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The Narrow Road to the Deep North ...

The Narrow Road to the Deep North – Book Review
In this way, thought Nakamura, the Japanese spirit is now itself the railway, and the railway the Japanese spirit, our narrow road to the deep north, helping to take the beauty and wisdom of Basho to the larger world. - from The Narrow Road to the Deep North, page 94 – It is August of 1943 along the Thai-Burma Death Railway. Australian [...]

All The Light We Cannot See – B...

All The Light We Cannot See – Book Review
Open your eyes, concludes the man, and see what you can with them before they close forever, and then a piano comes on, playing a lonely song that sounds to Werner like a golden boat traveling a dark river, a progression of harmonies that transfigures Zollverein: the houses turned to mist, the mines filled in, the smokestacks fallen, an ancie [...]

Station Eleven – Book Review

Station Eleven – Book Review
What was lost in the collapse: almost everything, almost everyone, but there is still such beauty. Twilight in the altered world, a performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in a parking lot in the mysteriously named town of St. Deborah by the Water, Lake Michigan shining a half mile away. - from Station Eleven – It is winter. Insi [...]

Sharp Objects – Book Review

Sharp Objects – Book Review
My brain was stumbling from image to image of my mother, all ominous. Omen. The word beat again on my skin. Flash of thin, wild-haired Joya with the long nails, peeling skin from my mother. Flass of my mother and her pills and potions, sawing through my hair. – from Sharp Objects. Camille Preaker has had a less than ideal childhood. She [...]

Secrets of Eden – Book Review

Secrets of Eden – Book Review
I grieve for the parents who have outlived their children, and I will always despair for the children who have watched their own parents break the rapture of the night with violence. - from Secrets of Eden – Reverend Stephen Drew watches over his flock in the small Vermont town of Haverill…or does he? When one of his parishioners [...]

A Sudden Light – Book Review

A Sudden Light – Book Review
Growing up in rural Connecticut, I had been told the name Riddell meant something to people in the Northwest. My paternal great-great-grandfather was someone of significance, my mother explained to me. Elijah Riddell had accumulated a tremendous fortune in the timber industry, a fortune that was later lost by those who succeeded him. My foref [...]

The Lobster Kings – My Thoughts

The Lobster Kings – My Thoughts
“…there’s magic in the sea, magic on Loosewood Island. The problem is that some of the magic is like Brumfitt’s mermaid: sharp with teeth.” It was magic I was looking for in Alexi Zentner’s novel The Lobster Kings – a story about the Kings’ family who have made their home on an island between Ca [...]

The High Divide – Book Review

The High Divide – Book Review
“The rough country between the Yellowstone and Missouri rivers. The divide between those two watersheds. I scouted it this spring. It’s full of rugged ground, like you say – coulees, buttes, and badlands, with a little dry-grass prairie thrown in. The High Divide, they call it.” – from The High Divide - Ulysses P [...]

The Farm – Book Review

The Farm – Book Review
“Promise that you’ll listen to everything I say with an open mind. All I ask for is an open mind. Promise me you’ll do that, that’s why I’ve come to you. Promise me!” - from The Farm, page 19 – Daniel is struggling with his own inner demons when he gets a phone call from his father in Sweden. Apparent [...]

Orphan Train – Book Review

Orphan Train – Book Review
Vivian has never really talked about her experience on the train with anyone. It was shameful, she says. Too much to explain, too hard to believe. All those children sent on trains to the Midwest – collected off the streets of New York like refuse, garbage on a barge, to be sent far away as possible, out of sight. – from Orphan Tr [...]
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