Category Archives: I Read

1984 by George Orwell

The fact that Orwell conceived of this novel and wrote it after WWII, but that it’s eerily still relevant and predictive (e.g., Fake News) is amazing. The ideas he expresses are visionary and brilliant, even if horribly depressing. But this … Continue reading

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Forgiveness by Mark Sakamoto

Sakamoto tells the heart-wrenching story of how both sides of his family were deeply affected during WWII. Forgiveness is why he was born and can now tell the tale. His maternal grandfather was a Japanese POW; his paternal grandparents were … Continue reading

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Commonwealth by Ann Patchett

An affair begins at a baby’s christening party, inevitably re-structuring two families. The lives of four parents and six children become entwined. This novel is about the ties that bind, the longevity of deep affection, the mismatch of romance, and … Continue reading

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We’ll All Be Burnt in Our Beds Some Night by Joel Thomas Hynes

This novel is narrated by the main character, Johnny, in his unique vernacular. The story begins with him waiting to go to trial for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend, Madonna, with a teapot. Johnny is very unlikeable. But that makes his … Continue reading

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March by Geraldine Brooks

I’m astounded that this novel won the Pulitzer. “March” has a really interesting premise; it follows the father of Louisa May Alcott’s “Little Women” during the American Civil War. On the plus side, much of the writing is very well … Continue reading

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Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate

Based on the true story of American child-trafficker Georgia Tann, this book is an easy and captivating read. When Avery Stafford returns home to help her father overcome health problems, she also discovers some discordant family facts. She’s compelled to … Continue reading

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Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

Steinbeck beautifully writes about two drifters, George and simple Lennie, who share an unusual, strong friendship and a dream to one day have their own land. They eventually find work on a ranch, but their time there is threatened by … Continue reading

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