Tag Archives: American history

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

This book was published in 1960 but it set in the mid-30s, in the American South. This is an absolute classic, that every single living American has read, or at least that is how it feels. When I go to … Continue reading

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The Keepers of the House by Shirley Ann Grau

We read this for one of my book clubs for black history month. It seems an odd choice for this, because, though it is set in the American South, over several generations, but mostly in the 60s, and it deal … Continue reading

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As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner

I read this for a book club. Otherwise there was no way I would have finished this. That and it being only 147 pages long. This is the story of a dysfunctional American family sent at some time in the … Continue reading

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The Secret History of Las Vegas by Chris Abani

This is the story of co-joined twins, whose foetuses fused in their mother’s womb when she found herself downwind of a nuclear test in Nevada, and a South African man who is involved in some sort of dodgy psychological testing … Continue reading

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Frog Music by Emma Donoghue

  This is the story of Blanche, a dancer and prostitute in 1876 San Francisco. The characters are based on real people, Donoghue has filled in some gaps in the story with her imagination, but she explains what she made … Continue reading

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After Visiting Friends by Michael Hainey

I seem to be reading a lot of disappointing memoirs recently. This is the story of a man whose dad died when he was eight years old. His dad was thirty-five years old when he died suddenly away from the … Continue reading

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Annie’s Ghosts by Steve Luxenberg

Luxenberg is a journalist who found out a family secret and decided to write a book about it. His mother, born 1917, had a younger sister who was committed to a mental hospital at age twenty-one. His mother kept her … Continue reading

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