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Between the World and Me

by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Friday, December 30, 2016

Written as a series of letters to his teenage son, Coates writes this thoughtful memoir addressing race and how it has shaped America.   It moves from his  youthful tough Baltimore neighborhood through Howard University and on to New York and Paris.  It follows his evolution of thinking on race from the influences of Malcom X & James Baldwin to current events.  He describes the systematic violence against blacks in America and makes a case that race itself is a fabrication made by whites who see themselves as “exceptional”.  Coates is an award-winning writer who is frank, insightful and original.   He...

Berry the Hatchet

by Peg Cochran
Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Winter can be a quiet time in the small town of Cranberry Cove near the shores of Lake Michigan. With the tourists long gone and the holidays over, it may be a little too quiet. So the mayor, Preston Crowley comes up with the idea of having a Winter Walk – a festival of sorts that will light up the downtown businesses and boost the local economy. Snow begins to fall just in time for the grand kick-off event which is to be heralded by the arrival of the mayor and the Winter Walk Queen by horse-drawn sleigh.  But the picture postcard scene is disturbed when, several minutes ahead of schedule, the horse and sleigh races down Main Street - minus the...

A Christmas Carol

by Charles Dickens
Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Have you read this classic? Or have you just watched one of the many movies made from the story? I must admit I had never read the novel. My husband and I read it to each other and enjoyed it tremendously. If you haven’t read A Christmas Carol or seen the movie it is the tale of Ebenezer Scrooge, a miserly curmudgeon, visited by three ghosts who show him Christmas past, present and future, in hopes of saving his soul.  Of course it has a happy ending but the journey Scrooge takes and the people he meets are the stuff of dreams! And it is interesting to notice what parts of the original stay true in the movie adaptations and what are added. Each...

News of the World

by Paulette Jiles
Monday, December 19, 2016

Loved this book and no doubt someone will make it into a great movie!  Set in 1870 Texas, Captain Kidd is given a $50 gold piece to deliver a 10 year-old girl back to her family.  The girl had been captured by the Kiowa when she was 6, so that is the only family she knows.  The distance of this trip is quite far, and few would undertake such a dangerous mission.  The characters are superb and full of dimension.  As with any trip, bonds are broken and some are strengthened.  You won't put this one down until you find out what happens.  Highly recommended.


The bookseller of Kabul

by Asne Seierstad
Friday, December 16, 2016

I love reading books about other worlds and cultures.  This one is extraordinary.  Seierstad was in Afghanistan with the military when she wandered into a bookshop in Kabul.  Intrigued with the owner she proposed joining his home to enable her to tell their story.  She writes with respect and graciousness of life, in particular, for women in a culture and religion most of us westerners know nothing about.  She is able to tell the story with little judgement, but lets it speak for itself and gives voice to what the various members of the family experience, think, and feel.


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