazareth in the context of his time and culture–an occupied country in which resistance to the occupation was a religious duty. There had been many prophets/preachers/would-be messiahs who wandered through his time and place, and this book points out who Jesus exemplified the living out of the principle of resistance.
158. Dogtripping – David Rosenfelt…Take one couple involved in dog rescues…add a move from California to Maine…and include 25 dogs (not little lap dogs, but big ones–like retrievers and labs) and you have this wonderful story. Interspersed between the chapters telling the story of their move are short vignettes of some of the 265 dogs they have rescued through the years.
159. Death Goes on Retreat – Carol Anne O’Marie…A nice quiet retreat is just what Sister Mary Helen is looking forward to–in a retreat center amidst towering redwoods. Unfortunately, she and Sister Eileen arrive a week early, but before they can decide about returning to the convent for the week, they find themselves embroiled in the murder of a young man who had been a former seminary student. The murderer was apparently someone on the grounds–but was it one of the priests, the cook, the retreat center director? or someone else?
160. Spartacus – Aldo Schiavone…I’ve been intrigued by the figure of Spartacus ever since the movie–but who was he? Schiavone places him in the first-century context, drawing on the limited materials that reference the man as well as his own knowledge of Roman society. In this portrayal, Spartacus comes across as a far different–and much more intriguing–individual who did lead a slave revolt, but whose ultimate purpose was to incite Italy to revolt against Rome and to challenge the very heart of the imperial system.
161.  An Atheist in the FOXhole – Joe Muto…Joe Muto wanted a media job. Ultimately he found one–but in an incredibly challenging way! He describes himself as a “bleeding-heart, godless liberal,” and got a job at Fox Network, eventually working for Bill O’Reilly. He lasted eight years before he decided he had had enough–and spectacularly blew up his job by becoming Gawker‘s Fox Mole…for two days before he was found out. It’s a fascinating look behind the scenes at one of America’s biggest networks.
162. Death of an Angel – Carol Anne O’Marie…Sister Mary Helen feels a calling to help Angelica Bowers, a young woman who works in the library and who has the face of an angel–but who has a significant weight problem. Before she can get very far, though, she and Sister Eileen find themselves involved in the rape-murder of a good friend…and become entangled in a web of evil.
163. Voices from the Titanic – Geoff Tibballs…While occasionally tedious, this is a fascinating collection of newspaper stories, official investigations, letters and statements from survivors about the Titanic–from its launch in Belfast through the sea burial of those who died on April 14, 1912.
164. The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano – Olaudah Equiano…Ever since seeing the movie Amazing Grace, I’ve wondered about the story of the man who was a central figure in the British abolition movement in the 18th century. This is his story from his early life in Nigeria to his kidnapping into slavery and his eventual freedom and involvement in anti-slavory movements.
165. Death Takes Up a Collection – Carol Anne O’Marie…When Sister Mary Helen and Sister Eileen drop off soda bread at the Monsignor’s home, they walk into a meeting where the tension is thick. The next morning they get the news that the Monsignor has died, poisoned by someone at the meeting. But who?
166. Undaunted – Tanya Biank…Women in the military face significant challenges both at home and at work. Biank focuses on four women to make personal the challenges of being a woman in what was for many years a man’s world.
167. The Trial of Pope Benedict – Daniel Gawthrop… Gawthrop is a “cultural Catholic” who, in this book, looks at how he believes Pope Benedict (both before and during his papacy) created a culture of toxic theology that has impacted not only the church but also secular society. He suggests that Ratzinger should not be given diplomatic immunity but should be held accountable for the abuse scandals that have plagued the church. He also offers suggestions from his perspective as to how the church can transform itself into an institution that can bring healing and hope.
168. The Lucy Variations Sara Zarr…At the age of sixteen, Lucy Morceau-Beck walked off the stage of a prestigious piano composition to protest the constant pressure she found herself under. Months later, when her younger brother meets his new piano teacher, Lucy finds herself dealing with the question of whether she wants to play again–and if so, how. To find the answers to those questions, she must buck family pressure, especially that of her grandfather.
169. The Eighty-Dollar Champion – Elizabeth Letts…Snowman was a plow horse bound for the slaughterhouse when Harry de Leyer first saw him and bought him for eighty dollars. Intending to use him as a gentle horse for timid riders at the Knox School for Girls, de Leyer instead saw in him the possibility of fulfilling his dream of having his own horse to train and show. Ultimately–and against seemingly impossible odds–de Leyer and Snowman climbed to the very top of the sport of show jumping.
170. Requiem at the Refuge – Carol Anne O’Marie…The president of the college has died, and the new president has a reputation for making major changes. Sister Mary Helen decides to resign her volunteer position at the college and begin helping at the Refuge, a shelter for homeless women. In her first week, she finds herself embroiled in a murder when she discovers the body of a young prostitute outside the kitchen door. This time she’s on her own, since Sister Eileen is taking care of her sick sister in Ireland.
171. The Corporal Acts of Murder – Carol Anne O’Marie…Sister Mary Helen is on her own while Sister Eileen is in Ireland. While helping out at the Refuge (a shelter for homeless women), she ends up discovering three dead bodies. How are the deaths related? The street women have their own thoughts–and if they are right, then everyone is in danger, including other police officers investigating the murders.
172. Murder at the Monks’ Table – Carol Anne O’Marie…Sister Mary Helen joins Sister Eileen in Ireland for a holiday–but even in the midst of the Oyster Festival, she finds herself caught up in a murder and two vicious attacks. There are many possible suspects, and the Irish police aren’t particularly interested in Sister Mary Helen’s experience in helping to solve murders back home.
173. Killing Jesus – Stephen Mansfield…Mansfield takes what is known from the Gospels and other ancient writings and presents the conspiracy that occurred behind the scenes of Jesus’ crucifixion–the desires of the high priest’s family, Pilate’s concerns, Rome’s issues, and the context of the times. It is not an apologetic–but it assumes that the crucifixion did take place and that something happened three days later to change the lives of this rabbi’s followers (and the world).

