Friday, August 29, 2014

The WARMTH OF OTHER SUNS; The Epic Story of America's Great Migration, by Isabel Wilkerson




The San Francisco Chronicle writes: “Not since Alex Haley’s Roots has there been a history of equal literary quality where the writing surmounts the rhythmic soul of fiction, where the writer’s voice sings a song of redemptive glory as true as Faulkner’s southern cantatas.”

Isabel Wilkerson's web page

Freedom Trains,  New York Times Book Review

The Uprooted, in The New Yorker

David's Book Club:  The Warmth of Other Suns, in the Daily Beast

Los Angeles Times Book Review

The Great Northern Migration, in The Wall Street Journal Bookshelf

In the Chicago Tribune

Via YouTube:  Isabel Wilkerson, journalist and author of "The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration," speaks at Yale as a Poynter Fellow in Journalism. The event was co-sponsored by the Department of African American Studies. 



CITY OF WOMEN, by David R. Gillham


City of Women


Kirkus Review 

What would we any of us do?  by David R. Gillham

LitLovers summary, bio, questions

USA Today: Realism, tenderness elevate 'City of Women'

The SLATE Book Review:  The Overlooked Books of 2012:
"Claire Lundberg recommends City of Women by David Gillham
Do we really need another World War II novel? This jaded reader sure did, because David Gillham’s City of Women is great. Set in Berlin in 1943, it’s about Sigrid, a bored German housewife who starts an affair with a Jewish man she meets in a movie theater, then quickly finds herself helping her lover smuggle his wife and children out of the country. The writing is a great mix of the literary and commercial, page-turning and suspenseful, with a morally complex, intelligent heroine at its center. If you’re a fan of well-written historical novels in the vein of Ann Patchett’s Bel Canto, this one is for you."


What the reviewers say:

Monday, May 12, 2014

THE CAT'S TABLE by Michael Ondaatje


Image result for cats table

From LitLovers Summary and Questions

In the New York Times, Michael Ondaatje’s Passage From Ceylon
In the Washington Post: Ron Charles reviews ‘The Cat’s Table,’ by Michael Ondaatje
In NPR:  Ondaatje Delivers A Romp Through Memory, Boyhood

In New York Books, Come Aboard

In PBS NEWSHOUR:  Ondaatje Crafts Semi-Autobiographical Tales of Ocean Voyage in "The Cat's Table"



SILENCE OF BONAVENTURE ARROW, by Rita Leganski

The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow By Rita Leganski

Interview with Rita Leganski

Questions for discussion in Your Hidden Shelf

In Harper Collins, publisher.

YOUTUBE

Respiring Thoughts


THE ECHO MAKER, by Richard Powers.

Cover image and catalog link

In the New York Times:  Migratory Spirits

The New York Review of Books:  In the Heart of the Heartland

The Guardian, Book of the Week: The Echo Maker

In LitMed,  Literature, Arts and Medicine Database at New York University: Literature Annotations

SLATE: Book Blitz: Surprising Powers:  Richard Powers Scientific Humanism

National Book Foundation: 2006  The Echo Maker

In LitLovers: includes discussion questions

More on the author in his website

In The Believer Magazine:  INTERVIEW

Thursday, April 3, 2014

CALEB'S CROSSING, by Geraldine Brooks



Geraldine Brooks' webpage

In Penguin.com, the publisher. Includes a conversation with the author.

The New York Times published a review:  Geraldine Brooks’s Pilgrims and Indians

In the Washington Post Book World

In LitLovers

American Indians in chlidren's literature

Bookrags:  This includes a plot summary