Book Reviews

by Carol “Do You Have A Library Card” Lloyd 

Book Review — An American Memoir

By The Publisher | September 11, 2019 | 0 Comments

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 | 0 Comments

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 | 0 Comments

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 | 0 Comments

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 | 0 Comments

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 | 0 Comments

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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Book Review — The Last Book Party

By Editor | July 12, 2019 | 0 Comments

The Last Book Party by Karen Dukess It is 1987 and aspiring writer Eve Rosen is languishing in an unexciting assistant job for a New York publisher. She’s not really writing but she talks about it a lot. She also falls under the shadow of her brilliant mathematical brother. She’s sort of stuck. An invitation…

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Book Review — Spying on the South

By Editor | June 28, 2019 | 0 Comments

Spying on the South : An Odyssey Across the American Divide by Tony Horwitz Horwitz traces the route of Fredrick Law Olmsted’s trek through the south in the 1850s on the eve of the Civil War. Olmsted’s dispatches on slavery, its defenders, and cotton as king appeared in the New York Times. Horwitz’s observations, dovetailed…

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Book Review — Biloxi: A Novel by Mary Miller

By Editor | June 2, 2019 | 0 Comments

His wife left him, he has little connection to his daughter, he quit his job in anticipation of a sizeable inheritance from his recently deceased father and, at 63, Louis spends his time watching reality TV, drinking beer (lots of beer), accepting take-out leftovers from his brother-in-law, feeling forlorn and pretty much expecting this is…

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Book Review — The Mother-In-Law: A Novel by Sally Hepworth

By Editor | May 28, 2019 | 0 Comments

Lucy, whose mother died when she was young, hoped for a close and loving relationship with her mother-in-law. What she got instead was a very complicated relationship with her aloof and rather cold mother-in law. Then her mother-in-law dies in an apparent suicide. Things start falling apart for the whole family when police begin investigating…

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