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Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse by Leo Lionni
Animal Attraction by Jamie Ponti
The Amityville Horror by Jay Anson
Atlantis Gate by Greg Donegan
Best-Loved Art From American Museums by Patricia Failing
Captains Courageous by Rudyard Kipling
Click, Clack Moo: Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin
Counterfeit Gentleman by Clarence Budington Kelland
Evidence of Love in a Case of Abandonment by M. Rickert
Falling Angel by Eugene Mirabelli
Fatal Vows by Joseph Hosey
Finders Seekers by Gayle Greeno
A Foreign Country by Wayne Wightman
Gentle Giant Octopus by Karen Wallace
It's About Your Friend by Phillip Scott
Leave by Robert Reed
The Liar by Stephen Fry
Love and Sand by Howard M. Layton
Mort by Terry Pratchett
The Only Known Jump Across Time by Eugene Mirabelli
Pinkalicious by Elizabeth and Victoria Kann
Planetesimal Dawn by Tim Sullivan
Requiem of the Author of Frankenstein by Molly Dwyer
Ring of Hell by Matthew Randazzo V
The Scarecrow's Boy by Michael Swanwick
Strike Anywhere by Dean Young
Tom's Midnight Garden by Philippa Pearce
Waiting for the Barbarians by J. M. Coetzee
Walking the Rainbow by Richard René Silvin
The World I Imagine by Debbie Jordan
Za-Za's Baby Brother by Lucy Cousins


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Comments for Love and Sand

Love and SandLove and Sand: 11/16/08

Love and Sand by Howard M. Layton is the second in a planned trilogy of memoirs. The first one, The Thirteen Club was published in 2001. I have read The Thirteen Club but after having so enjoyed Love and Sand, I want to read the first one.

Love and Sand covers Layton's RAF career in World War Two. He spent most of the war in the deserts of North Africa.

Layton's memoir isn't laden down with the big facts of the war: battles and dates. It's a more personal and quirky. Layton writes with a light touch, managing to bring humanity and humor to the war.

His descriptions of various missions are riveting. The book opens with an emergency landing, pushing a plane's engine well beyond operating specs to limp back across the water to the airstrip. Later there is an equally nail biting chapter involving flying blind in the desert looking for a refueling station that has gone silent.

The book isn't just about flying. It's also about the many different people Layton worked with and the places he lived and worked.

I really liked Love and Sand. It is clearly among my favorite books that I've read this year.

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