Tag Archives: California

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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Monetized Motherhood

Who Gets the Drumstick by Helen Beardsley is a book written by a widow with eight children who married a widower with ten children in the early 60’s. It is possible that some of you are familiar with one or both … Continue reading

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Till Death Do Us Part

Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner is one of the Top 150 Novels of the 20th Century. It’s author based the fictional novel on actual letters written by a well-known artist and author named Mary Hallock Foote who lived in … Continue reading

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L.A. Makeover

The New Old Me by Meredith Maran was in some ways, a story I was able to identify with. Unfortunately, in many ways it was not. This memoir chronicles the author’s break-up and divorce from another woman and her subsequent … Continue reading

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