Friday, December 19, 2014

PARIS 1919: SIX MONTHS THAT CHANGED THE WORLD, by Margaret McMillan



We'll always have Paris - New York Times

Book Review in the Washington Post

H-Net Reviews (Humanities and Social Science)

C-SPAN Interviews with authors:  BOOKNOTES

Policy Options - book review

From the publisher, Random House

See also from the publisher: book discussion questions


Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Thursday, November 6, 2014

AND THE MOUNTAINS ECHOED, by Khaled Kosseini

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In the New York Times

Author Book website - discussion questions  and see also the Q&A section

In The Guardian - review

NPR BOOKS

The Washington Post - books

From the publisher, Penguin, watch the brief videos 

In The Atlantic -The Tumultuous History....

Facebook page - interesting links

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.

From Litlovers - discussion questions. 



CITY OF WOMEN, by David R. Gillham

Author's web page
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


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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