Tag Archives: life

Lottery by Patricia Wood

Perry is a developmentally disabled young man who lives with his grandmother.  Despite the fact that his immediate family want nothing to do with him, Perry lives a happy, good life.  He has his Gram, a good job, and a … Continue reading

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The Whisperers by Orlando Figes

During Stalin’s reign of terror, everyday people were afraid.  They were afraid their past would come back to haunt them, and they were afraid to say what they really thought. When they did speak, they did so in whispers, because … Continue reading

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Children Of God by Mary Doria Russell

One reviewer referred to this book as Jesuits in Space: Part 2.  It made me laugh.  And this was appropriate, because this book makes me smile.  And I smile because it’s fantastic!  If you haven’t read the prequel, The Sparrow, … Continue reading

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A Soldier Of The Great War by Mark Helprin

This is my fourth Helprin novel, and it will probably be my last.  I loved A Winter’s Tale and Memoir from Antproof Case.  I found Helprin’s writing to be moving, deliberate and quite funny.  Before reading this novel, I had … Continue reading

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Breakfast with Buddha by Roland Merullo

“In a mysterious fashion not completely understandable to us, everything moves the individual toward humility.” The above statement describes Roland Merullo’s belief system in his own words.  I find it comfortingly fits with my own faith, and likely most  people’s … Continue reading

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