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2021-11-24 08:00
A variety of first person narrators, including a dead man, tie this novel together in an intimate way.  These narrators are all very candid, but, particularly in one case, the author cl… Read More
2021-11-21 22:41
 Mustafa is a young black man in northern Africa in the 1500s who sells himself into slavery to save his family from starvation.  He soon finds himself in the New World on an ill-f… Read More
2021-11-17 08:30
I count myself as a John Grisham fan, as I’ve read many of his books and really liked most of them.  The Street Lawyer is still my favorite, and I may reread it one of these days… Read More
2021-11-14 22:24
No courtroom drama or trial lawyers populate this 2005 novel from John Grisham.  Here Grisham dips his toe in the espionage genre, sort of.  Joel Backman finds himself suddenly par… Read More
2021-11-10 08:00
The ever blunt and prickly Olive Kitteredge is back and in even better form this time around.  It is rare that I love a sequel more than the original, but that is certainly the case her… Read More
2021-11-09 23:28
One could say that Elizabeth Strout makes ordinary people compelling, but, actually, this book is populated with characters who are anything but ordinary.  Lucy Barton, from Strout&rsqu&hell…Read More
2021-11-08 21:27
I am a huge fan of Elizabeth Strout’s writing but not of this book, mostly because I found the main character so unappealing.  Tyler Caskey is a great orater and the pastor of a c… Read More
2021-11-07 22:08
This is one of those books where I can’t quite put my finger on why I liked it so much.  The novel takes place during one summer in the lives of a single mother, Isabelle, and her… Read More
2021-11-03 07:00
I very rarely read a collection of short stories, but I read this one for book club, and I do really like Nicole Krauss.  I much prefer characters that mature over the course of a novel… Read More
2021-10-27 08:00
When Mussolini’s forces invade Ethiopia in the 1930s, they encounter a rebel army that is motivated but poorly equipped.  How the Ethiopians prevail is the stuff of myth, but this… Read More

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