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The Master’s Muse by Varley O’Connor

I set aside April to read several books with ballet as a theme.  With this, my third book, I delve into the world of George Balanchine, the “master” of dancer and famed choreographer of the New York City Ballet.  The … Continue reading

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My Name is Resolute by Nancy E. Turner

Do you love historical fiction?  Do you enjoy a gripping adventure?  Do you have the time to read a 600 page page-turner? If you answered “yes” to these questions, My Name is Resolute is a must read for you! The novel … Continue reading

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Shadows At Dawn by Karl Jakoby

Shadows at Dawn is a non-fiction work about the 1871 Camp Grant Massacre, when a group of vigilantes attacked an Apache camp, slaughtering mostly women and children.  The story is told from the perspectives of the four different peoples involved:  Anglo-Americans, … Continue reading

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No Way Home by Carlos Acosta

Carlos Acosta is a ballet legend.  Born to an impoverished family in Cuba, as a kid Carlos was always getting into trouble.  He hung around a gang of boys who loved break-dancing as much as they loved bad behavior, so … Continue reading

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The House Girl by Tara Conklin

The House Girl is a work of historical fiction about a 17 year old slave, Josephine Bell, who runs away from her master in 1852.  Fast forward to the 2004:  a New York City attorney, Lina Sparrow, is assigned to a … Continue reading

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Dancer by Colum McCann

Dancer is a work of fiction about the life of Rudolf Nureyev.  I am a balletomane.  I first became enchanted with the art form when I read a book about Vaslav Nijinski in high school.  Then my aunt took me … Continue reading

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In The Catskills by Phil Brown

I grew up in a Protestant Midwestern town.  Anything Jewish was just as alien to me as Mars, but then I moved to New York City.  I discovered a whole subculture of Americana during my seven years there. I spent Passover with … Continue reading

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