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reviewed Madam Secretary: A Biography of Madel.... May 12, 2013
Madam Secretary: A Biography of Madeleine Albright
The fact that this book even got published makes my head smart with incredulity; there is no political objectivity or critical analysis to be found anywhere on the printed pages nor is there any scholarly, …
reviewed Play It As It Lays: A Novel. May 12, 2013
Play It As It Lays: A Novel
What would life be like if it was meaningless, if the people we associated with were plastic? not real? pretentious? What if our life was just a hopeless void with loose morals, drugs, hollow sayings …
reviewed The Bell Jar. May 11, 2013
The Bell Jar
After reading the biography of Pulitzer Prize winning poetess Anne Sexton of Newton, Massachusetts who committed suicide in 1974, I was gripped by the genuineness as well as the frank simplicity of The …
reviewed Faces in the Water. May 11, 2013
Faces in the Water
Janet Frame's Faces in the Water belongs on the same shelf with such contemporary books: The Bell Jar and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. But in its grim earnestness and somber naturalism of …
reviewed Offshore. May 11, 2013
Offshore
Engossingly sagacious in observance and unremitting in economical prose, Offshore is a sententious written work of art that owes its eloquence to its timeless and picturesque narration as well as its …
reviewed In Cold Blood. May 11, 2013
In Cold Blood
The murders that are graphically depicted in Truman Capote's In Cold Blood -which is now universally recognized more for its writing than anything else- are nauseating, grisly and malicious; these …
reviewed Scarlet Sister Mary: A Novel. May 11, 2013
Scarlet Sister Mary: A Novel
Written by former plantation mistress Julia Peterkin, Scarlet Sister Mary is a novel of intellect, individualism, coltish word play, tradition and most importantly, respect. The novel, like, Their Eyes …
reviewed Miss Lulu Bett.. May 11, 2013
Miss Lulu Bett.
Dramaturgically scrimpy in dialogue, plot, character development and visualization, Miss Lulu Bett is anything but an American comedy of manners; it is American manure, at best. A jejunely piece of writing, …
reviewed Reeds in the Wind. May 11, 2013
Reeds in the Wind
Reeds in the Wind is a resounding success, for it is a literary work of art that is suffused with Sardinian folk culture, unwavering faith in Catholicism and vivid lore of the "dark beings who populate …
reviewed Buddenbrooks: The Decline of a Family. May 11, 2013
Buddenbrooks: The Decline of a Family
A classy, modernistic literary magnum opus that is truly representative of global literature, Thomas Mann's masterpiece about the bourgeois-which is a tornado of unceasing recherche prose and firmly …
reviewed The Americanization of Edward Bok: Th.... May 11, 2013
The Americanization of Edward Bok: The
In 1920, the former editor of the Ladies' Home Journal, Edward Bok, published his fascinating memoir, an exceptionally well-written book through which he candidly yet eloquently recounted the step-by-step …
reviewed Scoundrel Time. May 11, 2013
Scoundrel Time
Desensitized for a long time to the stressful pain of the infamous McCarthy period, Scoundrel Time must have been a most cathartic memoir for Lillian Hellman to write; it is, of the autobiographical …
reviewed Pentimento (Back Bay Books). May 11, 2013
Pentimento (Back Bay Books)
Pentimento: A Book of Portraits is electrfying in its earnestness and candor, incisive in its tone, acerbic in its wit and picturesque in its mental imagery - a memoir (unlike An Unfinished Woman) that …
reviewed An Unfinished Woman: A Memoir (Back B.... May 11, 2013
An Unfinished Woman: A Memoir (Back Bay Books)
A life where no living is done is a life not worth living. Like O'Neil, Shaw, Williams and Isben, Lillian Hellman (1905-1984, scriptwriter, playwrite, social and political activist and critic) wrote …
reviewed Less Than Zero. May 10, 2013
Less Than Zero
Written in clear, simple, matter-of-fact prose, Less Than Zero, is a chillingly disturbing and hair-raising novel that hones in specifically on L.A.'s edgy, filthy and unrepentant subculture, where …
reviewed The Remains of the Day. May 10, 2013
Ishiguro's Remains of the Day
To be a positive contributor to society and the important issues that flow within it, is something, for the most part, that people yearn to be. They want to offer the best of themselves-their talents, …
reviewed The Book of the Dun Cow. May 08, 2013
The Book of the Dun Cow
Winner of the 1980 National Book Award in the category of Science Fiction (soft cover division), Walter Wangerin, Jr.'s The Book of the Dun Cow, is a work like no other.      …
reviewed Seductive Poison: A Jonestown Survivo.... May 08, 2013
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I had seen a documentary a while back on PBS, and Deborah Layton was one of the many former members and survivors who gave commentary on People's Temple and specifically the Rev. Jim Jones. In introducing …
reviewed Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, .... May 06, 2013
Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime
For political junkies the 2008 presidential campaign was a feast that satiated many desires, for it was the mother of all soap operas that had a vast array of characters with flaws and more than an abundance …
reviewed The Rite: The Making of a Modern Exor.... May 06, 2013
The Rite: The Making of a Modern Exorcist
With a plethora of exorcism movies available for viewing consumption, the subject itself has always been viewed as either an archaic act of old world superstitious wizardry or a scream feast with friends …
reviewed The Exorcism of Anneliese Michel. May 06, 2013
The Exorcism of Anneliese Michel
After reading Matt Baglio's book-The Rite-the possession case of Anneliese Michel immediately sprang to mind, primarily because of the fictionalized films that were based loosely on her life and …
reviewed A Confederacy of Dunces. May 06, 2013
Confederacy of Dunces
Set against the tumultuous backdrop of the 1960s, A Confederacy of Dunces is a book unlike any other that I have previously read. I have often heard it referred to as THAT book, a kind of complement …
reviewed Psycho. May 06, 2013
Psycho: A Novel
Still disturbing and spooky after all these years, Psycho is a horror novel unlike all the others, because the true horror does not stem from the typical gothic elements that are found in most books …
reviewed Ghellow Road. May 06, 2013
Ghellow Road
Ghellow Road is a moving narrative of one woman's brave confrontation with her past and the gnawing demons of crippling mental illness that plagued her mother and thus affected the whole of her adolescent …
reviewed 84, Charing Cross Road. May 06, 2013
84, Charing Cross Road
Letter writing is such a pleasure in this technology driven age of e-mailing and texting, partly because it is such an intellectually contemplative and slower paced act. The fluid clarity of thinking …
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