Category Archives: Book Reviews

The Ensemble by Aja Gabel

  My Review: The Ensemble is a great summer read – a wonderful debut about four quartet musicians and their lives together from right out of school to adulthood – what they gave up and what they earned, the love … Continue reading

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Tin Man by Sarah Winman

  My Review: Tin Man, a tender and beautiful story, is heartbreaking and wonderfully moving.  At twelve years old, Ellis and Michael become friends.  They both have difficult family lives and less than stellar relationships with their fathers.  They spend … Continue reading

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The Gunners by Rebecca Kauffman

My Review: If you are craving a bit of Big Chill nostalgia this summer, The Gunners is a great choice!  Childhood relationships are revisited when six friends return to their hometown for a funeral of one of their own who … Continue reading

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How to Walk Away by Katherine Center

My Review: How to Walk Away is a fast paced linear story, with flawed characters facing the challenges of tragedy, secrets and ultimately growth.  It is easy to read and perfect to bring along for a summer weekend away! Occasionally predictable, … Continue reading

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Dinner at The Center of The Earth by Nathan Englander

My Review: Dinner at the Center of the Earth is a thriller and a love story, told by brilliant best selling author Nathan Englander.  A Long Island, Jewish American man is a spy for Israel, becomes a traitor, and ends up … Continue reading

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The Seasons of My Mother by Marcia Gay Harden

My Review: In The Seasons of My Mother, Well known actress from stage and screen, Marcia Gay Harden, tells the story of her life in the context of memories she has with her mother. Their close relationship is so beautiful … Continue reading

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That Kind of Mother by Rumaan Alam

My Review: Rebecca Stone desperately needs help with her newborn and Pricilla, a La Leche nurse from the hospital comes to her rescue.  Pricilla, having mothering experience herself as she was a single, teen mom many years ago, leaves her … Continue reading

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The Girl Who Smiled Beads by Clemantine Wamariya

My Review: The Nobel Peace Prize winning author and Holocaust survivor, Elie Weisel, appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show in 2006 where Oprah played clips from an interview they had done on site at Auschwitz.  In addition, on the same … Continue reading

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The Ropes That Bind by Tracy Stopler

My Review: WOW! The Ropes That Bind is a heartbreaking, powerful and hopeful story of a woman’s journey and her quest for healing and growth after being sexually assaulted as a young girl. As Tali crosses the street to get … Continue reading

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