The Dinner

Mar 04

The Dinner

I am always fearful when reading a book that originated in another country that something will be lost in translation. That I will somehow miss a key nuance and therefore not fully comprehend the author’s intentions. I am worried that may just be the case with this story by Dutch writer Herman Koch. The tale takes place from the Aperitif to the Digestif. This...

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The Secret in the Old Lace

Feb 28

The Secret in the Old Lace

Oh, to travel back to one’s childhood. What a journey. I read countless Nancy Drew books as an elementary school girl. As they were all numbered, I had self-created lists that I would meticulously check off after reading. I had an elaborate system of colored pens and symbols denoting number of times read, dates, library location, etc. Let your geek flag fly,...

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Still Alice

Feb 26

Still Alice

Lisa Genova paints a gripping portrait of a woman (who is only 50!!) struggling with early onset Alzheimer’s Disease. Alice has built her life around knowing a million facts and understanding and explaining language. She is a Cognitive Psychology professor at prestigious Harvard University. She has created a career, written books, raised a family, and then one...

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The Girl on the Train

Feb 22

The Girl on the Train

Paula Hawkins, thank you for this gripping tale! I could not put down this book. Rachel is that girl on the train. She is one sad panda. She drinks to get through the days. She looks at the houses filled with “happy” families on her daily commute. She longs to be like them; she creates back stories for people she doesn’t even know. Then one day,...

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