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The Last Palace: Europe's Turbulent Century in Five Lives and One Legendary House by Norman Eisen - Book Review

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$18.00
ISBN: 9780451495792
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Published: Broadway Books - September 3rd, 2019

Eisen is uniquely qualified to write this book because, as U.S. Ambassador to Czechoslovakia, he was one of the most recent occupants of the palace built in Prague the 1920s by Otto Petschek. Eisen weaves an incredible story of the palace and its occupants, from Ashkenazi to Hollywood royalty, Nazis, communists, heroes, villains, and victims. The book extends from the 1920s through the Velvet Revolution to the present. The plot twists would rival any mystery. Eisen's own existence, not just his ambassadorship, winds around the thread of his own mother surviving the Holocaust, the Russian invasion, and rise of Communism. This book is fascinating,insightful and timely. ~ Reviewed by Maeve Noonan


Late Migrations: A Natural History of Love and Loss by Margaret Renkl - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781571313782
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Published: Milkweed Editions - July 9th, 2019

This beautifully illustrated book is a wonder, a cross between epistles on nature (delving anywhere from the bloodthirstiness of house wrens to the haunting beauty of a pond's loss to rapacious waterlilies) and a memoir, where tales of great and little loves happen on a daily basis. This book is one to savor in pieces, so you can think, reflect, and revisit sections. Late Migrations is for anyone who loved Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer. ~ Reviewed by Maeve Noonan


Running with Sherman: The Donkey with the Heart of a Hero by Christopher McDougall - Book Review

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$27.95
ISBN: 9781524732363
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Published: Knopf - October 15th, 2019

This is a memoir of the Dao of Donkey. Christopher Mcdougall's wonderful, funny, insightful, and always entertaining book is about training a rescued donkey named Sherman to be his running partner, or vice-versa. The story evolves into life lessons learned from a myriad of characters: burro racers, "crazy" ladies, Amish people, goats, and of course Sherman, who is the real hero—move over Black Beauty. This book left a warm happiness inside my head and my heart long after I finished it. ~ Reviewed by Maeve Noonan


Crazy Brave by Joy Harjo - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780393345438
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - July 29th, 2013

Harjo is a shapeshifter, weaving ancestral lore and personal memory, lessons, and experiences of beauty and sharp edges that blend into sublime lyrics in her work and her well-lived life. They are one and the same. This memoir exemplifies her desire to "aim in humanizing and healing" as American Poet Laureate. I did not want this book to end. ~ Reviewed by Maeve Noonan


Travel Light, Move Fast by Alexandra Fuller - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781594206740
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Published: Penguin Press - August 6th, 2019

This Is a wonderfully soulful memoir and an homage to the author’s parents, particularly her father, a man who thrived on living on the edge. Their strengths and weaknesses made for a grounded (in a most unorthodox sense) childhood. As a reader it was sometimes hard to catch my breath, whether from laughter or, occasionally, from tears of empathy. ~ Reviewed by Maeve Noonan


The Word for Woman Is Wilderness by Abi Andrews - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781937512798
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Published: Two Dollar Radio - March 19th, 2019

This novel is "heartfelt." The heroine, Erin, is an impassioned 19-year-old feminist who is determined to confront the utter injustice of the reputation that "Women Adventurers" suffer. Deciding that she is going to set the record straight on that score and on a myriad of topics from astrophysics, philosophy to the nature of Ted Kaczynski (the Unabomber) and Chris McCandless of Into the Wild, Erin sets off from England to find Alaska on her own terms. This book is a whole new kind of nature/novel writing and so believable that some readers fail to note it is fiction. ~ Reviewed by Maeve Noonan


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