December

174-176. Emma of Aurora – Jane Kirkpatrick…This is a 3-book trilogy packaged together–the story of Emma Wagner Giesy, a member of a Swiss-German communal community in the 1800s. She is an independent young woman, and this series follows her life for approximately ten years…from her marriage through difficult times that separate her from the community to her finding joy in her life and a new way to reconnect with the community, able to both give and receive. Emma was an actual person, and this is a fascinating look at a life during this time and place.
177. Tea with Hezbollah – Ted Dekker and Carl Medearis…In what sounds like an insane adventure, Dekker and Medearis set out for the Middle East to visit with religious leaders of all perspectives, asking whether it is truly possible to love one’s enemies. While I wish we could have heard more of their conversations, this book was an intriguing eye-opener into the challenges of living Christ’s two great commandments.
178. A Study in Silks – Emma Jane Holloway…Evelina Cooper is an intriguing young woman who has magic in her blood. She is also the niece of the great detective Sherlock Holmes…and she stumbles into a murderous mystery involving the family of her best friend. In the process of solving it, she realizes that she is trapped between the two worlds of her parents, feeling at home in neither of them and wondering where she belongs.
179. Banishing the Cross – Michael Reed…Community of Christ and the LDS spring from the same foundation but have gone very different directions. Because I am a member of Community of Christ, which is comfortable with the use of the cross as a symbol, I was interested in reading how and why the LDS have gone the opposite direction. Reed presents a clear and fascinating historical context of their rationale.
180. The Last Man in Russia – Oliver Bullough…The story of Father Dmitri Dudko is, in many ways, the story of Russia itself. He was a dissident Orthodox priest who realized that the alcohol abuse in Russia was a sign of a deeper spiritual sickness, and he tried to bring healing to those he ministered to. Unfortunately neither he nor his community were able to withstand the power of the government–but his hope for Russia is beginning to come to life again.
181. The Judas Gate – Jack Higgins…Another adventure that involves Sean Dillon, Charles Ferguson, and the rest of the crew. It appears that a British Muslim is leading attacks in Afghanistan for al Quaeda–and it is up to Dillon to find out who the traitor is.
182. Terrier – Tamora Pierce…Beka Cooper is learning to be a Dog (keeper of the law) in the area she grew up in. Partnered with two older Dogs, she discovers a criminal conspiracy that is creating a crime wave not seen before. Beka has some unusual communication skills that come in handy in solving these crimes–and we are introduced to a fascinating world in which magic plays a role.
183. My Islam – Amir Ahmad Nasr…Nasr is one of the young Muslim bloggers who has initiated worldwide conversations about the future of Islam. Starting with a fundamentalist upbringing, he has traveled through doubt into a relationship with his “Beloved” and hope for a peaceful relationship between Islam and other world religions.
184. I Am Malala – Malala Yousafzai and Christina Lamb…Malala has become famous for many people because of being shot by the Taliban; however, there is much more to her. In this autobiography, she shares how the support of her father for girls’ education has empowered her to seek for education for all girls, no matter where.

 

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