Smell the Cherry Blossoms with Memoirs of a Geisha

Memoirs of a geishaBook Title: Memoirs of a Geisha

Author: Arthur Golden

Genres:  Literary Fiction, Adult Fiction

Pub Date: 1/10/99 Vintage

4 STARS

A literary sensation and runaway bestseller, this brilliant debut novel presents with seamless authenticity and exquisite lyricism the true confessions of one of Japan’s most celebrated geisha.

In “Memoirs of a Geisha,” we enter a world where appearances are paramount; where a girl’s virginity is auctioned to the highest bidder; where women are trained to beguile the most powerful men; and where love is scorned as illusion. It is a unique and triumphant work of fiction – at once romantic, erotic, suspenseful – and completely unforgettable. Continue reading “Smell the Cherry Blossoms with Memoirs of a Geisha”

#TBT Review: The Life You Long For

Life Longed ForBook Title: The Life You Long For

Author: Maribeth Fischer

Genres:  Adult Fiction, Suspense

Pub Date: March 6, 2007

3 STARS

When every mother’s worst nightmare becomes Grace’s reality, she must examine her entire life — from the wrong choices to the right mistakes. Grace’s son Jack is a miracle. At three years old, he’s fighting a mysterious, deadly disease that his doctors predicted would kill him as a baby. Even though it was determined to be mitochondrial disease, the little-known illness remains a mystery to medicine. Grace has sat by his bedside every minute he has been in the hospital, questioned every diagnosis, every medicine — even poring over medical journals and books at home late into the night. To the world, Grace’s fierce dedication is the sole reason for her son’s survival. But someone suspects that perhaps Jack’s disease is not what it seems. Continue reading “#TBT Review: The Life You Long For”

#TBT Review: The Keep

TBT ReviewBook Title: The Keep

Author: Jennifer Egan

Genres:  Suspense, Adult Fiction

Pub Date: Reprint 7-10-07

5 STARS

Award-winning author Jennifer Egan brilliantly conjures a world from which escape is impossible and where the keep-–the tower, the last stand-–is both everything worth protecting and the very thing that must be surrendered in order to survive. Continue reading “#TBT Review: The Keep”

Homegoing Review

homegoing reviewBook Title: Homegoing

Author: Yaa Gyasi

Genres:  Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction

Pub Date: 6/7/16

5 STARS

A novel of breathtaking sweep and emotional power that traces three hundred years in Ghana and along the way also becomes a truly great American novel. Extraordinary for its exquisite language, its implacable sorrow, its soaring beauty, and for its monumental portrait of the forces that shape families and nations, Homegoing heralds the arrival of a major new voice in contemporary fiction. Continue reading “Homegoing Review”

#TBT Review: The World to Come

TBT ReviewTitle: The World toCome

Author: Dara Horn

Genre:  Literary Fiction

Pub Date: October 17, 2006

3 STARS

 

A million-dollar Chagall is stolen from a museum during a singles’ cocktail hour. The unlikely thief, former child prodigy Benjamin Ziskind, is convinced that the painting once hung in his parents’ living room. This work of art opens a door through which we discover his family’s startling history–from an orphanage in Soviet Russia where Chagall taught to suburban New Jersey and the jungles of Vietnam.

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News of the World Book Review

news of the world book reviewBook Title: The News of the World

Author: Paulette Jiles

Genres:  Adult Fiction, Historical Fiction

Pub Date: 10/6/16

3 STARS

In the aftermath of the American Civil War, an aging itinerant news reader agrees to transport a young captive of the Kiowa back to her people in this morally complex, multi-layered novel of historical fiction from the author of “Enemy Women” that explores the boundaries of family, responsibility, honor, and trust.

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#TBT Review: Shopaholic and Baby

Shopaholic and babyTitle: Shopaholic and Baby

Author: Sophie Kinsella

Genre:  Chick Lit

Pub Date: February 27, 2007

3 STARS

 

Becky Brandon (nee Bloomwood) is pregnant! She couldn’t be more overjoyed-especially since discovering that shopping cures morning sickness. Everything has got to be perfect for her baby: from the designer nursery . . . to the latest, coolest pram . . . to the celebrity, must-have obstetrician.

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