Thursday, September 22, 2016

Review: Another Brooklyn

Another Brooklyn Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Here is a beautifully written book, a memoir of a young girl and her life growing up in the Bushwick section of Brooklyn in the 1970s. It is amazing in both style and content.

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Saturday, September 10, 2016

Review: The Reserve

The Reserve The Reserve by Russell Banks
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Unfortunately this novel did not live up to my expectations. With the setting the Adirondacks and the description of it being part love story and part murder mystery and its author being Russell Banks, it looked promising. Sorry, but I couldn't give it more than two stars.

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Friday, September 2, 2016

Review: The Story of a New Name

The Story of a New Name The Story of a New Name by Elena Ferrante
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Book Two of Elena Ferrante's Neapolitan novels is original, compelling, and a provides insight into a complex friendship of two young women living in Naples during the mid-1960s. Lina and Elena, are intelligent and motivated students with plans to further their education. Living in poverty and in a world where men make the decisions and women comply out of custom, habit or fear, the two girls ultimately take different paths, one by decision, the other by circumstance.

This is a book that surpasses its description of the story. Ferrante writes from what must come from her own experience because it hits so close to the mark. Add to this the secrecy of the author. She does not and will not disclose any personal information. I came to the conclusion that this has to be a biographical novel. However, she might be so brilliant as to make us believe it has to be her story when, in actuality, her life is much different.

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Review: Dinner with Edward: A Story of an Unexpected Friendship

Dinner with Edward: A Story of an Unexpected Friendship Dinner with Edward: A Story of an Unexpected Friendship by Isabel Vincent
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When Isabel Vincent agrees to look in on her friend's ninety-three year old father, it is the beginning of a delightful and heartwarming friendship. Edward is a widower and his two daughters live in Toronto where Isabel used to live and in Greece. He lives in an apartment on Roosevelt Island in the East River where Isabel happens to live also. What starts as a favor for her friend, turns into a deep and memorable friendship between middle-aged Isabel and the elderly Edward.

Isabel comes to discover is that Edward is a marvelous cook who dispenses advice along with his delectable meals. Edward misses his wife Paula and as he relates the story of his marriage, Isabel realizes even more the true meaning of a loving marriage and what hers is lacking.

This is a short memoir of a deep friendship. A menu opens each chapter and throughout Isabel learns the "secret" ingredients to making a marvelous dinner. Readers who love to cook will find this book especially satisfying.

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