Tag Archives: California

When You’re a Jet

Grateful American: A Journey From Self to Service by Gary Sinise is an eye-opening look into the life and mission of the well- known actor. Until reading this book, I never realized the author’s many connections to the Chicago area. … Continue reading

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Being Alive

Maggie Brown and Others by Peter Orner is the recently published collection of short stories by one of my favorite authors. I’ve been a fan of Orner’s work for some years and can honestly say, he just keeps getting better. … Continue reading

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A Fresh Start

Professor Chandra Follows His Bliss by Rajeev Balasubramanyam is a novel about a man about to turn seventy who attends a retreat in California which helps him change his life. For the majority of his life, Professor Chandra, an intellectual … Continue reading

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Swiss Cheese

Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout is a Pulitzer Prize winning novel about a 72-year-old retired schoolteacher who lives in Maine. Olive is a controlling woman who thinks she knows better than everyone else. We’ve all known people like her. Understandably, she’s … Continue reading

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Freedom From Want

Reaching Out by Francisco Jimenez is a moving memoir which chronicles the Mexican born author and his family’s experiences living and working in California after crawling under a barbed wire fence between Mexico and the U.S. This book was published … Continue reading

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The Tempest

The Bookshop of Yesterdays by Amy Meyerson is chock-full of literary references, as one might expect of a novel about a bookshop. This author’s debut centers on a 27-year-old girl named Miranda who teaches history. News of the death of … Continue reading

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Off the Radar

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls is a gut-wrenching memoir which came to my attention via an article I read in The Writer magazine. The author along with four siblings was raised by an alcoholic father and free-spirited, codependent mother. Hopping … Continue reading

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