LAST TRAIN TO PARADISE by Les Standiford (2002)

December 2021 If you’ve never lived in or visited Florida, chances are good that you never heard of Henry Morrison Flagler (1830-1913). You wouldn’t know of his life’s astonishing work; never heard that many people in his time considered him to be either a crackpot or a visionary. Does a crackpot see things that others don’t, make it reality, and...

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BIG SUMMER by Jennifer Weiner (2020)

  October 2021 Growing up in the 21st century is not easy. Not that it's ever been easy, but at least previous generations didn't have to cope with all the technical advancements purported to make our lives easier, or so they say. Now a young person's "job" isn't just to figure out who they are and what they're going to do with their lives....

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HOW TO FIND LOVE IN A BOOKSHOP by Veronica Henry (2016)

September 2021 I didn’t expect to like this book. I liked the “bookshop” part, but if the “love” part was too mushy or maudlin, I’d set it aside. I decided to read a little to get the tone of the book; give it a fair chance. I’m so glad I did! Nightingale Books is a place I’d like to go, and the people and their stories are lovely and...

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THE PARIS LIBRARY by Janet Skeslien Charles (2021)

August 2021 In 2010 Janet Skeslien Charles began working as the Programs Director at the American Library in Paris where she learned the history of this wonderful Library founded in 1920. The years of Nazi occupation of Paris and their effect on the Library especially drew her interest. A lot of research into those years supplemented with her own...

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THE PARIS HOURS by Alex George (2020)

THE PARIS HOURS by Alex George (2020) July 2021 Paris in 1927 was perhaps the most exciting and vibrant city in the world.  It was a magnet for talented artists, musicians, writers, and various other creative souls.  Hemingway had just married his second wife and birthed a new novel.  Gertrude Stein was famous for her salon and for investing in...

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Women War Photographers in WWII and Vietnam

THE WOMEN WHO WROTE THE WAR by Nancy Sorel  (1999) AND YOU DON’T BELONG HERE by Elizabeth Becker  (2021) June 2021 I dedicate this month’s blog to the memory of murdered Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi and to the courage of jailed Belarussian dissident journalist Roman Protasevich.   Earlier this year I saw an interview with Elizabeth...

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THE MIDNIGHT LIBRARY by Matt Haig

The Midnight Library by Matt Haig (2020) May 2021 Nora Seed’s life was on a downhill trajectory.  She was being professionally treated for “situational depression,” but it wasn’t really helping.  She lost her job and her only paying piano student, so had no income.  Her best friend was 10,000 miles away in Australia.  Her brother, upset over her...

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LITTLE BOY by Lawrence Ferlinghetti

LITTLE BOY by Lawrence Ferlinghetti (2019) April 2021 Lawrence Monsanto Ferlinghetti, perhaps the best-known American bookstore owner/publisher of the second half of the 20th Century, died on February 22, 2021 at the age of 101.  He was also a poet, novelist, artist, iconoclast, WWII veteran, self-described “dissident romantic or romantic...

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Courageous Librarians

THE GIVER OF STARS by Jojo Moyes (2019) and THE BOOK WOMAN OF TROUBLESOME CREEK by Kim Richardson (2019) March 2021 How exciting that we have TWO BOOKS to read about this month!  By some gift from the Universe, both books about the same obscure subject were published within months of each other.  I’ve found no evidence that Moyes and Richardson...

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