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Thoughts on Tom Waits on Tom Waits Edited by Paul Maher Jr.

August 1, 2011
Tom Waits on Tom Waits (Goodreads)

Tom Waits happens to be one of my favorite musicians, so when the opportunity to read Tom Waits on Tom Waits: Interviews and Encounters came along I jumped at the chance to read the book.  This is a collection of interviews and encounters interspersed with bits of biography divided up by albums published starting in 1973 and ending in 2006. Read more…

Thoughts on Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

July 30, 2011

Things Fall Apart (Goodreads)

Usually I’m good about writing posts right after I read the book, but lately I’ve been suffering from a little writer’s block.  Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe is an excellent novel about a man in a small Nigerian village. Read more…

A Few Words on Hiroshima in the Morning by Rahna Reiko Rizzuto

July 23, 2011

Hiroshima in the Morning (Goodreads)

Hiroshima in the Morning by Rahna Reiko Rizzuto is part memoir, part travelogue, interspersed with historical accounts of the bombing of Hiroshima.  Read more…

Thoughts on The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

July 19, 2011

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (Goodreads)

When I found out about this title I wanted to read it.  My prior career involved much tissue culture, which Henrietta Lacks contributed to in a large way.  Henrietta Lacks was the unwitting donor of the first immortal human cell line.  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot does a wonderful job at covering several aspects in one book.  Skloot writes a biography, a memoir, and a science book all rolled into one. Read more…

A Few Words on The Girl in the Garden by Kamala Nair

July 14, 2011

The Girl in the Garden (Goodreads)

The Girl in the Garden is a tale of family secrets and tragedy.  The story is laid out as a letter from the protagonist to her fiance telling the tale of one eventful summer in her childhood that holds many secrets.   Read more…

Remarks on The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

July 12, 2011

The Shadow of the Wind (Goodreads)

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón is the perfect book for a bibliophile.  The novel centers around a boy’s obsession with one book and the author of that book.  The original novel was in Spanish and was translated to English by Lucia Graves.  This book was a best seller in Spain and it is easy to see why. Read more…

Thoughts on God Dies by the Nile by Nawal El Saadawi

July 5, 2011

God Dies by the Nile (Goodreads)

First I want to thank Lauren of Underneath a Book for providing me with a copy of this hard to find book.  God Dies by the Nile by Nawal El Saadawi is a difficult book for me to wrap my head around.  Not because it is a poorly written book, but because so much occurs in this small tome.  Read more…

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