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Brief Review. The Jew Store: A Family Memoir by Stella Suberman

The Jew Store: A Family Memoir by Stella Suberman



America in the twenties. The Bronsons, a Jewish family, the parents are from Russia, move first to Nashville and then to Concordia TN to establish a business – Bronson’s Low Priced Store. As I read it I thought it was told almost entirely from the point of view of the mother, a stereotypical, classic Jewish mother, and her dealing with living in a land where there were no other Jews in town. Definitely a memoir. Several heros standing up to child labor, the Klan, and the prejudice. But a fair amount of accommodation as well.

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Links from January 21, 2015

These are my links from January 21, 2015

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Brief Review. The Man Who Smiled: A Kurt Wallander Mystery by Henning Mankell

The Man Who Smiled: A Kurt Wallander Mystery (4) (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard) by Henning Mankell



Another great police mystery by Mankell. It contains the usual characters on the police force and Wallander’s family and friends. Parts allude to the struggle of the common man against the rich and powerful with some justice in the end.

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Brief Review. The Word Exchange: A Novel by Alena Graedon

The Word Exchange: A Novel by Alena Graedon




The future. A symbiotic relationship between humans and their ‘smart’ devices. All seems good except that words are supplied to us so we don’t have to think of them, at a modest cost. But what about cornering the market on words? Removing all existing text and dictionaries. This is a nicely crafted thriller. Well done.

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Brief Review. The Visionist: A Novel by Rachel Urquhart

The Visionist: A Novel by Rachel Urquhart.




An interesting story and nice character development. Set in the 19th century in New England when Shakers were thriving. The description of Shaker society and organization often kept me reading.

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Brief Review. Stag’s Leap: Poems by Sharon Olds

Stag’s Leap: Poems by Sharon Olds




Absolutely enjoyable and wonderful collection of poems. All are about her separation from her husband and coming to grips with living apart from one with whom you have shared many years.

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Links from January 14, 2015

These are my links from January 14, 2015

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Brief Review. A Fatal Likeness: A Novel by Lynn Shepherd

A Fatal Likeness: A Novel by Lynn Shepherd





A rather wordy fictional account of deadly rivalries with Victorian sensibilities at the time of Shelley his wives and mistresses.

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Brief Review. Chasing Utopia: A Hybrid by Nikki Giovanni

Chasing Utopia: A Hybrid by Nikki Giovanni




A wonderful collection of poems and short prose pieces about daily life many presented as an autobiography.

 

 

The end of the poem ‘When My Phone Trembles (for D’Angelo)
When my phone trembles
After midnight
I take
A deep breath
Reach for my glasses
Think of my son

And I pray

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Brief Review. The One-Straw Revolution: An Introduction to Natural Farming (New York Review Books Classics) by Masanobu Fukuoka

The One-Straw Revolution: An Introduction to Natural Farming (New York Review Books Classics) by Masanobu Fukuoka




An interesting account of farming in Japan using no plowing for grain crops and almost no tending, certainly no pruning in orchards. Also what we now call slow food Рeating what is in season and available locally. Look at nature and natural processes as a whole. Humans may be capable of analyzing, researching portions of it but cannot understand  or control the whole.

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