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17 more reviews were posted to MostlyFiction.com today. Click on the book cover to read the review; click on reviewer's name to learn more about the reviewer.

THE STORY OF MY BALDNESS
by Marek van de Jagt
Reviewed by Mary Whipple

Good ribald tongue-in-cheek coming-of-age story.

THE SALT ROADS
by Nalo Hopkinson
Reviewed by Josh Aterovis

Ezili, the African goddess of love, becomes entangled in the lives of three Caribbean women. A globe-spanning time traveling odyssey.

THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US
by Masha Hamilton
Reviewed by Jana L. Perskie

A foreign correspondent's facade of emotional invincibility is shattered by the death of a colleague when they are ambushed.

A WINDOW ACROSS THE RIVER
by Brian Morton
Reviewed by Mary Whipple

Raises the question most writers ask themselves at some point: is it OK to follow your muse when the artistic result may hurt your loved ones?

SEVEN BLESSINGS
by Ruchama King
Reviewed by Jana L. Perskie

Two Orthodox Jewish matchmakers strive busily to marry off their neighbors in this bustling debut novel set in modern-day Jerusalem.

THE QUEEN OF THE SOUTH
by Arturo Perez-Reverte
Reviewed by Mary Whipple

A remarkable tale, that spans continents, from the dusty streets of Mexico to the sparkling waters off the coast of Morocco, to Spain and the Strait of Gibraltar. A sweeping story set to the irresistible beat of the drug smugglers' ballads, it encompasses sensuality and cruelty, love and betrayal, as its heroine's story unfolds.

LOVERS OF ALGERIA
by Anouar Benmalek
Reviewed by Mary Whipple

A breathless story of love and survival in war-torn Algeria-past and present.

THE QUINCE SEED POTION
by Morteza Baharloo
Reviewed by Jana L. Perskie

Set against the backdrop of Iran's turbulent modern history and spanning the years 1928 to 1981; it is a saga of the devotion and love, violence and humiliation in the life of Sarveali Jokar, a servant to a great dynastic family of rural landowners.

CALIFORNIA GIRL
by T. Jefferson Parker
Reviewed by Judi Clark

California in the 1960s, and the winds of change are raging. Orange groves uprooted for tract houses, people flooding into Orange County, strange new ideas in the air about war, music, sex, and drugs, and new influences, ranging from Richard Nixon to Timothy Leary.

For the Becker brothers, however, the past is always present.

THE NAUTICAL CHART
by Arturo Perez-Reverte
Reviewed by Hagen Baye

A treasure hunt for a Jesuit ship sunk by pirates off the coast of Spain is the plot on which this novel turns, but a love story is the real heart of this nicely crafted, carefully told adventure.

LITTLE SCARLET
by Walter Mosley
Reviewed by Judi Clark

Set in the summer of 1965 right after the riots took over South L.A., Easy Rawlins investigates a murder and explores the results of the riots on himself and his people.

MISSING PEACE: THE INSIDE STORY OF THE FIGHT FOR THE MIDDLE EAST PEACE
by Dennis B. Ross
Reviewed by Jana L. Perskie

The definitive and gripping account of the sometimes exhilarating, often tortured twists and turns in the Middle East peace process, viewed from the front row by one of its major players.

HOW ISRAEL LOST: THE FOUR QUESTIONS
by Richard Ben Cramer
Reviewed by Jana L. Perskie

A wise and courageous book from this Pulitzer Prize winning author as he dares to discuss Israel's activities in the occupied territory and the viability of an independent Palestinian State.

A TALE OF LOVE AND DARKNESS
by Amos Oz
Reviewed by Mary Whipple

Tragic, comic, and utterly honest, this extraordinary memoir is at once a great family saga and a magical self-portrait of a writer who witnessed the birth of a nation and lived through its turbulent history.

THE PEARL DIVER
by Sujata Massey
Reviewed by Cindy Lynn Speer

A multi layered, suspenseful story complete with the intrigue, romance, and rich Asian cultural background that her fans have come to relish.

FOR THE DOGS
by Kevin Wignall
Reviewed by Jana L. Perskie

A gritty novel about fate, tragic loss and retribution featuring one hit man who does want to be and one innocent woman who desires revenge.

BRIMSTONE
by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
Reviewed by Cindy Lynn Speer

As FBI Special Agent Pendergast immerses himself in the investigation of an art critic's bizarre murder, he conjures up clues pointing to the Devil as the culprit.

Plus, read an excerpt from The Genomics Age: How DNA Technology is Transforming the Way We Live and Who We Are by Gina Smith

Science journalist and former ABC News technology correspondent, Gina Smith bases her book on exclusive interviews with 23 pioneers in the field of genetic research, including such luminaries as James D. Watson, Francis Collins, and Cynthia Kenyon.

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