Monthly Archives: February 2013

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

This is a very lovely short novel about a teenaged wallflower called Charlie. The novel is written as a series of letters written by Charlie to an unknown recipient. Click here for the review Advertisements

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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

Back in the fifties, a woman had a particularly evil strain of cancer. Doctors tried their very best to save her, but she died. Also, without asking for her permission, they took some of her cells for research. These cells … Continue reading

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Wool by Hugh Howey

The story revolves around characters living in a “silo” of a hundred and forty-four floors (if I remember rightly), all underground. They have to be underground because the air in the Earth has been made toxic and no-one can go … Continue reading

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The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver

I was amazed to learn that this was Kingsolver’s first novel. I read it for the Sin City Bookers book group, but I would have got around to it eventually because I love Barbara Kingsolver. We have read two Kingsolver … Continue reading

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Winter of the World by Ken Follett

This is the second in Follett’s historical fiction “Century Trilogy”. The first one took us through the First World War, this is about the Second World War, and presumably the next will take us until the end of the century. … Continue reading

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The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Other Clinical Tales by Oliver Sacks

This is a collections of essays written by a psychiatrist about his patients.  There are twenty-four case studies split into four sections. We begin with the brain’s losses or deficits, such as loss of memory, speech or vision. Then conversely … Continue reading

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The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

This is the fantastical story of a magical circus that appears in towns for a few days, runs only at night, and features only the very best performers. Morgenstern has an amazing imagination, and has created a truly beautiful idea. … Continue reading

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