Monthly Archives: January 2014

Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy, Karen Foxlee

I was immediately drawn into this modern day fairy tale about a curious girl, with a highly logical, investigative mind, who didn’t realize how brave she was and a marvelous, ageless, young boy who, many decades ago, had been charged … Continue reading

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The Lemon Tree, Sandy Tolan

This is the true story of Dalia, a Bulgarian Jew, and Bashir, a Palestinian Arab. Both were uprooted from their homes for different, but related reasons; one was uprooted because of the Holocaust in Europe and the other because of … Continue reading

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The McCarthy Era Returns

Is anyone else getting the feeling of déjà vu, that they had better be looking over their shoulders for the ghost of Joseph McCarthy? Hmmm, if I remember correctly, he falsely accused people of being Communists, of being dangerous to … Continue reading

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Orange is the New Black, Piper Kerman

Piper, a well-educated Smith College graduate, is immature and irresponsible. She is living a life beneath her abilities and her intelligence, making foolish job decisions, falling in with a druggie crowd, exhibiting confusion about her own sexual orientation, and making … Continue reading

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The 17 Day Diet Breakthrough Edition, Mike Moreno

Dr. Moreno has designed a diet for all occasions and all people. He has addressed every contingency such as culture, holidays, family, age, gender and health. He wants to persuade the reader to have a healthier lifestyle, to choose healthier … Continue reading

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Clean Margins, Linda Rocker.

Each of the stories in this little book of just a bit more than 100 pages is poignant as it presents an examination of a societal ill. There are no wasted words in most of the stories. They are straight … Continue reading

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The Goldfinch, Donna Tartt

This sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes uplifting tale of tragedy and triumph, mistakes and redemption, is narrated by Theo Decker. It begins with a glowing description of his mother, Audrey Decker, an art historian. Both are on their way to a conference … Continue reading

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