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To Be Read Challenge Book Reviews

This page contains an archive of book reviews submitted by participants of the To Be Read Challenge.

Stravinsky Seen and Heard

By Hans Keller and Milein Cosman

This small but substantial book begins with the “heard” part of the title, with Keller writing about Stravinsky’s embracing of serial technique after years of being vocally anti-Schoenberg. Keller draws on his deep training in psychoanalysis to investigate elements in Stravinsky’s creative character that made this change possible. The “seen” part of the book is […]

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Magic Time

By Doug Marlette

I loved Doug Marlette’s first book “The Bridge” so eagerly grabbed his next book “Magic Time” at a library book sale. It is about the re-opening of a Mississippi church bombing case from 1964. The story alternates between events in 1964 and the present day. The main character, journalist Carter Ransom, has returned to Troy, […]

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Mennonite In A Little Black Dress

By Rhoda Janzen

After her husband of fifteen years leaves her for a man named Bob and she receives serious injuries in an automobile accident, the author returns to her Mennonite family for healing. Some laugh out loud moments, particularly the many food memories. There is a very interesting appendix covering some of the many misconceptions of the […]

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I’ll Always Have Paris

By Art Buchwald

Tells how Buchwald, a 22-year-old budding journalist in 1948, landed in Paris and talked his way into becoming restaurant and nightclub reviewer for the Paris bureau of the New York Herald Tribune. Buchwald relates the details of his fourteen-year stay, the adoption of three children, and the disintegration of his marriage. I enjoyed the glamour […]

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The Little Hotel

By Christina Stead

How I wish I had read a chapter of this book before I put it on my final list. It would not have made the cut. Set in a genteel hotel immediately following World War II, this is the story of several eccentric expatriates bent on preserving appearances in spite of their reduced circumstances.. I […]

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Outlander

By Diana Gabaldon

This book was vastly entertaining… but WAY sexier than I normally read. Actually if the story hadn’t been so compelling I probably wouldn’t have kept reading it because of all the love scenes, but I just HAD to know what would happen with Jamie and Claire. I was not disappointed and I’m looking forward to […]

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Invisible Man

By Ralph Ellison

A borrowed paperback copy of this 1952 classic sat on my shelf for eight years! Thanks to the TBR Challenge and the MLK holiday, i moved it to the top of the list. Invisible Man gives a powerful, menacing, suspenseful, and lyrical reading experience. The unnamed narrator recounts his ascent from southern college black man […]

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The Warmest December

By Bernice L. McFadden

This book was about a family that was robbed of relationship due to the dysfunction of alcoholism. It was a sad story, but one that needed to be told through the eyes of an adult daughter visiting the father on his death bed in a hospital. As she recalls the hellish childhood endured at the […]

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