Book review: 'Above the Waterfall' poetic, contemporary morality tale

After meeting acclaimed author Ron Rash at the 2013 Literary Sojourn, I vowed to read everything he publishes. I appreciate Rash’s work for his ability to mesmerize with atmospheric language and develop characters that haunt the reader long after closing the pages. Rash is a master of the southern gothic genre, and his latest novel, “Above the Waterfall,” published Sept. 8, fulfilled my high expectations.

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Book review: "Beneath the Surface" offers look into real world of captive aquatic mammals

If you had asked me as a child what I wanted to be when I grew up, I would have said what many children at the time said: a SeaWorld Trainer.

I desperately wanted to work with orca whales, but unlike many other children, I actually followed through with almost all the requirements necessary to follow that dream. My dreams, as with those of so many others, are echoed by John Hargrove, former killer whale trainer at SeaWorld, in his book “Beneath the Surface: Killer Whales, SeaWorld, and the Truth Beyond Blackfish.”

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Book review: 'House of Thieves' compelling work of historical fiction

This is the story of the Cross family in 1886. John Cross is a New York architect who benefits from the help of his aunt, Caroline Astor. With this connection, the Cross family is quickly becoming part of New York City's elite society, with many events to attend and people to see.

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September 2015 Staff Picks

"There comes a time when you have to choose between turning the page and closing the book." ~Josh Jameson. For our September Staff Picks, we have page-turners for all ages with many soon to be published books to choose from.

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Two great reads to close out summer

Jennie Lay offers a review of two books to end your summer reading list, "Circling the Sun" by Paula McLain and "Big Magic" by Elizabeth Gilbert. Ms. Lay is the adult programs coordinator at the Bud Werner Memorial Library.

This article first appeared in the Steamboat Pilot and Today

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