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reviewed March: A Novel. September 30, 2013
March
    Ask me what book influenced my life the most, and I'll answer unhesitatingly: Lousia May Alcott's Little Women.  I got it for Christmas when I was in Grade Two, and began reading …
reviewed March: A Novel. April 03, 2013
March
As a reader and a reviewer I will confess that I was biased against the genre of historical fiction, for my image or conveyance of it was of a gothic castle, a beautiful damsel in distress and a clichéd …
posted a Quick Tip about The Red Badge of Courage. April 12, 2011
The Red Badge of Courage
This is truly a seminal novel of the Civil War that explores what it means to be a coward or a hero. It brings to light the horror of war.
reviewed Ice Road: A Novel. October 17, 2010
Ice Road: A Novel
  "Ice Road" tells the story of two Russian women from very different circumstances but whose lives contrive to become linked under "Stalin's Terrors". Set in Leningrad, …
reviewed Gravity's Rainbow. September 10, 2010
Gravity's Rainbow
What can I add? Unlike most readers, I worked backward before forward into this novel. I'd read "The Crying of Lot 49" in grad school and "Vineland" on my own, but felt incapable …
reviewed A Kiss From Maddelena. September 06, 2010
A Kiss From Maddelena, by Christopher Castellani
   Love and war in a remote Italian village in Lazio. A young woman, not more than a child, really. A passionate young man dismissed in the village as nice enough but useless. If ever two lovers …
World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War
   I'm not normally a zombie genre reader, so I'm not quite sure why this book caught my eye in the bookstore... World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks.  Perhaps …
reviewed The Red Badge of Courage. July 02, 2010
The Red Badge of Courage
Stephen Crane's best-known work remains singularly powerful more than a century after publication, a remarkably vivid acid-trip-like ride told in a grippingly naturalistic way. The product of a man in …
reviewed Gravity's Rainbow. June 11, 2010
Gravity's Rainbow
What was your emotional reaction as you read? Why?   Paranoia.  Paranoia is perhaps the only constant theme throughout this entire novel.     Who would you recommend this …
reviewed Senator's Son: An Iraq War Novel. April 26, 2010
Senator's Son: An Iraq War Novel
When we first heard about COIN (Counter-Insurgency) most of us probably thought it made a hell of a lot of sense. Why hadn't anybody thought of it before?    The problem with most …
reviewed March: A Novel. July 21, 2009
March
March, historical fiction by Pulitzer Prize-winning Geraldine Brooks, is the story of Mr. March (no first name ever given), Little Women's dad,  while he's off serving in the Civil War. This is definitely …
reviewed The Crimson Portrait: A Novel. February 27, 2009
Jody Shields Crimson Portrait
    Shields is a significant writer who has bravely tackled a difficult subject, the destructive nature of war and the emotional complexities of trauma. Both off-putting and riveting, …
reviewed The Ice Soldier: A Novel. February 27, 2009
Paul Watkins Ice Soldier
    In 1950, William Bromley is still haunted by his tour as an army mountaineer during World War II, but does his best to create a new life teaching history at a London boarding school …
reviewed My Enemy's Cradle. January 10, 2009
Sara Young My Enemy's Cradle
In 1941 Rotterdam, Cyrla has spent the last five years with her cousin's family, to better get to know "her mother's people", sent away from a Poland threatened by the gathering storm of war and Hitler's …
reviewed My Enemy's Cradle. January 11, 2008
Sara Young My Enemy's Cradle
In 1941 Rotterdam, Cyrla has spent the last five years with her cousin's family, to better get to know "her mother's people", sent away from a Poland threatened by the gathering storm of war and Hitler's …
reviewed March: A Novel. August 11, 2007
March
March is told largely in the words of Mr. March, father of all those "little women," and it encompasses the year that he spent as a Union chaplain during the early part of the Civil War. Ever the idealist, …
reviewed March: A Novel. January 23, 2007
March
Really 4.5 stars. Brooks wrote an eloquent narravtive about a man who barely sunk into our consiousness. For the March women to be so mindful and strong, they had to influnced by not only a like mother, …
reviewed Pride of Carthage. November 15, 2006
Pride of Carthage
Great book! Good book! Amazing book! It amazes me the number of people who don't like historica-fiction books that aren't "true"! It's a FICTION book, not a TEXT book, dork! I don't know a lot about this …
reviewed March: A Novel. February 28, 2006
March
When I was growing up, I loved Louisa May Alcott and read everything I could get my hands on by her. Later, through reading biographies, I learned more about her life and how actually radical and forward …
reviewed Ice Road: A Novel. March 28, 2005
Ice Road: A Novel
In 1934, Irina Davydovna is sent on a fated Artic expedition, along the coast of Siberia and back. Trapped in the Arctic ice with her shipmates, the author perfectly captures Irina's sense of isolation, …
reviewed March: A Novel. March 07, 2005
March
Taking a page from the classic Little Women, Brooks considers the possible fate of Mr. March, the father from Louisa May Alcott's novel, gone to the Civil War while his dutiful family waits behind. In …
reviewed The Fist of God. March 06, 2005
The Fist of God
"The Fist Of God" is one of the most exciting white papers I've ever read, wrapped around the spine of a pretty routine thriller.    It's the last days before the first Gulf War, and …
reviewed The Red Badge of Courage. October 16, 2004
The Red Badge of Courage
This work is on most standard High School reading lists, as well as it should be. I first read this one over 45 years ago, and still take if off the shelf every so often and give it a reread. The author's …
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