Category Archives: books

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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Challenge: Ten Great American Novels

This post was spurred into print by the challenge from a blog called Fiction Fan’s Book Reviews—sign in, you’ll enjoy it! http://www.fictionfanblog.wordpress.com.          Her latest post is “Great American Novel Quest” and she asks her readers to … 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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Bookshelves Part 2

So the four books that I brought with me are: Beethoven’s Hair by Russell Martin The Burgess Boys by Elizabeth Strout Someday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren Graham “Object Lessons” The Paris Review presents short stories. But it’s intriguing to see … Continue reading

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Bookshelves

I brought four books with me to read on this mini vacation . . . I put Beethoven’s Hair in my carry-on bag–might as well get that book club selection started.  But at the last minute, I switched it for … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Habit of Widowhood by Robert Barnard

Tra-la-la!  Robert Barnard makes murder look so easy.  And so tidy.  (But rather upsetting.) These seventeen stories of twisty turned plots make short work of winter evenings for you.  Try to limit yourself to just one a night to make … 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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