Fiction

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Fruit of the Drunken Tree

A rich girl, poor girl account of late twentieth century Columbia, Fruit of the Drunken Tree is a staggering emotional journey through the destruction of life in a time of war. It will give you a new perspective on why some people risk it all to come to America. Someone you’ve never met can dom ...

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What We Were Promised

What We Were Promised is both a look at life in modern day China and an observation on the unchanging nature of humanity. “No man is an island entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main” John Donne told us. This book shows that as a universal truth. After year ...

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MacBeth

The Hogarth Press has conducted a bit of a grand experiment recently, asking eight currently publishing authors to reimagine some of Shakespeare’s works. Margaret Atwood tackled The Tempest in her most recent work Hag Seed, Jeannette Waterson interpreted A Winter’s Tale, and Jo Nesbø has given ...

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Number One Chinese Restaurant

It’s been over forty years since Marlon Brando uttered the words, “I’m going to make you an offer you can’t refuse” but Number One Chinese Restaurant proves that not everyone took that warning to heart. When our story begins, Uncle Pang is eating at The Beijing Duck House in Rockville, ...

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Love and Ruin: A Novel

Martha Gellhorn had, in so many words, one hell of a life.  The daughter of a respected doctor and a well-known suffragette, she bucked social expectations and became a gutsy, daring reporter of topics that women were rarely allowed to report upon at the time, from the effects of America’s depres ...

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Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand

Original Review: December 2015 Revised: March 2018 After having read more small English village stories and a few mid-20th century stories and then re-reading this book, I felt I came away understanding Major Pettigrew's character in more depth. Thus my assessment of him and the novel changed from ...

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The Uncommon Reader

This is such a charming book about Queen Elizabeth II and the subversive power of reading. Alan Bennett is one of England's foremost writers, and while this short novel is a departure from his usual fare of plays, he certainly has the flair for quiet, amusing, and sharply observant tales. "Now that ...

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Some Small Magic

I’ll start with a disclaimer: I don’t find magic in the charm of Southern hill people’s poverty. I don’t find ignorance endearing. I don’t find struggle necessarily enlightening. I think to enjoy this book you would have to appreciate all three. Abel Shifflet is used to things not going ...

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Vinegar Girl

this review is by E.L. Hussey Vinegar Girl is a modern day re-telling of one of William Shakespeare’s most controversial plays, The Taming of the Shrew. Interestingly, I finished reading this book shortly after seeing Shrew performed at Shakespeare’s Globe in London. For those who are not famil ...

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Sinner's Creed

Sinner's Creed is the first book in Kim Jones' series of the same name. Ms. Jones brings true life experiences to her writing, making Sinner's Creed one of the most authentic glimpses into MC life I have ever managed to get. Before I continue, I feel compelled to let readers know that this book d ...