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A Tale of Two Book Clubs

Sat., Sep. 28
       I’ve participated in many a book club in my life. While the general proceedings of each book club meeting are almost always the same, the atmosphere, dare I say aura, of each has been splendidly unique. My book club experience has involved long-term gatherings, short-lived, one book only meetings, book selections based on a theme, random selections drawn from a hat, attendees of different…
Cover art of The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

The Not-So-Great Alone

Thu., Apr. 11
I'm extremely wary of modern, best-selling fiction authors. These authors publish books so frequently in such short periods of time you begin to wonder if he/she is doing any creative work at all or just telling the same basic story each time with slightly different characters and settings. I think I'm so critical of these types of authors and this type of literature because the…

Animal Dreams

Tue., Apr. 2
      Cosima – a name meaning something akin to “order in the cosmos” –  ironic in that the name-bearer in Barbara Kingsolver’s Animal Dreams has lived a life devoid of anything resembling structure and a plan. In Kingsolver’s novel, we follow Codi (the name Cosima prefers for herself) on a journey of discovery and understanding of who she is and what she wants while she confronts…
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Irish I were in Ireland

Thu., Mar. 21
With St. Patrick’s Day just around the corner, you may experience the desire to read some books about the ever-lovely Emerald Isle. Whether you are a lover of fiction or nonfiction, history, poetry, romance, mystery, or fantasy, there is a book featuring Ireland for you. Check out one or more of the following titles as a small way of celebrating Irish culture!    St. Patrick of…
Cover art of The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

The Thirteenth Tale

Fri., Feb. 8
Vida Winter is a famous author whose stories have captivated her readers for years. A particular collection of her stories with a missing thirteenth tale only intrigues her admirers further. Reclusive and highly secretive of her own life story, Vida Winter has evaded the truth and disappointed curious biographers with varying false stories for years. All this changes the day Miss Winter enlists the young…
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Reading Goals

Sun., Jan. 13
It’s that time again…time to determine my reading goals for the New Year. For the first time in a long time, I am participating in multiple book clubs and while this provides unique opportunities to expand my reading horizons, it also makes it trickier to find time to read books of my own choosing. With so many books to read and so little time, I’m…
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Sugar Plum Fairies Dancing in My Head

Tue., Dec. 11
It happens to me a lot this time of year. I hear a few notes from one of the iconic melodies and, suddenly, I’m backstage in the wings awaiting my turn to join the other pirouetting dancers onstage. If I’m not transported to memories of my past, hearing the melodies will have me twinkle-toeing it up and busting out some fancy footwork in the privacy of…