The Book Collectors and Syria’s Secret Library

The Book Collectors by Delphine Minoui (2017) and Syria's Secret Library by Mike Thomson (2019) August 2022 One day during a pause in bombing in the Syrian civil war, a young Syrian man on the rebel side took a walk through the devastated town of Daraya, his home. He found a book in the rubble...and that’s where it all started. War and books have...

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The Paris Bookseller

by Kerri Maher (2022) July 2022 Sylvia Beach, an American, fell madly in love with Paris when vacationing there with her family in her mid-teens. She spent nearly 15 years devising various plans for moving to Paris, finally settling on the idea of opening a French bookstore in New York. She was a voracious reader even as a young child, but knew...

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The Sacred Bridge

by Anne Hillerman (2022) June 2022 Tony Hillerman was a beloved author of numerous popular books about the American Southwest, featuring the Navajos in particular. His fans, of whom I am one (full disclosure here), were deeply saddened to lose his rare voice about this place and group of people.   Classified as mysteries, they were good stories...

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The Christie Affair: A Novel by Nina de Gramont (2022)

April 2022 Agatha Christie is one of the most famous and popular authors of the last hundred years. While she’s best known for her detective novels, she also wrote short stories and plays for the stage. Readers’ thirst for a good “who-done-it" has not diminished in the current times. Many people also know that she lived her OWN private mystery in...

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TASTE by Stanley Tucci (2021)

March 2022 Stanley Tucci is an actor, director, producer, and writer whom you’ve probably seen in many movies. Most recently, he’s known as a lover and promoter of fresh Italian food in his CNN 6-episode show “Searching for Italy.” In it, he travelled to various parts of Italy from the far north to Sicily to learn about and eat regional dishes. I...

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A THOUSAND DAYS IN VENICE by Marlena De Blasi (2002)

February 2022 In honor of Valentine’s Day, I want to share with readers perhaps my favorite romantic story. It’s true, it’s a story of the middle ages (not to be confused with The Middle Ages), and by every standard of reason, should never have happened...yet it did. Marlena and Fernando lived half a world apart, spoke different languages, but...

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CLOUD CUCKOO LAND by Anthony Doerr (2021)

January 2022 Some of you have read Anthony Doerr’s popular bestseller All the Light We Cannot See, liked it very much, and looked forward to his next book. After a 4.5-year wait, you’ll be happy to know that his new bestselling book, Cloud Cuckoo Land, is even more ambitious. Doerr’s unique imagination has been given full reign to cover 3...

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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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