Biography / Book Club Books / Carol / Friday Afternoon / Memoir / Nonfiction

The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

It’s always interesting in seeing a young person evolve from child to adult and Anne Frank is no different. Her world was very different from that of a normal 13 year old, but her process of maturation was not. She talked too much, often disliked her mother, thought everyone believed her older sister was perfect, … Continue reading

Book Club Books / Carol / Friday Afternoon / Literary Fiction / Psychological

The Secret History by Donna Tartt

Bunny dies at the start of the book. We know how but not why. Who was invovled, why he seemingly had to die, and what were the consequences create the rest of the story. Narrated by Richard, an intelligent but not always smart California transplant to a small Vermont college, the story unfolds from his … Continue reading

Carol / Literary Fiction / Mystery / Psychological / Suspense/Thriller

The Unquiet Dead by Ausma Zehanat Khan

The war in Bosnia and its aftermath have been largely overlooked by the West. The same is not true of those who experienced it. Set in Canada, The Unquiet Dead is both a mystery and a commentary on the aftermath of war and its effects on many survivors. Inspector Esa Khattak finds himself investigating the … Continue reading

Book Club Books / Carol / Fiction / Friday Afternoon / Historical Fiction / Literary Fiction

Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline

Much of history can be learned through well-written and well-researched fiction. I sometimes prefer it if the subject is disturbing or painful because it lends the information some distance not available in non-fiction. Maybe this is avoidance initially, but it has often given me the opportunity to explore a topic before moving on to further … Continue reading