Monthly Archives: May 2013

Starting Over

I chose to read The Secret of the Nightingale Palace by Dana Sachs because the title of the book intrigued me.  The novel however, did not meet my expectations.  It is a good story about a young Jewish widow who … Continue reading

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Couture Collabos

In Sleeping with the Enemy: Coco Chanel’s Secret War, author Hal Vaughan presents a fascinating look into the wartime activities of Coco Chanel.  This novel served as timely, interesting reading during the Memorial Day Weekend when we honor Americans who died in … Continue reading

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Wastrel

Appointment in Samarra by John O’Hara is another novel on the Top 150 Novels of the 20th Century list. I’m happy to know this fine novel was recently resurrected by Penguin Books.  As many of my readers know, I promote … Continue reading

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The Whole Truth

I recently took time to peruse the new fiction shelf in our library and how happy I am that I did because my search yielded a wonderful discovery! The Confidant by Hélène Grémillon is a surprisingly good French mystery translated by Alison … Continue reading

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Magic

The Golem and the Jinni is Helene Wecker’s first novel and what a story it is!  The book itself is unique and beautiful with black-edged pages providing a hint of something out of the ordinary awaiting inside. This is the … Continue reading

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His Father’s Son

Bad Ground by Quintin Overocker is a wonderful novel about a 41-year-old man with alcoholic parents. The main character, Dan drinks too much as well and lives a solitary life in the small Illinois town where he grew up. Dan, … Continue reading

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Tall Tales

The Honey Thief by Najaf Mazari and Robert Hillman is a collection of folk stories from a member of the Hazara tribe in Afghanistan where stories are passed verbally from one generation to another as opposed to writing. This is an … Continue reading

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