Monthly Archives: February 2015

Mr. Mercedes, Stephen King

When I first began to read Stephen King, I found his books to be excellent science fiction, “The Dead Zone”, “The Stand”, and the early books in “The Dark Tower” series, in particular. However, after awhile, for me, many of … Continue reading

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Looking Like Me, Walter Dean Myers

Just 32 pages long, this brief, little picture book would be a welcome read for children of all ages, adults too, because of the message of self-esteem it imparts. I enjoyed listening to it and am sorry I did not … Continue reading

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Henna House, Nomi Eve

Jews and Muslims lived together in peace but perhaps not total harmony, since there were disagreements between them for which the Muslims always had the upper hand. They lived by their rules and owed their lives to their good graces. … Continue reading

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The Romanov Sisters: The Lost Lives of the Daughters of Nicholas and Alexandra, Helen Rappaport

The reader speaks well, paying careful attention to pronunciation, but often, with so many Russian names rolling off her tongue, I was unable to picture or fathom any of them, let alone try to remember them. Although she spoke clearly, … Continue reading

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Tell the Wolves I’m Home, Carol Rifka Brunt

Every no and then there is a story begging to be told. I think this is one of them. This is a poignant story about impossible, unspeakable loss, backward beliefs, misunderstandings, secrets, and shame for no good reason. I am … Continue reading

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Let Me Be Frank With You, Richard Ford- A Frank Bascombe Book,

I found the book depressing and deceptive. I felt physically accosted by the author’s political views and personally insulted by them. If he wants to impugn the reputation of a former President or former presidential candidates, let him do it … Continue reading

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A Spool of Blue Thread, Anne Tyler

Anne Tyler has the uncanny ability of inviting the reader into her parlor and asking them to stay awhile. Her stories unfold so naturally and comfortably that the reader is almost a participant, a character in the tale, albeit an … Continue reading

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