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Posted November 02, 2016in Book Review

Book Reviews

‘The Soul of an Octopus’ “The Soul of an Octopus,” by Sy Montgomery, is one of the most interesting books I have read of late. I started learning new things on literally page two. I discovered that the plural pronunciation of octopus is, in fact, octopuses, and not octopi. The

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Posted August 31, 2016in Book Review

‘A Hero of France’

In his latest historical spy novel, Alan Furst brings to life the French Resistance in the City of Light during 1941. Bombers are being sent from England, and numerous English flyers are brought down in enemy territory who need assistance to get back home so they can fly again.  Mathieu

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Posted August 10, 2016in Book Review

‘The View from the Cheap Seats’

Neil Gaiman is a master of many genres. Comic books, juvenile fiction, young adult, short stories, novels, fantasy, sci-fi, TV, video games… there seems to be no genre he can’t conquer with his signature prose and panache. His newest collection, “The View from the Cheap Seats,” collects a gold mine

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Posted July 27, 2016in Book Review

‘In the Unlikely Event’

In the year 1951-1952, Judy Blume was a teenager living in Elizabeth, New Jersey, when three separate plane crashes in the city killed a total of 118 people. Her latest book, while strictly a work of fiction, centers around those events and their effect on Elizabeth’s residents. Many characters fill

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Posted July 20, 2016in Book Review

‘Lily and the Octopus’

    By Steve Rowley Simon & Schuster June 2016 $25.99 305 pages Every pet owner has a story to tell, and “Lily and the Octopus” is the dog book to read this summer. This humorous, compassionate and quirky story is about Ted (the owner) and Lily (the dachshund) and

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Posted July 13, 2016in Book Review

‘Miss Jane’

Brad Watson, author of the 2002 National Book Award finalist “The Heaven of Mercury,” delivers a long-awaited novel for eager fans and newcomers alike. Miss Jane is a unique, beautifully written story based on Watson’s great-aunt, Mary Ellis “Jane” Clay, who was born with a urogenital defect in the late

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Posted July 06, 2016in Book Review

‘Miller’s Valley’

    By Anna Quindlen Random House April 5, 2016 $28 272 pages Mary Margaret (Mimi) Miller is a baby boomer growing up in a community where her family has lived and farmed for generations. Her father is also a “fix-it man,” and her mother is a nurse. The valley

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Posted June 29, 2016in Book Review

‘City on Fire’

  Garth Risk Hallberg’s first novel, “City on Fire,” is a behemoth, weighing in at more than 900 pages. Readers who might be intimidated by the size of this novel should know that it’s worth it. After reading this book, I was left wanting more. It takes place in New

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Posted June 22, 2016in Book Review

‘Valiant Ambition: George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the Fate of the American Revolution’

  By Nathaniel Philbrick Viking May 10, 2016 Hardcover $30 448 Pages Nathaniel Philbrick presents a detailed examination of George Washington and Benedict Arnold during the Revolutionary War. While Washington is generally known as the Father of the Country, Philbrick is very clear that Washington was a rather incompetent general

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Posted June 15, 2016in Book Review

‘Hamilton: The Revolution’

  I love books as art — thick, heavy books with deckled pages, tons of glossy pictures and a cover that just screams, “Read Me.” The cultural phenomenon that is the Broadway hit play,  “Hamilton: The Revolution,” seems tailor-made for just such a book. Lin-Manuel Miranda is brash, insightful, hilarious

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