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Paris by the Book

November 28, 2018

indexThis was a very disappointing book. I love all titles about Paris, and this is the first that I could not get into. It’s written by Liam Callahan, and is the story of Leah, whose husband Robert has left her and her two daughters. He’s a writer who has left for many chunks of time before, but never for this long. And he left no note: he would always leave a note in the past. Leah is convinced he’s dead, when she happens to find a clue in his cereal that he has booked three tickets to Paris for them. The novel is written in first person, and spends a great deal of time in Leah’s head. It took 66 pages to get them to Paris, and I just gave up. Just my two cents…

National Book Award

November 20, 2018

aa bookThe National Book Award winners have been announced. The winners are as follows: Fiction: The Friend by Sigrid Nunez;
Non-fiction: The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke by Jeffery C.                              Stewart
Poetry: Indecency by Justin Phillip Reed
Translated Literature: The Emissary by Yoko Tawada, translated by Margaret Mitsutani
Young Adult Literature: The Poet X by  Elizabeth Acevedo
A list of finalists can be found here.

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2018 NY Times/NY Public Library Best Illustrated Children’s books

November 14, 2018

aa bookOn November 2, the NY Times/NY Public Library’s top 10 best illustrated children’s books of 2018 were announced. Topping the list is Dreamers by Yuyi Morales, with gorgeous colorful collages and is a story about a mother and child who leave Mexico to begin a new life. Dreamers is an autobiographical tale of Morales’ own immigration from Mexico to the U.S. with her son. You can check out this and the other titles in the November 11 NY Times Book Review, as well as on the website.

Cottage by the Sea

November 7, 2018

aa bookDebbie Macomber’s latest novel centers around Annie Marlow, a young woman who experiences a heartbreaking loss, and compensates by moving back to a place she visited in summers past, where she felt both safe and happy. In the small town of Oceanside, in the Pacific Northwest, Annie is able to start over, making new friends and meeting a kind man, Keaton, that she finds herself attracted to. But when she experiences the chance of a lifetime, Annie may not be able to reconcile her professional life with her personal life. Macomber pens a “feel good” story that the reader can become immersed in and shut out the outside world for a spell.

A Heart In A Body In the World

November 4, 2018

aa bookDeb Caletti, a National Book Finalist for her earlier novel Honey, Baby, Sweetheart has crafted a masterpiece in this latest teen novel. Annabelle Agnelli has experienced a major trauma in her life, and has taken to running across country to escape her pain. The reader is not enlightened as to the exact nature of her trauma until the end of the novel, but the event leaves Annabelle with an emotionally damaged heart. It was an impulsive act, her decision to run from Seattle to Washington, D.C.; she just snaps one day in the parking lot of Dick’s Drive-in and bolts. But with her grandpa becoming her coach and mentor by following her in his RV each day, and her friends and younger brother who show their support for her with a GoFundMe page and by creating contacts in the various cities she will hit, Annabelle begins to believe that she may actually be able to complete this run. This novel is heartbreaking, but deals firmly with issues of  helplessness and depression against innocent victims of violence in today’s world, and is a must read for all.


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