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reviewed Room: A Novel. October 16, 2013
Room: A Novel
  I finished reading Emma Donoghue's Room a few days ago and I've been puzzling about it ever since.       The novel, which according to Donoghue's website has now sold more than a million copies, was nominated  for and/or has won a raft of prizes including the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize (for best Canadian novel), the Commonwealth Prize …
reviewed The Rule of Four. November 17, 2012
The Rule of Four
Tom Sullivan is about to graduate from Princeton. He has an obsession inherited from his father, about the book, "Hyperotomachie Polyphile" which was published in 1499. Tom's father's reputation was destroyed by his research and opinions of the book.      Tom and his roommate, Paul, are both extremely interested in finding the secrets of the book, such as, …
reviewed Room: A Novel. March 21, 2012
Room: A Novel
Room       Author: Emma Donoghue   Reviewed By Fran Lewis       The four walls of a room can often be confining when you are sick and unable to get around. But, what happens when the four walls become your only outlet with the world, your only environment and the only person that you see is you mother. From the day he was born Jack’s …
posted a Quick Tip about Room: A Novel. February 19, 2012
Room: A Novel
a great perspective of kidnap from the view of one who's never known anything else.
reviewed The Uncoupling. December 16, 2011
The Uncoupling
Meg Wolitzer’s The Uncoupling is a novel in the suburban frustration vein (a sub genre that includes most novels by writers like Jonathan Franzen, Richard Yates, and Tom Perotta as off the cuff representatives). However, The Uncoupling never strays into the self-indulgent pity parties that can too often bog down parts of so many of the other novels in this genre. Though It also fails to wow …
reviewed Bossypants. June 16, 2011
Bossypants
I bought this as my first Kindle book because I'd heard it was laugh-out-loud funny and I wanted something light to read on the plane for a trip I was taking. I think I made it halfway through the book before I did anything but mildly chuckle. While I did LOL several times in the last half of the book, I would by no means call this a laugh-out-loud book overall.    As for the quality …
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Malcolm Gladwell knows how to tell a story. He captures the little details about people and events that give them meaning and make them interesting, something he used to good advantage in The Tipping Point, and almost as well in this book, Blink.      Blink is a book about snap judgments, first impressions, and thin-slicing experiences. It challenges the conventional wisdom of …
reviewed The Kitchen Daughter. April 15, 2011
The Kitchen Daughter
Author Jael McHenry introduces herself to the literary world in a big way through her debut novel THE KITCHEN DAUGHTER. Taking us into the life of the young woman Ginny, she allows us to see the world through the eyes of someone who breaks down all that is complicated into things that are familiar and easy to deal with. In many instances that becomes food, but as her world seems to be falling apart …
Major Pettigrew's Last Stand: A Novel (Random
In the tradition of The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, or the film Last Chance Harvey, Helen Simonson tells the story of Major (ret.) Ernest Pettigrew, a fine old English gentleman doing his best not to fade away since his wife died 6 years ago. He loves his home and village, and regrets the decline of old traditions. As the novel opens, he is struggling to come to terms with the death of his brother, …
Major Pettigrew's Last Stand: A Novel (Random
In the tradition of The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, or the film Last Chance Harvey, Helen Simonson tells the story of Major (ret.) Ernest Pettigrew, a fine old English gentleman doing his best not to fade away since his wife died 6 years ago. He loves his home and village, and regrets the decline of old traditions. As the novel opens, he is struggling to come to terms with the death of his brother, …
reviewed The Rule of Four. April 07, 2011
The Rule of Four
The Rule of Four is a coming-of-age novel built around a real-life mystery, The Hypnerotomachia Poliphili, a Renaissance book that has puzzled scholars and historians for 500 years. As a literary device, it succeeds quite well but if you're looking for a historical thriller in the style of "The Historian" or "The Da Vinci Code", you're cracking the spine on the wrong book, …
Two for the Dough (Stephanie Plum, No. 2)
Stephanie Plum is slowly learning the bounty hunter trade but she's got a long road to haul before she'll be ready to tackle the really mean dudes.      In the meantime, "Two for the Dough" opens with Stephanie looking to collar Kenny Mancuso, a bail jumper who's almost a family member, black sheep cousin to her erstwhile policeman boyfriend, Joe Morelli. …
reviewed One for the Money. March 31, 2011
One for the Money
Let's face it - the basic premise of this book is so whacked that you just gotta laugh before you even start reading it! Stephanie Plum, a down on her luck and out of work lingerie buyer cons her cousin, Vinnie, into giving her a job as a "recovery agent", a skip tracer, a bounty hunter. She's brash, vulgar, feminine, cute, sexy, tarty, sassy, funny and, on top it of it all, she's …
God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything
An atheist manifesto, GOD IS NOT GREAT contains content that ranges from thought-provoking essays to vitriolic diatribes against both the existence of an all-powerful God and the current and historical conduct of the three largest mainstream monotheistic religions of the world - Christianity, Islam and Judaism.      Hitchens does a good job summarizing his own thesis in this pointed …
reviewed Room: A Novel. February 25, 2011
Room: A Novel
I would never have read this book if it wasn't part of The Morning News' Tournament of Books. Although this seems to be on most "best books" lists for 2010(and shortlisted for the Mann Booker prize), I wasn't sure I wanted to read Room. The story is being told by a five year old boy who is trapped in a 11' by 11' room with his mother. I have to admit to being concerned …
reviewed Room: A Novel. February 23, 2011
Room: A Novel
Jack has spent his entire life in one location—Room. It is where he was born and to his five year old mind, Room is the entire world. His world contains three people, himself, Ma, and Old Nick. Ma, a victim of kidnapping, uses their limited supplies, to transform Room into a place of adventure and excitement, filled with childhood stories and imaginative play. However, she has never given up …
reviewed Major Pettigrew's Last Stand: A Novel. February 13, 2011
Major Pettigrew's Last Stand: A Novel (Random
This book has been on my wishlist for months, and I finally got a paperback copy as a Christmas gift, and then of course I was reluctant to start the book because I was afraid it woudn't live up to the build-up. Thankfully, my fears were unfounded as this gem of a book more than lived up to the hype.    This beautiful story about finding love a second time around amid the complications …
reviewed Freedom: A Novel. February 10, 2011
Freedom: A Novel
Too many of the pivotal scenes in Freedom have a ridiculousness to them. They are just real enough that the characters seem in earnest, but sufficiently unreal that they seem to be part of a joke. The book is infused with politics, but Freedom is never clear in revealing whether Franzen is trying to parody or to portray “intellectual” lefties who bungle basic economic ideas. Nor can I …
posted a Quick Tip about Freedom: A Novel. February 09, 2011
Freedom: A Novel
I'm just not a Franzen fan. This is my second attempt and I can't find a toehold in his work. Am I the only one??
reviewed Room: A Novel. February 02, 2011
Room: A Novel
I had been reading and hearing nothing but good things about Room, so I finally decided to see what the hype was all about. My reading pleasure was slightly tainted when the library gave me one week to read it. The book is that popular with the public! However, my friend Paula assured me that it was a quick read. This was not the case. Although I was able to finish the book in one …
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How Can A Story So Tragic Be So Beautiful? This is a book to read and re-read, and savor. I love the textures of the writing, how the emotions for the kidnappers build to the … more
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