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Book Review: The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty

Different.  And it almost works. Cora, a thirty-six year old woman from Wichita, Kansas, is asked to be a chaperone for Louise Brooks.  Louise is fifteen years old, a dance student, and wants to go to New York to study … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Monster of Florence by Douglas Preston

Yikes!  Those Italians! This is the book club selection for October.  Usually I wait until a week before the meeting to read the book so that it’s fresh in my mind. But the other night I thought, “Let’s just see … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

Book club met on Tuesday evening and we reviewed The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison. Most members disliked the book–its mood, subject matter, and disjointed narrative.  One member really enjoyed the book. The first few pages quote the old Dick … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Mosaic Economy by Jennifer Leonard

This is a new book–available on Kindle as a pre-publication offering. Written by a young woman in Boston who has experience teaching economics classes and associating with young people entering the workforce in America.  The book has interesting insights into … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Casino Murder Case by S.S. Van Dine

If all you want in a murder mystery is a bickering wealthy family, a ritzy casino, an anonymous letter, and lots of poisonings –all set in New York City—the casino’s on West 73rd—this one’s for you! Toss in Philo Vance, … Continue reading

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Book Review: Grand Opening by Jon Hassler

Another good book!  I’m on a nice little reading streak! This one’s about a family from Minneapolis . . . that moves to a small town to buy and operate a little mom and pop grocery store. As the story … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Hero with a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell

Bulletin to book clubs!  Read something else! This book was not a hit with the group at book club meeting last night. Oh, we might have had a longer discussion about it if anyone had read it—or read past the … Continue reading

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Book Review: Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

Why are you so successful at what you do? Can you think of any reasons why you might have had a lucky lift up along the way?  Someone you knew?  Where you went to school?  Because you did your homework? … Continue reading

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Book Review: For Kings and Planets by Ethan Canin

Well, I’m supposed to be reading Hero with a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell for book club on the 20th–8 days away–but I’ve found a couple of other books more enticing! One is this wonderful Ethan Canin book published in … Continue reading

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Book Review: Summer Crossing by Truman Capote

What? by Truman Capote?  What’s this?  I had thought I’d already read everything by Truman Capote. Yet, supposedly, this manuscript was found in an apartment where he once lived in New York–a book that he referred to sometimes as his … Continue reading

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