Monthly Archives: October 2016

Salt and Bread

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles is an amazing fictional story about a man in the Soviet Union in the years following the Russian revolution.  A former Count Alexander Rostov is an aristocrat who is in Paris at the … Continue reading

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Black or White

The Gilded Years by Karin Tanabe is an interesting novel based on the life of Anita Hemmings, the first African-American woman to graduate from Vassar College in 1897. When the beautiful, light-skinned Hemmings enrolled in Vassar, she kept secret the … Continue reading

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Manic

Imagine Me Gone by Adam Haslett was a huge disappointment. After noticing the book’s popularity, I thought it would be of interest. Sadly, I found parts of the book well-done, but quit it midstream when it repeatedly and graphically described … Continue reading

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Between Two Worlds

News of the World by Paulette Jiles is a National Book Award Finalist and there is no doubt in my mind why this book is on the list. It is a simply told, powerful story which captures little known or … Continue reading

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Play It Again Sam

Old Records Never Die: One Man’s Quest for His Vinyl and His Past by Eric Spitznagel took me on a lyrical journey down memory lane. This is a memoir about Eric’s search to reconnect with his past by searching through … Continue reading

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Toil and Trouble

License to Quill by Jacopo Della Quercia is a clever, interesting novel based on the writing of Shakespeare’s play Macbeth. The story opens with the death of Christopher Marlowe – or so the world is led to believe. But is … Continue reading

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Telling Truths

My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout is a novel I will hold close to my heart for years to come. Long-listed for the Man Booker Award, this is a story about Lucy, a woman who recollects a time … Continue reading

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