Monthly Archives: September 2013

Telling The Bees, Peggy Hesketh

In his 8th decade, beekeeper Albert Honig, makes a gruesome discovery when he finds the bodies of his murdered neighbors, Clarinda and Hilda Straussman. As he participates in the investigation of the murder, he is forced to face his own … Continue reading

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A Tale for the Time Being, Ruth Ozeki

When I first began to listen to this book, I was disappointed and gave up. Thankfully, I tried again a short time later because this author read her own book, and she does the most amazing job with the different … Continue reading

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The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America, George Packer

It is difficult to review and rate this book. The author has done a masterful job of tracing the events leading to what has come to be a general feeling about the economic decline of the United States and for … Continue reading

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Daughters of Mars, Thomas Keneally

The book was beautifully written with a prose that was easy to follow and absorb. It tells the story of a group of devoted Australian nurses, during World War I. On every page, opposites coexist: beauty and ugliness, love and … Continue reading

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My Son, Philipp Meyer

The book traces three generations of the McCullough family by following the lives of Eli, Peter and Jeanne, for almost two centuries, from the early 1800’s to the early 2000’s. The McCollough family settled in Texas before it became a … Continue reading

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Inferno, Dan Brown

When Robert Langford awakes in a hospital bed, in pain, he has no idea how he got there or what has happened to him to require his hospitalization. The only thing he realizes, because of the view from his window, … Continue reading

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Enon, Paul Harding

Charlie Crosby is the grandson of George Crosby, the tinker, clockmaker, that we met in Harding’s Pulitzer Prize winning book, “Tinkers”. This is also a short book, without any wasted words. As Tinkers told the story of George, this is … Continue reading

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The Return of Captain John Emmett, Elizabeth Speller

It is just after WWI, when Captain John Emmett returns home to his family, and finds he cannot adjust to his life. The tragedy of events that he witnessed, during the war, have severely damaged his psyche. After an assault … Continue reading

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The Hive, Gill Hornby

The title of the book is appropriate, for the hive mentality is evident on each page. The queen prevents chaos and brings about order. The need to be part of her group, to follow her lead, is everywhere. All drones … Continue reading

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Kafka On The Shore, Haruki Marakumi

Although, at first, I thought this was going to be over my head, I found that it was an exceptionally well written fantasy, albeit, probably one of the strangest I have ever read. The reader was nothing short of superb, … Continue reading

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