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Unbroken

Unbroken

Written by on September 17, 2015 in On Reading with 0 Comments

Unbroken  by Laura Hillenbrand is the true story of a young boy named Louis Zamperini, the son of Italian immigrants, during the Great Depression, seems to be destined for a rough life. He is mischievous beyond the average kid and causes more trouble than his poor parents can handle. But Louie is also indomitable and […]

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In the Shadow of the Banyan

In the Shadow of the Banyan

Written by on September 17, 2013 in On Reading with 1 Comment

In the Shadow of the Banyan by Vaddey Ratner is a powerful book about the essence of what survives when everything is taken from someone. The story is told from the eyes of seven year old Raami who is the daughter of a Cambodian royal family living in wealth and comfort. The book is set […]

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The Zookeeper’s Wife

The Zookeeper’s Wife

Written by on March 25, 2013 in On Reading with 0 Comments

Video Review of the book, “The Zookeeper’s Wife”, a work of non-fiction by Diane Ackerman.

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The Help

The Help

Written by on March 18, 2013 in On Reading with 0 Comments

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

Cutting For Stone

Written by on September 25, 2012 in On Reading with 0 Comments

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 of […]

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The Kitchen House

The Kitchen House

Written by on July 31, 2012 in On Reading with 0 Comments

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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Those Who Save Us

Those Who Save Us

Written by on July 10, 2012 in On Reading with 0 Comments

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

Pavilion of Women

Written by on July 2, 2012 in On Reading with 2 Comments

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 but […]

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The Vagrants

The Vagrants

Written by on June 4, 2012 in On Reading with 0 Comments

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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The Grail Quest Trilogy

The Grail Quest Trilogy

Written by on May 1, 2012 in On Reading with 0 Comments

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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