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Black History Month Kid Lit Review of “Granddaddy’s Turn” by Michael S. Bandy and Eric Stein

The writing team that gave us the book White Water about segregation in the Jim Crow era in the South returns with a look at voting rights in that era in this book subtitled: “A Journey to the Ballot Box.” … Continue reading

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Review of “Be Frank With Me” by Julia Claiborne Johnson

This quirky story chronicles six months in the life of 24-year-old Alice Whitley, who is sent by her publishing house boss, Isaac Vargas, to go to Los Angeles. Alice is to assist M.M. (“Mimi”) Banning, a noted reclusive author, who … Continue reading

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Review of “The Second Amendment: A Biography” by Michael Waldman

Note: This review is by my husband Jim. Michael Waldman is a professor of law at New York University. The Second Amendment: A Biography is an erudite and informative analysis of the history of the interpretation of that amendment by … Continue reading

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Review of “The Restaurant Critic’s Wife” by Elizabeth LaBan

Lila and Sam Soto have moved to Philadelphia from New Orleans in order for Sam to take his dream job of restaurant critic for the Philadelphia Record. Lila was a very successful point person heading publicity and crisis management for … Continue reading

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Black History Month Review of “Between The World and Me” by Ta-Nehisi Coates

The author was inspired to write Between the World and Me by James Baldwin’s 1963 classic book The Fire Next Time, which Baldwin wrote in the form of letters to his nephew. Here Coates writes to his 15-year-old son Samori, … Continue reading

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Black History Month Kid Lit Review of “28 Days: Moments in Black History That Changed the World” by Charles R. Smith Jr.

The author wanted to create a work for Black History Month that would go beyond the familiar names and faces bruited every year. His thoughts on this phenomenon that he gave in an interview are worth quoting, because they are … Continue reading

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Review of “A Dying Fall” by Elly Griffiths

Note: Spoilers for previous books in this series The fifth book in the Ruth Galloway Mystery Series begins two years after the series began. In the first three books, we met Ruth Galloway, now 42, who is a self-described overweight … Continue reading

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