Book Review

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5:00 am
Mon October 7, 2013

Book Review: 'The Gravity of Birds' Is A Mystery Of Time And Art

The Gravity of Birds by Tracy Guzeman begins in 1963 with the Kessler Family spending their annual vacation at a lake cabin rental in Maine.

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5:00 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Book Review: Someone

Alice McDermott's new novel, Someone, focuses on an Irish Catholic family living in Brooklyn.

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5:00 am
Mon September 9, 2013

Book Review: The Girl You Left Behind

The Girl You Left Behind begins in France in 1916.

Most of the men from a small French village are off fighting in the war and the Germans have occupied the village. One of the women left behind, Sophie, is left to deal with this occupation of not only the village, but also her family inn and restaurant.

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5:00 am
Mon August 26, 2013

Book Review: The Distancers: An American Memoir

When Lee Sandlin was a young boy growing up in Chicago, each summer he was dropped off at the family home in Edwardsville, Ill., to stay with two great-aunts and two great-uncles. Sandlin describes his time there as a boot camp in old-fashioned values.

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5:00 am
Mon August 12, 2013

Book Review: Antonia Lively Breaks The Silence

Antonia Lively Breaks the Silence by David Samuel Levinson is set in a sleepy university town a couple hours outside of New York City. The novel has a familiar cast of characters: an author, a book critic and the women who loved them.

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5:00 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Book Review: & Sons

David Gilbert
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David Gilbert’s novel & Sons is about a somewhat reclusive author who has written a book that has captured the imaginations of readers through the decades, much like J.D. Salinger’s Catcher In The Rye.

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5:00 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Book Review: The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells

I have a difficult time with books that require the reader to suspend disbelief. In fact, I avoid them. But not if the author is Andrew Sean Greer.

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5:00 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Book Review: Fin & Lady

Cathleen Schine's journey to becoming an author included brief stints in medieval history and shoe buying at Bloomingdale's. Not a likely trajectory toward a profession as a novelist, especially since she turned to writing as a fall-back career.

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5:00 am
Mon June 17, 2013

Book Review: The Other Typist

Set in New York City in the 1920s, The Other Typist by Suzanne Rindell is told from the viewpoint of Rose Baker, an unremarkable woman raised in an orphanage by nuns.

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5:00 am
Mon June 3, 2013

Book Review: The Chaperone

One beautiful thing about reading is the travel it allows. Through books, you can visit other times, places, or even dimensions.

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