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Border Songs

Lynch, Jim

(Book Club Kit - 2009)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Border Songs
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An extremely tall dyslexic is pushed away from his family's Washington dairy farm to join the Border Patrol, where he indulges his obsessions with birds and art while occasionally catching smugglers and illegal immigrants on the British Columbian border.

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Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2009
Characteristics: 10 books (291 p. ; 25 cm.) and 1 reading guide in a plastic tote


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Dec 13, 2010
  • namowkoob rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Jim Lynch at FVRL

Whatcom County Library System partnered with FVRL to bring American Booksellers Best Fiction of 2009 nominee, Jim Lynch, to White Rock Library to read from "Border Songs". Lynch's view of the Canada-U.S. border as a "nonsensical line" where the two countries are often divided by "nothing more than a drainage ditch or nothing at all" provides the backdrop for the war on terror and drugs, one of it's defenders being young, unusually tall, dyslexic border guard, Brandon Vanderkool. This humorous and provocative book was an official selection of the Sundance Film Festival. (from FVRL YouTube site)

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Feb 15, 2011
  • bingo1912 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I really enjoyed this book. One of the things I liked was it is set in the Lynden area so I knew all the places, names had been changed. As I continued reading I started to get the impression that everyone I know that lives on the border is getting money from smugglers. Not true!
After continuing to read I realized it is indeed a work of fiction and I was able to just enjoy the book for what it is. fiction.
I liked the ending and look forward to more books from Jim Lynch
This is my second book from this author.


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