Monthly Archives: November 2013

The Lowland, Jhumpa Lahiri

Although the author writes in a clear and direct style, making it an easy read, although she captured the flavor of the culture, customs, lifestyle and form of expression used by the characters from a small village in India, she … Continue reading

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Sisterland, Curtis Sittenfeld

I wanted to read this book because it was about twins, albeit identical, unlike my brother and I who are fraternal. We have always had a connection to each other, and I have often felt that I had “senses”, not … Continue reading

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An Army at Dawn: The War in North Africa 1942-1943, Rick Atkinson

This is a masterful, wonderfully researched presentation of the initial battles of WWII. Precisely described, in plain language, it brings the war and its character to the readers, depositing them right onto the battlefield, enabling them to hear the sound … Continue reading

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The Golem and The Jinni, Helene Wecker

Be prepared, this is not your general, run of the mill story, rather it is a magnificently told fairytale for adults. At the core is the theme of the scorpion and the frog, in which the nature of the being … Continue reading

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The Husband’s Secret, Liane Moriarty

The book begins with a seemingly benign reference to Pandora’s jar, (not box, as commonly believed). The idea is dropped almost immediately and is not resurrected again until the last sentence. Yet, the idea pervades the novel. Three families are … Continue reading

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The First True Lie, Martha Mander

This is a short novel with regard to the number of pages, but in message, it is a powerful book that packs a punch that will not easily be forgotten. Luca, his mom and his cat, Blue, live together in … Continue reading

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An American Bride in Kabul, Phyllis Chesler

This is much more than a memoir. It is a little over simplified, but in this brief little book lives an excellent summary of the history of Afghanistan with regard to women, Jews, Communists, the Taliban and other terrorists, in … Continue reading

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