Category Archives: Books

J.D. Says We Can

In the aftermath of the U.S. elections, when we managed to pull ourselves out of the rubble and debris, we sought refuge in each other’s promises to continue the fight for whatever it is we vowed we would be willing … Continue reading

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Shave Your Cactus

Earlier this month, I happened to come across a rebroadcast of Michael Krasny’s Forum where he interviewed Carlos Santana on his recently published autobiography, Universal Tone: Bringing My Story To Light.  The book talks about his struggles through poverty and sexual … Continue reading

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Applause For Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch

Sometime early in the new year, my sister-in-law, Merle, had recommended a great read to me. It was no less than Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch. Here’s an excerpt of Merle’s email to me: I just finished reading The Goldfinch. It … Continue reading

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Praise For President Carter, Boo for Hobby Lobby

I listened to an NPR interview of past US President Jimmy Carter on his most recent publication, “A Call To Action.”  In this book, he dares to take on the worldwide injustice towards women.  By far, the most discriminated group, … Continue reading

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One Look Back, Then Onward

Yesterday afternoon, I carved out some time to take a long walk. It was sunny and clear after the morning fog burned off. I’m sure the tall Redwoods in our yard appreciated the mist in the morning.  I had read … Continue reading

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On The Orphan Master’s Son

I have this long list of books I need and want to read. I promised to start clearing a few during this trip. On the plane, I chose to start with The Orphan Master’s Son an Adam Johnson novel that … Continue reading

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My 2013 Challenges

I’ve been mulling over what to challenge myself this coming 2013. It’s definitely coming up in a few hours. So, here’s my list, and I hope I can look back to it at the end of 2013 with deep joy … Continue reading

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Old Checks – A Short Story

  She knew it was time to simplify her life. She owed it to herself, she was convinced. Having more than one home was getting to be too much for her. She would remember a pair of favorite sandals while … Continue reading

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1Q84: No Thank You

What is wrong with me that I could not get myself to like this novel? After all, it has received so much notice and acclaim.  I started reading Haruki Murakami’s lengthy 1Q84 with lots of enthusiasm.  But after the rather … Continue reading

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Hooray for Dr. Verghese

I started downloading books into my iPad Kindle soon after my hubby gave me one for my birthday in 2010.  Of course, my purchase of actual books has whittled down to just about nil.  Now we travel sans 12 pounds … Continue reading

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