Monthly Archives: January 2014

Not another dog book

Lost Cat, by Caroline Paul, illustrated by Wendy MacNaughton. A beautiful book – literally. the paper is good to touch, the typeface attractive and the illustrations, including end papers are whimsical and realistic at the same time. It’s well written … Continue reading

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“Age 10 and divorced”

Yes, that is the sub-title of I am Nujood, written by Nujood Ali andDelphine Minoui as ghost writer. I was talking about the failed marriage of the author of Unorthodox, with my daughter, speaking about the pros and cons of … Continue reading

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Unorthodox

As claustrophobic and confining as a convent- that is the Hasidic community that Deborah Feldman depicts. The book reminded me of Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali but also of Karen Armstrong’s Through the Narrow Gate and Gospel of Woman. It … Continue reading

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Two Victorian Novels

Barchester Towers, by Trollope, and The Curate in Charge by Oliphant- both on Kindle, from Gutenberg press. That is such good source of books for me when travelling, no longer surrounded by my own walls of bookcases, (and sometimes not … Continue reading

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Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry

Martin Luther King Jr is remembered today. When I picked up this book to read on the plane, I had not thought ahead, but reading this again reminded me that MLK was much more than a preacher who had a … Continue reading

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Dogs heal people’s hurts.

Sharron Kahn Luttrell, the author of this book, had been grieving for the death of the only family dog she had known, so was interested in a program which trains dogs as service dogs. During the week, the dogs are … Continue reading

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Things Fall Apart

Chinua Achebe’s book is a 20th century classic and a classic of modern African literature. It does not need a review from me- but I don’t review books. Rather I muse on what they trigger in my memories and experience. … Continue reading

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