Category Archives: travel

Book Preview: The Secret of the Nightingale Palace

The Secret of the Nightingale Palace (2013) by Dana Sachs is my kind of book. First of all there is a road trip. Who can resist a cross-country adventure? But wait, there’s more! Did I mention inter-generational family bonding? What … Continue reading

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Book Preview: An Abundance of Katherines

An Abundance of Katherines (2006), by John Green, stars Colin Singleton as a young man who falls in love with girls named Katherine, and then gets dumped. He is very consistent; so far he has been dumped by nineteen Katherines. … Continue reading

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Book Preview: The Counterfeit Family Tree of Vee Crawford-Wong

First published a year ago today, The Counterfeit Family Tree of Vee Crawford-Wong (2013), by L. Tam Holland, is one of an increasing number of books for young adults that includes mixed-heritage characters. What makes this novel different from the … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Grapes of Wrath

In a time of widespread drought  and economic hardship, it is wise to remember that it could be much worse. John Steinbeck’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Grapes of Wrath (1939), is the classic story of the Joad family’s struggle as … Continue reading

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Book Review: Up Island

There was a time a decade or so back (maybe longer) when I was enamored of the novels of Atlanta-born Ann Rivers Siddons, particularly those that feature disgruntled middle-aged women in transition who affect a major change in their lives … Continue reading

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Author Birthday: Jack London

On this day in 1876,the author and adventurer Jack London was born in Glen Ellen, a village in Sonoma County,  California. The location of his ranch and final resting place is included in nearby Jack London State Historic Park. Last spring we … Continue reading

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Book Preview: The Signature of All Things

I have only read one of Elizabeth Gilbert’s books: Eat, Pray, Love, a memoir gifted to me. This #1 New York Times Bestseller fell somewhat short of my expectations. After I saw the movie version with Julia Roberts, I came … Continue reading

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