OLIVE KITTERIDGE by Elizabeth Strout

Big-wristed Olive Kitteridge is the imposing, even frightful, over-sized woman at the center of this novel. She lives in a small town on the coast of Maine, where traditionally people keep to themselves, living out lives of granite-like individuality. She trucks no silliness, has little patience for people she does not care for, which is virtually everyone, and has no problem speaking her mind, in fact seems genetically predisposed to it. She is a retired high school math teacher, who, her adult son tells her, was the “scariest teacher in the school.” She is one of those individuals you meet and wonder, how does a person get this way?

January 19, 2010 · Judi Clark · No Comments
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SAVING SAMMY: Curing the Boy Who Caught OCD by Beth Alison Maloney

Are your kids healthy and happy? If so, you are way ahead of the game. Just ask Beth Alison Maloney, whose son, Sammy, came down with a mysterious malady at the age of twelve. He started yelling at the treetops and the squirrels, refused to go into bed at night, could not enter or exit through the front door of his home, and did not allow anyone to touch him…

September 22, 2009 · Judi Clark · No Comments
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WATER DOGS by Lewis Robinson

Small-town Maine in the winter has a unique character, made famous by other authors like horror maestro Stephen King. In WATER DOGS, Lewis Robinson’s first novel, Robinson gives us the chilly, overcast days of January and February. He also gives us a cast of young men and women in their twenties, and the drama of their relationships and intrigue. Mixed into the snow drifts is the mystery of a man who goes missing. The novel is difficult to put down.

July 13, 2009 · Judi Clark · 2 Comments
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