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I Am C-3PO - The Inside Story: Foreword by J.J. Abrams Cover Image
ISBN: 9781465498267
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Published: DK - November 3rd, 2020

Star Wars. Those two words conjure up so much for each of us with iconic characters ~ Yoda. Qui-Gon, Obi-Wan and Anakin. Luke, Leia and Han. Poe, Finn and Rey. Everyone's favorite Protocol Droid ~ C-3PO. Yes there is an actor inside the famous gold suit. This book is a captivating look at the world of Star Wars through the eyes of the extremely talented actor who brought C-3PO to life and portrayed him all 9 movies, specials and spin-offs. A must read for all Star Wars fans.

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World Wild Vet: Encounters in the Animal Kingdom Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250314482
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. - October 27th, 2020

Travel the world with Dr. Evan Antin! The book starts with having a semester abroad in Australia where he introduces us to his passions: education and conservation. He seeks out wildlife, mostly the non-cuddly venomous reptile types! Tag along to destinations including the Galapagos, Africa and the Philippines while Dr. Antin makes videos about the importance of conservation. The story starts with him an excited student and ends with him as a practicing vet who volunteers the world over. This is a very inspiring read for anyone who loves animals.

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Christmas at the Island Hotel: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062911285
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - October 20th, 2020

It was lovely to spend time back on the island of Mure. This time Christmas is a much happier affair. We are introduced to new characters and get to catch up with our favorite residents. Very much hoping there's still more to come from the small island.

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The Growing Season: How I Built a New Life--and Saved an American Farm Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593129395
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Published: Ballantine Books - August 25th, 2020

An honest and sometimes shocking account of her life. The nearly unbelievable and startling childhood shaped her resolve and her work ethic. As young lady, Sarah started a business in a men's dominated field with next to nothing and created an empire. This is truly an American "Rags to Riches" story.

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A Keeper: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781982117771
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Published: Washington Square Press - August 25th, 2020

This book is definitely a page-turner with many intense twists and turns. The writer switches from then to now or past to present bringing rural Ireland to life. The characters are complex and some are surrounded in mystery. I couldn't put it down. 

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The Unexpected Genius of Pigs Cover Image
ISBN: 9780008383893
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Published: HarperCollins - June 23rd, 2020

The author and his wife decide to add two mini pigs to their family. Butch and Roxie arrive in a cat basket, however they start growing at an alarming rate. In no time, they learn there is no such thing as a mini pig, as they make the move from inside the house to an enclosure in the garden. This book is fast paced, often funny, and by the end you may begin to question, like the author, never eating meat again. Speaking with Professor Mike Mendl and pig breeder Wendy Scudamore, Whyman is keen to learn all he can about the extremely smart, very social, playful and talkative family members as he seeks to ensure their wellbeing. A must read for animal lovers.

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The Talented Mr. Varg: A Detective Varg Novel (2) (Detective Varg Series #2) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781524748968
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Published: Pantheon - April 28th, 2020

The second installment in The Department of Sensitive Crimes was just as good as I hoped it would be! I will be telling everyone to read this series by one of the best storytellers. How long until the third installment?!

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Lady in Waiting: My Extraordinary Life in the Shadow of the Crown Cover Image
ISBN: 9780306846366
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Published: Hachette Books - March 24th, 2020

This autobiography was utterly fascinating. It's a must read book that reads like a novel. Lady Anne tells the story of a bygone era. She grew up playing with her neighbors, the Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret. She and Margaret would go on to be lifelong friends. She served as her Lady in Waiting for 30 years. If you are looking for juicy tidbits about Princess Margaret this is not the book for you, however I came away with a greater respect for the princess. Lady Anne's life is surreal. She tells of going to Scotland to avoid the air raids in World War II to being a traveling salesman after the war. She goes from the highest of highs to the lowest of lows, often in the same day! She was a Maid of Honor to the Queen for her coronation and slept on the floor that night. This is a look at how the aristocracy used to live. From hunting parties with the King, not being allowed to inherit, developing the Caribbean island of Mustique and finally living in a cottage in the shadows of the family home Holkham Hall.

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The Department of Sensitive Crimes: A Detective Varg Novel (1) (Detective Varg Series #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525565673
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Published: Anchor - February 4th, 2020

The beloved author is back with a new series. Set in Malmo Sweden, this series features a new detective named Ulf Varg in the Department of Sensitive Crimes. He works with three others and picks up a fourth coworker along the way. This book is filled with McCall Smith's signature characters, compassion, humanity, wisdom, humor, and thought provoking prose. Reminiscent of Mma Ramotswe in Africa and Isabel Dalhousie in Scotland, Ulf Varg is the master storyteller at his best.

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Animalkind: Remarkable Discoveries about Animals and Revolutionary New Ways to Show Them Compassion Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781501198540
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Published: Simon & Schuster - January 7th, 2020

A very readable book on how we treat animals and how we could treat animals. The book is written in two sections. The first is Remarkable Discoveries About Animals - navigation, intelligence, communication, love, play and personality among others. The second section is Revolutionary New Ways to Show Them Compassion. Numerous studies are cited in both sections as well as websites and apps to help you navigate a new way of thinking. I love this book. Start where you are now and implement changes one at a time or jump right in.

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The Girl Who Reads on the Métro: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250315427
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Published: Flatiron Books - October 8th, 2019

This is a short novel set in Paris featuring a girl who rides the Metro. She loves books and invents stories about the other people she sees reading on the Metro. On day she changes her daily routine and ends up going down a lane and into a surreal situation.  It's all about the power of the written word and joining those words with the right person.

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