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Gardens of Water
By Alan Drew
(Random House, 354 pages)

This smart, compelling, impressive first novel by Villanova University English professor Alan Drew is set in Istanbul, a city reeling from the 1999 Marmara earthquake, which killed almost 30,000 people. The story is told from the perspective of a Kurdish survivor and his family, who are displaced to a tent city run by an American Christian group. Patriotism, forbidden love and betrayal ensue.


36th Annual Yellow Springs Art Show and Sale
April 25-May 10

This renowned event is packed with standout work by more than 170 artists. Mediums include oil, watercolor, pastels, ink and others, along with three-dimensional pieces. New this year: Art Quest for Kids, an interactive program (with prizes) that helps children hone their observational skills. The special exhibit Images of Yellow Springs spotlights depictions of the village of Yellow Springs. 1685 Art School Road, Chester Springs. Call (610) 827-7414 or visit yellowsprings.org.


Phillies Confidential: The Untold Inside Story of
the 2008 Championship Season

By Gary Matthews with Scott Lauber

(Triumph Books, 214 pages)
In this conversational recap of the Phillies’ remarkable championship season, former major leaguer Gary “Sarge” Matthews and Wilmington News Journal sports writer Scott Lauber cover just about all the highs and lows, from off-season moves and Spring Training to the World Series. Many of the quotes and stories might sound familiar, but it’s a lighthearted trip down memory lane that’s well worth taking.

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