Category: Book Review Monday

“Backstrap was the best cut, my favorite, and Daddy sliced it off the deer’s spine as beautifully as Mama curled ribbons on presents.”

Ruth, Dora, Alyce and Hank, four teens in Fairbanks and Southeast Alaska in 1965, are each stumbling through the aftermath of the loss of a parent or parents through death or divorce or negligence. The story is told in their alternating viewpoints, and the thing I liked most was the wealth of detail that comes…

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No matter what horrible thing they did to her character, she’s still here.

Lepore convincingly makes Wonder Woman the connective tissue between the suffragists and the women’s movement, but the story behind her genesis is just fricken’ amazing and almost unbelievable. William Moulton Marston, Wonder Woman’s creator and a man Glen Weldon accurately describes as “decidedly skeevy,” was, A, a man, B, married to one woman, sleeping with…

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If you ever want to trust a financial institution again don’t read this book.

The very inside story of the colossal mortgage foreclosure fraud scheme of the Oughts in Florida and all around the country, through the eyes of three victims, ordinary mortagers who were illegally foreclosed upon and who became activists in the cause of exposing said fraud. If you ever want to trust a financial institution again…

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“When you grow up in the Delta, everything around you is falling in, and emptying out, and it really affects you. America isn’t supposed to be this way.”

“In twenty-two years,” Grant writes, “I had changed my address eighteen times.” A peripatetic writer whose job had taken him from East Africa to the Sierra Madre, his Manhattan pied-à-terre has become a little claustrophobic, not just to him but to his girlfriend Mariah and his dog Savanna. So when he goes to Mississippi to visit his…

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John le Carré, 1931-2020

I loved everything John le Carré ever wrote, and the precision, the clarity, and the elegance of his prose will always be something for other writers to admire and reach for in their own work. I loved the stories written about the writer, too. My favorite was told by someone who was traveling with him…

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I believe in absolutely nothing except yeast and the inevitability of politicians, so Meroe and I have agreed not to discuss it. Thus we have stayed friends.

The writer of the delightful Phryne Fisher series jumps nine decades into Melbourne’s future, to bring us Corinna Chapman, baker. Corinna lives and bakes in Melbourne, Australia, in one of the truly great buildings of fiction, the Insula, eight stories covered in peacock blue tiles where each apartment is named for a Roman god or…

Read more I believe in absolutely nothing except yeast and the inevitability of politicians, so Meroe and I have agreed not to discuss it. Thus we have stayed friends.

I would not hesitate to put this book in the hands of every teenager I know. They will every one of them see something of their own lives in it.

I don’t know what I expected when I chose this graphic novel from the HPL’s “Read 15 in ’15” list (http://www.cityofhomer-ak.gov/library…). I was just trying to make sure I had a title from as many of their categories as possible. The only other graphic novel I’ve ever read is Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis, and my takeaway…

Read more I would not hesitate to put this book in the hands of every teenager I know. They will every one of them see something of their own lives in it.