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Held Hands

A House Full of Daughters by Juliet Nicolson is a wonderful memoir. In it, the author traces the interesting lives of seven generations of women in her family. Beginning with a famous great-great-grandmother who was a European flamenco dancer, and … Continue reading

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Water, Water Everywhere

Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan is a highly publicized novel which came as a disappointment to me. Although there were things I liked about the book, the positives were far outweighed by negative reactions I had to a number of … Continue reading

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Farmed-Out

It has taken me a while to read Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline, but I thought the book, which is being adapted for a movie, was interesting. It is the story of two orphaned women, one is a teenager … Continue reading

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An Accident

Faithful by Alice Hoffman reinforced my admiration for her work. In this novel, a seventeen-year-old girl named Shelby is driving a car when it hits a patch of ice causing permanent brain damage to her best friend who was riding … Continue reading

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Showdown

The Last Days of Night by Graham Moore is a wonderful historical fiction based on events which occurred in the late eighteen hundreds. In this story, we find Thomas Edison at war with George Westinghouse over who has patent rights … Continue reading

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The Black Gemstone

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi is a best-selling epic tale about the descendents of two half-sisters who were born on the Gold Coast in Africa during the days of slave trading. Although Effia and Esi share the same father, they are … 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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