BiblioBites is an occasional series of mini book reviews - here's the latest edition! The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers This is a moving and detailed account of a soldier’s experiences in Iraq worthy of comparison to All Quiet On the Western Front.  This book is finding its way into Book Clubs and Community Reads (ex: MSU and the Town of East Lansing) with good reason.  Given the gradual emerging awareness of PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) readers will come to understand that the casualties of war are not always the dead and the families of soldiers are soldiers in their own personal war as a result.  Accounts are graphic and horrific, readers will be drawn to the characters as many can sadly relate to knowing someone who went to war and came back forever changed. Swimming at Night - Lucy Clarke This is a “sister” story. Following the death of their mother, two sisters move in together and try to make a “go” of life as a new family.  But its not very long before they realize that they are such completely different people that it's unlikely to work - Katie has always been the sensible one, Mia the free spirit, and so when Mia takes off on a moment's notice with a friend for a sudden trip around the world, Katie breaks ties and stops communicating with her.  Months later Mia is reported as an apparent suicide in Bali and Katie is forced to make a decision - accept what has happened, or refuse to believe that Mia could be capable of suicide in a country that was not even on her original planned itinerary - it's a mystery with plot twists that thicken!  Featuring exotic locales and a “can’t-put-it-down” pace, the reader will try to solve the mystery along with Katie who has nothing more that her sister’s backpack and travelogue to guide her. The Art Forger by B.A Shapiro Somerville Reads is over and you still haven't read The Art Forger?  What are you waiting for?  Shapiro weaves an interesting tale set in Boston and Europe over the course of three centuries and gives us a cross section of plausible plots involving art and artists, and how museum and personal collections are developed, repaired, copied? (gasp!) and sold.  Readers will relate to the struggles of Claire Roth, the main character whose artistic talent has been burdened by bad personal choices, and who is now faced with a moral dilemma that threatens her rise to fame.  Those of us who were fortunate to have seen the Gardner collection in its entirety prior to the heist of the century, those born after the theft but drawn into the mystery, art lovers, history buffs, and anyone with an opinion about what really happened and who was allegedly involved will love this book!

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