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An exquisitely written book about a Nigerian American caught between two worlds. Niru is a privileged senior at a prestigious private school in Washington on his way to Harvard, struggling with his sexual identity and his relationship to his conservative and very traditional Nigerian parents. It also explores his friendship with his best friend, who happens to be a girl who is in love with him. The denouement is devastating but totally believable, and leaves you breathless and saddened at our cultural response to “other”. ~ Reviewed by Barbara Morrow
A beautifully crafted novel, by the author of Cold Mountain, about one of the most interesting protagonists I’ve encountered in recent fiction. Based on historical research - letter, diaries, memoirs - much of Varina’s character is rounded out by Frazier’s brilliant imagination. The novel goes back and forth in time from pre-Civil War, through the actual war from the southern perspective, post-war, and up through the early 20th century. Family, marriage, slavery, race relations, battles lost, women's roles - all are explored stunningly here. ~ Reviewed by Barbara Morrow
A fascinating fictionalized version of the life of George Sand, from her troubled childhood to her rather scandalous life as a famous writer and an independent woman! ~ Reviewed by Barbara Morrow
For dog lovers everywhere, this photographic collection portrays the powerful and heartwarming relationship between people and their older dogs. The photographs are accompanied by stories celebrating this special bond. Jane Klonsky, a renowned Vermont-based photographer, has combined her dual passion for dogs and photography into a beautiful tribute. ~ Reviewed by Barbara Morrow
A beautiful and searingly truthful story of an amazing woman's battle with cancer, her sister's donation of her bone marrow, and the complex relationships among sisters. Full of hope, love and acceptance. ~ Reviewed by Barbara Morrow