Linda's first go-round at the Owl was fall 2005 - winter 2007. After a hiatus for other work, she came back in January of 2011, and she's loved every minute of it! Her favorite genres have been legal suspense and books with well-defined, many-layered characters. Since reading Devil in the White City and Unbroken, she's become a big fan of historical writing as well. She feels privileged to be able to work with the wonderful staff at The Owl and to have the opportunity to interact with the faithful and neophyte customers who walk through our door.
Linda recommends: There are few things better than settling in for a story filled with raw and real human emotion and characters who are as flawed and as confused as I am! This was a somewhat dark page-turner that taunted me as each chapter brought me closer to the event that was foreshadowed early on in the story. I look forward to Ms. Haynes' next offering!
In her usual inimitable style, Picoult speaks in several voices in her newest novel. A young woman enlists the aid of a former police detective and a washed-up psychic to find her mother, an elephant researcher and activist who disappeared when the young woman was just a baby. We are not only pulled in by the plight of the young woman as she tries to figure out what happened to her mother, we are treated to fascinating information about elephants' behavior and emotions and about the sanctuaries that have saved them and given them a new lease on life.
Linda says: A book that makes you wonder, "If I could go back to any part of my past to relive it, what would it be?" Jam Gallahue is sent to a therapeutic boarding school to work through a painful time in her recent past. Along with her classmates in a special English class, she discovers that there is a realm where the past is restored. Wolitzer has written an undeniably brilliant story with realistically drawn characters you truly care for. It is a story of hope and promise and endurance through the difficult times.