Monthly Archives: December 2013

Days of Grace, Catherine Hall

The reader of this book did a commendable job. The story, narrated by Nora, is about her life and her death. It begins with the friendship of two young, naive girls, Nora and Grace, who are bound together on a … Continue reading

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The Letters of Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., Arthur Schlesinger Jr., by Andrew Schlesinger, Stephen C. Schlesinger

Arthur Schlesinger Jr. lived through tumultuous times of financial decline and enormous prosperity that were coupled with an era of brutal wars and extended peace. Although the book begins decades ago, it exposes the same rank political partisanship of today. … Continue reading

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And The Mountains Echoed, Khaled Hosseini

At the beginning of the book, we are in Afghanistan. Saboor is telling his children, Pari and Abdullah, a heart rending fable about a father who, when forced to sacrifice his child, becomes obsessed with finding that child. When he … Continue reading

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Songs of Willow Frost, Jamie Ford

The year is 1924. Willow Frost, aka Liu Song is a single mother living in Seattle, trying to make ends meet. When her mother died, Liu lived with her stepfather who impregnated her, but she never told him about the … Continue reading

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Double Down: Game Change 2012 Hardcover, by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann

If you are a political junkie, this is your food! In this carefully researched book, we are presented with a picture of men and women preoccupied with publicizing “gotcha” moments rather than emphasizing qualifications, preoccupied with shaming an opposing candidate … Continue reading

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Maddaddam, Margaret Atwood

The reader on this audio was quite good, but I was really glad when this book ended. Perhaps I had read the first two books in this series too long ago, and the brief review in the first few pages … Continue reading

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A Lucky Child (audiobook), A Memoir of Surviving Auschwitz as a Young Boy, By Thomas Buergenthal: Read by Thomas Buergenthal and Don Hagen

The opening words, read by the author, are so ripe with the emotion of his experiences that the reader is immediately drawn into the memoir. His accent and diction are beautiful and I almost hated to have the book turned … Continue reading

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