Monthly Archives: May 2016

Moving Day by Jonathan Stone

After 40 years and 3 children, the 72-year old Stanley Peke and his wife Rose are moving out of the big house on Westchester and headed out to California to be closer to the family.   The moving people load up their previously … Continue reading

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All My Friends Are Going To Be Strangers by Larry McMurtry

This is one of McMurtry’s earlier and lesser novels and it shows. His really good ones came later, Terms of Endearment, 1975; Lonesome Dove, 1985;  The Berrybender Chronicles, 2002;   Sacajawea’s Nickname (nonfiction), 2001).  I loved Lonesome Dove and it stood up quite well when I reread it … Continue reading

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Arcadia by Lauren Groff – review

Thoroughly enjoyable novel – beautiful, different and so sweetly told.   It’s the story of a boy/man, Bit Stone,  who was the first child born to a loving couple who lived in a commune in northern New York State circa 1968. … Continue reading

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Give Us the Ballot: by Ari Berman

Be warned – Give Us the Ballot is a powerful book,  but it’s not exactly an unbiased approach to the history of the Voting Rights Act.   This doesn’t bother me because there are a lot of  books out there by conservatives to … Continue reading

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Waiting for Sunrise by William Boyd

I enjoyed the last book I read by Boyd,  An Ice Cream War (1982),  but there’s something off with this one.  I’m not quite sure what it is.  The novel is labeled as a “spy” novel but that thread doesn’t really get started until … Continue reading

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Quartet in Autumn by Barbara Pym

Another reread – this time of an old favorite author,  Barbara Pym,  who has a whole interesting life and her books are delightful and there’s even a fan club of sorts -The Barbara Pym society. ************* Quartet in Autumn by Barbara … Continue reading

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The Tsar of Love and Techno by Anthony Marra

Amazing book, way better than its title!  Think Marra’s prior novel,  A Constellation of Vital Phenomena and mix it up with Cloud Atlas (David Mitchell) and you’re close.   This is the story of a small, outrageously polluted, town in northernmost … Continue reading

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