Archive for August, 2017

LILLIAN BOXFISH TAKES A WALK by Kathleen Rooney

August 25th, 2017

lillian boxfish takes a walkLillian Boxfish Takes a Walk is delectably theatrical; laced with strands of tart poetry and emulates the dark sparkle of Dorothy Parker, Edna St Vincent Millay and Truman Capote.  She took 1930s New York by storm, working her way up writing copy for R H Macy’s to become the highest paid advertising woman in the country.  It was a job that, she says, “in some ways saved my life, and in other ways ruined it”.

It’s the last night of 1984 and Lillian, 85 years old but just as sharp and savvy as ever,  is on her way to a party; on a walk that takes her over 10 miles around the City.  She meats bartenders, bodega clerks, security guards, criminals, children, parents, & parents-to-be, while reviewing a life of excitement & adversity, passion & heartbreak, illuminating all the ways New York has changed—and has not.

A love letter to city life in all its guts and grandeur, Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk by Kathleen Rooney paints a portrait of a remarkable woman across the canvas of a changing America: from the Jazz Age to the onset of the AIDS epidemic; the Great Depression to the birth of hip-hop.

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COLLARED by David Rosenfelt

August 8th, 2017

collared COLLARED is an ‘Andy Carpenter Mystery'; the latest one in a series that now includes 16 mysteries.  Lawyer, Andy Carpenter’s true passion is the Tara Foundation , the dog-rescue organization he runs with his friend, Willie Miller.  All kinds of dogs make their way to the shelter— there is quite a surprise when they scan the newest dog’s embedded chip & discover he is the “DNA dog”.

Two and a half years ago Jill Hickman’s baby & dog were kidnapped in broad daylight & they haven’t been seen since.  Now with the reappearance of the dog, the case is brought back to light & the search for the child is renewed.

This is a courtroom drama with charm & a really clever plot with Jersey gangsters, ruthless criminals, & likable protagonists.  Rosenfelt manages to make the reading both humorous (laugh-out-loud funny) & edge-of-your-seat suspenseful.

To make sure the real kidnapper is in jail, Andy & his team enter the case.  But what they start to uncover is far more complicated and dangerous as they ever expected.

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GO FOR BROKE by C. Douglas Sterner

August 3rd, 2017

gfbGo for Broke is a great story of American heroism from WWII.

Japanese-Americans were forcefully removed from their homes & businesses, & placed in “relocation” camps throughout the West.  With countless instances og “Gestapo-like”tactics used against them, no one would’ve faulted them for being bitter or angry at the country that held them captive.

Instead, the remarkable story of these Nesei (first-generation-born Japanese born outside of Japan) warriors explains why they were eager to defend their American homeland, & how they became the most decorated fighting unit ever assembled in U.S. military history.

Go for Broke is the incredible story of how these soldiers, known as the “Purple Heart Battalion”, helped liberate Europe, the Pacific, & America from its pervasive & systemic bigotry.

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