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The Early Word: New Books for the Week of April 13, 2009

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Thanks for the memoirs… 


I Love You, Miss Huddleston: And Other Inappropriate Longings of My Indiana Childhood
By Philip Gulley

Call it Hoosier humor that travels well. Quaker pastor-author Philip Gulley writes a Jean Shepherd-style memoir set in 1970's Danville, Indiana where we get to know "Norm and Gloria's boy," who played pranks, mowed lawns for Quaker widows, worshipped — mostly from afar — the girls of Danville, and daydreamed about the titular teacher Huddleston. The less said about his inappropriate activities with a mannequin named Ginger, the better. In more realistic relationships we get to meet Gulley’s pals Peanut and Suds, Cousin Pooner and sister Chick, assorted citizens like Officer Charley and Orville the grocer, and an arthritic and deaf police dog. We also soak in the local color as we travel to such hot spots and happenings as a neighborhood funeral parlor, a 4-H Club carnival, and an outhouse or two. Talk about your “Inappropriate Longings.” Whatever the case, Gulley makes it all come alive with wit, evocation, and a copy of the restraining order in I Love You, Miss Huddleston: And Other Inappropriate Longings of My Indiana Childhood.

Abigail and John: Portrait of a Marriage
By Edith Gelles

Just When I Thought I'd Dropped My Last Egg: Life and Other Calamities
By Kathie Lee Gifford

Eight Little Faces: A Mom's Journey
By Kate Gosselin

The Horse Boy: A Father's Quest to Heal his Son
Rupert Isaacson

By Tori Spelling, Hilary Liftin

Cartwheels in a Sari: A Memoir of Growing Up Cult
By Jayanti Tamm

Hard Time & Nursery Rhymes: A Mother's Tales of Law and Disorder
By Claudia Trupp


Look Again
By Lisa Scottoline

Living an ordinary life with her son, Pennsylvania reporter Ellen Gleeson is the quintessence of novelistic contentment until she receives a "Have You Seen This Child?" circular in the mail. The age-progressed picture of an abducted Florida boy, Timothy Braverman, bears a striking resemblance to her three-year-old adopted son, Will. Instead of shrugging it off as mere happenstance, Gleeson’s personal and professional instincts kick in, and a hunch becomes an object of obsession, coercing her into an investigation. Is Will really Timothy, missing since infancy? Ellen has to know, so she jeopardizes her newspaper job by secretly researching the Braverman case, and lets the complications ensue: discovering the lawyer who handled her adoption of Will has committed suicide; while Will's supposed birth mother, Amy Martin, dies of a heroin overdose; and Amy's old boyfriend turns out to look like the man who kidnapped Timothy. And of course, Ellen can’t just stand idly by – she flies to Miami to get DNA samples from Timothy's biological parents, all part and parcel of Lisa Scottoline’s devious plan to make Look Again a promising and thrilling tension-builder. With a twist or two. Ha – made ya look!

Prayers for Sale
By Sandra Dallas

Boneman's Daughters
By Ted Dekker

Bloodhound (The Provost's Dog Series #2)
By Tamora Pierce

The Geometry of Sisters
By Luanne Rice

The Weight of Heaven
By Thrity Umrigar

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