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Book Review: My Name is Resolute

By Jessie Christensen

MyNameIsResolute_Final_coverSeveral years ago, one of my favorite reading buddies recommended a book to me and promised I would fall in love with it. I reluctantly agreed to try it, though the title sounded a little strange and I was afraid it would be cheesy. However, just as my friend promised, I quickly fell in love with the book and became an ardent proselytizer of its many virtues. These is My Words, by Nancy Turner, is one of my favorite books to share and I’ve rarely met a person who didn’t enjoy reading it. When I worked at a public library it was one of our top recommended titles and one of our most popular book group reads.

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Whitney Finalists: Historical Round-Up

By Jessie Christensen

Historical fiction has long been one of my favorite literary genres; as a young adult I read it almost exclusively, eschewing other genres like science fiction and fantasy. Although my reading tastes have broadened as an adult, historical novels are still one of my favorite things to read and one of the categories that I most look forward to when it comes to the Whitney awards. This year the finalists in the category are all established authors whose names should be familiar to you. There are three previous winners: Gale Sears for Letters in the Jade Dragon Box, 2011; Carla Kelly for Borrowed Light, 2011 and My Loving Vigil Keeping, 2012; and H.B. Moore for Abinadi in 2008. The other two authors, Jennie Hansen and Phyllis Gunderson, have both been finalists in previous years. Competition in this category is going to be stiff, especially with such a diverse group of books covering a wide range of historical periods.

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A Town Like Alice, By Nevil Shute

By Kellie Purcill

Jean Paget is English, living in Malaysia, when World War Two suddenly booms: the Japanese are invading, and within a week Jean is a Prisoner-Of-War (POW). Grouped with other ‘foreign’ women and children, they are marched under guard from one town to always another far distant town, as war rages around them, Jean’s group and …

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Looking for a Book Club Pick? Try Sarah Dunster’s Lightning Tree

By Angela Hallstrom

I was introduced to Sarah Dunster’s fiction when she won Segullah’s fiction contest in early 2011. “Back North,” Sarah’s contest entry (which you can read here) was lively, smart, and compelling. Its main drawback? It was a novel excerpt, not a short story, and I wanted more. Soon after notifying Sarah about her win, she sent me an email with an exciting announcement: the novel from which “Back North” had been excerpted had been accepted by Cedar Fort. This was good news for Sarah, of course, but I also knew it was good news for me. It meant I’d be able to finally know how things would turn out for Magdalena Chabert, the unforgettable heroine of Lightning Tree.

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