Category Archives: Books

Through The Eyes Of A Child

Marilynne Robinson’s Housekeeping is a novel about the interplay of memory and imagination. The story is narrated by a granddaughter and opens with the patriarch who moved his family out west to Montana where he is killed riding a train … Continue reading

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The Man Who Sold The World

Sway is Kat Spear’s debut novel about Jessie Alderman, a clever high school senior with a reputation around town as someone who can get things to satisfy the whims and desires of his clients. Through charm and cunning, Jessie gathers … Continue reading

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Illusions of Love

Alice Munro’s Too Much Happiness is a wonderful collection of short stories featuring characters confronting destruction of their families, destruction of their marriages, illness, death, and guilt written in first and third person narratives. Marital infidelity and the feelings of … Continue reading

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Love Stinks

The Land of Love and Drowning is Tiphanie Yanique’s novel about being helplessly in love with the wrong person. It begins during a time when the United States purchases the Virgin Islands as a territory from Denmark, and follows the … Continue reading

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The Sins Of The Father Are Visited Upon The Son

Save Yourself is about three disaffected characters dealing with the collateral damage caused by their parents’ actions whose stories intersect in a suburb outside of Pittsburgh. Patrick’s mother passes away when he was young leaving his alcoholic father to raise … Continue reading

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Alzheimer’s Outbreak

Half the Kingdom is a novel by Lore Segal that deals with the subject of alzheimer’s.  Written in short chapters using multiple points of view, the story follows several characters participating in a research study on dementia that is being … Continue reading

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Total Recall

We Were Liars is an endearing coming of age story. The Sinclairs are that quintessential patrician family who vacations on an island off Martha’s Vineyard every summer. Cadence Sinclair Easton is suffering from an episode of amnesia related to an … Continue reading

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