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Readers' choices

"Our Choice" book reviews are written by the staff — of local booksellers.

Bloomsbury Books —

"The Time Traveler's Wife" by Audrey Niffenegger. Romantics — who long for a good love story that's not sugar-coated or Disneyesque — will love this tale of Henry, who suffers from time-travel disease, and — his highly unusual lifelong romance with Claire. While Henry's age is — in flux, Claire ages normally. If it sounds improbable, it's rescued by — Niffenegger's lovely writing and the perfect bittersweet ending. - Sheila. —

"The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time" by — Mark Haddon. The story is narrated by Christopher Boone, a 15-year old — autistic mathematical genius, falsely accused of killing his neighbor's — dog. He sets out to track down the real killer.

Overwhelmed by the world around him, he is also confronted — by a larger family mystery, and must struggle with the reality of a startling — deception.

Mark Haddon has written a touching and poignant first — novel, with a protagonist that will capture your heart. - Anita.

"Brick Lane" by Monica Ali. This incredible first novel — is topping best-seller lists and winning literary prizes in Britain. It — is the story of a woman, born in Bangladesh and transported to London — by an arranged marriage, and her quest to find her voice. Ali is witty, — compassionate, wise and unique. You will never want her book to end. - — Sheila.

"In The Lake of the Woods" by Tim O'Brien. A truly fine — novel - disturbing, deep and filled with dark secrets. John Wade suppresses — the unspoken horror of Vietnam and his childhood years, but in the end — the fissure that comes from the deceit is unstoppable. O'Brien is lucid — and gripping; Wade's downfall from promising politician to suspected murderer — is felt by the reader to be the only conclusion to Vietnam's aftermath. — - Nancy.

"The Sparrow" by Mary Doria Russell. A powerful novel — - uplifting, disturbing, and so compelling that I couldn't put it down. — The story takes place in Puerto Rico, Naples and Rakhat (four light years — away) and combines science fiction, mystery, and spirituality.

"The Sparrow" has intelligent, engaging characters and — an intriguing plot that raises difficult questions but doesn't patronize — the reader with pat answers. It is written with wit and great compassion — for "the long dark night of the soul" which is such a part of the human — experience. - Marilyn.

Bookwagon —

"The Red Tent" by Anita Diamant

If you're looking for exquisite writing coupled with an — unforgettable story, I highly recommend this novel.

Set in biblical times, this is the story of Dinah and — her four mothers. Dinah, daughter of Jacob and sister to Joseph, was but — briefly mentioned in the book or Genesis. Now, this enriching novel gives — readers the untold story of how women, lived, loved, and suffered in a — time of turmoil and strife. - Lisa.

"Ship of Gold in the Deep Blue Sea" by Gary Kinder. Kinder — spent ten years researching and writing this true adventure of the salvage — of the SS Central America, a side wheel steamer that went down in a hurricane — in 1857 with 21 tons of California gold on board. A fascinating account — of a great treasure hunt. - Carl.

"Lonesome Dove" by Larry McMurtry. This Pulitzer Prize — winning novel, is, to borrow a cliche, a great American novel. It is the — story of a bunch of Texas Rangers who decide to go on a cattle drive, — and start a ranch in Montana.

The Characters are so vividly drawn; you won't want the — book to end. This is a book worth reading again. It is also a well made — TV miniseries with Tommy Lee Jones and Robert Duvall in the lead roles. — - Carl.