Book Club

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

“Never Let Me Go,” Kazuo Ishiguro

You go gently along in this novel, loving the voice, the details, the sense of peace that pervades the lives of the three main characters.  At the same time you’re aware there’s something beneath the surface.  The children, Kathy, Ruth, and Tommy,  are “told, but they are not told.”  You read on, trusting that it […]

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My Sister’s Keeper by Jody Picoult

My Sister’s Keeper, Jody Picoult

If you like dark and dreary, cancer reoccurring and reoccurring and reoccurring, this is an okay book. Thirteen year old Anna Fitzgerald, conceived to be a donor for her dying sister Kate, scrapes up $168 to hire a lawyer.  In her short life she’s donated stem cells, lymphocytes, bone marrow, and granulocytes.  Now they want […]

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Serena by Ron Rash

Serena, Ron Rash

The protagonist of this novel, Serena Pemberton, is evil, ruthless, loathsome,  amoral, murderous, greedy, savage, vengeful… what else can I say about her?  That she’s ambitious?   She’s that.  One other thing:  she cannot bear a child.  We can, at least, be thankful for that. This is the story of lumber barons Serena  and George Pemberton […]

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Game Change by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin

Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime, by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin

Wow.  What a book.  Who knew that Bill Clinton continued his sexual escapades after he left the White House, and it was fear of another Lewinsky-type scandal that kept many loyal Clintonites from supporting Hillary in the Democratic primary.  Better to go with Obama, they reasoned.  If Hillary got the nomination, and a new scandal hit […]

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Sworn to Silence by Linda Castillo

Sworn to Silence, Linda Castillo

Has anyone bought screen rights to this story yet?  If they haven’t, they should. Linda Castillo sets the story in Amish Country in the dead of winter:  a brutal murderer is on loose, preying on young women.  Kate Burkholder, shunned by the Amish community years before, is the Chief of Police in the town of […]

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