Category Archives: Book Reviews

The Goldfinch

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt (2013) It took me a while to decide to read The Goldfinch.  First of all, it’s nearly 800 pages long.  Secondly, even though the critics loved it, reader reviews were all over the place – … Continue reading

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I Am Malala

I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai with Christina Lamb (2013) On October 9, 2012, 15-year-old Malala Yousafzai was on her way home from school in Pakistan, when her bus abruptly halted and a Taliban soldier climbed up to look at the … Continue reading

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Gift from the Sea

Gift from the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh (1955) Last week, my daughter was working on an application for a school program.  She had been given a list of attributes and was asked to write an essay about the two … Continue reading

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Eleanor & Park

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell (2013) Let’s face it – high school can be ugly.  First, you’ve got the hormone-induced breakouts and awkward growth spurts that make you feel ugly.  Then there’s the anxiety and haunting self-doubt that make … Continue reading

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The Bookman’s Tale

I was waiting for my coffee at Starbucks last weekend when I noticed a woman reading The Bookman’s Tale by Charlie Lovett.  I’m not usually the kind of person who initiates conversations with strangers.  But if a good book is … Continue reading

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