Monthly Archives: July 2016

Pick a Little, Talk a Little

Cold Sassy Tree by Olive Ann Burns was published in 1984 and is another of the Top 150 Novels I am slowly making my way through. The fictional story takes place in a small Georgia town named Cold Sassy.  Told … Continue reading

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Ten Paces

Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow was not what I expected. Lured by the hype of the popular Broadway play, I decided to take a gander at the book upon which it is based. As I read the book, I was … Continue reading

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Home Sweet Home

All Over But the Shoutin’ by Pulitzer Prize winner Rick Bragg is a five-star memoir which melted my heart like butter on a warm biscuit. Raised in poverty in rural Alabama, Rick recalls his life and rise to the pinnacle of … Continue reading

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Politics of War

Killing Patton: The Strange Death of World War II’s Most Audacious General by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard is an interesting book. After leading U.S. forces to many victories, General Patton is put out to pasture before the war is … Continue reading

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O Mio

Elsewhere is a memoir by Richard Russo. In his youth, Richard and his mother lived in the second story of a two-flat owned and occupied by his maternal grandparents on the first floor. He had a happy childhood surrounded by … Continue reading

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Primate Connections

The High Mountains of Portugal by Yann Martel is an unusual novel. I am unsure what to make of it. The novel consists of three interrelated stories. I thought the first two stories were quite bizarre, but the final story was … Continue reading

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Metamorphosis

The Empress of Tempera by Alex Dolan kept me awake for the last two nights. The story immediately grabbed me and even after I finished the novel, my mind wouldn’t let it go! What an amazing tale is told within … Continue reading

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Breaking the Rules

Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson is an enjoyable novel about a widower living in a small English village who falls in love with a woman of Pakistani descent who owns and manages the local Quick Mart.  The Major … Continue reading

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Girls In White Dresses

The Summer Before the War by Helen Simonson begins in England just prior to the First World War and ends after the fighting is over. There are a number of interesting characters in the novel. The main character is a … Continue reading

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