Monthly Archives: March 2014

The Summer of Letting Go, by Gae Polisner (2014)

This book killed me. Not only is it unputdownable, I received a review copy from the publisher last November. It was one of my favorite books of the year, and yet I COULDN’T PUT IT IN MY TOP TEN! FINALLY, … Continue reading

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We Are Wizards (2008)

You might remember that a  few years ago, there was a series of books featuring Harry Potter and his friends, who were all witches and wizards, and even though Harry failed every class he was in pretty much, they kept … Continue reading

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When Billie Beat Bobby (2001)

Just about any sports fan today has at least heard of the famous tennis match between women’s champion Billie Jean King and the 55-year-old hustler and former champion Bobby Riggs. Few know about the build up to the match: the … Continue reading

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William Shakespeare’s The Empire Striketh Back, by Ian Doescher (2014)

William Shakespeare’s The Empire Striketh Back By Ian Doescher When first I read Ian Doescher’s Shakespearean twist on the “Star Wars” saga, I spent more time laughing than thinking about why I was laughing. I think it’s because it’s a … Continue reading

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The Summer of Letting Go, by Gae Polisner (2014)

(nb: I received an Advance Review Copy from the publisher via NetGalley) It’s summertime, to paraphrase the song, and the livin’ ain’t easy, not for Francesca “Frankie” Schnell. It’s the summer she turns sixteen, and it’s supposed to be filled … Continue reading

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It’s a Girl (2012)

It’s a Girl (2012) According to generally accepted statistics, over six-million Jews were killed during World War Two. The thought of this mass murder—organized and carried-out mainly by Heinrich Himmler (though, of course, others knew and participated)—is mind boggling. The … Continue reading

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