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The Destiny Thief: Essays on Writing, Writers and Life by Richard Russo - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781524733513
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - May 8th, 2018

This is such a fascinating collection of essays that touch upon important moments—of different sizes—that help illustrate Russo's points on his life and career throughout the years. Down-to-earth and unassuming—like his fiction—I loved every page. ~ Reviewed by Alex Bell


The Sensual Joy of Books

Books have entertained, and enriched the lives of, many people. Indeed, the tactile aspects of bound pages can be just as enjoyable as the stories themselves. Some of the great joys in life are touching, smelling, looking at and listening to books.

You go into a bookstore and you can feel the jacket covers, sometimes slippery and soft and sometimes gritty and rough, under your fingers as they protect the books as they silently sit there, waiting until you open that first page. The books call to you, telling you “buy me and you’ll find a magical world.”

Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century by Jessica Bruder - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780393249316
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 19th, 2017

An interesting read about a growing sub-culture of van and camper dwellers living in subsistence conditions. The author immersed herself in this culture over several years and it plainly shows in her candid but gentle treatment of her subjects-turned-friends. Her narrative draws you through the life stories of numerous people, forced mostly through job loss or retirement, into a low- or no-rent living alternative, supplementing their incomes through minimum-wage, seasonal jobs. ~ Reviewed by Shirley Cagle


American Fire: Love, Arson, and Life in a Vanishing Land by Monica Hesse - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781631490514
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Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - July 11th, 2017

Hundreds of abandoned buildings pockmarked rural Accomack County, Virginia in 2012. Then, dozens were torched. A panicked community, the months-long search for the arsonist, his arrest, and his strange relationship with his girlfriend comprise a bizarre tale, which Hesse tells with fiery verve. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


Girls & Sex: Navigating the Complicated New Landscape by Peggy Orenstein - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780062209740
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Published: Harper Paperbacks - March 7th, 2017

Read this and then hand it to your favorite teenager, male or female. Clear insight to the generation gap of social norms between adolescent girls and the adults raising them. Honest, detailed accounts. Not always comfortable to read, but wholly necessary. ~ Reviewed by Gail Cosgriff


Maeve's Times: In Her Own Words by Maeve Binchy - Book Review

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By Maeve Binchy, Gordon Snell (Introduction by)
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ISBN: 9780804172769
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Published: Anchor Books - July 21st, 2015

This is a fabulous compilation of Maeve's journalistic work with the Irish Times news paper. This is where she honed her skills and her ability to tell great stories of small & large instances of grace in humanity; becoming a true story-teller. a perfect read with a cuppa of tea. ~ Reviewed by Maeven Noonan


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