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Vanessa and Her Sister by Priya Parmar
Vanessa and Her Sister

FUBSY , April 26, 2015

A fascinating fly-on-the wall view of the Bloomsbury Group of the early 1900s. These were brilliant minds of their time, artists, writers, economists, who deeply effected artistic attitudes of the time and championed feminism, pacifism, and a new sexuality. The members included Virginia Woolf (writer), Vanessa Bell (painter), Lytton Strachy (biographer and reviewer, E.M. Forster (novelist), Maynard Keynes (economist), Roger Fry (responsible for bringing the Post Impressionists to England). They gathered around Virginia and Vanessa who held their Thursday evenings where everyone came, debated ideas, and aired artistic differences. The story is seen through the eyes of Vanessa, Virginia's lesser known sister, but her equal nevertheless. We watch as Vanessa tries to help Virginia through her bouts of madness. We're entertained by their loves and losses, sexually open lives, and the excitement which trailed them wherever they roamed. Anyone who is interested in this era, and these people will be enchanted by Parmar's excellent writing. A delightful visit with the personages of the Bloomsbury Group and a fine read all around.
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The Farm by Tom Rob Smith
The Farm

FUBSY , October 27, 2014

So many books -- so little time! That's why I'm so fussy. Tom Rob Smith's "THE FARM" is a book worthy of a bookaholic's time. It grabbed my imagination from the first page, dragging me headlong into a modern fairy tale. With twists and turns, you never quite know what's happening. Is Daniel's mother, Hilde, crazy or is she just a woman willing to expose the Emperor's nudity? Daniel, her grown son, lives in London with secrets of his own. His father tells him that Hilde is imagining plots all around her. But when Hilde arrives in London, she presents a complex and believable plot taking place back in Sweden where she and her husband have moved to retire. I couldn't stop reading. Just one more segment, far too late into the night. Hilde is afraid. Or is she paranoid? Every moment, the reader believes they have the answer. Then we doubt again. Psychologically layered, atmospheric, full of possible villains. Daniel suffers the divided loyalty of a son with feuding parents. One of the best books I have read in quite awhile. Such a satisfying full meal of good writing, plot, characters and setting. I can't wait to read more from this award-winning author.
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Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver
Flight Behavior

FUBSY , January 30, 2013

Barbara Kingsolver writes with scrumptious prose. Dellarobia Turnbow's life is the loneliest kind of lonely -- a stay-at-home mom on a farm on her in-laws property, “ ... sealed inside her airtight house ... running out of oxygen.” A woman of humour, she postulates, “People automatically estimate a mom’s IQ at around her children’s ages, maybe dividing by the number of kids, rounding up to the nearest pajama size.” As she races up the hill to her first tryst, she is overwhelmed by the unprecidented spectacle of the forest turned to fire by a seemingly unending wave of reds and orange, without flame. Her first sight of this river of fire is akin to a spiritual experience which she believes is a life-changing miracle. The world arrives to witness this miracle and indeed her life is changed forever. The title “Flight Behavior” refers to two interwoven realities. The first is the life of Dellarobia Turnbow and the second is nature’s response to climate change. A scientist and ecologist, Ovid Byron, arrives to study this miracle. He is a man who feels deeply about our planet and explains that the miracle is a harbinger of drastic biological disorder. He lies awake at night worrying. This book has a serious message combined with in interesting story of love, life, class issues and climate change. It should be required reading for everyone who cares about the earth. “Flight Behavior” is lyrical and sparkling with life. It’s a symphony not just a book but a whole-body experience.

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A Trick of the Light (Chief Inspector Gamache Novels) by Louise Penny
A Trick of the Light (Chief Inspector Gamache Novels)

FUBSY , January 6, 2012

Louise Penny's Chief Inspector Gamache mysteries are simply brilliant, and this is the best so far. They take place in the fictitious Quebec village of Three Pines, which is replete with fascinating characters. Clara and Peter Morrow are artists, Ruth Zardo is an award-winning misanthropic poet awaiting the return of her rescued duck, and Gabi and Olivier run a bistro where the town gathers over croissants and cafe au lait to discuss the latest murder. The descriptions of the bill of fare make my mouth water. Gamache is the centerpiece of the author's carefully delineated players. His steadiness, compassion, and courage are inspiring. These people have become real to me, and it was with sadness that I read the last page. Penny's prose is lyrical, poetic and innovative. This book has plot, ideas, psychologically complex characters, and magnificent prose. It is everything a reader could want, and more. I'm holding my breath until the next one is published. No wonder Louise Penny has a fistful of awards.
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The Mascot: Unraveling the Mystery of My Jewish Father's Nazi Boyhood by Mark Kurzem
The Mascot: Unraveling the Mystery of My Jewish Father's Nazi Boyhood

FUBSY , September 8, 2011

A five-year old Jewish boy escapes a village massacre by a Nazi death squad and survives the winter cold by taking the uniform of a dead Nazi soldier. Found by Latvian Nazi soldiers he becomes their mascot and eventually lives with a high ranking Nazi family where he stars in a propaganda film. The story begins when, as a man in his seventies, he comes to his scholarly son and finally reveals the secret he has been keeping from his loving wife and family for almost his whole life. He fears being known as either a Jew or a Nazi, but asks his son to investigate his vague memories and uncover the startling truth of his young years. A mystery, and a search for identity and redemption, told through the memories of a little boy, with a surprising twist. An extremely moving memoir of a haunted man.
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