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Clytia's Reviews

Clytia is an ardent reader, and she has worked at Bookshop Santa Cruz for the last 14 years.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Lost Letter by Jillian Cantor

A letter written in 1939 and found 50 years later is the inspiration for The Lost Letter. It’s a modern-day mystery mixed with historical fiction. Katie’s father is in a nursing home; when she takes his stamp collection to be evaluated, it turns out there is a story bigger than the value of this rare stamp. This sets her off to Germany find out the rest of the story. I love a love story mixed with a mystery and I found this one to be a compelling read. - Clytia                               

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The Lost Letter: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780399185687
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Published: Riverhead Books - June 12th, 2018

Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate

Based on a historical scandal, this book is about coming of age in the 1940's and includes a modern day mystery. Georgia Tann, director of the Tennessee Children's Home Society, is kidnapping and selling children to wealthy families all over the county. Riveting and at times wrenching, it's ultimately uplifting and reminds us that the heart doesn't forget. - Clytia

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Before We Were Yours: A Novel Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780425284681
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Published: Ballantine Books - June 6th, 2017

The Life She Was Given by Ellen Marie Wiseman

This is a beautiful story about love, friendship, elephants, the circus, and a mystery concerning a family history of abuse. The story is told by two women, with equally compelling voices, decades apart. It's heartbreaking, with moments of joy. I like having my heart tugged by what I’m reading, but if you’ve enjoyed my other recommendations, you'll love this one. - Clytia

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ISBN: 9781617734496
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Published: Kensington - July 25th, 2017

The Atomic Weight of Love by Elizabeth Church

A moving story about a woman who gives up her own ornithological studies to follow her husband to his secret assignment at Los Alamos. But when she meets a Vietnam vet, she comes to realize there are choices she never thought possible. I really liked this one! - Clytia

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The Atomic Weight of Love: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781616206901
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Published: Algonquin Books - March 7th, 2017

Keeping Watch by Laurie R. King

A Vietnam vet returns home and finds his specialty is rescuing children from abusive situations. It’s the only job that provides the adrenaline he needs that matches the war.  Keeping Watch  takes psychological suspense to its highest level. It’s also the best book I’ve read that conveys the psychological horrors of that war and it’s my favorite Laurie King stand-alone title. —Clytia

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$16.00
ISBN: 9780553382525
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Published: Bantam - February 3rd, 2004

A Match to the Heart by Gretel Ehrlich

This is an amazing look into what happens to the human body when it is struck by lightning. After being struck by lightning for the second time, this chronicles the physical, emotional and spiritual consequences of this event. She also examines the fascinating ecosystem of the human heart. This is one you won’t forget. –Clytia

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A Match to the Heart: One Woman's Story of Being Struck By Lightning Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780140179378
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Published: Penguin Books - June 1st, 1995

Modoc by Ralph Helfer

This has to be one of my favorite true animal stories. It’s a Disney movie waiting to happen. It would be fun to read out loud on a car trip, but there’s no wrong way to enjoy this timeless story of friendship.  

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Modoc: The True Story of the Greatest Elephant That Ever Lived Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780060929510
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Published: Harper Perennial - August 26th, 1998

Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult

I’ve read most of Jodi Picoult’s books and this one definitely puts her at the top of her game. It doesn’t hurt that I have a “thing” for elephants. A lost human mother, grieving elephants, and a surprise ending (of course), all make this a book you will have a hard time putting down. Highly recommended!
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Leaving Time: A Novel Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780345544926
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Published: Ballantine Books - October 14th, 2014

Fever by Mary Beth Keane

This is a bold and compassionate story about the woman known as Typhoid Mary. In this telling, Mary Mallon is a compelling, outspoken, and unforgettable heroine who suffered multiple injustices. This book is infectious, and a darn good read.
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Fever: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781451693423
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Published: Scribner - March 18th, 2014

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