Tag: tragedy

Sep 07

Book Review: The Orchardist

The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin The first thing I noticed about this book is that the author did not use quotations to set off dialog. It made it feel to me as if the novel was silent, underwater, like watching a movie with the sound off. There is dialog, but it’s not in quotes, so …

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May 22

Book Review: A Reliable Wife

A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick The plot starts when Ralph Truitt meets Catherine Land. He’s sent away for a mail-order bride, and she’s the one who responded. Truitt is irritated that Catherine’s train is late, and he’s irritated that she is not as she appeared (she’s much prettier, we’re told) but he tolerates all …

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Feb 23

Book Review: The Goldfinch

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt I burned through this book in less than ten days, not because it’s a fast-paced read, but because I got it as an audiobook from the library and knew if I didn’t finish it I’d never get to hear the end of it. Then I realized it was more than …

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Apr 10

Book Review: Collision Course

Collision Course: The Classic Story of the Collision of the Andrea Doria & the Stockholm by Alvin Moscow If you’re older than, say, 65, you might remember where you were when the Stockholm crashed into the Andrea Doria. I’m considerably younger than that, and had never heard of this boat crash, which apparently riveted the …

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Mar 11

Book Review: The Deadliest Sea

Deadliest Sea: The Untold Story Behind the Greatest Rescue in Coast Guard History by Kalee Thompson This had been on my “to read” shelf for so long that I’d forgotten why it sounded so familiar when someone lent me a copy of the book. I have a soft spot for maritime tragedies, and for heroics …

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