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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.

Prodigal Summer

By Barbara Kingsolver

I loved this book! In 2002 I attempted to read the book and never got past Chapter One. I am a huge fan of Kingsolver’s other works – The Bean Trees, Pigs in Heaven, The Poisonwood Bible, The Lacuna – so I really wanted to give Prodigal Summer another try. I’m not sure what changed, […]

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The Piano Teacher

By Janice Lee

Set in Hong Kong during 1953 with flashbacks to WWII, the novel tracks the experience of European ex-pats in an exotic setting. The business day runs from 10 am-4 pm with a 2 hour lunch. However, when the Japanese invade and occupy the island, many of the Europeans find themselves interned. Chinese and Eurasians on […]

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March

By John Lewis

March: Book One details the autobiography of Congressman John Lewis in graphic novel form, which is a brilliant format to reach younger generations. The Durham Reads book for October, 2014. Great choice! Find in Catalog

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Dear White America

By Tim Wise

Tim Wise debunks myths about race and poverty. He does delve into sexism, too, but more could have been said. Wise has crafted a very well-written, well-researched book with an extensive end note section. A must-read. This is a United Methodist Women reading program book from the social action shelf and is part of the […]

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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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