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Unusual stories about unusual people

Unusual stories about unusual people

‘The Dinner’ by Herman Koch The narration of Herman Koch’s very unusual story takes place entirely during the courses of a dinner at a high-end restaurant in Holland. This place has been selected by Serge Lohman, candidate for Prime Minister of Holland, who is there with his wife Babette, brother Paul, and sister-in-law Claire. The


Wedding stories to welcome the season

‘Beautiful Day’ by Elin Hilderbrand Every girl dreams of a picture-perfect wedding day, as does Jenna Carmichael, the bride in Elin Hilderbrand’s most recent novel “Beautiful Day.” The sad fact is that Jenna’s beloved but deceased mother Beth is not there to share it with her. Having anticipated this special event during her illness, Beth kept


Stories set in wartime for Memorial Day

March by Geraldine Brooks Review by Donna DeLeo Bruno For those who enjoyed reading about the March girls: Jo, Meg, Beth, Amy and their mother Marmee in Louisa May Alcott’s “Little Women” (1868), this more recent book about their father’s encounters while serving as a Civil War chaplain might answer your questions about his absence

A trio of bestsellers to welcome spring

Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult     “Leaving Time,” the most recent novel by bestselling author Jodi Picoult, will require of the reader what Samuel Taylor Coleridge coined “a willing suspension of disbelief.” It is a most unusual story and its main character Alice has earned her doctorate studying the habits of African elephants in the


A rocking good story to launch 2015

Jerry Lee Lewis: His Own Story by Rick Bragg Wow, what a story! What a life!  Crazy. Wild. Frenzied. Dangerous.  On-the-edge. Raucous. These adjectives do not adequately capture the essence of the legendary Rock-‘n-Roll musician Jerry Lee Lewis. Even the term “musician” does not do his talent justice. For whether one liked or deplored his

Book review: stories set in wartime

The House Girl by Tara Conklin Two remarkable heroines separated by a century: Josephine, a mulatto slave of a Southern plantation owner in the mid 1850’s and Lina, a New York City lawyer assigned by her firm to research a reparations case on behalf of the descendants of slaves. The book’s chapters alternate between the

Book reviews: Two bright ‘Lights’ and a local

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr A great book — compelling, engrossing, and suspenseful that is presently in competition for The National Book Award, of which it is extremely deserving. Set in war-torn Germany and France during the l930’s and l940’s, this book focuses on two main characters, a young blind French


A trio of recent best sellers

“All Fall Down” by Jennifer Weiner Young wife and mother, Allison Weiss is taking a magazine quiz while waiting with her daughter in the pediatrician’s office. Its questions and her answers regarding use of prescription medications evoke an unsettling feeling. “Do you use  drugs such as Vicodin or Percocet? Do you sometimes use more than