Tag Archives: New York

The Boy in the Black Suit, by Jason Reynolds


This book won the Coretta Scott King Award. The scenes of the neighborhood reminded me of the film Fences. People sitting out on their stoop, reading the newspaper and watching neighbors walk by. Kids playing in the street. People’s lives … Continue reading

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The Boys in the Boat: The True Story of an American Team’s Epic Journey to Win Gold at the 1936 Olympics, by Daniel James Brown


I rowed at Harvard. My disclaimer: I was on the Lowell House women’s crew team. ¬†We were an intramural team. One woman has rowed Freshman crew for Harvard. We rowed one race on the Charles. I caught a small crab. … Continue reading

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The Last Brazil of Benjamin East, by Jonathan Freedman


Pulitzer Prize winning author Jonathan Freedman is from Burlingame, California. His non-fiction writing for the San Diego Tribune contributed to immigration reform. This book was thirty years in the making. He wrote it as a young man, put it away … Continue reading

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These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly (Advance Reader’s Copy)


I like that this story is set in 1800’s New York, during the time of the “Captains of Industry,” when families like the Astors and the Vanderbilts sought advantageous marriages to “preserve bloodlines.” Proper young ladies went to finishing schools, … Continue reading

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The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt


There is a reason this book has topped the New York Best Seller list for months. I got it for my Kindle so I can say I am 95% done. My librarian friend Julie finds this funny. Usually people say … Continue reading

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Judge & Jury, by James Patterson & Andrew Gross


I wasn’t sure if I would enjoy this book as soon as I discovered that the trial in question was that of a notorious mobster. It turns out to be a real page turner. I was staying up until one … Continue reading

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Night Trilogy by Elie Wiesel


I checked out this book during Holocaust Remembrance Month. The first book Night is an account of Elie’s village in Transylvania being emptied of its Jews, his separation from his mother and little sister after they were transported by train, … Continue reading

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