Shanghai Girls

From Margie Hartough
author: See, Lisa
Shanghai girls
This is a tale of two Chinese sisters, Pearl and May.  In 1937, Shanghai, they are having the time of their lives as “beautiful girls” posing for painters.  Their world changes when their father informs them he has sold them into arranged marriages with two American sons to pay his gambling debts.  They help each other as they struggle to become Americans and keep their Chinese heritage.  It is a testament of the love of sisters: who share hopes, dreams, and a life changing secret.

The bone thief

From Andrea Kalinowski
author: Bass, Jefferson
The bone thief
I recently finished “Bone thief” by Jefferson Bass. This book touched on a
subject near and dear to my heart, which is organ transplantation, though
the work is entirely fictional. One of the central characters suffered
radiation poisoning in a previous work and a hand transplant was being
touted as a possibility. The collaborative team of Bill Bass and Jon
Jefferson have written several books together and this is the best so far.
Bill Bass is the originator of the Body Farm, an annex to the University
of Tennessee.  He has conducted and assisted in simplifying calculations
for time of death by running experiments, initially on pigs and then on
donated cadavers. The book also mentioned the dark side of the organ
industry. In the back of the book, the authors mentioned “Body brokers,”
which is a nonfiction work exploring the funeral industry and the dubious
ethics of some of its members. It seems that there is always a loophole
for the unethical or shortcut person.  Both books were informative and
enjoyable and some crossover of issues was evident.

Great Contemporary Pianists Speak for Themselves

From Edna Susman
author: Mach, Elyse
Great Contemporary Pianists Speak for Themselves
Classical music lovers are in for a real treat with this book which the library recently acquired. It is a compilation of entertaining interviews, by Professor Elyse Mach, a concert pianist herself, with 25 world renowned pianists. Among the pianists included in the book are Ashkenazy, Badura-Skoda, Bolet, Brendel, de Larrocha, Fleisher, Gould, Horowitz and Watts. The pianists reveal their thoughts about themselves, their careers, music and life as concert pianists. Over 50 black and white photos are included. Originally published in two volumes, this edition combines both volumes into one book.