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Frog Music by Emma Donoghue

Frog Music was written by Emma Donoghue who had written one of my favourite books Room, so when Frog Music was published, I immediately added it to my list of books to read. Room is reveiwed on this site at https://bookreviewstoday.info/2014/02/28/room-by-erica-donoghue/. Donoghue is a very successful author, having earned her living as a writer since the age …

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The Killing Place by Tess Gerritsen

I have always enjoyed the novels by Tess Gerritsen that I have read so, when I saw The Killing Place for sale in my local library, I was pleased to buy it. I feel Gerritsen writes her crime novels with some authority, particularly in relation to the wounds and injuries she describes as she qualified …

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The Peculiar Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender

The Peculiar Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender was book of the month for my book group. This is not a book that I would have picked up otherwise. Still, I have often said that one good reason for joining a book group is to read out of my comfort zone. The Peculiar Sadness …

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Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

I saw Of Mice and Men performed as a play many years ago when Lennie Small was played by Matthew Kelly, the English, Olivier-award winning actor. He was magnificent. I knew that I should read the book, but had never quite got round to it. So, when my mother gave me a copy of the book, …

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The Red Pony by John Steinbeck

It had been a long time since I read any of John Steinbeck’s work, although I remember with great fondness being taken to Cannery Row in Monterey, California, USA when I visited my Aunt and Uncle, 40 years ago, at their home in 17 Mile Drive, Pebble Beach. I thought it was so exciting that …

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The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zapon

This is a masterpiece! My friend Leah gave me The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zapon.  She had just finished reading it and thought I would enjoy it, so she passed it on. Let me just say it was the best gift I’ve had in years. The Shadow of the Wind is one of my …

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Low Life by Ryan David Jahn

Ryan David Jahn grew up in Arizona, Texas, and California, USA. He left school at sixteen, worked several odd jobs, and spent time in the army before moving to Los Angeles. There he worked in television and film for several years.He now lives in Louisville, Kentucky and published his first novel, Acts of Violence, in 2009.  It …

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Fup by Jim Dodge

I have no idea what the attraction of Fup by Jim Dodge is.  It left me completely cold.  I read it as it was the book put forward by my book group. The story, such as it is, is about a twenty pound duck that won’t fly, thirty miles of barbed-wire fencing, and several batches of …

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Black Like Me by John Howard Griffin

I cannot really remember how or where I came by this book, Black Like Me by John Howard Griffin.  However, I remembered being told by my mother about a white man who pretended to be black and people were rude and unkind to him because they thought he was black. I recall, even as a young …

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