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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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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A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

This book was recommended to me by a friend. Do your friend(s) a kindness and do the same because it is worth it. Written in a genteel manner, this elegant read is part history lesson and love story, part etiquette manual and cuisinay guide, part class study and artistic/literary essay. You will find yourself in …

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