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Monday, February 25, 2013

#BookReview: Where'd You Go, Bernadette - Maria Semple

Bernadette Fox is brilliant, some would even say she's a genius.  But being that brilliant and that smart doesn't come without a price.  She's nuttier than a fruitcake, though her husband and daughter don't seem to notice.
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Friday, February 22, 2013

#BookReview: Maman's Homesick Pie - Donia Bijan #BP2W (Iran)

Prior to the Islamic Revolution in 1978, Donia Bijan and her family lived a charmed life in Iran.  You can hear the pride in her words as she writes of her doctor father and nurse mother who built a hospital from the ground up.  Raised in an apartment above the hospital, Donia and her sisters were raised not only by their parents, but by the nurses at the hospital as well.
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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

#BookReview: The Secret of the Nightingale Palace - Dana Sachs

Goldie Rubin Feld Rosenthal bites her tongue for no one, not even her granddaughter Anna, not even if it means hurting her feelings.  It would be easy to blame it on her advanced age, but Goldie has always marched to the beat of a different drummer and seen life in ways that others didn't.  Indeed, Goldie was born with chutzpah.  It's her outspokenness that has lead to a five year estrangement from her youngest grandchild.
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Monday, February 18, 2013

#BookReview: A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty - Joshilyn Jackson

In some communities we often hear girls that are dressed too old for their age or who act more like an adult woman than their own age referred to as fast.  Whether these girls in fact actually act this way knowingly or are falsely accused, the accusations are still there.  Joshilyn Jackson coins a new phrase with the same meaning, a grown-up kind of pretty.
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Friday, February 15, 2013

#BookReview: The Space Between Us - Thrity Umrigar #BP2W (India)

The space between women of differing religions, socioeconomic statuses, age groups and the space between men and women are all touched upon in Thrity Umrigar's The Space Between Us.  While the differences are vast at times, in some instances, there is very little difference.
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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

#BookReview: The House Girl - Tara Conklin

As a "twenty-first century white girl from New York," what does Lina Sparrow, a first year litigator at New York's most prominent law firm, know about slavery?  By her own admission, slavery and its legacy never crossed her mind.  When a reparations case lands on her desk, she wonders why she doesn't know the names of the faceless and forgotten individuals that built America, why there's no monument to them and what they wished for, worked for and loved.
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Monday, February 11, 2013

#BookReview: The Comfort of Lies - Randy Susan Meyers

"Sometimes when I consider what tremendous consequences come from little things, I am tempted to think there are no little things.  Bruce Barton

When Nathan slept with Tia, he changed the lives of Caroline, Peter and Juliette, not to mention Tia's. And though he was the chief instigator of the affair that affected everyone, I finished the book thinking he was the least affected, leaving everyone else to pick up the pieces of the mess he'd made.
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Friday, February 8, 2013

#BookReview: There Once Lived A Girl Who Seduced Her Sister's Husband and He Hanged Himself - Ludmilla Petrushevskaya #BP2W (Russia)

If you approach Russian literature, particularly short stories, with the idea that in the end you'll learn something or that there will be a moral to the story, you'll be sadly disappointed.  If you're looking for happy endings and stories that are wrapped up with a nice, neat bow, you'll be sadly disappointed.  But if you read them for a glimpse at the grit of everyday life, Ludmilla Petrushevskaya's latest is just what you need.
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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

#BookReview: Freeman - Leonard Pitts, Jr.

How far would you walk to be reunited with your loved one? Following the end of slavery, countless men and women set off across the country looking for mothers, fathers, husband, wives, sisters, brothers and children.  Because slaves were given the last names of their owners, it was often difficult for families to be reunited, especially if they didn't know to what plantation and where their loved ones had been sold.
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Monday, February 4, 2013

#BookReview: Here I Go Again - Jen Lancaster

Every school had one, a clique of mean girls that ruled the school.  (Well my school didn't because we were all nerds, but I digress.)  Have you ever wondered what happened to the Regina George of your school days?  Are the Plastics still together?  Okay, if you've never seen Mean Girls, these references are totally lost on you, but trust me when I tell you Jen Lancaster gets the whole mean girls thing right with just a little twist in Here I Go Again.
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Friday, February 1, 2013

#BookReview: Daughters Who Walk This Path - Yejide Kilanko #BP2W (Nigeria)

No one told us that sometimes evil is found much closer to home, and that those who want to harm us  can have the most soothing and familiar of voices.

As a child, Morayo and her sister Eniayo loved visits from their older cousin, Bros T.  A gifted storyteller, everyone recognized that he lied effortlessly, still, there was really no harm in his lies. But as the saying goes, if you'll lie, you'll steal.  The day money goes missing, Bros T swears he hasn't taken it, lying to both his overindulging mother and his disbelieving grandmother.  It's then that Mama Ejiwunmi recognizes that her grandson is a bad seed.
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