Monthly Archives: July 2013

Peace Like A River, Leif Enger‏

1951 is the year of Reuben Land’s miraculous birth. He did not breathe for the first twelve minutes of his life, not until he was commanded to breathe by his father, Jeremiah Land! Dr. Nokes thought he was dead, after … Continue reading

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The Yellow Birds, Kevin Powers

Fraught with emotion, this is an achingly heartbreaking tale of war. Devastatingly honest and brutal in its images, it is hard to read without discomfort. It propels one to second guess their own thoughts about war and the reasons for … Continue reading

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The Space In Between, Diane Eklund-Abolins

The book is an interesting story about Nina (Nikolina) Kindahle, and her family’s struggle to survive in Latvia, as the country went through the many incarnations forced upon it by the tragic events of the twentieth century. It is written … Continue reading

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The Verdict

I watched most of the trial on several channels to get a complete perspective of the presentation of information after each day’s testimony. The bias was overt. The seething anger bubbling underneath each person’s comments was  even more obvious. The … Continue reading

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The Almond Tree, Michelle Cohen Corasanti

The author has written a Pro-Palestinian novel largely ignoring information about why the conflict exists and has therefore presented a one-sided presentation of the Middle East crisis, a situation that has existed for decades. I tried to read it with … Continue reading

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The Shoemaker’s Wife, Adriana Trigiani

I must admit that the covers of Adriana Trigiani’s books often turned me off, but this time, I am glad it did not. The story of The Shoemaker’s Wife was superbly executed, although, at times, it did feel somewhat contrived, … Continue reading

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