Monthly Archives: May 2014

Frog Music, Emma Donoghue

In the mid 19th century, two women were born, Blanche Beunon and Jenny Bonnett. Both grew up abused by men and the system. Both were obsessed with their own personal sexual needs. Both seemed to be weak victims of circumstances … Continue reading

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My Accidental Jihad, Krista Bremer

To better understand the message of the book, I looked up the definition of jihad and found several; they all had one term in common, struggle. Jihad is a striving toward belief and a striving toward a world governed by … Continue reading

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Lucky Us, Amy bloom

The book covers a decade in the life of Eva Acton from 1939-1949. However, it moves back and forth into the past and future, often extending and confusing the timeline for the reader. The story is set in the time … Continue reading

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A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, Anthony Marra

This is a very heartbreaking story about helpless, hopeless people, not literate enough or free enough to change their circumstances. They pay for foolish decisions with their lives, often when they are innocent. Decades of war have marked Russian/Chechen history. … Continue reading

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The Wind Is Not A River, Brian Payton

In 1942, the Japanese military occupied two of the Aleutian Islands, Attu and Kiska, which were part of American territory. For more than a year, the American soldiers attempted to recapture the islands and defeat the enemy. An attempt to … Continue reading

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The Accident, Chris Pavone

When the story begins, two young men, Charlie and Dave, are involved in a murder. Charlie’s father works for the CIA and they enlist his help in a cover-up. As time passes, the two are very successful in a business … Continue reading

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Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief, by Lawrence Wright

At first blush, L. Ron Hubbard seems quite disturbed. He is described as an accomplished liar. Even his memories of his military career cannot be documented as he wrote it. Most of the information in his background, that he provided, … Continue reading

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