Video Review of the book, “The Zookeeper’s Wife”, a work of non-fiction by Diane Ackerman.
Book Review: The Help by Kathryn Stockett
This book is about black maids working for wealthy white women of Mississippi in the 1960′s during the tumultuous period of the Civil Rights Movement. The story focuses on two maids and one young white girl who means to find out the truth about what happened to her
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Cutting For Stone by Abraham Verghese
Cutting For Stone is a wonderfully told story from a unique point of view. The first part of the book is narrated by Marion Stone and takes place in a hospital in Ethiopia, run by Carmelite nuns and volunteers. He tells the story of his birth and that
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This book by Kathleen Grissom is an interesting look at the subject of black slavery and racism through the eyes of both a young white girl and a black slave. I thought the book was well researched and the dialect of the slave narrator felt authentic and realistic. The writing is great, and the story
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This is one of the best books about WWII, the Holocaust and human survival that I have ever read. The writing is stunningly beautiful and evocative. It delves much deeper into the way people learn to cope with horrifying circumstances to survive and how others have a compulsive and relenting need to understand the past
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Pavilion of Women is one of my all time favorite books. Pearl Buck is one of my favorite authors. If you haven’t read any of her works I highly recommend this one to get things started on the right foot.
Just to give you a bit of history: Pearl Buck was born in America
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The Vagrants by Yiyun Li is a novel set in 1970′s Communist China. It tells the story of a former devoted follower of Chairman Mao, Gu Shan, who has been sentenced for public execution. Her dissent from the Communist Party and imprisonment devastate her parents. Her mother while overcome with grief is also emboldened by
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I just finished reading a three book series called the Grail Quest by Bernard Cornwell. Book one is called The Archer’s Tale but I much prefer the British title of Harlequin.
The Grail Quest series is about Thomas, an English bastard, born to a mad priest and his housekeeper in a tiny English port town
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The book, The Snow Child was one that I had almost purchased three or four different times. It did not come recommended and I had not read any reviews or heard anything about it. I was simply drawn to it every time I noticed it on the shelf at the bookstore. I finally purchased the
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My latest reading adventure involved vampires. I am typically not into all the vampire books and films that have come out recently but this book is a cut above. In this imaginative retelling of the history of Abraham Lincoln the author Seth Grahame-Smith creates a perfect blend of actual historical events and vampire mythology. Half
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