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January 15

3+1 books with strong Asian (American) Female Voices

3 works of fiction + 1 work of nonfiction on a particular subject I absolutely love reading about Asian history and culture. However, I find that stories written by men and women—like in every other culture—are extremely different. I find that one of the things that books written by Asian women have in common is […]

New Orleans Mourning November 24

Deceptive and boozy Louisiana: New Orleans Mourning, Julie Smith

***½ Part of my Mysterious USA Challenge Fawcett, 1990 0804107386 (ISBN13: 9780804107389) Edgar Winner, 1991 New Orleans Mourning is the first in the Skip Langdon series and introduces the likeable and unusual character. Skip is the daughter of social-climbing parents; her father: doctor to the richest families in New Orleans. She’s is over six feet tall, described as […]

October 04

Tomorrow There Will be Apricots, Jessica Soffer

***** ISBN 1469249936 (ISBN13: 9781469249933) 2013, Brilliance Corporation This book was so beautiful that I wept openly when I finished it—my husband thought I was crazy. I immediately went online and Googled Soffer and tried to find out as much as I could about her. The first thing that struck me is that she’s incredibly young. While […]

Reconstructing Amelia June 11

Reconstructing Amelia, Kimberly McCreight

*** Harper Collins, 2013 ISBN 006222543X I immediately downloaded this book into my Kindle because the Goodreads recommendations said something like “If you liked Gone Girl, you’re going to love this book.”  I disagree. New York attorney and busy single mother, Kate Baron always thought that she and her teenage daughter Amelia had the perfect […]

April 30

Eat, Pray, Love, Elizabeth Gilbert, 2006

***½ Eat, Pray, Love I resisted reading this book for the longest time.  I still haven’t watched the movie.  It’s strange how books sometimes come to you when you are receptive.  Had I started this book two years ago, I probably wouldn’t have made it through the first section.  In this autobiographical book, Elizabeth is […]

February 19

Blood Meridian, or the Evening of Redness in the West, Cormac McCarthty

**** Blood Meridian: Or the Evening Redness in the West Author: Cormac McCarthy First Edition: 1985 Original language: English I read this book after literally dozens of people suggested it after reading my post on 10 Disturbing Novels.  This book was unquestionably disturbing, but not I can’t put it down disturbing, more like I can’t […]

February 18

Chilean poet Pablo Neruda’s body to be exhumed amid allegations of murder

A Chilean court orders exhumation on Neruda’s body to determine cause of 1973 death   From my column at Communities @ Washington Times WASHINGTON DC, February 14, 2013 – Last week a Chilean judge ordered the exhumation of Pablo Neruda to determine whether the Nobel Prize winning poet was poisoned.  Author or Canto General and […]

February 11

A History of the World in 6 Glasses, Tom Standage

****½ A History of the World in 6 Glasses Author: Tom Standage Website: http://tomstandage.wordpress.com First Edition: 2005 Original language: English Summary: Following human history through predominant beverages, this book presents history in an interesting and different light.  Highlighting the human need for water, this book chronicles how drinks – beer, wine, spirits, coffee, tea, and […]

February 08

The Kitchen House, Kathleen Grissom

****½ The Kitchen House Author: Kathleen Grissom First Edition: 2010 Original language: English Awards: Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Historical Fiction, Debut Author (2010) Summary: Told from the point of view of an orphaned Irish indentured servant and the illegitimate daughter of a tobacco plantation owner and one of his slaves, The Kitchen House tells […]

October 08

Writing Advice from Abelardo Castillo

  Abelardo Castillo (Buenos Aires, 1935) is an Argentinian writer, novelist, essayist, and playwright.  He is also well known for his short stories including “Ernesto’s Mother“.  An amateur boxer in his youth, Castillo worked as director of several literary magazines including El Escarabajo de Oro and El Ornitorrinco.  Following are a few tips from his book Ser Escritor (Being […]