Monthly Archives: May 2013

The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo, Tom Reiss

The author tells the story of the real Count of Monte Cristo, Haitian born,Tomas Alexander Dumas, and the battles he fought as he endeavored to protect France and its principles. The author presents this true story in an easy to … Continue reading

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The Barbarian Nurseries, Hector Tobar

When I turned the last page I had to stop and think, what is this book really about? I decided it was about three things: freedom, justice, and immigration. It is about the freedom to move about, the freedom to … Continue reading

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Lean In, Sheryl Sandberg

Progressives and women who want to work will love this book; women who want to raise their own children will question its purpose and usefulness. Since only those who generally agree with the premise will probably read the book, I … Continue reading

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Brain On Fire, Susannah Cahalan

Wow, once I started, I could not put it down. This book is excellent. I experienced Susannah’s confusion, fear, and incident by incident descent into the hell that followed the onset of her strange illness. A perfectly normal young woman, … Continue reading

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The Burgess Boys, Elizabeth Strout

The Burgess Boys are both lawyers but in very different fields of law. Jim, the older brother, by four years, is famous, extremely arrogant and rude. Bob is an unknown, quiet and unassuming divorced man. Jim represents the rich and … Continue reading

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There Is No There, There

Analyzing the most recent statement by President Obama and his acolytes, watching his poll numbers rise against the tide of negative publicity bombarding him, leads to only one conclusion. There really is no There, There! However, it is not where … Continue reading

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The Twelve Tribes of Hattie, Ayana Mathis

Hattie’s story really begins in Georgia, when she is 15 and fleeing with her mother and sister. Her father’s blacksmith shop has been taken over by white men who have murdered him. They escape to Philadelphia where Hattie sees, for … Continue reading

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Manuscript Found In Accra, Paul Coelho

This little book is like a manual for life. Using biblical quotes, it takes on a lyrical, poetic quality that makes it easy to listen to or read in the print version. A missing papyrus, from the Apocryphal Gospels, is … Continue reading

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A Thousand Pardons, Jonathan Dee

So many books today are being written about failed characters. They do stupid things, get caught, either get forgiven or ostracized , or when the book ends, the reader is left to decide the ultimate outcome. What is the message … Continue reading

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The Dinner, Herman Koch

Two couples, brothers and their wives are dining at a wonderful restaurant known for its ambience, in order to discuss a major family problem. During the course of the evening, in this quiet, upscale establishment, completely out of place and … Continue reading

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