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In the Night of Time by Antonio Munoz Molina
In the Night of Time

SandyPP, January 7, 2015

It is intimidatingly thick but don't let that stop you. You'd read 2 books of 300 pages each, right? I assure you once you pick In the Night of Time up you will be grateful for its heft because you have so much time to savor it. The writing is gorgeous (and obviously the translator is an artist too) and one is immediately drawn into the compelling story. I thought I knew a lot about the Spanish Civil War but I learned about an entirely new aspect of it: what it was like for civilians in the first year especially for those who were at all politically involved. But mainly read it for its beauty.
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A is for Activist by Innosanto Nagara
A is for Activist

SandyPP, December 8, 2014

I love this book! It's a board book but it's for all ages. I can't decide which letter I like best. O for "Open minds Operate best. Critical thinking Over test..."? or maybe K for "Kings are fine for storytime. Knights are fun to play. But when we make decisions we will choose the people's way!"
What a fabulous gift for children 1 to 100 who believe in justice.
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Land of Plenty by Robert Cantwell
Land of Plenty

SandyPP, September 9, 2014

Hemingway called Cantwell his "best bet" in American fiction and yet who has heard of him now? I found this novel by a very happy accident. Published in 1934, it's been reissued twice (just last year again) with a terrific introduction in the latest edition. I recommended it to my book club. One member said, "it's the best book we've read all year" (and we've read some excellent ones). Another said, "Every high school student should read it."

The funny (and wonderful) thing is the writing is not at all dated--very modern, in fact--very innovative!

It grabs you from the first sentence and puts you smack dab in the middle of a crisis in a sawmill/door factory on the Washington coast (Cantwell was from the Aberdeen, Washington area and had worked in a mill) feeling the noise, the danger and the oppression of the workers. The characters are well-drawn, real people dealing with big problems plus you get all their points of view. This is not a happy story but an authentic one; a proletarian novel of the 30's that's also great literature--the greatest novel of the Northwest of its time--or maybe any time.
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America America by Ethan Canin
America America

SandyPP, September 4, 2014

A compelling story of a working class teenage boy swept up in forces he doesn’t understand until adulthood--of wealth, power, fallibility, corruption and bad decisions despite admirable values and a desire to do good. Recalling the tragic events from thirty years later, Corey Sifter can finally understand what he couldn't at the time. Great characters and marvelous storytelling made this class consciousness tale one that I could hardly put down. A fine book from a fine writer.
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Home Below Hell's Canyon by Grace Jordan
Home Below Hell's Canyon

SandyPP, August 21, 2014

Living off the grid during the Great Depression, relying on neighbors, ingenuity and grit, Grace Jordon homeschools her children while cooking for dozens without electricity, scavenging for fat to make soap and trying to ignore the results of a bad fall. I shivered as they rode narrow ledges, bundled in blankets to travel out, enjoyed the companionship of neighbors at the makeshift Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners, and marveled at the creation of a bathtub. Fascinating for anyone but if you're going (or have been) to Hell's Canyon you'll love reading about the occupants of the Kirkwood Ranch in the 30s.
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