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Horse Sanctuary by Allison Milionis
Horse Sanctuary by Allison Milionis
As someone involved in animal rescue, I found this book utterly compelling. But I believe it will appeal to all animal lovers, many of whom may not be aware of the animal rescue world, and in this case, specifically the world of horse and donkey rescue.

The horse world is full of horror -- animals discarded when they outlive their usefulness, or left to suffer from neglect and abuse, only to end up terrified in kill lots or shipped long distances without food or water to slaughterhouses.

Against this backdrop, heroic souls work to save as many as they can. The book highlights the personal stories of people who get involved in rescue, often giving up comfortable lives… Read more
A Stone for Benjamin by Fiona Gold Kroll
A Stone for Benjamin by Fiona Gold Kroll
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Deeply Moving Story, Dec 6 2013
Author Fiona Gold Kroll began her quest with a photo and a misspelled name, and from those slim beginnings she determinedly sought to bring her great-uncle Benjamin's life and story to light.

Benjamin, his wife and children vanished in France during the time of the Vichy government in WWII and presumably perished in the Holocaust, but his surviving family members didn't know for certain what became of them. The reader is taken along on the author's journey -- both virtual, as she tracks down crucial information via the Internet; and physical, as she journeys to Poland, France and Israel. Bit by bit Fiona Gold Kroll uncovers the heart-rending details of happened to Benjamin and… Read more
Half-Blood Blues: A Novel by Esi Edugyan
Half-Blood Blues: A Novel by Esi Edugyan
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Esi Edugyan's novel was shortlisted for 4 major literary prizes and won one of them, the Giller Prize, for good reason. The story focuses on jazz musicians in Europe between the the two world wars, and sheds light on a fascinating but little known quirk of history: black Germans, the offspring of German women and African soldiers from French colonies who were sent to occupy the Rhineland after WWI. One of these, Hiero, is a musical genius and the plot revolves in part around him and his mysterious disappearance.

The narrator, Sid, is an African-American bass player playing jazz in Germany in a legendary combo along with Hiero. He's been criticized by at least one influential… Read more