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Here are more book suggestions. I notice that the underlining and bold text of the 
titles is not coming through. I apologize for any confusion this may cause. 
The Miracle Detective, by Randall Sullivan. In 1996, Randall Sullivan, an editor at 
Rolling Stone, became fascinated by "sightings" of the Blessed Virgin Mary that are 
so often reported in the popular press. A non-believer, Sullivan decided to 
investigate the claims. His search took him to Medjorgorje, in what was formerly 
Yugoslavia, on an extended "fact-finding" trip about Marian apparitions. I was 
impressed with the author's objectivity. I was also drawn in by the history of the 
ethnic animosity between the Serbs and Croats that has lasted for many generations. 
Not light reading, but engrossing and very interesting.
The Art of Mending is by Elizabeth Berg. Some of her books I like. Some I love. 
Some I think are just fluff. I really liked this one. This novel is about 
forgiveness--how elusive, difficult, and necessary it can be. There are some books 
that  you  want never to end. Others go on for severall chapters past their 
purpose. This one was just right.

The Hiding Place, by Corrie ten Boom. This is not a  new book, but one that I 
picked up in our own school library. Corrie and her family lived in the Netherlands 
during World War II and sheltered Jewish people in their home to hide them from the 
Nazis. Corrie and her family were discovered and taken to concentration camps. The 
story is sad, but inspiring and the words of Corrie are soothing, true, and wise.
Dear Mrs. Lindbergh, by Kathleen Hughes. I have this book at home and itís one of 
the first books I will be reading this summer.  Iíve always thought Ann Morrow 
Lindbergh was a very cool lady and much more a hero than her husband. This is a 
novel with Ann Morrow Lindbergh as its subject. 
Big Russ and Me, by Tim Russert is so wonderful. I read it last summer. Heís one of 
my personal heroes (heís a good enough journalist that Iím  not sure of his 
The Jane Austen Book Club, by Karen Joy Fowler. Another one I havenít yet read but 
plan to read this summer. 
The World is Flat: a Brief History of the Twentieth Century, by Thomas Friedman. 
This one is on the best seller list right now, which usually is the kiss of death 
as far as Iím concerned, but I respect Friedman and I like his columns in the New 
York Times, so I think this book is a cut above the usual muck-raking non-fiction 
that passes for literature these days. If any of you read this, let me know what 
you think.
1776, by David McCullough. Another current best seller, but again, David McCullough 
knows his history and from the reviews Iíve read, 1776 is worth reading, especially 
if you enjoy American History.
The Shadow of the Wind, by Carlos Ruis Zafon. Read about this one on 
The description is way too long to summarize here, but this looks like a book that 
will appeal to those who enjoy intrigue, fantasy, adventure. 
Destroyer, by C.J. Cherryh, a science-fiction writer. The series is The Foreigner 
Iron and Silk,  by Mark Salzman. This is about an English teacher who spends time 
in China. Sounds interesting.

The Memory of Running, by Ron McLarty.

The Preservationist, by David Maine. I read this last summer and loved it. Itís 
about Noah and the Ark and his crazy, dysfunctional family, told in modern language 
that is funny and engrossing. 

Downtown: My Manhattan, by Pete Hamill. If you love Pete Hamillís writing (I do) 
and you love New York (I do) and you want to learn more about the history of the 
city (beyond the Gangs of New York and Tammany Hall scandals), you will find this 
book very enjoyable.
Cross Bones, by Kathy Reichs. A forensic anthropologist crime novel. 

The Orange Blossom Special, by Betsy Carter. Heard about this on NPR and it sounds 
like a really good story. 

Gods in Alabama, by Joshilyn Jackson. Donít know anything about this book, but it 
was very well reviewed in Bookmarks magazine and it sounds like fun, quirky summer 

102 Minutes: the Untold Story of the Fight to Survive Inside the Twin Towers, by 
Jim Dwyer and Kevin Flynn. I'm reading this now andit is impossible to put the book 

The Tie That Binds, by Kent Haruf. I loved his other two books: Eventide and 
Plainsong. This one was his first novel. Lots of Midwest/Great Plains imagery. 
Eventide is a sequel, kind of, to Plainsong. I like his writing. 




Jan Birney, Library Media Specialist
Jockey Hollow Middle School
Monroe, Connecticut 06468
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