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"Here Is Where We Meet," by John Berger, is part narrative and part memoir. Starting in Portugal and traversing through London, Poland and Madrid, the story involves the narrator looking for his mother, who has been dead for 15 years. In his travels, he also meets other people from his life who are dead. Gorgeously written.

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The third volume in David Poyer's Civil War sea cycle brings us the battle between the Monitor and the Merrimack. "That Anvil of Our Souls" engages the great historical figures and characters from his previous books. A good read.

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Can things get better in the small and failing town of Ebb, Neb.? It all seems possible when a stranger comes to town and everything begins to change. "In the Land of Second Chances," by George Shaffner, is a delightful and charming story.

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Thirteen-year-old Miles O'Malley leaves his home one night in his kayak to explore the tidal flats of Puget Sound. He discovers a rare deep sea creature. "The Highest Tide," by Jim Lynch, is an enchanting story of passage out of childhood.

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"Eudora Welty: A Biography," by Suzanne Marrs, is an engaging and affectionate account of Welty's life and her writings. Her career spans decades of writing novels, novellas, reviews and essays, for which she received many awards. If you are a fan of Welty, this book is a must-read.

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Linny Ingram is not who she seems. Living in India in 1839, married to an English officer, she appears respectable and subservient. But she has a past that needs to be protected. "The Linnet Bird," by Linda Holeman, is an exciting read.

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Chet Raymo takes us up Mount Brandon, a holy mountain in Ireland, weaving in stories of folklore and natural history, spiritual and physical geographies. "Climbing Brandon" gives readers a good look at the spiritual and scientific aspects of Ireland's history.

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Elizabeth George's Inspector Thomas Lynley is back. "With No One As Witness" is a spellbinding suspense story. The fourth victim of a serial killing is found in a cemetery and the case is given to Lynley and his colleagues. A definite page-turner.

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If you are a fan of J.A. Jance's books, don't miss this one. Seattle detective J.P. Beaumont is back, and involved in a 50-year-old murder. It's heart-stopping suspense, with well-drawn characters and local flavor. If you like a good mystery, "Long Time Gone" is a must-read.

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"People often ask me what difference one person can make in the face of injustice, conflict, human rights violations, mass poverty and disease. I answer by citing the courage, tenacity, dignity and magnanimity of Nelson Mandela." Kofi A. Annan wrote this in a foreword to a collection of Mandela's speeches, "Nelson Mandela: In His Own Words."

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