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"What We Talk About When We Talk About Love" by Raymond Carver
Join Carver in his second collection of stories as he rightly celebrates those characters that others too often consider peripheral.
"Man at the Helm" by Nina Stibbe
The first novel from a remarkably gifted writer with a voice all her own, "Man at the Helm" is a hilarious and occasionally heart-breaking portrait of childhood in an unconventional family.
I bought this book to read on a flight from Seattle to Los Angeles and my flight was held over for six hours due to problems with the plane. What would have usually been a boring and grueling six hour wait at Seatak Airport, ended up actually kind of nice because of 'Echoes Across Time'. I loved this book. It was very entertaining.
In short, it's about a young woman named Mara going on a cross-cultural/spiritual adventure. It's kind of like Carlos Castaneda meets Dora the Explorer. It was such a pleasure to read. I could especially relate to the character of Mara, because she's constantly having to surrender herself to the mystery unraveling around her, and to what seems to be the guidance of a higher design. It made me take a look at my own life, as if every seeming random event might have a reason or a meaning, even long layovers in airports. Also, I really like how Malayna Dawn introduces in the story many different cultural and spiritual viewpoints. Throughout the book, the character of Mara seems to keep a keen focus on the similarities of differing cultures and religions, rather than be critical of their differences. That's so refreshing, and needed, especially in this day and age.
Overall, it was a great read. I'd recommend this book to anybody who likes a good, fast paced mystery and archaeological adventure story...and I hope there are more adventure stories from Malayna Dawn to come.
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