Monthly Archives: January 2013

Trapeze, Simon Mawer

Based on the true story of a group of young women who were recruited in Britain, during WWII, to serve in the French Division of The Special Operations Executive, the book is filled with historic facts about their training, innocence … Continue reading

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Round House, Louise Erdrich

A thirteen year old boy is faced with a tremendous burden when his mom is raped and brutally beaten. Forced to grow up, he is not satisfied with the justice system and he wants revenge. He is really not mature … Continue reading

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What Separates a Liberal from a Conservative is a BRAIN!

A woman in a restaurant, overheard a conversation between my friend and myself. My friend was saying that she is trying to like him (Obama) but she just keeps having trouble accomplishing that goal. Then my friend said that she … Continue reading

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The Red Garden, Alice Hoffman

In just under 300 pages, Alice Hoffman takes the reader on a journey through the history of a small town in Massachusetts, Bearsville, aka Blackwood, aka Blackwell, which was settled quite by accident. Four families, traveling with William Grady and … Continue reading

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Blindness

In response to an Israeli, former Political Science professor’s post, entitled, “Hypocrisy in the White House and Elsewhere“, criticizing America’s recent behavior, I replied: Like others, you are experiencing a hypocritical moment yourself. It is not because of what you … Continue reading

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In The Eyes Of Others

While engaged in an internet conversation with a relative living in China (for many years, I might add), we got involved in a discussion about Americans and their behavior. While his philosophy is different than mine, obvious from his choice … Continue reading

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The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, Rachel Joyce

At the age of sixty-five, retired and stuck in a marriage gone stale, in a life that is humdrum, filled with the sameness of everyday and past secrets, Harold Fry suddenly gets a letter from an old friend which sets … Continue reading

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Killing Lincoln, Bill O’Reilly, Martin Dugard

The audio book, read by Bill O’Reilly, is excellent. At first I found his reading of it a bit distracting. I was more used to him being a conservative “talking head” on TV, rather than an author or a reader. … Continue reading

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Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore, Robin Sloan

Tongue in cheek humor pervades this book. The story centers around the eccentric owner of a strange and wonderful bookstore, where books are revered, and also the clerk he hires, Clay Jannon. Clay is out of work, driven into an … Continue reading

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The Presidents Club, Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy

Written for the average person, not the scholar, The Presidents Club refers to the group of men, former Presidents, who are still alive, who live in a rarefied atmosphere that only they, who have lived in the White House, can … Continue reading

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