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All the Way to the Tigers: A Memoir by Mary Morris - Book Review

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Published: Nan A. Talese - June 9th, 2020

All the Way to the Tigers offers an unpresumptuous view into two events that profoundly altered Mary Morris's life - a fall on a NY skating rink that threatened her ability to ever walk again, and much later, her courageous solo trip to India where she rides in an open jeep on Safari through the heart of jungle preserves seeking the most elusive, intelligent, and all powerful killing machines on the planet - the Bengal tiger. I highly recommend this as inspiration for anyone who thinks their time for adventure has passed them by. ~ Reviewed by Nancy Scheemaker


Valentine: A Novel by Elizabeth Wetmore - Book Review

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Published: Harper - March 31st, 2020

Valentine crushed me. Wetmore's writing is as searing and vast as the heat and landscape she creates in this novel's Odessa, West Texas in the 70's. Women and girls reach for ice tea and alcohol, carry guns, love their babies, and rage against the merciless domestic and social violence stalking the oil and cattle fields. Yet each voice here captivates with unique beauty and pain, gradually closing the gap on their disparate lives. Wetmore's exploration of racism is complex and heartbreaking as any I have read. Valentine is not just a great novel - it's an unforgettable one. ~ Reviewed by Nancy Scheemaker


Threads of Life: A History of the World Through the Eye of a Needle by Clare Hunter - Book Review

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Published: Harry N. Abrams - October 15th, 2019

Hunter argues quite effectively that needlework is an ancient art whose meaning goes far beyond embellishment or mere ornamentation. Women have long used stitchery - more readily accessible, despite education or poverty - to effectively express their opinions, their dreams and the condition of their lives. Using a myriad of fascinating examples, Threads of Life shows the powerful ways that stitchery has influenced world history, providing a narrative for tradition, family memories, community identity and political protest. Understanding the true significance of hand sewn art can only serve to improve our world view of the women who courageously and patiently created them. This is a must read history sure to impress with surprise and discovery. ~ Reviewed by Nancy Scheemaker


Transcendent Kingdom: A novel by Yaa Gyasi - Book Review

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Published: Knopf - September 1st, 2020

Love and devotion form the backbone of this highly complex novel which on one level explores the deep personal suffering of a Ghanain family - a father's abandonment, a mother's catatonic depression, the tragic loss of a brother to addiction - but on a deeper level probes the depths of our common understanding of what makes us human beings tick. A provocative look at science, religion, fleeting happiness, deep grief and the mystifying workings of the human mind. ~ Reviewed by Nancy Scheemaker


Redhead by the Side of the Road: A novel by Anne Tyler - Book Review

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Published: Knopf - April 7th, 2020

Micah Mortimer has an ordinary life in Baltimore. He lives alone, is fastidious in his habits, offers computer services to local seniors as the Tech Hermit, and runs to control his health. Everything Micah does is deliberate, so when his steady girlfriend dumps him and the son of his college sweetheart shows up at his door he is suddenly cast into a series of circumstances that gently and profoundly encourage change. This is classic Tyler. Human. Illuminating. Reassuringly hopeful. But not without the warts and all. ~ Reviewed by Nancy Scheemaker


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