Category Archives: Book Reviews

Book Review: The Portable Dorothy Parker

The Portable Dorothy Parker by Dorothy Parker My rating: 4 of 5 stars A collection of poems, short stories, essays, articles, reviews and more, The Portable Dorothy Parker is both fun and fascinating. Dorothy Parker, famous (or is it infamous) … Continue reading

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Book Review: Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair by Pablo Neruda

Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair by Pablo Neruda My rating: 5 of 5 stars Lush, sensual, and passionate, Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair is a simply gorgeous collection of poems by Chilean poet, Pablo … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald My rating: 4 of 5 stars There are some books and authors that I read in high school when I am not 100% sure I was mature enough to truly appreciate them. Now, … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Story of Lucy Gault by William Trevor

The Story of Lucy Gault: A Novel by William Trevor My rating: 2 of 5 stars The Story of Lucy Gault is obviously intended to be a tragic, emotional story full of Irish pathos and poetry but in my opinion, it … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman My rating: 4 of 5 stars In Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book a young boy is adopted by the spirits who inhabit a local graveyard after his family is murdered by a sinister man … Continue reading

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Book Review Questions About Angels by Billy Collins

Questions About Angels by Billy Collins My rating: 4 of 5 stars Continuing my current obsession with Billy Collins, I picked up yet another collection of his poems: Questions about Angels. Some of the poems (like: “First Reader,” “The Death … Continue reading

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Book Review: King’s Fool by Margaret Campbell Barnes

King’s Fool: A Notorious King, His Six Wives, and the One Man Who Knew All Their Secrets by Margaret Campbell Barnes My rating: 3 of 5 stars I have always enjoyed historic fiction, particularly historic fiction about the life and … Continue reading

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Book Reviews: Billy Collins Poetry Collections

While on a bit of a poetry spree, I picked up some books by former U.S. Poet Laureate, Billy Collins, including: The Trouble with Poetry and Other Poems, Horoscopes for the Dead, Ballistics, Sailing Alone Around the Room, and Picnic, … Continue reading

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Book Review: Ballistics by Billy Collins

Ballistics by Billy Collins My rating: 4 of 5 stars There is a lot to love about Billy Collin’s poetry. For me, I love his wry observations and his musings about all the little details of what he sees and … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Wedding Quilt by Jennifer Chiaverini

The Wedding Quilt: An Elm Creek Quilts Novel by Jennifer Chiaverini My rating: 2 of 5 stars Ever since I first read The Quiter’s Apprentice I have been a big fan of the Elm Creek Quilts series. I really enjoyed the … Continue reading

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