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by Carol “Do You Have A Library Card” Lloyd 

Book Review – Toil & Trouble

By The Publisher | October 8, 2019 |

Toil & Trouble by Augusten Burroughs From the time he was a child Burroughs always knew things that others didn’t. He told only his mother who explained that he descended from a long line of witches. In Toil & Trouble he recounts how this ability impacted his life. Burroughs second book, Running with Scissors: A…

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Book Review – The World That We Knew

By The Publisher | October 3, 2019 |

The World That We Knew: A Novel by Alice Hoffman It is Berlin 1941 and Hanni knows she must save her daughter from the Nazis. She goes to a rabbi but it is his daughter who creates a rare and unusual golem to protect the daughter and get her across the Swiss border to safety.…

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Book Review – A Single Thread

By The Publisher | September 24, 2019 |

A Single Thread: A Novel by Tracy Chevalier Violet Speedwell is trying to find her place in post World War I England. Her fiancé was killed in battle and she is destined to a life of spinsterhood (what a dreadful word!) since so many men were killed in the war. Instead of living with her…

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Book Review – Talking to Strangers

By The Publisher | September 20, 2019 |

Talking to Strangers by Malcolm Gladwell Gladwell’s theme is “what we should know about the people we don’t know.” Through a series if inquiries taken from the headlines; the Jerry Sandusky pedophilia scandal at Penn State University, the suicide of Sylvia Plath, the death of Sandra Bland and others, he weaves studies, ideas, and accounts…

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Book Review — An American Memoir

By The Publisher | September 11, 2019 |

Heavy: An American Memoir by Kiese Laymon Laymon details what it means to be black in America.   From being raised in Jackson, Mississippi we follow his path to college professor in New York. He doesn’t shy away from his difficult relationship with his brilliant mother, sexual violence, getting kicked out of college, gambling issues, and…

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Book Review — How to Know the Birds

By The Publisher | September 9, 2019 |

How to Know the Birds — by Ted Floyd a review by Larry Neel — Ted Floyd and I go way back… to our times together in Reno, greater Nevada, and the Partners In Flight West At Large from 1999 to 2002 when he was the Breeding Bird Atlas Coordinator at the nascent Great Basin…

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Book Review — City of Girls

By The Publisher | September 4, 2019 |

City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert Gilbert’s novel begins in the theater world of New York City in 1940. It is told from the perspective of Vivian as an old woman looking back on her life. Vivian’s adventures takes us through World War, opening a wedding dress shop with her friend, her sexual escapades, a…

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Book Review — Travel Light, Move Fast by Alexandra Fuller

By Editor | August 30, 2019 |

Travel Light, Move Fast by Alexandra Fuller This moving memoir chronicles the last weeks of the life of Tim Fuller, the author’s father, in a Hungarian hospital. Tim Fuller is the acknowledged black sheep of his English family who moved to Africa to farm and raise a family. Recounted in this book are some of…

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Book Review — Chances Are…

By Editor | August 23, 2019 |

Chances Are…by Richard Russo Three friends who met in college in the 1960s reunite on Martha’s Vineyard. Now 66 they have some time to rehash what happened to their old friend Jacy who had been an integral part of their group and the woman they were all in love with. As the story unfolds we…

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Book Review: Stamped From the Beginning

By Editor | August 20, 2019 |

Stamped From the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi Kendi chronicles racist ideas and practices from Puritan times to the present. Using minister Cotton Mather, Founding Father Thomas Jefferson, abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison, scholar W.E.B. Du Bois, and activist Angela Davis as guides, Kendi weaves his way through…

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