Vicky Berdecio

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Language Arts

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This novel revolves around Charles Marlow, a 50-something divorced man living in Seattle who has an autistic son. His former wife is a fiercely protective woman who has tried many methods of treatment for their boy Cody. The story also goes back in time to Charles'childhood,specifically his fourth-grade class and his friendship with a classmate who was labelled "retarded". This book is a beautifully written, compassionate tale with colorful descriptions, well-developed characters, and lively dialogue.

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Inside the O'Briens

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If you were gripped by "Still Alice" or "Left Neglected" you will definitely enjoy reading this latest novel by Lisa Genova. In the same manner that she was able to describe what it is like to experience Alzheimer's disease from the inside, in this new book Genova tackles Huntington's disease. HD is a lethal neurological disease with no treatment or cure, with a 50 percent chance of being inherited by the next generation. This novel tells the poignant story of a close-knit Irish Catholic family struggling to cope with this devastating reality. At times heart-breaking to read about, the author also manages to infuse the story with much hope,love, and spiritual strength.

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And the Dark Sacred Night

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Julia Glass has come up with yet another riveting tale, this time about a man's journey in the search for his biological father. With a complex set of characters, this novel addresses the choices we make as adolescents which shape our futures, the need for forgiveness and the courage we need to face the shadows of our past.

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The Dream Lover

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The prolific writer Elizabeth Berg has created a new work, this time a historical novel about the nineteenth-century French writer George Sand. Sand was a passionate, independent person, a woman who fought fiercely against the conventional rules of a patriarchal society. Writing in the first person, Berg is somehow able to inhabit the mind and heart of this brilliant woman and re-create the relationships she had with such famous people as Fredric Chopin and Victor Hugo. This book is a magnificent novel which brings to life a highly courageous person who helped pave the way for unconventional thinkers everywhere, for years to come.

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The Glass Kitchen

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If you are in the mood for a little light reading, you may enjoy this novel... It is a story of three sisters named Portia, Olivia and Cordelia. As adults they wind up living on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. The tale is told through the eyes of Portia and a twelve year old girl named Ariel, whose father, a widower, owns the townhouse where Portia lives. Portia has a sixth sense about culinary matters,and her dream is to open a restaurant she will call "The Glass Kitchen". There is also the question of a love interest which develops, as well as the issues which arise among the teenagers in the story. It is a feel-good tale with a happy ending, which includes a great set of characters and lively dialogues. A very entertaining read.

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The Public Library: A Photographic Essay

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Robert Dawson has spent the past eighteen years photographing a wide range of public libraries throughout the United States. From the grand, stately architectural wonders in Seattle and Salt Lake City, to the most simple, rustic buildings, this collection of images is a testament to the institution of the public library system. In addition to the beautiful photographs, this book also includes numerous essays- including a forward by Bill Moyers and an afterward by Ann Patchett.

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I Work at a Public Library

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Gina Sheridan shares a selection of short conversations with some of the various patrons at the public library where she works. At times humorous, laugh-out-loud funny to some touchingly heart-felt exchanges, this book is an enjoyable, easy read for library staff and patrons alike.

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Under the Wide and Starry Sky

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Nancy Horan, author of the New York Times bestseller "Loving Frank", has written a new novel, this time about the relationship between the Scottish writer Robert Louis Stevenson and his wife Fanny.With carefully researched history, Horan is able to bring these two complex characters to life in a way that is both gripping and enthralling.

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Unlikely Friendships

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What do an iguana and a house cat have in common? An owl and a spaniel? A rabbit and a guinea pig? According to Jennifer Holland, senior writer for National Geographic Magazine, these creatures are examples of animals who have formed what she calls interspecies friendships. This book tells the simple stories of 47 different instances of these relationships, with beautiful photographs that clearly illustrate the tales of this unique and remarkable bonding.

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