A fiction book recommendation: Blood of the Dawn by Claudia Salazar Jiménez

A critic review (source NPR) can be read at: http://n.pr/2mZJctT.
Blood of the Dawn is a short novel, and maybe that’s why it’s so effective. Salazar Jiménez and translator Elizabeth Bryer make every word count, and the result is a work of concentrated intensity with no room for the reader to escape the horrors that fill just about every page.
Book description from Google Books:
This novel follows three women whose lives intertwine and are ripped apart during what’s known as “the time of fear” in Peruvian history when the Shining Path militant insurgency was at its peak. The novel rewrites the armed conflict in the voice of women, activating memory through a mixture of politics, desire, and pain in a lucid and brutal prose.
The book is rated 3.74/5 at goodreads.com, from 88 ratings. See 14 reader reviews at: http://bit.ly/2mzbDRO.
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A parenting-relationships book recommendation: The Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care by Benjamin Spock M. D.

A critic review (source Guardian) can be read at: http://bit.ly/2eoap41.
Where previous American parenting guides were stern and repressive, Spock was humane, benign and borderline permissive, based on – this was really radical – his devout reading of Freud.
Book description from Google Books:
This is a reprint of the One and Only Original book by Dr. Benjamin Spock on Baby and Child Care. Prior to this reprint, the original book had not been reprinted since 1957. Instead there have been many new books, all bearing Dr. Spock’s name, but these have been considerably different books and usually much shorter. No book published after 1957 has been a true reprint of the original book. Starting with Baby and Child Care (2nd ed.). New York: Pocket Books (1957), books have been coming out claiming to be new editions of the original book, but in reality they are different books, not the same book. Poor Dr. Spock has had to cater to the demands of various pressure groups who demanded revisions of his work.
The book is rated 4.00/5 at goodreads.com, from 20 ratings. See 2 reader reviews at: http://bit.ly/2dwLGgm.
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A current-affairs book recommendation: Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer

A critic review (source NY Times) can be read at: http://nyti.ms/2daNHPh.
No traditional story could put forward the tritenesses that Foer reshuffles, folds, cuts into strips, seals in seven separate envelopes and then, astonishingly, makes whole, causing the audience to ooh and aah over notions that used to make it groan.
Book description from Google Books:
Jonathan Safran Foer emerged as one of the most original writers of his generation with his best-selling debut novel, Everything Is Illuminated. Now, with humor, tenderness, and awe, he confronts the traumas of our recent history. What he discovers is solace in that most human quality, imagination. Meet Oskar Schell, an inventor, Francophile, tambourine player, Shakespearean actor, jeweler, pacifist, correspondent with Stephen Hawking and Ringo Starr. He is nine years old. And he is on an urgent, secret search through the five boroughs of New York. His mission is to find the lock that fits a mysterious key belonging to his father, who died in the World Trade Center on 9/11. An inspired innocent, Oskar is alternately endearing, exasperating, and hilarious as he careens from Central Park to Coney Island to Harlem on his search. Along the way he is always dreaming up inventions to keep those he loves safe from harm. What about a birdseed shirt to let you fly away? What if you could actually hear everyone’s heartbeat? His goal is hopeful, but the past speaks a loud warning in stories of those who’ve lost loved ones before. As Oskar roams New York, he encounters a motley assortment of humanity who are all survivors in their own way. He befriends a 103-year-old war reporter, a tour guide who never leaves the Empire State Building, and lovers enraptured or scorned. Ultimately, Oskar ends his journey where it began, at his father’s grave. But now he is accompanied by the silent stranger who has been renting the spare room of his grandmother’s apartment. They are there to dig up his father’s empty coffin.
The book is rated 3.97/5 at goodreads.com, from 315543 ratings. See 20996 reader reviews at: http://bit.ly/1Hkn41j.
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A teenage book recommendation: The Selection by Kiera Cass

A critic review (source Guardian) can be read at: http://bit.ly/1UpZ4zY.
The story is also excellent for gripping people who don’t generally enjoy reading. You come to love the main characters, and you wish that you lived in the luxury with them!
Book description from Google Books:
For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon. But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn’t want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks. Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she’s made for herself—and realizes that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.
The book is rated 4.15/5 at goodreads.com, from 523241 ratings. See 35146 reader reviews at: http://bit.ly/1FPnvBR.
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An action book recommendation: The Fix (Amos Decker series) by David Baldacci

A critic review (source NY Journal of Books) can be read at: http://bit.ly/2saw8DQ.
Those readers thinking they can outguess the author will find their abilities tested as they follow Amos Decker to the surprising conclusion of The Fix.
Book description from Google Books:
THE NEW MEMORY MAN NOVEL!Amos Decker witnesses a murder just outside FBI headquarters. A man shoots a woman execution-style on a crowded sidewalk, then turns the gun on himself.Even with Decker’s extraordinary powers of observation and deduction, the killing is baffling. Decker and his team can find absolutely no connection between the shooter–a family man with a successful consulting business–and his victim, a schoolteacher. Nor is there a hint of any possible motive for the attack. Enter Harper Brown. An agent of the Defense Intelligence Agency, she orders Decker to back off the case. The murder is part of an open DIA investigation, one so classified that Decker and his team aren’t cleared for it. But they learn that the DIA believes solving the murder is now a matter of urgent national security. Critical information may have been leaked to a hostile government–or worse, an international terrorist group–and an attack may be imminent.Decker’s never been one to follow the rules, especially with the stakes so high. Forced into an uneasy alliance with Agent Brown, Decker remains laser focused on only one goal: solving the case before it’s too late.
The book is rated 4.24/5 at goodreads.com, from 13485 ratings. See 963 reader reviews at: http://bit.ly/2sago3N.
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An action book recommendation: The Devil You Know by Jo Goodman

A critic review (source Dear Author) can be read at: http://bit.ly/2cZjAYj.
There might have been a few early draggy bits and the Pancake family certainly don’t push to know what danger might be lurking and waiting to leap at them via Israel. But as a good study of coming to terms with the bumpy realities of marrying someone with a murky past, in the second half this book bounced back and grabbed me…
Book description from Google Books:
From the USA Today bestselling author of This Gun for Hire and one of today’s “premier western romance writers,”* a captivating new Western historical romance . . .   WHAT HE DOESN’T KNOW . . .   After a horse drags him through the countryside, Israel McKenna awakes bruised and battered in a field in Pancake Valley, Colorado. He can recall where he came from and where he was going, but the memory of how he came to be on the Pancake homestead eludes him. He’s certain he did something wrong to deserve such a harsh punishment–and so is the beautiful woman who reluctantly comes to his aid.   . . . COULD HURT HER.   Wilhelmina “Willa” Pancake must focus on running her family’s ranch. With Israel’s hazy memory, she is unsure if she can trust him, let alone handle the budding attraction between them. And as men fight to steal her land and the truth about Israel’s past rides toward them, love is a risk she cannot easily take.
The book is rated 3.90/5 at goodreads.com, from 205 ratings. See 58 reader reviews at: http://bit.ly/24FOubD.
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