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Glorious Tomato Soup!

Mar 20, 2015
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When I was a child, my favorite sick day treat was Campbell’s tomato soup and a grilled cheese sandwich, with Kraft cheese, on Wonder bread. It was warm and comforting and I would dip the sandwich into the soup and feel much better. I tried that exact combination a few weeks ago, when I was feeling terrible and also nostalgic. Sadly, the memories did not live up to the reality.

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The title of Rhidian Brook's new novel, The Aftermath, refers to the years immediately following World War II.

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.

Book Review: Someone

Sep 23, 2013

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

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.

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.

Book Review: & Sons

Jul 29, 2013

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.

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.

Book Review: Fin & Lady

Jul 1, 2013

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.

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.