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Review of How’s Your Faith? An Unlikely Spiritual Journey

Posted by on Sep 30, 2015 in Book Reviews | Comments Off on Review of How’s Your Faith? An Unlikely Spiritual Journey

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“This is far from a religious how-to,” David Gregory writes early on in his new book, How’s Your Faith? An Unlikely Spiritual Journey. “Rather, it’s an exploration into what’s possible through faith, even if I keep falling short.”

This is Gregory’s first book and comes after years of serving as the chief White House correspondent for NBC News and moderator of “Meet the Press.”

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Review of One of Us: The Story of Anders Breivik and the Massacre in Norway

Posted by on Jul 8, 2015 in Book Reviews | Comments Off on Review of One of Us: The Story of Anders Breivik and the Massacre in Norway

This gripping account of a mass shooting in Scandinavia reads like a novel.

Åsne Seierstad’s One of Us: The Story of Anders Breivik and the Massacre in Norway, is a book that in many ways defies genre. Or, if not defies, then perhaps challenges or even redefines it.

The 524 pages read, at times, like a crime novel, but Seierstad is a journalist first, and she has done extensive research in compiling the facts that become the story of the unthinkable tragedy — a bombing and mass shooting that left 77 dead — that occurred in Oslo and on the island of Utøya on July 22, 2011. From these facts, she has woven a tapestry of lives — strands of stories forever connected by a single day.

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Review of Publishing: A Writer’s Memoir

Posted by on Jul 3, 2015 in Book Reviews | Comments Off on Review of Publishing: A Writer’s Memoir

publishing coverAn insider’s chronicle of scribes’ ever-changing world.

All at once, in Publishing: A Writer’s Memoir, Gail Godwin has written for us a history, a how-to guide, a personal journey, and a cautionary tale. No matter her point of view, though, her message is consistent throughout: The endeavor to publish is not a path for the easily discouraged.

“I would have to live through some humiliating failures,” she writes. “When you were down, it seemed, the insults piled up.”

he chronology of Godwin’s account is circuitous, much like we come to understand the arduous path to publication to be. Art imitating process, perhaps. – Review by Kristina Moriconi

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Review of The Late Starters Orchestra

Posted by on Jul 24, 2014 in Book Reviews | Comments Off on Review of The Late Starters Orchestra

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In his inspiring new book, The Late Starters Orchestra, Ari L. Goldman is at once a memoirist, a historian, and a cellist.

Early in the first chapter, Heinrich Joachim (Mr. J), though already deceased, is introduced as Goldman’s cello teacher. Throughout the book, many of Mr. J’s lessons echo in Goldman’s mind and, as he chronicles them on the page, readers, too, become enlightened. And informed. And transformed. Mr. J’s posthumous voice is that of an experienced musician, an advisor, and a father figure. And, for Goldman, this is a journey of second chances. – Review by Kristina Moriconi

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Review of The Opposite of Loneliness

Posted by on Jun 23, 2014 in Book Reviews | Comments Off on Review of The Opposite of Loneliness

the_opposite_of_loneliness_review_312_475Published posthumously, these stories and essays of a recent college graduate display fate’s betrayal of a promising literary future.

In 2012 Marina Keegan was a senior at Yale University, with a prestigious internship under her belt and a job waiting. Her writing had already been published in The New Yorker. But, five days after her graduation from Yale, a fatal car accident on Cape Cod changed the story of her promising future to one now told in the past tense. Keegan died at age 22.

 

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