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Reading Still Alice was engrossing, informative - and terrifying. It is the fictional story of a Harvard psychology professor who approaches the age of 50 with what seems like a dream life: three more or less successful children, a happy marriage, and challenging work. She is forgetting a few things,... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2010 at The Buzz...About Books
The Blythes are Quoted (see posting two below) is only the latest in a long string of books by and about L. M. Montgomery. Another recent must for Anne fans is the prequel to Anne of Green Gables which was published in 2008, to celebrate the centenary of the original... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2010 at The Buzz...About Books
The author of Wife of the Gods (see posting below) is a medical doctor, now practising in California. Writing fiction may seem an unusual leisure activity for a doctor, but there are numerous examples. Historically, Anton Chekhov, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Somerset Maugham were doctors (although Maugham never actually... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2010 at The Buzz...About Books
In spite of the phenomenal success of the #1 Ladies Detective Agency series there have not been a lot of murder mysteries set in Africa, particularly by Africans. So I was excited to read a new mystery set in Ghana, a country I visited two years ago. Wife of the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2010 at The Buzz...About Books
Have you ever read a book that you weren’t sure you could finish - not because it wasn’t good, but because some of the things happening were just too horrible to dwell on? When I was reading A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry, I would have to put it down from time to time so I could think happy thoughts for awhile. The author made you care deeply for the characters, and then terrible things would happen to them… And yet, this is one of the best books I have ever read, and I recommend it highly. There are many... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2009 at Next Great Read