GEMINI by Carol Cassella

GEMINI is an intensely absorbing novel which I found difficult to put down. It is a very human tale which delves deeply into subjects like love in its many shapes and forms, and time – too little time, not enough time, counting time, too late. The author, Carol Cassella, uses time to move her storyline back and forth in years, seamlessly weaving together the characters and the events which impact them.

March 3, 2014 · Judi Clark · No Comments
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THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS by Rebecca Skloot

Rebecca Skloot’s THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS is an enthralling look at the origin of HeLa cells that grew “with [such] mythological intensity,” that they “seemed unstoppable.” They were a “continuously dividing line of cells all descended from one original sample” acquired from Henrietta Lacks, a black woman who suffered from a particularly virulent form of cervical cancer complicated by syphilis…Neither she nor her family had any idea that the cells obtained from her cervix in 1951 would eventually number in the trillions and become a vital part of medical research all over the world.

December 21, 2010 · Judi Clark · 2 Comments
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THE EMPEROR OF ALL MALADIES by Siddhartha Mukherjee

Siddhartha Mukherjee’s monumental THE EMPEROR OF ALL MALADIES meticulously outlines the trajectory of cancer (derived from the Greek word “karkinos,” meaning crab) over thousands of years, starting in ancient Egypt. In 2010, seven million people around the world will die of cancer. Many have experienced the horrors of this disease through personal experience. The author provides us with a global view of this “shape-shifting entity [that is] imbued with such metaphorical and political potency that it is often described as the definitive plague of our generation.”

November 25, 2010 · Judi Clark · No Comments
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A FIERCE RADIANCE by Lauren Belfer

A FIERCE RADIANCE by Lauren Belfer is a compelling novel. Comprised of several genres, this is a book to pick up and savor. I was kept riveted by a combination of history, romance and mystery. This mix makes for a thrilling ride that kept me enthralled throughout.

The era is 1941 through 1944. The book opens just after Japan has bombed Pearl Harbor. Our country has declared war and young men are being drafted or signing up for the military.

June 15, 2010 · Judi Clark · No Comments
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MY NAME IS MARY SUTTER by Robin Oliveira

Sometimes the reader is lucky enough to pick up a book that they can get lost in. Place and time disappear and all that is left is immersion in the written word. We become one with the book. MY NAME IS MARY SUTTER is such a book. From the time I started it until the very last page, all that existed for me was the story – the ebb and flow of events. I was transported.

May 26, 2010 · Judi Clark · One Comment
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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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