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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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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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The Books I Bought in St. Louis

When you visit antique shops looking for buttons, which I did in St. Louis, you’re bound to trip across some books even when that’s not your search object. I found a strange assortment you might think.  The little magazines are … Continue reading

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