Haroun and the Sea of Stories

I read Haroun and the Sea of Stories recently (the book however is 30 years old) and it smacks of right now even after all this time. The author, all those years ago, wrote this fantastical tale for his eleven year old son Zafar. Don't be fooled, though, into thinking it is in any way …

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Fiction therapy

During the past five months of change, I have turned to books and movies for their cerebral sustenance and the comforting familiar ritual they provide. Amidst all the tumult and unknown variables, having books around me offers the same feeling of protection as a big strong hug. At the end of days replete with antagonistic …

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It’s coming…

We are just now dipping our toes into fall, and already there is the frisson of Christmas in the air. Briskness of breezes and warm cozy accoutrements gently tug at our memory strings. Those living overseas find it normal to shop for and ship their Christmas parcels in the fall to ensure they make it …

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Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart

If you loved Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt, then prepare yourself for Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart. Douglas Stuart's mastery of tempo, tone and detailed description produces physical reactions whilst reading. There are many stories about poverty and alcoholism. Families on any given street in any given country and from all walks of life could …

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For whatever mood you are in

Triage of reads that, in my opinion, work well together When you are in the mood for some deep introspection Romanticism, yearning, disappointment, betrayal in much earlier times. Nail biting action, fast paced and adrenalin pumping reads you can chew on. The raunchier, experimental, freer side of living and writing. (Bukowski title in English is: …

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Before Miss Manners there was Washington

I just finished reading, almost in one breath, The Rules of Civility by Amor Towles. Interesting to the book, after the formidable writing of course!, are photos (found at the beginning of each chapter) taken by Walker Evans (mostly known for his photos of the Great Depression). Between 1938 and 1941 Evans rode the New …

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Sharing books

My sister first introduced me to Anne Perry and her historical (Victorian era) detective fiction. Her two most popular series are The Monk Mysteries set in the 1850s/60s and the Thomas Pitt Mysteries set in the 1880s/90s. She also has a WWI series and a Christmas series along with loads of other works. Her evocation …

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Sharing books

They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera For those of you that read the last page of a book and then begin the actual story...this time the author has called you out. As you can plainly see, the ending of the book has taken pride of place in the title. Difficult to talk …

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The Late Mattia Pascal by Luigi Pirandello

Certain authors have a certain heft about them; so much so, that at times, reading their work seems daunting. When you read a quote such as, "Pirandello turned psychological analysis into good theatre" (through his plays) or discover that he was good friends with the likes of Albert Einstein or find out that he won …

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Sharing books and recipies

"yum" is international Whilst in Italy I picked up the above cookbook, by Jaimie Oliver, in the translated Italian version. It is one of my go-to favorites because it covers recipes from France, Greece, Italy, Spain, Morocco and Sweden all in one volume. During the pandemic and on many uninspired days of standing in the …

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