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“Varina” by Charles Frazier

Varina Howell was the legendary wife of General Jeff Davis, the Confederate General.  Yet in what was an intriguing, albeit sad time in American history, this author obliterated what could have been a well-written historical fiction story. I’d say this book moved as slowly as mud down the James River. "Varina" by Charles Frazier When… Continue reading “Varina” by Charles Frazier

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The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

Written well, fiction helps us to see what we block in real life.  I love books that open my eyes and keep them open.  The story was riveting: I could not have "closed my eyes" because I could not stop reading. Indeed, the story still has me in its grip. The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett… Continue reading The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

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Furious Hours by Casey Cep

After reading Go Set a Watchman, and then the biography of Harper Lee, this book was an obvious next step.  Casey Cep tells us of yet another untold story of Harper Lee, set against the woods and lakes of east-central Alabama. Furious Hours by Casey CepNew York; Knopf, 2019 Cep does an almost obsessive job… Continue reading Furious Hours by Casey Cep

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The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes

First, let me say this: the first Hunger Games trilogy was a whole load of I DO NOT WANT THIS TO END. Then bam!!! The book would end. And so, when a larger-looking story associated with the Hunger Games was released, I was looking forward to that same fast-paced drama - just more of it.… Continue reading The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes