August 21st, 2010

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Ice by Sarah Beth Durst

Far to the north in the ice and snow of the Arctic plains is the Eastern Beaufort Research Sea Station, it’s head scientist, and his daughter, Cassandra “Cassie” Dasent. Her grandmother moved away years ago and her mother is gone. To explain her absence, Cassie has been raised with bedtime fairy tales about a Polar Bear King, the North Wind, and his only daughter. The stories are romantic and distracting, meant to ease Cassie’s loss despite her father’s displeasure at his mother-in-law filling his daughter’s head with nonsense. And so the stories are told during stolen moments in the hours when Cassie’s father is busy at the lab, when her grandmother tucks her into bed and orates what Cassie believes to be nothing more than fairy tale…

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Mary Poppins

Book recommendations?

Hello again!

I'm looking for some good books set in eighteenth/nineteenth century America/Canada. A lot of what I've been able to find so far has centred around particular events (usually the Civil War), and that's not really what I'm looking for this time. I'm a big fan of Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House books, and the ones about her daughter Rose; I also really love the TV series "Dr Quinn: Medicine Woman", and so I'd love something along those lines - focusing more on life in general in that part of the world, rather than a major historical event, if that makes sense. Also, preferably female-centric, although I'm flexible if it's good. I'm just not looking for anything focused on the military/politics.

Also, I've heard of the books written later about Wilder's mother/grandmother/etc., and I'm wondering if those are worth checking out?

Thanks in advance!
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travel narratives

I love well-written travel narratives. Some of my favorite writers in this genre are Bill Bryson, Tony Horwitz, Peter Hessler, and J. Maarten Troost.

Anybody have any recommendations for other authors in this vein? Thanks!

Werewolfs

Hey guys!
So I have been captured by a craving to read something about werewolves or wolves in general.  Any recommendations? I don't much care what genre it is as long as it has strong characters and a good plot-line (this of course excludes Shiver by maggie... which only hinted at a decent plot-line but never delivered.)
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