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2018-11-30 :: Marilyn Brandt Smith // Books
Cold Weather Suspense

Book Recommendation: The Mountain Between Us by Charles Martin (NLS DB89372) This midwinter tale takes a doctor, an author, a pilot, and a dog into the western mountains. Life-altering circumstances focus on fear, strength, and uncertainty. Three love stories are in jeopardy, but geography and the basic need for food and shelter, and the wish […]

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2014-01-16 :: Marilyn Brandt Smith // Books + Writing
Can You Like a Bad Guy?

Review of: Slayground by Richard Stark, NLS DB-77061 This noir fiction is one of many from a series by Donald Westlake, writing as Richard Stark. His character, Parker, is a professional thief who’s done it all. In this Winter story, he finds himself marooned in Fun Island, a deserted amusement park, after an armored car […]

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2013-12-01 :: Marilyn Brandt Smith // Books
Book Review: Whiteout

Review of: “Whiteout” by Ken Follett (NLS DB-59331 Mixing suspense with Christmas, Follett’s book is a bio-thriller taking place over a wintry Christmas holiday in northern Scotland, filled with family drama. Toni Gallo is the highly-driven head of security for Oxenford Medical, a research facility working on a cure for Madoba-2, an especially virulent strain […]

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2013-11-08 :: Marilyn Brandt Smith // Books
Book Review: And the See will Tell

Review of: And the sea will tell NLS DB32028 by Vincent Bugliosi and Bruce Henderson Sailing to a deserted Pacific island sounded like a romantic adventure to the couples. One was running from the law; the other was fulfilling their, or at least his, dream, with all the skill and equipment necessary for success. Only […]

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2013-09-22 :: Marilyn Brandt Smith // Books + Recipes
Review of the New Cookbook from Newsreel

“In the Newsreel Kitchen” is an eighty-four-page one-volume comb-bound soft-cover Braille collection of recipes from Newsreel members, staff, and friends. It is also available in large print and regular print. At $20.00, it’s a bargain–about ninety-five recipes from about fifty people from about everywhere in the United States. Proceeds support Newsreel Magazine, a monthly collection […]

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2013-08-19 :: Marilyn Brandt Smith // Books + Penned by a Friend
A Book Review

Book Review: Never Let Me Go by John Wesley Smith A few years ago I read a science fiction story that was so captivating, I decided to read it again. That’s something I seldom do. But it made such an impression on me I felt strangely compelled recently to read it again and share my […]

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2013-06-05 :: Marilyn Brandt Smith // Books + Writing
A Leading Disability Magazine Reviewed my Book

They must have known my birthday was in June. Wordgathering, a journal of disability literature, offers a review of my book, “Chasing the Green Sun,” in its newest quarterly issue. The editors wrote, “Marilyn Brandt Smith, who is best known for putting together the work of other visually impaired writers, comes up with a collection […]

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2013-05-23 :: Marilyn Brandt Smith // Books
Plots unwind, heroes are exposed, and bonds are tested

“The Innocent” by David Baldacci (NLS DB-74709) may sound like a “guy book,” but this hero has heart whether he wants to or not. He takes out bad guys for the government, but one night his assignment feels ugly. Suddenly he’s protecting a street-smart teenage girl on the run; testing the loyalty of government agencies […]

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2013-04-15 :: Marilyn Brandt Smith // Books
Not your Traditional Travel Read

“Sleepwalker” by Karen Robards and Kate Rudd (NLS DB-74479) is hard to put down. Another cop and a crook?–not quite. She has some mafia family connections, and he was once tied to a government probe gone south. Who’s good, who’s bad, and why are they running together? Attraction and distraction take them to the sea […]

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2013-03-09 :: Marilyn Brandt Smith // Books
Good Reads

Young Adult Fiction: “My Life Next Door” by Huntley Fitzpatrick Young love has to hide because of her mom’s skewed class values. Then Mom makes a life-threatening mistake and a damaging decision. This is a lite but thrilling summer saga about two very likeable teens and their friends. Available at bookstores or from the Library […]

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