Book Reviews


“The Glass Palace” by Amritav Ghosh Book Reviews

This novel follows a family through colonial times of Southeast Asia- primarily Burma and Malaysia. Having traveled extensively  throughout SE Asia and having a grandparent born abroad in Burma some of the history of this era was especially fascinating. I am a sucker for any story that actually teaches me something and this one does not disappoint. From teak, rubber and oil to indentured workers from...

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“The Rules of Civility”, by Amor Towles Book Reviews

From the author of “A Gentleman in Moscow” comes another great read (and a period piece too yay!!).  The consensus at my book club was that we wished he had more books so we could read them all. Apparently he used to be a Wall St stockbroker and he quit to be a writer. That works out well- one less stockbroker and one more great...

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“The Couple Next Door” by Shari Lapena Book Reviews

I think I found this book by one of those “if you liked Gone Girl you’ll love the Couple Next Door” Kobo or Goodreads algorithms. It certainly was a twisty page turner with a “whodunnit” feel. The characters in this book don’t exactly inspire faith in the human race but I can say I was certainly entertained. Would I recommend? If you’re a stickler for...

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“Delusions of Gender” by Cordelia Fine Book Reviews

I read this book for book club and was really looking forward to it based on the description used to pitch the book. Like any good feminist I find the subject of gender and discussions around innate vs conditioned behaviours fascinating. Plus I always like it when somebody takes a good literary swing at common drivel like “Men are from Mars Women are from Venus”....

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Gentleman in Moscow, By Amor Towles Book Reviews

This story chronicles the life of a Russian aristocrat placed on house arrest within one of Moscow’s most iconic hotels at the outset of the revolution. You maybe wouldn’t think this setting would inspire tales of love, (familial and romantic), adventure or intrigue but it easily manages all three. The author brings you right into the social setting and I would challenge any reader not...

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‘Pachinko’, by Min Jin Lee Book Reviews

I do enjoy a book that exposes me to other cultures and their histories. This book’s setting is middle of the last century Japan and follows a Korean family for a couple of generations. Prior to reading this book I had only the foggiest of notions about Japanese invasion and colonization efforts in Korea and how many displaced Koreans living in Japan had been treated...

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‘The Forgotten Garden’, by Kate Morton Book Reviews

Well I was absolutely entranced by this book. It was a book assigned via my book club that I have been in for about 12 years and as a bunch of smart women who read a lot pitch and vote on the books they are usually pretty good. The story was woven through three different generations and moved around from time period to time period....

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“10 % Happier”, By Dan Harris Book Reviews

“10 % Happier:How I tamed the voice in my head, reduced stress without losing my edge and found self help that actually works (A true story) is by Dan Harris who is an ABC news anchor and host on shows such as Good Morning America and Nightline. Not having ever seen either of these shows I did not know who this guy was and a...

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“I don’t care about your band” by Julie Kossner Book Reviews

“I don’t care about your band” by Julie Kossner is one of the new genre of books I’ve read of a few of lately, memoirs written by female comediennes. What would someone who is barely 30 have to write in a memoir you ask? Mostly, stories about all the dudes she hooked up with and the ensuing painful communications. There’s definitely some funny bits but...

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“The War of Don Emmanuel’s Nether Parts”, by Louis de Bernieres Book Reviews

Louis de Bernieres’ trilogy set in South America (Colombia and Peru) is a quirky set of books that if I were to have to pick a genre would place them within the magical realism category. The books weave several tenuously linked storylines with a span of subject matter from political blunders, corruption and incompetence to and Andean healer who adopts a mute street urchin who...

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