Category Archives: book review

I’m moving

Hello readers and friends– My site is moving, but will be the same, with a new address. Look for me at  www.booksandbuttons.com. You’ll see my usual page with a row of books at the top. And there is a new … Continue reading

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Book Review: A Christmas Memory by Truman Capote

“Imagine a morning in late November.” That’s the first line and off we go with a beautiful tale about a little boy and an older woman who is his distant cousin.  They are loose-end relatives and are each other’s best … Continue reading

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Book Review: Beethoven’s Hair by Russell Martin

This was the December selection of our book club.  Our meeting was cancelled due to inclement weather so I’m unsure of members’ reactions to the book. It was published in 2000 and is shelved in biography.  The title is a … Continue reading

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Book Review: Much Obliged, Jeeves by P.G.Wodehouse

Need a break?  Did you just look through 3314 pairs of booties at Zappo’s and are you seeing double?  Stop, take a little break from Christmas shopping and enjoy some P.G.Wodehouse. This little romp with Bertie and Jeeves, masquerading as … Continue reading

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Book Review: A Little Local Murder by Robert Barnard

Robert Barnard was born in 1936 and died this September 2013.  I wasn’t familiar with his work and grabbed one on a recommendation.  It was a lucky library grab—turns out to be the first “crime” novel he wrote. I’m not … Continue reading

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Book Review: Lost in a Good Book by Jasper Fforde

The book club met last night—ffull attendance!—and we nearly unanimously agreed that we didn’t like the book!  And that’s the opinion of even the members who read it! Could it be that instead of agreeing with all the people in … Continue reading

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Book Review: Smith by Leon Garfield

Smith, the story of a pickpocket, was written by Leon Garfield (1921-1996). Garfield wrote over 50 novels, most of them classified as children’s literature, although many reviewers acknowledge an interest by adult readers as well. Garfield wrote the book in … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Crucible by Arthur Miller

When I heard that one of our grandchildren was reading The Crucible by Arthur Miller in school, I realized that I hadn’t ever read it. It’s a play in four acts written in 1953 when Arthur Miller was in his … Continue reading

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the book club met: The Monster of Florence by Douglas Preston

There were mixed opinions tonight at book club about The Monster of Florence by Douglas Preston and Mark Spezi.  All agreed that it “went right along”, well, most all.  That’s the thing about a group of readers—seldom can you say … Continue reading

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Book Review: Country Girl by Edna O’Brien a memoir

This memoir has such a delightful beginning–with O’Brien’s memories from her Irish childhood, that I thought I was going to have to run out and buy a copy.  The anecdotes just kept coming and I laughed and admired her witty … Continue reading

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