Reading Recommendations:The Budda in the Attic, a novel, Julie Otsuka.In eight incantatory sections, The Budda in the Attic traces the picture brides extraordinary lives, from their arduous journey by boat, where they exchange photographs of their husbands imagining uncertain futures in an unknown land; to their arrival in San Francisco and their tremulous first nights as new wives; to their backbreaking work picking fruit in the fields and scrubbing the floors of white women; to their struggles to master a new language and a new culture; to their experiences in childbirth, and then as mothers raising children who will ultimately reject their heritage and their history; to the deracinating arrival of war.In language that has the force and the fury of poetry, Julie Otsuka has written a singularly spellbinding novel about the American dream. I must quote Michael Upchurch, The New York Times Book Review. He says it all! " While you are reading this accomplished novel, what impresses you most is how much Otsuka is able to convey, in a line, in a paragraph, about her character's surroundings, about their state of mind, and about the mood of our country at a time of crisis."And, Those in Peril, a novel, Wilbur Smith. Hazel Bannock is heir to the Bannock Oil Corporation, one of the major global oil producers. While cruising the Indian Ocean, her yacht is hijacked by Somalian pirates and her nineteen year old daughter, Cayla, kidnapped. The pirates demand a crippling twenty billion dollar ransom for her release, and complicated political and diplomatic sensitivities render the major powers incapable of intervening.With growing evidence of the horrific torture to which Cayla is being subjected, Hazel calls on Hector Cross to help her rescue her daughter. Hector is the man behind Cross Bow Security, the company contracted to Bannock Oil Corporation to provide all their protection. He is a formidable fighting man. Between them, Hazel and Hector are determined to take the law into their own hands. For nearly fifty years, international author Wilbur Smith has thrilled readers with novels set during the Egyptian era all the way through the present day. New, Those In Peril brings his story telling to bear on the violent, ruthless world of twentieth century piracy. Raw in places, as life in that part of the world can be.And, Now You See Her, A Good Wife and Mother Vanishes, James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge."To save her own life, Nina Bloom vanished. Now to rescue an innocent man, she confronts the killer she thought she escaped forever."The Perfect Life:A successful lawyer and loving mother, Nina Bloom would do anything to protect the life she's built in New York, including lying to everyone even her daughter, about her past. When an innocent man is framed for murder, she knows that she can't let him pay for the real killer's crimes.The Perfect Lie:Nina's secret life began nineteen years ago.She had looks to die for, a handsome police officer husband, and a care free life in Key West. When she learned she was pregnant with their first child her happiness was almost overwhelming, But Ninas' world shattered when she unearthed a terrible secret that caused her to run for her life and change her identity.The Perfect Way to Die:Now, years later, Nina risks everything she's earned to return to Florida and confront the murderous evil she fled. In a story of wrenching suspense, James Patterson gives us a head spinning action filled novel, one very hard to lay aside.See you at Rylander!