I rarely give a book five stars, but this one, The High Mountains of Portugal, deserves five, and maybe six, or even seven. It’s an allegory, so expect to be challenged. But read it, and you’ll walk away with images that will make you think as you’ve never thought before, laugh your deepest belly laugh, […]
This book is absolutely unique: Just imagine a man who sells books from a floating barge in the Seine. And not just books, but specific books that will heal the afflicted, soothe a broken heart, point to a path through hardship. Yet Jean Perdu, a “literary apothecary,” is unable to prescribe for himself. The sorrow […]
When the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, the country embarked on a painful transition from communism to capitalism. By the mid-nineties, oligarchs had taken over. Foremost among them was Boris Berezovsky, a mathematician/car salesman who rose to dizzying heights with interests in oil, metals, and television […]
Who could have conceived of a love story between a blind French girl and an orphaned German boy adept at repairing radios during World War II? The girl, Marie-Laure LeBlanc, has first her father, then her great-uncle
October 16, 2014: News helicopters followed the ambulance that transported Nina Pham, the Texas nurse diagnosed with the Ebola virus, from the Frederick Municipal Airport to an isolation unit at the National Institute of Health in Bethesda, MD. Escorted by police
If Elizabeth Warren ever plans to run for President, the book she’s just written, A Fighting Chance, is the book that will launch her. From humble beginnings to a seat in the United States Senate, Elizabeth Warren has never hesitated to jump into the fray
Isaac Muthethe, a young medical student from South Africa, witnesses the brutal murder of a friend by the South African Defense Force. Fearing for his own life under the apartheid regime of the mid-1970s, he flees his homeland
Whose Names are Unknown by Sanora Babb tells the story of the Dunne family, their struggle to survive the drought and dust storms of the 1930s, and their exodus to California.