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Sonderbooks #51

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Welcome to Sonderbooks, an e-zine of book reviews by Sondra Eklund.
In this site, you can find good books for yourself or for friends.
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April 8, 2003


***The Botany of Desire, by Michael Pollan
Musings on the relationships between people and plants
***It's a Bunny-Eat-Bunny World, by Olga Litowinsky
A guide to the world of children's book publishing.
***The Big Book of Knitting, by Katharina Buss
A complete reference book for knitters


****Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons, by Lorna Landvik
A novel covering thirty years of friendship between five women in a book club
****The Far Side of Evil, by Sylvia Louise Engdahl
A visitor from an advanced civilization tries to stop a planet from nuclear war

Young Adult Fiction

**Phoning a Dead Man, by Gillian Cross
A teen searches in Siberia for the truth about her brother's death.

Children's Nonfiction

****1000 Play Thinks, by Ivan Moskovich
A big book of puzzles to enjoy
***DK Eyewitness Guides:  Islam, by Philip Wilkinson
Basic facts and photographs about the history and culture of Islam

Old Favorite

(Young Adult Fiction): *****The Thief, by Megan Whalen Turner
A thief is taken out of prison to steal an important artifact

Picture Book Pick

****William Tell, retold and illustrated by Margaret Early
A beautiful and complete retelling of the legend of William Tell

Quotation of the Week

“Sometimes life’s like a bad waiter and serves you exactly what you don’t want.
You can cry and scream and order him to take it back,
but in the end, you’re the one who has to deal with what’s finally set before you.”
--Lorna Landvik in Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons
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