Friday, May 22, 2015

Posted March 11, 2015in Book Review

‘The Innovators’

This is an account of the history of the digital age, from Ada Lovelace’s mathematical writings in the 19th century to the emergence of the Internet that we have today. In between, there are many fascinating stories of the people who worked together to make it happen. Isaacson’s theme of

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Posted March 04, 2015in Book Review

“The Country of Ice Cream Star”

I love post-apocalyptic fiction. A shattered land, the sputtering hope and the triumph of heroes in the most desperate circumstances draws me in like a moth to the flame. In “The Country of Ice Cream Star,” award-winning author Sandra Newman delivers a stunning piece of post-apocalyptic literature, epic in scale

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Posted February 25, 2015in Book Review

‘My Sunshine Away’

M. O. Walsh’s astonishing debut novel takes place in the ’80s and 90s along Piney Creek Road in the suburbs of Baton Rouge. Good meals and cold drinks are consumed to stave off the oppressive heat, lawns are well manicured, and the neighborhood children attend private school. Amid the charming

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Posted February 18, 2015in Book Review

“All the Light We Cannot See”

The haunting World War II stories of a French girl and German boy are told in parallel in Anthony Doerr’s beautiful and best-selling novel, “All the Light We Cannot See.” Blind 12-year-old Marie-Laure LeBlanc flees Paris with her father when the Nazi occupation of the city begins. Her agoraphobic great

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Posted February 11, 2015in Book Review

‘Vanessa and Her Sister’

This intriguing work of historical fiction is told from the point of view of Vanessa Bell, a post-impressionist English painter who lived from 1879–1961. I have to admit, before reading this novel, I had never heard of her. On the other hand, her sister needed no introduction. She was the

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Posted February 04, 2015in Book Review

‘Abandoned America: The Age of Consequences’

“Abandoned America” was featured recently on BookTV, piquing my interest in the history to be found in old, abandoned buildings. The book did not disappoint. Although the impact of the photographs themselves is great, the author/photographer has included much of the history of each of the 30 sites. The combination

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Posted January 28, 2015in Book Review

“My Drunk Kitchen”

Cookbook lovers are a special breed and seemingly always on the lookout for something new, different or simply with awesome pictures. We have stacks and stacks of books — never mind that the Internet has all the recipes you’d ever need, it just not the same as those gorgeous, picture-filled

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Posted January 21, 2015in Book Review

‘The Secret Wisdom of the Earth’

Christopher Scotton has published a splendid debut novel, a coming-of-age story as devastating as it is hopeful. Scotton’s story takes us to the mid-1980s to the small, impoverished coal-mining town of Medgar, Kentucky. Kevin Gillooly, 14, has just moved there with his mother. His grandfather, Arthur “Pops” Peebles, invited them

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Posted January 14, 2015in Book Review

‘The Resurrection of Tess Blessing’

“The Resurrection of Tess Blessing” is a poignant, heart-tugging and often hilarious new novel from award-winning Wisconsin author Lesley Kagen. Tess Blessing is facing many of the normal challenges of middle age, including sullen, teen-aged children with hair-trigger emotions and a husband going through his own mid-life crisis. She also

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Posted January 07, 2015in Book Review

‘The Rosie Effect’

“The Rosie Effect” furthers the adventures of socially awkward genetics professor Don Tillman and his wildly unpredictable wife Rosie Jarman in a sequel to Australian Graeme Simsion’s acclaimed first novel, “The Rosie Project.” Forty-one-year-old Don has abandoned his Standardized Meal System and relaxed much of his highly organized life in

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