Monthly Archives: August 2009

Passing for Thin: Losing Half My Weight and Finding My Self by Frances Kuffel

Kuffel offers interesting insight into her weight loss, different from a how-to diet book or even an account of how she did it. Her focus in on why she did it, and how her own journey transformed her relationships and … Continue reading

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The Moon and Sixpence by W. Somerset Maugham

The character of Charles Strickland, an eccentric painter who deserted his family to paint, is based on the Impressionist painter Paul Gauguin. The narrator, after a knowing Strickland intermittently over a period of years shares what he knew of the … Continue reading

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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

When Junior announces that he wants to attend the white school off the reservation he is not only ostracized, but tormented by his own people. As he dips one foot into the strange world of white people and keeps the … Continue reading

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The Buffalo Soldier by Chris Bohjalian

When Terry and Laura Sheldon lose their twin daughters in a flood, understandably, it takes them a few years to adjust to their seemingly empty life. Upon deciding to become foster parents they anxiously await the arrival of whom they … Continue reading

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The Scarlet Pimpernel

I knew about the character called the Scarlet Pimpernel–usually referred to as one of the first superheroes–for a long, long time before I finally got around the reading the novel. From the way the character and the story is generally … Continue reading

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