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1949 A Novel of the Irish Free State Review star
1949 is the third book in Morgan Llywelyn’s Historical Fiction series around Ireland’s struggle for independence. It is not necessary to read 1916

A Girl Like Che Guevara Review star
In Havana, Cuba during 1982 high school students were required to put in time in the Tobacco fields as part of their learning and as service to the communist regime. A Girl Like Che Guevara follows the life of Lourdes Torres

A Girl´s Guide to Modern European Philosophy star
The book is divided into three philosophies the first Friedrich Nietzsche (Human, All Too Human), the second is Martin Heidegger (Being and Time) and it closes with Soren Kierkegaard, (Fear and Trembling). Susannah uses what she learns from each of these philosophers

Belly : a Novel Review star
It´s August 2001 in Saratoga Springs, Florida. It´s hot and fifty-nine-year-old Belly O´Leary is being released from prison. He was sentenced six years for illegal gambling in his establishment, The War Bar; but got off early after four years for good behaviour.

Enough Frey star
It´s time to let go of James Frey. Yes, he did a bad thing. "Bad Frey, Bad!" It will leave a mark on the literary scene for years to come (or will it?). I´m not going to rehash the facts of his untruths

Getting Over It Review star
Cosmopolitan compared it to Bridget Jones but this book is really about loss. It isn´t about the laughs and it isn´t about finding someone to spend the rest of your

Girls In Trouble Review star
Sixteen year old Sara comes from a middle class family. Her father, Jack, is a successful accountant and her mother, Abby, is a dental hygienist. Sara dreams of being a psychiatrist. She´s a braniac at school and her proud parents are

I, Richard, Audio Book Review star
Elizabeth George is best known for her psychological crime novels. She has 15 books published. This is her first short story collection. Three of the five stories were previously published elsewhere.

Matches Review star
Alan Kaufman did time in the Israel Defence Forces, giving him the experience necessary to draw on for this glimpse into a soldier´s life. The title, Matches, is a nickname the officers gave the soldiers, "one-strike flames that burned up and died."

On Beauty Review star
What could be more beautiful than a family? Why, the debacles of two of course! Awarded the Orange Prize for Fiction, On Beauty follows the Belsey and the Kipps families through 443 pages of shenanigans only family can forgive.

Pomegranate Soup Review star
Pomegranate Soup is the story of ´new beginnings´; of planting seeds, letting the roots take hold and rejoicing in what blooms. Sometimes it isn´t all that was expected and sometimes it´s even better.

Season of Betrayal Review star
Narrated by Larissa "Lara" McCauley looking back twenty years earlier to 1983 where she focuses on the year she spent in Beirut with her husband Mac, an American journalist. According to Lara, Mac was everything she had; her parents having died when she and

Studies in American Indian Literatures from Project Muse star[offsite link]
Studies in American Indian Literatures is a journal which contains articles pertaining to Native American literature and often includes works from the authors.

Sula - A Review star
A review of Toni Morrison´s second novel, Sula, an adventurous yet complex young girl living in a town called Bottom with her equally complex family. Her complexities follow her to adulthood as she goes through life´s rocky journey and impacts the lives of every individual in her community.

Sula - A Review star
A review of Toni Morrison's second novel, Sula, an adventurous yet complex young girl living in a town called Bottom with her equally complex family. Her complexities follow her to adulthood as she goes through life's rocky journey and impacts the lives of every individual in her community.

The Bell Jar Review star
Who was Sylvia Plath? Which of her works have we read? This article reviews Plath's first novel The Bell Jar, noting its brilliance and the acute parallelism that it holds with the author's real life.

The Da Vinci Code Book Review star
The Da Vinci Code opens in Paris at Louvre Museum where renowned curator Jacques Sauniere runs through his museum trying to get away from Silas, an albino monk with a mission. Jacque´s escape is unsuccessful and he ends up

The Last Storyteller Review star
Taite Abbot is pregnant. Her long time boyfriend, Sam Wellington, has accepted a medical fellowship at the Institute of Neurological Research in Boston. Taite embarrassed by her upbringing, dreadlocks, tattoos and piercings has decided she isn´t the appropriate

The Mercy of Thin Air Review star
Amy Richmond and Scott Duncan buy an antique bookcase for their home in Baton Rouge from the Washington´s; along with it comes a little book on "Family Limitations" and the ghost of Raziela Nolan or Razi as she was known to her

White Oleander Review star
Throughout this novel the words sing a poetic duet with the reader and, from her opening description, I was humming along.

Yellow Woman in Silko´s Storyteller star
The role of mythological figure Yellow Woman in two stories from Leslie Marmon Silko´s book Storyteller

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