The Ballad of Tom Dooley: A Ballad Novel
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Do you ever wonder where some of the old-time folk song lyrics came from in history? The author proceeds to combine historical research and her own account of what may have transpired behind the words to “Hang down your head Tom Dooley…” and it makes a compelling tale told partly from the personal story of Pauline Foster an unwed and unhappy young woman in 1866 around Wilkes County, North Carolina following the Civil War.
The Dog Who Danced
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We start off traveling in an 18-wheeler towards Boston with Justine Meade and her dog Mack Blue Merle Shetland Sheepdog. Events transpire that cause them to be separated and the story of the bond between them and healing power of unconditional love as they navigate back towards each other is wonderfully told. What can we learn about ourselves and our relationship to the world through partnerships with animals is touchingly explored.
The Beginner's Goodbye
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Anne Tyler has written her nineteenth novel in the same bright style that pulls the reader into the heart of her characters in this story. Aaron is a middle-aged editor who undergoes a traumatic widowhood. He must try to see past the event and find his footing in an unclear world. While his house is being remodeled and repaired so must also be feelings regarding his wife and those who are still actively remaining in his small neighborhood of friends and family.
Dragons Wild
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So Griffen finally graduates from college with a lackadaisical academic career and hopes to land a comfortable job with his Uncle Mal who has supported him and his sister Valerie after their parents died. His interview is an eye opening jolt and derails his best intentions in a decidedly unexpected fashion. What if you found out you were a possible dragon and under potential pursuit by others of your kind? This first book in this series uses humor to make the situation charming.

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