Reach & Read: The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend

I consumed The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald in the ebook format checked out from my public library.  This is a great vacation or casual, fun read but not to say it is light on context. The story centers around Sarah, her love for books, her pen pal (Amy) and desire to […]

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Reach & Read: Saving the World

Book Review: Saving the World By Julia Alvarez As promised by my co-worker, this is a beautiful story. What impressed me was how different of plot and approach this book was than her other book I have read, In the Time of Butterflies -still some ‘Latin flare’ but decidedly different. Julia weaves her two parallel […]

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Reach & Read: City of Thieves

City of Thieves by David Benioff – a book review Another World War II novel, this time upon recommendation for one my bookie co-workers. However, Benioff presents a perspective of the war from a Russian perspective, setting it apart from a few of the others I have recently consumed. Two things really made this book […]

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Reach & Read: Casual Vacancy

Casual Vacancy By JK Rowling – A book review So, I might just be the only person able to comment on this book without comparing it to the Harry Potter series. Why? I have never read any of the books, nor seen the films. My only experience with Harry is riding the ride at Universal […]

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Reach & Read: Where’d You Go, Bernadette?

Book Review: Where’d You Go, Bernadette? By Maria Semple Seriously, one of the funny books I have consumed in a while. I enjoyed this in its audiobook version, which suited it quite while as there are several character voices that really shone with the narrator’s skill and Sempl’s epistolary delivery. Set in Seattle, with plenty […]

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Reach & Read: Blind Eye and The Diving Bell and The Butterfly

Two books off the famed book list from my MHA law professor (see the December review of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks). The Diving Bell and the Butterfly: A Memoir of Life in Death by Jean-Dominique Bauby and Jeremy Leggatt A short but powerful memoir by Jean-Dominique Bauby, a successful man by many measures. […]

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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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