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Author takes readers on a trip down the Nile

“Down The Nile” by Rosemary Mahoney.

Mahoney was determined to take a solo trip down the Egyptian Nile in a small boat, even though civil unrest and vexing local conditions conspired to create obstacles every step of the way.

Starting off in the south she gained the unlikely sympathy and respect of a Muslim sailor, who provided her with both a 7-foot skiff and a window into the culturally and materially impoverished lives of rural Egyptians. Mahoney endures extreme heat during the day, and a terror of crocodiles while alone in her boat at night.



Whether she’s confronting deeply held beliefs about non-Muslim women, finding connections to past chroniclers of the Nile, or coming to the dramatic realization that fear can engender unwarranted violence, Mahoney’s informed curiosity about the world, her glorious prose, and her wit never fail to captivate.

“The Year We Disappeared” by Cylin Busby and John Busby.




This is the extraordinary true story of a family, a brutal shooting and the year that would change their lives forever.

When Cylin Busby was 9 years old, she loved Izod shirts, the muppets, and her pet box turtle. Then in the space of a night, everything changed. Her police officer father, John, was driving to his midnight shift when someone pulled up and leveled a shotgun at his window.

Overnight, the Busbys went from being the family next door to one under 24-hour armed guard, with police escorts to and from school and no contact with friends, because the shooter was loose and still a threat. With their lives unraveling around them and few choices remaining for a future that could ever be secure, the Busby family left everything and everyone they had ever known, and simply disappeared.

As told by both father and daughter, this harrowing, at times heartbreaking account of a shooting and its aftermath shows a young girl trying to make sense of the unthinkable, and the family’s triumph in the face of crisis.

“Land of a Hundred Wonders” by Lesley Kagen.

The cicadas are humming, and it’s so warm even the frogs are sweating the summer Gibby McGraw catches her bib break. Brain damaged after a tragic car accident that took both her parents, Gibby is NQR (Not Quite Right), a real challenge for a fledgling newspaper reporter, especially when she stumbles upon the dead body of the next governor of Kentucky, Buster Malloy.

Armed with her trusty blue spiral notebook, Gibby figures that solving the murder might be her best chance to prove to everyone, that she can become Quite Right again. A truly enjoyable read that is poignant, compelling and hilarious.

“Tree of Smoke” By Dennis Johnson.

This is the story of William “Skip” Sands, CIA, engaged in Psychological Operations against the Vietcong, and the disasters that befall him. It is also the story of the Houston brothers, Bill and James, young men who drift out of the Arizona desert and into a war where the line between disinformation and delusion has blurred away.

With many levels of symbolism, this is a war story that depicts the private battles within battles and is humane and tragic and a masterpiece.

“Pirate’s Daughter” by Margaret Cezair-Thompson.

Cezair-Thompson conjures the tragic glamour of golden-age Hollywood against the backdrop of lusty, turbulent Jamaica in her dual generational coming-of-age saga. Ida Joseph is 13 years old when Errol Flynn is nearly shipwrecked off the coast of her hometown of Port Antonio in 1946. Flynn instantly loves Jamaica and, eager to find a refuge from stateside scandal, purchases an island across from the port.

Navy Island becomes the setting for his glittering parties, movie projects and affair with Ida in her senior year of high school. Flynn refuses to take responsibility for the resulting child, May, and after trying to make a go of it in Jamaica, Ida leaves May and heads to New York City, where she marries a wealthy baron friend of Flynn’s who purchases the island after Flynn dies.

Compiled by owner Stacey Colin at Harmony Books, 231 Broad St. Nevada City, 265-9564. Hours are Mon. through Sat. 10 a.m.- 6p.m. and 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. Sunday


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