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Bloomsbury Books

"The Craggy Hole in My Heart and the Cat Who Fixed It" — by Geneen Roth.

So often it is through loving and being loved by a pet — - in Geneen Roth's case, her huge male cat named Blanche - that we learn — new ways of understanding each other, the world we live in, and ourselves. —

In short, often hilarious, always touching chapters, Roth — shares her deepest fears and wildest joys.

We meet her adored father, her seemingly distant mother, — her everyone-should-have-such-a-partner, Matt - each a major player in — this best-selling author's struggle to be able to say at the end of this — thoroughly satisfying book, "Nothing is the way I thought it would be. — It's better."

As for Mister Blanche - look out, cat lovers! You're going — to fall hard! - Marilyn

"Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim" by David Sedaris.

I prefer to read books that send me into the depths of — despair. But occasionally it's nice to read something fun! Sedaris' new — book has his usual twisted perversion coupled with his light-hearted manner. —

I may not have been screaming with laughter, but it's — safe to say I experienced chuckles galore! Of his books, "Naked" is my — favorite, but "Dress Your Family.. " is one no Sedaris fan should miss, — - Christopher

"Chasing Shakespeares" by Sarah Smith.

If you have ever entertained any curiosity over the controversy — of the "real" Shakespeare, Smith presents the facts and the rumors, wrapped — in a delightful mystery.

This is a great read that will give you a great deal to — talk about later. - Sheila

Bookwagon —

"Samurai's Garden" by Gail Tsukiyama.

Gail Tsukiyama has the marvelous ability to remain completely — in the background as a writer. With her deceptively simplistic but eloquent — prose, she allows her characters to take center stage and the story line — unfolds effortlessly and naturally.

Consequently, the reader is free to feel the full emotional — impact of the story at its pivotal moments.

"Trunk Music" by Michael Connelly

This is one of the best of the Harry Bosch mysteries. — Harry Bosch is a Los Angles homicide detective, but he is such a loner — that the books read more like hard-boiled private eye novels. Other good — titles in this same series with Harry Bosch are "Black Echo," "The Concrete — Blonde" and "The Last Coyote."

Tightly woven plots and gritty, realistic characters make — these better than the average mystery novel.

"Stillness Speaks" by Eckhart Tolle

In the introduction to his book, "Stillness Speaks," Eckhart — Tolle states that a true spiritual teacher does not have anything to teach. — The teacher does not have anything to give or add to you, such as new — information, beliefs or rules of conduct.

The only function of such a teacher is to help remove — that which separates you from the truth of who you already are and what — you already know in the depth of your being.

The book is full of clear, concise entries of great spiritual — wisdom from the author of "The Power of Now" that can help each of us — find for ourselves the inner peace and stillness that is within us.