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An irritating best friend gained during a childhood spent in a Catholic orphanage, a father who became a Communist and went to Russia in the 1930s, and 3:00 a.m. visits to The Pancake House. Such is the life of Lyla Hopewell. But in the summer of 2005, when her old boyfriend Bill has a heart attack, her best friend Bel really gets on her nerves, and Finn Fest comes to Marquette, things will change for Lyla. Joined by a cast of Marquette’s most eccentric and endearing characters—the foul-mouthed fourteen-year-old Josie; ninety-three-year-old Eleanor, still trying to fix her little brother’s love life; ex-boyfriend and blunt womanizer, Bill; blind Mary Mitchell and her ornery sister Florence; the sweet but romantically confused cabdriver Sybil; and many, many more—Lyla recounts her life-story as she comes to terms with her past. After years of feeling unloved, neglected, frustrated, and unfulfilled, can Lyla finally find her own best place?

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Tyler R. Tichelaar, 7th generation Marquette resident, spent thousands of hours researching and writing The Marquette Trilogy: "Iron Pioneers," "The Queen City," and "Superior Heritage." He followed that popular series with three more Marquette-based novels: "Narrow Lives" (winner of the Reader Views Literary Awards for best Historical Fiction), "The Only Thing That Lasts," and "Spirit of the North: a paranormal romance." His popular Marquette novels led to requests to write a history of Marquette, Michigan which he did with "My Marquette: Explore the Queen City of the North, Its History, People, and Places." The popularity of that book in turn led to the short book "Creating a Local History Book" about how he did his research and compiled "My Marquette."

Branching out into scholarly works, Tyler has published "King Arthur's Children: A Study in Fiction and Tradition" and "The Gothic Wanderer: From Transgression to Redemption, Gothic Literature 1794-Present."

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Is there something beyond faith, beyond religion, something we don't see because we are so busy with our lives having and getting things that maybe we don't even need? And is it given to only a few gifted souls in our lifetime who through their Art bring us face to face with a Simplicity which we find difficult to comprehend? Rather than delve into this enigma seeking answers Daniel Kossov - Pictures of an Outstanding Musician Part 2: A Violin From Jerusalem challenges the reader to put aside preconceived notions, to look at the 'pictures' in the life of this extraordinary person, and seeing things as they are. draw their own conclusions.

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Rosemary Ellen Tingley:
I was born and bred in Perth, Western Australia. I lived in Floreat Park with my parents and 3 younger brothers. My father died when I was 12.

I married in 1968 and have 3 children who live in different parts of Australia with their families

In 2005 I finally completed the Diploma of Accreditation in piano teaching and now divide my working life between my Cartography at Landgate and teaching the piano at my home studio in Booragoon.

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Jackie Townsend
, a native of Southern California, spends a lot of her time in places not her own. As the youngest of four children, she carries with her a strong sense of family to these places, often foreign, and writes about belonging (or not belonging), loss, and love. Townsend received her MBA from U.C. Berkeley and spent eight years on the fast track to becoming a partner with a financial services consulting company before burning out. She then rode the boom all the way up and then all the way down. After coming to terms with what is important in life (being married to an Italian didn't hurt), she began writing and hasn’t stopped since. She just released her second novel, Imperfect Pairings, an exploration of these themes.

Smart, career driven Jamie had not intended to fall in love. And to a foreigner no less, an Italian who doesn't reveal his heritage at first. Jack is short for John, he tells her, but she soon discovers that John is short for Giovanni. Insanely handsome and intense but unreadable, Giovanni is a man of few words. When after two months together she accompanies him to his cousin's wedding in Italy, Jamie learns that he hasn't been back to the troubled family estate in ten years, but with one step upon the rich Italian soil covered in ancient vines, it's as if he never left. Suddenly his language is no longer her language, and Jamie is drawn inexplicably into an Italy that outsiders rarely see--a crumbling villa, an old family scandal, a tragic mother, an estranged father, and a host of spirited Italian cousins. Jack is finally forced to face the destiny he's been renouncing; and Jamie makes a rash decision, unaware that it will change her life forever.



Topics of conversation:        

  • Real life versus fiction      
  • Myths and Truths about The Italian Stallion
  • Dealing with cultural shock
  • What Americans should know before meeting the Italian family of their significant other
  • Why "Imperfect Pairings" is no Eat, Pray, Love...

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