Posts Tagged ‘NYC’

Book Review: Born Speaking Lies by Rob Lenihan

The story itself is very violent, sometimes brutal and mostly all the way through. The characters are well written, from the mob boss who is trying to keep his small fiefdom together, to the young guys with no parental guidance in sight trying to make a name for themselves, to the protagonist Bill the Kid, trying to find some peace in his crazy world.

Book Review: The Memory of Things by Gae Polisner

The author wrote a profound book which captures the helplessness against a great tragedy, but also the profound human relationships which can occur from such a tragedy.

Book Review: Forgiving Mariela Camacho by A.J. Sidransky

This novel is an exciting, fast paced page turner with many themes

Book Review: Live and Let Die by Ian Fleming

Mr. Fleming’s descriptions of Harlem, voodoo and thrilling adventures are as exciting as ever. The tone in this novel is grittier than its predecessor, with more action moving the story forward.
And a fight with a giant octopus.

Book Review: The Leopard Tree by Tim Merriman and Lisa Brochu

I really liked the characters of the book, the three Kenyan orphans are engaging and likeable. I also liked how the author took the Wizard of Oz and weaved that narrative into his storyline throughout the book.

Book Review: The Book of Zev by Marilyn Horowitz

Zev Bronfman, an angry atheist who was brought up in a Hassidic home escapes death from a falling beam. This near death experience was a wakeup call for Zev, who leaves his parents for a not-so-lucrative job as a cab driver in New York City.

Book Review: The Jew Store by Stella Suberman

The book is not only a memoir, but a commentary about the life in a small southern town circa the 1920s. A town where almost everyone never even saw a Jew nevertheless interacted with one.

Fun Facts Friday: Herman Melville

The coffee company Starbucks is named after the first mate of the Pequod, (the whaling ship from Moby Dick which was the company’s original name).

Book Review: If You Were Here by Alafair Burke

Jour­nal­ist McKenna Wright is writ­ing a fluff piece when she thinks she saw an old friend who dis­ap­peared ten years ago with­out a trace. Using her con­nec­tions as a for­mer pros­e­cu­tor and her investigator’s instincts, McKenna pur­sues the mat­ter in a search across New York City and finds long buried, dark secrets of those she loves the most.

Book Review: Three Lives of Tomomi Ishikawa by Benjamin Constable

Tomomi “But­ter­fly” Ishikawa com­mit­ted sui­cide but left her best friend, Ben­jamin Con­sta­ble, a trail of clues which lead him from Paris to New York and back – the cities she called “home”. Ben is search­ing for jour­nals and notes left specif­i­cally for him.

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