Book Remarks

Korean Women’s Heartbreak and Strength During World War II


It was a chrysanthemum, a symbol of mourning for Koreans. The imperial seal of Japan was the yellow chrysanthemum, a crest symbolizing the imperial family’s power. Emi had wondered which came first, the symbol of power or mourning. “White Chrysanthemum,” by Mary Lynn Bracht, is one of the easiest books I’ve ever read and one of the hardest books I’ve […]

Would You Want to Know?


“I wanted to do something good. So I think, Okay: What do nurses do? They help people, people who suffer. Why do they suffer? ‘Cause they don’t know what’s gonna happen to them. So what if I can take that away? If they have answers, they’ll be free, is what I thought. If they know when they’ll die, they can […]

A Perfect Summer Thriller


“Maybe you should be a lawyer.” “I can’t think of anything worse.” This tongue-in-cheek observation is just one of the fun things you’ll find in “Camino Island” by John Grisham. It’s a quick a snack of a book, a summer read that’s as entertaining as it is engaging. The one and only John Grisham book I read was “A Time […]

Coming of Age in the Wilds of Alaska


“Did adults just look at the world and see what they wanted to see, think what they wanted to think? Did evidence and experience mean nothing?” This is just one of the questions Leni Allbright poses in “The Great Alone,” by Kristin Hannah, a sprawling story about love, loss and survival not only in relationships but also in the extraordinary […]

Is Anyone Really Who They Seem?


“I know what you did that day.” This cover proclamation on the novel “Safe With Me,” by K.L. Slater, still baffles me since it could belong to any one of the strange and twisted characters in this book. My bet is on Mrs. Peat but opinions vary. And I was actually able to get different opinions as I had the […]

‘Bel Canto’ by Ann Patchett


“If someone loves you for what you can do then it’s flattering, but why do you love them? If someone loves you for who you are then they have to know you, which means you have to know them.” I have a confession to make. There are 957 books on my “Want to Read” list on Goodreads. If I read […]

‘Can You Keep a Secret?’ by Sophie Kinsella


“But there’s a part of me that wants a huge, amazing romance.” If ever there was a book that kept me laughing from start to finish, it was this book. Told in the first person present tense of Emma Corrigan, this book has voice. By voice, I mean… personality. The way this story is told by this author far exceeds […]

Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters In The End

BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust By Atul Gawande Henry Holt (sold by MacMillan), 2014 300 pages. Genre: Medical Nonfiction “If end-of-life discussions were an experimental drug, the FDA would approve it.” — “Being Mortal.” The author is a general surgeon practicing in the Boston area, who has written previous books about medical practice (“Better,” “Complications,” “The Checklist Manifesto”). His name […]

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