• The High Mountains of Portugal by Yann Martel

    The High Mountains of Portugal, by Yann Martel

    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, […]

The Hot Zone by Richard Preston

The Hot Zone, Richard Preston

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

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Atlas Shrugged

Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand

When Atlas Shrugged was published in 1957, critics dismissed it as melodramatic, overwrought, and didactic. The dialogue, they said, was incredibly boring, repetitive, and long-winded. Characters launched into philosophical diatribes that had little to do with the action or scene

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The Orchardist

The Orchardist, Amanda Coplin

They were two girls dressed in raggedy clothes, standing beneath the awning of the hardware store. Their faces were dirty, their hair tangled, their bodies distended. They were pregnant. Both of them. And hungry. William Talmadge had driven his wagon filled with apples and apricots to town that Sunday morning. He set up his fruit […]

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