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Marlene’s October Book Reviews

  AUDIO BOOKS Moonglow by Michael Chabon. Grandfather is dying and with pain-meds he opens up to his grandson with stories upon stories of his life exploits, foibles, accomplishments and mishaps as well as love and loyalty. The grandfather thinks that he didn’t do anything worthwhile with his life but through the grandson (and excellent […]

Robin’s October Book Reviews

The House Without Windows by Nadia Hashimi. My book club often offers a choice of books for the month and we vote for the one we want to read. I have gotten into the habit of reading all the books recommended. This novel was one of those—not the winner for the month—but on the list. […]

Jubilación

Jubilación is the Spanish word for retirement. You have to LOVE it…yes, a time to feel jubilant about your life and to celebrate who you are, what you are capable of and more. I “celebrated” quitting my job seven years ago. I wasn’t old enough to collect my retirement, but it wasn’t much because I […]

Marlene’s September Book Reviews

AUDIO: Everybody’s Fool by Richard Russo. I kept thinking that I needed to stop listening to this story with so many characters that were pitiful, so full of self-doubt and self-loathing.  It was not a happy book at all!  But I couldn’t give up on a Russo novel as he is one fine writer and […]

Ode to the Locking GasCap

I was driving down the freeway through my town the other day and my eye was unexpectedly drawn to a gas station on the frontage road. I realized it was because my sister was pumping gas! She is easily recognizable with her straw hat, long braid and flowing skirts…but it was that whole subconscious thing […]

Robin’s September Book Reviews

Key for my personal rating system: (I noticed Marlene and I differ on our ratings! I would recommend a 3.0 and she has cautioned…just be aware we are not on the same page with our star systems and yes, that was supposed to be funny) 5.0 – A book I will never forget, will quote, […]