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****Book Review: My Absolute Darling, by Gabriel Tallent

Usually, I either can’t, or won’t, complete books like Gabriel Tallent’s, debut novel, My Absolute Darling. It’s a gripping, exhausting, page-turner about a fourteen year-old nicknamed Turtle who lives in an isolated, but stunningly beautiful location along the Northern California … Continue reading

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***Book Review: Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis, by JD Vance

Hillbilly Elegy J.D. Vance, is the author of the bestseller, Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis. Before the reader even opens the cover, the book’’s alliterative title grabs you. The timing of its release was … Continue reading

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*****Book Review: Snowblind: Stories of Alpine Obsession, by Daniel Arnold

Snowblind by Daniel Arnold is a collection of fictional short stories highlighting extreme weather conditions and how they relate to the obsessions and excesses commonly found among mountain climbers. We learn that some men and women will risk anything, from … Continue reading

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Book Review: Edge of Eternity by Ken Follett

Ken Follett again tackles great chucks of history in Edge of Eternity, the final installment in his Century Trilogy, which covers 1961 through 1989, and includes such epic events as Vietnam, Kennedy’s assassination, the Civil Rights movement, the Cold War … Continue reading

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****Book Review: Rules of Civility, by Amor Towles

Rules of Civility Set in 1930s Manhattan, Rules of Civility by Amor Towles follows the lives and longings of the city’s idle rich and two determined, thirty-ish working class wannabes, Kate and Eve. Along with happenstance and sheer ballsiness, Kate … Continue reading

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5***** Book Review: All the Light We Cannot See

‘Leaflets,’ the opening chapter of All the Light We Cannot See is two paragraphs long: “At dusk they pour from the sky. They blow across the ramparts, turn cartwheels over rooftops, flutter into the ravines between houses. Entire streets swirl … Continue reading

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3*** Book Review, W is for Wasted, by Sue Grafton

At first glance I wondered why Sue Grafton’s latest mystery, “W is for Wasted,” was such a thick book. Fearing she’d stepped into the novelists’ trap of thinking more is better, it didn’t take long to realize that “W” is … Continue reading

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