Monday, October 24, 2016

Author du Jour: Nina Willner

Friday, October 21, 2016

Author du Jour: Saul Friedländer

Where Memory Leads” by Saul Friedländer.

(Other Press, pp 284, $24.95)

If you remember the Pulitzer Prize winning book, "The Years of Extermination,” you will know at once that this review refers to Saul Friedländer. If you also know that he spent sixteen years writing his magnum opus, you could claim that he spent 80 years writing his new . . .
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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Author du Jour: Charlotte Wood

Author du Jour: Charlotte Wood
“The Natural Way of Things,” (Europa Editions, pp 233, $17.00)

Though not her first novel, "The Natural Way of Things" is Charlotte Wood’s first print in the States. Better late than never, and it is wholly deserved . . . read book review . . . ‎

Monday, October 17, 2016

Author du Jour: Anne Korkeakivi, "Shining Sea"

Shining Sea,” by Anne Korkeakivi
(Little, Brown and Company, pp 282, $ 26.00)

Sophomore novels have the reputation to be always the hardest one to produce, especially if the breaking-out novel was a success or generated buzzing reviews. Self-pressure being often the cause as the challenge to recapture the lengthy feat, embedded in the first published novel, is insurmountable for authors. It is not the case for “Shining Sea.” Though not a fan of multi-generational novel, I tip my hat to Anne Korkeakivi’s second . . .

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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Author du jour: Jennifer Noonan

(Da Capo/Life Long Books, p 316, $19.99)

This book is about the “A-Word.” A could stand for Atomic, since explosion is implied, but in this case it is about autism. Autism is a trend that keeps on gaining momentum, and its label, once inflicted on a child, reverberates as a social suicide for families. The merit of Jennifer Noonan’s journey is precisely to expose the daily struggle families with autistic children must live through, bringing her resourceful personality to the front.

When her son was diagnosed . . . red book review . . .

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Author du Jour: Susan Strecker

Author du jour: Susan Strecker, "Nowhere Girl"

(Thomas Dunne Books, P 297, $ 25.99)

A sophomore book for Susan Strecker after her elegiac and biographical debut novel “Night Blindness,” which appeared . . . read book review . . .…/…/author-du-jour-susan-strecker/