Reach and Read: The Zookeeper’s Wife

The Zookeeper’s Wife By Diane Ackerman This is a review of Diane Ackerman’s non-fiction book based the personal diary of Antonina Żabińska, the Warsaw zookeeper’s wife. Destined to be a movie soon (apparently, someone beat me to this good idea), this book offers a different perspective on Nazi rule and non-Jew life during WWII. I […]

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Reach & Read: The Girl with a Clock for a Heart

The Girl with a Clock for a Heart By Peter Swanson This marks a new chapter for Odds & Hens. I was sent this advance copy novel by The Reading Room/HarperCollins Publishers earlier this year with an ask for a review. I enjoy finding books through many sources, friend recommendations, interview candidates (love asking “What’s […]

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Reach & Read: All Things Bright and Beautiful

Things Bright and Beautiful By James Herriot – a book review Bright and Beautiful is the second book in the charming series by James Herriot. In the Spring of 2013, I read his All Creatures Great and Small. Here is its review – the best part was sharing the experience with my grandmother. Bright and […]

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Reach & Read: In the Time of the Butterflies

Book Review: In the Time of the Butterflies By Julia Alvarez This novel was consumed upon recommendation by a bookie co-worker. Little did I know, this novel, published in 1994 (Wow!), has ties to Cuba. I read this shortly after returning from our eye-opening tour this fall, with imagery and stories still fresh in my […]

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Reach & Read: When We Were Strangers

When We Were Strangers by Pamela Schoenewaldt – a book review By the cover alone, you should already know why I chose this book. Sew! A needle pulling thread….. Starring a wonderfully strong female character, Irma, set amidst the historical fiction back drop of late 19th century immigrant America. A true coming of age story […]

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Read and Read: The Old Man and The Sea

The Old Man and The Sea By E. Hemingway Short on pages, long on quality and now tied to great memories of our trip to Cuba, which included visiting Cojimar and Hemingway’s home and boat (Pilar). Vividly word-illustrated story that puts you out in the tiny boat. Akin to many stories in life of struggling […]

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