Category: Book Review

Excellent book about trauma and memory: Portraits of Guilt

Rating: 5 stars I’ve read a lot of good books and have written many reviews for the popular essay writing service about healing from trauma and the effects trauma has upon memory. I’ve also read a lot of books about the fallibility of memory that do not correctly take into account the actual experience of…

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Dark Companion by Marta Acosta

Dark Companion by Marta Acosta Publisher: Tor Teen Release date: July 3, 2012 Pages: 368 Summary: Jane, an orphan stuck in the foster system, is given the opportunity of a lifetime: because of her excellent academic standing, she is given a scholarship to Birch Grove Academy, where her tuition (plus room and board!) will be…

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The Madonnas of Leningrad by Debra Dean

The mind is at the same time both a powerful and frail thing. We see the incredible creative ability of writers, composers, and artists—like Mozart, Rembrandt, and Jane Austen. We marvel at those like da Vinci and Edison who bring into being new inventions. And we make legends of geniuses like Newton and Einstein who…

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The Help – Kathryn Stockett

The Help by Kathryn Stockett was a pick from our couples book club. Yes, I’m in a couples book club. I’ll wait for the heckling to subside. It has been incredibly fun to get together, drink and discuss literature. It’s like a license to act like an adult for one night every two months –…

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Hornet Flight by Ken Follett

When one thinks of World War II and the countries involved, Denmark rarely comes to mind. This is probably due, in large part, to the relative lack of resistance to the Nazis by the Danes, at least in the early years of the war, and the corresponding freedom given to the Danish government. The government…

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The Janissary Tree by Jason Goodwin

On May 29, 1453, the unthinkable happened. Sultan Mehmet II “the Conqueror” entered Constantinople, capital of the Byzantine Empire, after a siege lasting 53 days. The fall of the great city was the result of two factors: huge cannons which tore apart the walls of the city—walls which had long been considered impregnable—and a fatal…

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The Foreign Correspondent by Alan Furst

War has a number of different faces. Probably the most common image people have of war is that of fighting a foreign enemy, whether it be on your own soil, on the enemy’s soil, or on someone else’s. Not as common is the idea of fighting a war when the enemy is your own country,…

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Imperium by Robert Harris

Politics is often considered to be a dirty business, and those who succeed are usually required to have lots of money and few scruples. People long for leaders who have integrity, who tell the truth, who can’t be bought. However, the system seems to require a certain level of compromise, wealth, and ambition from all…

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