Book Review – Homegoing

Book Review - Homegoing - Yaa Gyasi

Publisher’s Summary Effia and Esi: two sisters with two very different destinies. One sold into slavery; one a slave trader’s wife. The consequences of their fate reverberate through the generations that follow. Taking us from the Gold Coast of Africa to the cotton-picking plantations of Mississippi; from the missionary schools of Ghana to the dive bars of Harlem, spanning three continents and seven generations, Yaa Gyasi has written a miraculous novel – the intimate, gripping story of a brilliantly vivid cast of characters and through their lives the very story of America itself. Epic in its canvas and intimate in […]

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Book Review – Hag-seed

Retelling Shakespeare’s plays with a contemporary audience in mind seems like a great way to introduce his classics to a whole new generation and Margaret Atwood does such a great job of doing this while staying true to the source material. I confess I’ve never read the original “Tempest; I have had a copy for years and it still looks as good as it did the day I acquired it. Therefore, this review is from a first timer to Shakespeare, as I seem to have forgotten any of his other works I read in the past.

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Book Review – Behold The Dreamers

  What do you get when you put an immigrant couple who think the USA is the best thing after sliced bread, a rich American couple who seem to have achieved the American dream, some puff-puff and fried plantain in the city that never sleeps? A fascinating debut novel about marriage, class, race, the immigrant struggle and the pursuit of happiness.

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Book Review – Swing Time

The only reason I wanted to read this novel was because: Zadie Smith. I had never read anything by her and after reading and hearing so much hype about her, the blurb played a minimal role in my choice to read this novel. Naturally I had very high expectations but it turns out this probably wasn’t the best Zadie Smith novel to start with. While it wasn’t a snoozefest, it didn’t come close to the level I had placed it on in my mind; so colour me disappointed.

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Book Review – Murder in Missoula

Blurb Retired DEA agent Joe Nicoletti is a man in need of a change. Worn and weary from a career filled with criminals and violence, he dreams of living his life in peace and tranquility. He dreams of moving far from Washington, D.C., where every street reminds him of the sudden death of his wife, Kristen. He dreams of a town where art and literature dominate the conversations at the local coffee shop.

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The Sign of Four by Arthur Conan Doyle – Book Excerpts

The Statement of the Case Miss Morstan entered the room with a firm step and an outward composure of manner. She was a blonde young lady, small, dainty, well gloved, and dressed in the most perfect taste. There was, however, a plainness and simplicity about her costume which bore with it a suggestion of limited means. The dress was a sombre grayish beige, untrimmed and unbraided, and she wore a small turban of the same dull hue, relieved only by a suspicion of white feather in the side. Her face had neither regularity of feature nor beauty of complexion, but her expression was sweet and amiable, and her […]

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