Monthly Archives: March 2014

The Panther, Nelson DeMille

It is some time after the 9/11 attack on the twin towers in New York. The attack on the Kohl is still being investigated. In Yemen, there is a cold-blooded attack on a group of Belgian tourists. Each has had … Continue reading

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The Good Lord Bird, James McBride

This is really an odd, but creative, little story. I would be lying if I said I understood all of it. This is the story of Henry Shackleford and how he came to be acquainted with John Brown, the abolitionist. … Continue reading

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Norwegian by Night, Derek Miller

Norwegian By Night is the story of a man, a man with a secret. At 82, Sheldon Horowitz has just buried his wife Mabel. His granddaughter, Rhea, has asked him to move to Norway to live with her and her … Continue reading

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Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America, by Gilbert King

This book was read beautifully by Peter Francis James. If I could have, I would have given it ten stars. It should be required reading in schools across the country. I grew up, went to school, got degrees, but I … Continue reading

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Amsterdam, Ian McEwan

Reading this, I was reminded of P. F. Sloan’s song, Eve of Destruction, for that was the outlook of Vernon Halliday, editor of a failing newspaper, The Judge, charged with the responsibility of bringing the tabloid out of its growing … Continue reading

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The Middlesteins, Jami Attenberg

I found this to be a very sad story about a family falling apart because it was never bound too tightly, from the beginning. It seemed to be governed by anger and a lack of remorse for the perceived hurt … Continue reading

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May We Be Forgiven, A. M. Homes

The book seems to be written as one very long conversation with Harry Silver, or perhaps, as if the reader is a voyeur, looking over Harry’s shoulder as he writes in his diary. Ordinary, everyday events are memorialized down to … Continue reading

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Burqas, Baseball and Apple Pie, Ranya Tabari Idliby

Several years ago, I read the first book written by Ranya Idliby, with two other women; each represented a different religion, each hoped to begin a dialogue to enable a better understanding of each other’s beliefs. The book was “The … Continue reading

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Five Days At Memorial, Sheri Fink

It is very frustrating to read about the incompetence, disorganization, and unnecessary death and suffering that was scapegoated upon the shoulders of those who gave the most and did the best they could under circumstances that were beyond their control … Continue reading

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The Wife, the Maid, and the Mistress, Ariel Lawhon

In this novel, based on a true story, the author tries to explain how the New York State Supreme Court Justice, Joseph Crater, suddenly went missing. He does a marvelous job of creating suspense with a largely realistic narrative that … Continue reading

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