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The Far Shore by Elizabeth Hand
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Henry the Sailor Cat by Mary Calhoun
Henry's Show and Tell by Nancy Carlson
Her by Laura Zigman
I Love You, Mama, Any Time of the Year by Nancy Whilte Carlstrom
I Spy a School Bus by Jean Marzollo
The Knight at Dawn (Magic Tree House #2) by Mary Pope Osborne
Little Bo by Julie Andrews Edwards
Lost and Found by Jane Sigaloff
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Monsters vs Aliens: Team Monster by Gale Herman
My First Time Board Book by Elizabeth Hester
Nana Volume 3 by Ai Yazawa
Nation by Terry Pratchett
Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
Olivia Acts Out by Jodie Shepherd
Rules of the Net by Jennifer Guess McKerley
Shadowland (Mediator #1) by Meg Cabot
Shooting an Albatross by Steven R. Lundin
Sugar Time by Jane Adams
Time and Time Again by James Hilton
Ultimate Spider-Man Vol. 13: Hobgoblin by Brian Michael Bendis
Viking Ships Before Sunrise (Magic Tree House #15) by Mary Pope Osborne
Wally the Walking Fish Meets Madinson and Cooper by Gary Lamit
The Woman Who Wouldn't by Gene Wilder
Why I Will Never Ever Ever Ever Have Enough Time to Read This Book by Remy Charlip
Zak: The One-of-a-Kind Dog by Jane Lidz
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Comments for Shooting an Albatross

Shooting an Albatross cover art (Link goes to Powells)Shooting an Albatross: 02/09/10

Albatross is another term for a double eagle. The derivation of the name is one of many interesting pieces of golfing lore tucked away in the WWII historical fiction, Shooting an Albatross by Steven R. Lundin.

It's 1943 and the PGA tour has been canceled for the year. The The 170th Field Artillery Battalion of the U.S. Army have taken over a golf course in Los Angeles while they're waiting to ship out. In their spare time the Army General and a Navy Admiral have decided to go head to head on a round of golf. There's just one problem: neither one of them plays. No problem; they'll train up their best men to play for them.

In the middle of the golf rivalry there is also a love triangle with a beautiful Angelino who lives with her father at the edge of the course. Although the course if formally closed she still likes to sneak in a round or two in her spare time.

The novel though beings in the present with a man set on revenge. Why he wants revenge is revealed slowly, piece by piece as the tale of this golf rivalry unfolds. I enjoyed the book, finding it a quick and compelling read. It brings together two of my favorite settings for fiction: the golf course and WWII.

I received my copy from the author and have since released it through BookCrossing.

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