Book Remarks

Novel Chronicles Syrian Journeys, Past and Present

BOOK REMARKS


“It seems like people lose more than they can ever get back – a three-bedroom house, ten inches of hair, a whole color. But nobody ever says it. Does it make it easier to live with loss if you don’t name it? Or is that something you do as a mercy for other people?” This is just one of the […]

‘West,’ by Carys Davies

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“All I can say, Julie, is that they feel very real to me. All I can say is that the only thing in the world I want to do now, is to go out there, into the west, and find them.” “Them” are prehistoric wooly mammoths and the man obsessed with finding them is Cyrus Bellman. So begins “West,” by […]

‘The Book of M’ by Peng Shepherd

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“No one escaped – either because they were someone who lost their shadow, or because they were someone who loved someone who lost their shadow.” “The Book of M” by Peng Shepherd is an inventive end-of-world dystopian concept that is taken to the next level with the addition of magic realism. It could even be classified as a love story, […]

When Emotions Paralyze

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“The human brain is the universe’s most implausible science experiment.” What would you do if emotion paralyzed you? Not metaphorically or spiritually but physically. This is the premise behind “Daphne,” by Will Boast. Inspired by the myth of Daphne and Apollo, “Daphne” is based on a very obscure, but also very real, disease where any type of feeling or emotion […]

Fun Read for Jane Austen Fans

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“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” ~ C.S. Lewis Have you ever gotten to the point in a book where you knew you would stay up all night to finish it? Even though you knew how it would end? And even though you had to get up and […]

“Mr. Flood’s Last Resort” by Jess Kidd

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“Are there cold corners?” “Yes.” “Inexplicable noises?” “Sometimes.” “Strange behavior from the animals in the house, barking or hissing?” “Hissing, definitely.” “A brooding malignity?” I glance at her, wondering where she gets these words. “Only when Mr. Flood is about.” I knew from the first few pages that “Mr. Flood’s Last Resort,” by Jess Kidd, was going to be eerie. […]

Summer Beach Read, ‘by invitation only’

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“What is it about this place?” “Look, I don’t know if it’s the smell of the earth or the night skies with all the stars or what, but I think it’s a bit like making a cake. You wouldn’t eat butter or flour or vanilla by themselves, but when you combine them with eggs and milk, they become something else. […]

Korean Women’s Heartbreak and Strength During World War II

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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?

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“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

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“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 […]


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