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Welcome to the 47th edition of the ! I invite you to grab your favorite celebratory beverage and snack, get comfortable, and enjoy part of this wonderful Fourth of July holiday perusing the fine reviews included in this edition. You are sure to add some titles to your “to be read” list after reading about the many intriguing volumes reviewed in this edition!

Biography

Kim Luu presents Book Review: The Last Empress – Madame Chiang Kai-shek at Money and Risk, a biography about one of the most powerful woman of the 20th century and her family, whose history spanned over a hundred years of China’s transformation from a feudal society. Kim describes it as “an epic saga.”

Nonfiction

GrrlScientist presents Lift at Living the Scientific Life. The book is appropriately named. Rebecca K. O’Connor writes about a falconer’s growing relationship with her first peregrine falcon, and also reveals her battle to rise above personal struggles and challenges. The story “soars as a memoir, interweaving the author’s life story with an engaging narrative of flying a falcon.”

Bob O’Hara presents Book Review: Elegance in Science at Deep Thoughts and Silliness. Bob is still “not sure” whether he liked the book or not.

Clare Swindlehurst presents PING! Limitless Success and Endless Happiness by M.D. Windwalker Walsh at Blue Archipelago Reviews. This self-help book’s premise is: “If you are always asking yourself, ‘Why can’t I be more successful?’ or ‘Why can’t I find a long-lasting relationship?’ you will want to waste no time in finding a personal guide.”

Missy Frye presents Book review: The Unfaithful Widow by Barbara Barth at Incurable Disease of Writing written by contributor Eliza Fayle.

JHS presents Book Review: Scars and Stilettos at Colloquium, the fascinating and inspiring story of one woman’s descent into and escape from the sex industry. Harmony Dust founded and heads Treasures, a ministry designed to help other women realize their own self-worth and extricate themselves from similar circumstances.

Missy Frye presents Book Review: The Girls from Ames by Jeffrey Zaslow at Incurable Disease of Writing written by contributor Eliza Fayle, who observes that “if you were born around 1963, you will totally get every word in this book. For the rest of you, it is an incredible telling of the psychology of female friendships.”

Missy Frye presents Books: Writing In a New Convertible with the Top Down by Sheila Bender & Christi Killien at Incurable Disease of Writing, a book to inspire and guide authors. Best of all, it’s available free of charge at Libertary.

Carla presents Surprised, Touched, Inspired at Sacred Witness, a discussion of My Grandfather’s Blessings, an inspirational work by Rachel Naomi Remen.

larryniven presents The Emotion Machine by Marvin Minsky at Rust Belt Philosophy, in which the author presents a number of theses about human cognition.

Carol Wiley presents Remembering Wholeness at Musings from Carol.

Clark Bjorke presents The Routes of Man at I’ll Never Forget the Day I Read a Book!, a book about “extreme road trips and obvious conclusions.”

Children’s Books

Pamela Jorrick presents The Invention of Hugo Cabret at Blah, Blah, Blog.

Fiction

Jim Murdoch presents A Place of Meadows and Tall Trees by Clare Dudman at The Truth About Lies. Jim says, “They’d been promised paradise on earth. But what these settlers found after a devastating sea journey was a cold South American desert where nothing could survive except tribes of nomadic Indians, possibly intent on massacring them. Silas James fears he has been tricked into sacrificing everything he loves for another man’s impossible dream. But despite his hatred of the politically adept Edwyn Owen, and under the watchful eye of an Indian shaman, a new culture takes root. This is a lyrical and insightful evocation of the trials of the first Welsh Patagonian colonists as they battle to survive hunr, loss, and each other.”

Missy Frye presents Book Review: The Mailbox by Marybeth Whalen at Incurable Disease of Writing. Centered around the real and mysterious landmark on the coast of North Carolina, The Mailbox is, in Missy’s words, “a rich blend of folklore, faith, and the beauty of second chances.”

Kerrie presents Review: The White Gallows by Rob Kitchin at Mysteries in Paradise, a police procedural from a very accomplished Irish crime fiction writer.

JHS presents Book Review: Between Husbands and Friends at Colloquium. One of Nancy Thayer’s early works of fiction is the gripping story of a woman who, lonely and depressed, willingly engages in duplicitous behavior that threatens her relationship with her best friend, her husband’s relationship with his good friend, her marriage and, indeed, the life she has built for herself.

Jim Murdoch presents The Butterfly Collector by Frank McGavran at The Truth About Lies. Jim reviews the author’s “eclectic mix of short stories set in the Tri-State Region. They involve lawyers, hunters, old people and angels. The Butterfly Collector takes the reader into a kind of netherworld in which the seemingly ordinary serves as a doorway to another, stranger dimension. The dead return to life to confound their heirs, well-heeled suburbanites hunt deer with home-made spears across the broad expanses of their lawns, and a man retreats into silence when he realizes how colorless his life has been. There is a sense of loss at the core of many of the characters that we meet in these pages, but there is also humour and insight.”

Nishita presents Q and A / Slumdog Millionaire at Nishita’s Rants and Raves.

Joy presents Review: Never Without Hope by Michelle Sutton at Edgy Inspirational Romance, a Christian romance.

Missy Frye presents Book Review: Husbands May Come and Go but Friends are Forever at Incurable Disease of Writing. Sonny Solomon reviews Judith Marshall’s debut novel.

jasers presents Sacred by Dennis Lehane at jasers.com, a review of another work from the author of Mystic River that the reviewer liked so much, he decided to read more of Lehane’s books.

Ms. Smarty Pants presents Fear and Trembling by Amelie Nothomb at Ms. Smarty Pants Know It All. The main character goes to Japan to learn that the working life is absurd, but the reviewer felt the book helps readers “reach this same conclusion while staying right where we are.”

Pamela Olsen presents Review & Giveaway: The Life O’Reilly By Brian Cohen at Busy Moms Who Love to Read. The novel is, in Pamela’s opinion, “intense in a few spots (with some language) but, ultimately, a great love story about family, friends, and the meaning of life. This book seriously made me perform an assessment of me and mine.” Pamela thinks it will inspire other readers to do the same. You can enter to win a copy of The Life O’Reilly through July 23, 2010.

Young Adult Fiction

Jeanne presents Will Grayson, Will Grayson posted at Necromancy Never Pays, about two young men named, both of whom are named Will Grayson. One is homosexual and the other is heterosexual.

It has been my pleasure to host this edition of the Book Review Blog Carnival! Submissions are now being accepted for the August 22, 2010, edition which will be hosted at Busy Moms Who Love to Read. To peruse past editions, visit the Carnival archive.

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6 Comments

  1. Great Job JHS! I aspire to have a more organized post the next time I host! Hope you are having a great holiday!

  2. Thanks for hosting this holiday carnival! I am glad I found your blog and and looking forward to reading many of the reviews you listed — what a great selection!

  3. Wow! I shared a lot of book reviews. 😯 Thanks for including them in the carnival.

  4. Lovely carnival–I love the patriotic header and the bars between sections!

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