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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.

Strange Glory

By Charles Marsh

I knew I had to read this book after hearing the author speak at Quail Ridge 18 months ago. This is Charles Marsh’s (professor at UVA) second book on Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Marsh’s writing is smooth and fluid. Despite the research and footnotes, it reads like a NYT bestseller rather than an academic work. The author […]

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By Hans Keller

In this prime example of Keller’s writing and argument, he attacks music criticism, along with the other “phoney professions” of the broadcaster, musicologist, politician, conductor, teacher, and editor. One of the strengths of Keller’s arguments is that he himself practiced most of these professions during his life. Keller’s writing is brilliant, humorous at times, and […]

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Malpractice in Maggody

By Joan Hess

Cozy mystery Series but can be read as stand alone — plot references give just enough background to continue story. Revelation of ?pregnancy for Arly hints at next major event in character’s life. But characters are not main focus.They seem to be sterotypical characters– hillbilly, inept Good Old boys– portrayed to the extreme. Find in […]

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Little Heathens

By Mildred Armstrong Kalish

I enjoyed the author’s account of her time in the midwest during the Great Depression era. She certainly doesn’t sugar coat her experiences, but it’s evident that she found a silver lining in her circumstances. She comes from a generation that doesn’t feel entitled to things in life and is willing to work hard. I […]

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A Praying Life

By Paul E. Miller

Miller provides great insight and practical application to one’s prayer life. I was encouraged by his honesty in how he, too, struggles with prayer. I found his thoughts on praying like a child (i.e., just crying out to God and asking for the “little things” in life) to be very motivational to me in my […]

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The List

By Martin Fletcher

The author is NBC correspondent in Tel Aviv who has written a novel based on his parents’ lives in England following WWII. They were both Jewish refugees from Austria. In 1945, despite victory over Germany, rationing continues and housing is in short supply. Soldiers are returning home in need of jobs and flats. It’s easy […]

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The Great Pianists : from Mozart to the Present

By Harold C. Schonberg

What a fun and informative read about the history of piano playing from Mozart’s time to the mid-1980s (“the present” mentioned in the book’s subtitle). Schonberg writes in a humorous and easy-to-read manner, describing changes in piano construction, technique and interpretation over the centuries, as well as treating the reader to juicy gossip about the […]

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