Book Review: A Stopover in Venice By Kathryn Walker

 Venice is ripe with mystery and sensuality. In this book, her colors are breathtaking, her aura serene.  Kathryn Walker’s prose is exquisite as she paints a hint of romance, mixed in with the discovery of 16th century art and treasured pieces of renaissance. The cover, title and synopsis tempted me straight away because I find…

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Book Review: The Piano Teacher By Janice Y.K. Lee

I don’t know why, but I have always had a strong penchant for books published by Penguin. It stems from a childhood filled with Penguin Classics – at least that’s what I think.  Or maybe it’s just that I find  the tiny orange logo with the white penguin inside it, irresistible – a bit mad, I know….

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Book Review : A Discovery Of Witches By Deborah Harkness

This book caused a tiny bit of excitement when I laid my hands on it, almost as if its suggested magical properties affected my decision to read it. The story is a mix of fantasy, history and advanced alchemy. The plots, (yes, there are about three, or maybe It’s one big plot) are so compelling…

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Book Review: A Cup Of Friendship By Deborah Rodriguez

It is fairly obvious when you read any of Deborah Rodriguez’s books that she has deep feelings for Afghanistan. She writes so eloquently, and with so much emotion that you can’t help being involved in her story immediately. After I read ‘Kabul Beauty School,’ I knew I would love anything by Rodriguez. When ‘ A…

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The Lady and The Unicorn By Tracy Chevalier

 I love Tracy Chevalier.  She is a brilliant writer; her books are as timeless and gentle in as much as they are gifted pieces of work that reveal her in-depth knowledge of the era and the artists she often brings to life. ‘Reliable Creatures’ is fantastic, as is ‘Virgin Blue.’ I am holding on to…

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Children’s Book Review: Pandora Gets Jealous by Carolyn Hennesy

  My 8-year-old is as book obsessive as I am, and heavily into Greek mythology as she is into Harry Potter.  I have sort of introduced Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson to her and it is only the beginning, but I found this series by Carolyn Hennesy to be  well written and quite a hilarious take…

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Secret Daughter By Shilpi Somaya Gowda

  I was  in hospital for surgery last week, and as I expected to stay 3 nights, I took this book along with me to read; I mean really, other than for walking along the corridors, holding on to my over medicated pain ridden innards, and nodding a pleasant good morning or evening, to others who grimace…

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Cross Currents By John Shors

I am a bit biased when it comes to John Shors,  because he is just so nice, and has not once, but twice, taken the time to  reply my ramblingly  gushing e-mail about his works.  I have all of his books; they are little jewels I carry with me.  I confess I am drawn to…

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State of Wonder by Ann Patchett

 I didn’t know much about Ann Patchett until I was given this book about 2 weeks ago. I literally walked right by ‘ State of Wonder’  at the store, because the title did nothing for  me – you know how we sometimes stop by a book just because the title catches the eye, mmm, there…

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