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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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    Before, During, After

    Richard Bausch 9780307266262

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Blood Feud: The Clintons vs. the Obamas by Edward Klein
Blood Feud: The Clintons vs. the Obamas

writermala, August 20, 2014

This book talks about the rocky relationship between two most powerful political families in the U.S in general and the Democrats in particular. The Clintons played a huge role in the re-election of Barack Obama to the presidency in 2012. Was there a tacit agreement that in return, Obama would back Hilary for the democratic ticket in 2016? If there was, did he renege on that promise? Is that the cause of the feud, or is it just the heightening of the tensions? That two such dissimilar families had to be nice to one another may itself be responsible for the animosity. Edward Klein has done a great job of laying out the incidents that led to the feud and that continue to keep the antipathy a part of the equation. For me this book was a pageturner.
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Climbing the Mango Trees: A Memoir of a Childhood in India (Vintage) by Madhur Jaffrey
Climbing the Mango Trees: A Memoir of a Childhood in India (Vintage)

writermala, August 20, 2014

The author writes in detail about a magical childhood as she was growing up in pre-independence India in a joint family. As is often the case with memories from India, food is a vital part! Who better than Jaffrey an author of cookbooks, to elaborate on such a childhood? Growing up myself in India, I can attest to the authenticity of the book. Readers who are familiar with the India of that day and age as well as those who are not, will enjoy the book; and the recipes at the end are a bonus!
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The Silkworm (Cormoran Strike Novel) by Robert Galbraith
The Silkworm (Cormoran Strike Novel)

writermala, August 17, 2014

How such drivel could get on the bestsellers list is a total mystery to me. 454 pages of trash is how I'd describe it. Owen Quine, a novelist goes missing and his wife hires detective Cormoran Strike to hire him - a good start; but it's downhill all the way after that.
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Under the Same Sun by Sharon Robinson
Under the Same Sun

writermala, August 16, 2014

Sharon Robinson, daughter of famous Baseball Pioneer Jackie Robinson has created a wonderful book with beautiful pictures by AG Ford. Robinson tells a simple story, well, with a profound message. The message is conveyed in such a way that children can relate to it. If you have young children or grandchildren, do ensure that they read it.
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Carsick by John Waters
Carsick

writermala, August 10, 2014

The first two-thirds of "Carsick" made me sick. However, the last third of the book, which in fact described the actual hitchhiking, rather than the author's fantasy, was interesting and made me glad that I had persevered. Perhaps the most important words the writer wrote were in the "acknowledgement": "My riders were brave and open-minded, and their down-to-earth kindness gave me new faith in how decent Americans can be." That about sums up this journey!
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