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Original Essays | August 21, 2014

Richard Bausch: IMG Why Literature Can Save Us

Our title is, of course, a problem. "Why Literature Can Save Us." And of course the problem is one of definition: what those words mean. What is... Continue »
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Lotus Eaters by Tatjana Soli
Lotus Eaters

bellreader, January 30, 2013

Though a novel, Lotus Eaters provides an eye-opening read about the Vietnam war through the eyes of a female photographer, a rarity in those times. One comes to see the war from a totally different viewpoint than we have experienced through the media or the viewpoints of soldiers who were there. It isn't a gentle read, but one that is well worth the time.
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The History of Love: A Novel by Nicole Krauss
The History of Love: A Novel

bellreader, January 19, 2012

The book's title is actually the title of the book featured in this convuluted, yet lovingly written book. It is about a Jewish refugee from Poland who wrote the book years ago for the love of his life after she left for the States just as the war effort was moving in to Poland. She and others thought he was long gone, but indeed he survived as did the book. Three generations fall in love with the book and one way or another manage to have it published. Untimely deaths sadden the story, but love threads its way through to the end. Not an easy read, but for readers it is a good choice.
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The Four Corners of the Sky by Michael Malone
The Four Corners of the Sky

bellreader, January 1, 2011

Six months later and it is still the best book I have read in 2010! Malone comes through again!
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The Last Lie by Stephen White
The Last Lie

bellreader, August 28, 2010

Stephen White is back in Boulder and as intense and psychologically engaging as ever. White's Alan Gregory and his family become involved in the twisted life of a celebrity lawyer when he and is family move next door. White does a great job of exploring Gregory's adopted son's heartbreaking sense of loss as his family home is sold off and big plans fro change become evident. At the same time he provides an insightful glimpse into Alan's life as he deals with his wife's recent infidelity. But the real tour de force is White's handling of numerous crimes, privacy issues and how "wizard lawyers" for the wealthy have kidnapped the justice system to keep their clients safe leaving the rest of us vulnerable to future harm by their own. The only bad part is that we have to wait another year for another of White's masterpieces.
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The Four Corners of the Sky by Michael Malone
The Four Corners of the Sky

bellreader, June 24, 2010

Malone does it again with his beautifully written saga of an amazing young woman Navy pilot and the adventures she encounters in her literal treasure hunt to find the identity of her mother. The twists and turns continue through to the end of the book, when yet another surprise greets the reader. Malone does a wonderful job challenging the traditional definitions of family and the love that ensues.
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