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Fiction

Fiction reviews to help you escape into the pages of a great novel (or be fairly warned about the ones that aren’t so great).

The Stand on leaders

They are all the things the civics books tell us the good citizens should be: partisans but never zealots, respecters of the facts which attend each situation but never benders of those facts, uncomfortable in positions of leadership but rarely able to turn down a responsibility once it has been offered … or thrust upon them. They make the best leaders in a democracy because they are unlikely to fall in love with power. Quite the opposite.

~ from The Stand by Stephen King

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Book Review: Stiltsville

Stiltsville by Susanna Daniel My rating: 5 of 5 stars It’s hard for me to say whether I loved this book because of its many parallels to my life or because of the story itself or a combination of the two. Like the main character’s daughter Margo, I spent many weekends and summer days at the Red House in Stiltsville as a kid in the 1970s and a bit into […]

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Book Review: The Art of Racing in the Rain

The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein My rating: 5 of 5 stars Loved this book! Initially, the first person narration by Enzo, a philosophical dog, was a bit off putting but then the uniqueness took hold and pulled me in. Enzo is a human soul trapped in a dog body, at least that’s how he feels. He has learned about a variety of topics, including reincarnation, […]

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Book Review: Galveston

Galveston: A Novel by Nic Pizzolatto My rating: 5 of 5 stars Galveston is a dark and often violent noir story narrated by forty-something Roy “Big Country” Cady. Roy is the hired muscle for a New Orleans crime boss. Roy does his share of inflicting pain and death on others and observes in an almost academic way that those marked for death always have a “no…wait” look on their face […]

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Book Review: The Paris Wife

The Paris Wife by Paula McLain My rating: 5 of 5 stars I absolutely loved this book. Although the story opens and spends some time in the US Midwest, the bulk of the story is set is 1920s post-war Paris. The author does an excellent job of rendering the setting in such a way that the magic of both the city and the era come alive. The Paris Wife tells […]

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