Monthly Archives: August 2014

The Dressmaker of Khair Khana, Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

The author was a former journalist in Washington D.C. covering presidential campaigns. She left her job in 2005 to go to grad school. She wanted to do international development research and in that vein was going to interview women in … Continue reading

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The Fortune Hunter, Daisy Goodwin, read by Clare Corbett

This story is woven around 3 characters, Charlotte Baird, an heiress and orphan aspiring to be a renowned photographer, Elizabeth, the Empress of Austria and Queen of Hungary, and George “Bay” Middleton an accomplished rider. They are very real historic … Continue reading

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Ordinary Heroes by Scott Turow

As historic fiction about World War II, the story succeeds. The battles were real and the descriptions authentic. They put the reader in the midst of the danger and the carnage. The arrogance of the commanding officers is exposed as … Continue reading

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The Pearl That Broke Its Shell, written by Nadia Hashimi, read by Gin Hammond

The Pearl That Broke Its Shell, written by Nadia Hashimi, read by Gin Hammond, is the story of Afghanistan, its history and its people. This is a story about a country that has not advanced very much over the years, … Continue reading

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I don’t know: In Praise of Admitting Ignorance (Except When You Shouldn’t), Leah Hagen Cohen

What I expected from this brief book, was a discussion on the advantages of being truthful, admitting errors, admitting ignorance, even when afraid of being viewed as a fool. My dad always said, the only really smart person is that … Continue reading

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The Children Act, Ian McEwan

Ian McEwan’s brief, multi-layered novel about trial judge Fiona Maye, in the High Court of the Family Court Division in England, is based on very real case law; otherwise it is entirely fiction. More than Fiona’s story, this is a … Continue reading

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Nora Webster, Colm Toibin

The book begins around the time of man’s first walk on the moon and ends in 1972, just about three years later. This is a really good story, unlike many written today which simply entice the reader with erotic scenes … Continue reading

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