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Title
The Alchemist
Author
Paulo Coelho
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The Alchemist is a seemingly simple tale of Santiago, a shepherd who sells his sheep to seek his fortune. But as we know most simple tales and parables contain very profound lessons. Through the people Santiago meets on his journey, the decisions he makes and the omens he heeds, the reader learns about the Language of the World, living each day in itself and pursuing your Personal Legend. People of different faiths and beliefs can relate in their own way to this story. It's a book if read in another 5-10 years will give the reader new and different perspectives and insights. It's a personal journey.  Catalog
Title
Conversion
Author
Katherine Howe
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I was absorbed in this book. Katherine Howe has a great grasp on teenage girls going through stress while applying to colleges and the link with Salem, Mass.
was exceptional. Loved it!   Catalog
Title
Chasing the Sun
Author
Kaki Warner
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Easy enjoyable read about 3 brothers and their families during the end of the 19th century in the old West trying to save their ranch...humor, romance, light drama.  Catalog
Title
Signed,Sealed, Delivered
Author
Nina Sankovitch
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Celebrating the Joys of Letter Writing
When the author purchases a new home she discovers a steamer trunk belonging to the former residents full of family letters, photos and correspondence dating back over a hundred years. The letters written by a son to his mother, predominately during his years at Princeton, speak to the author the loudest and she begins her journey through the history of letter writing. Just to name a few of her sources, Sankovitch uses the letters of ancient Egyptians, the passionate letters of medieval lovers, condolence letters written from and to President Lincoln and even the use of letters on the TV show M.A.S.H. Through these sources the author illustrates and reminds us the importance and the power of letters. To quote the author. "There have been times when I needed reassurance that I am not floating out there alone in the universe, that I am tethered to people who will keep me secure. The letters offer that reassurance. Even if those people are gone, the bond endures through the tokens of connection we passed back and forth, the written manifestation of our relationship." I expected this book to be stiff, dry, and very academic. Surprisingly, it was witty, personal, interesting and even a little gossipy. Who doesn't want to take a peak at someone's personal letters. It's a shame that most people will never experience the delicious anticipation of waiting for the mailman to deliver a Birthday card from a favorite Aunt in California, or a promised post card from a friend vacationing in Maine or the blue, paper thin air mail stationary with the exotic stamps on it from a sister backpacking in Europe.   Catalog
Title
The Last Promise
Author
Richard Paul Evans
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Just finished reading the last book in The Walk series by this author. To help with my withdrawal I discovered this book written by Evans in 2002. As Evans' books usually are, it is a love story. It's about the power of love to give us hope and transform our lives and those around us. Never give up on love. There are second and even third chances to get it right. To say it was set in Italy would be an understatement. It is a postcard, a passionate love letter written by the author to Italy. Each page of the story is filled with the sights and sounds of Italy. The food, the language, the people, beautiful Italian landscapes, the art, the wine, all make this story like a mini vacation. No passport needed. Grazie. Ciao.   Catalog