ISSUE #13: Bryce Courtenay

I discovered Bryce Courtney while travelling to Australia more than twenty years ago. His writing captured my attention with a book that is still one of my all-time favorites – The Power of One. The novel is an epic tale about a boy in pre-war South Africa. Needless-to-say, it was a dark time in South …

ISSUE #11: The Beautiful & Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald

In the intoxicating excitement and excess of the jazz age, Fitzgerald’s second novel chronicles the lives of the Harvard-educated Anthony Patch and his beautiful, willful wife, Gloria. Tossed into a sea of changing manners and morals, the couple becomes a portrait of greed, ambition and squandered talent in an America set upon the greatest spree …

Issue #10: The Sun Also Rises – Ernest Hemingway

A brilliant novel that takes a peek into the angst and disillusionment of the post-World War I generation. Unforgettable characters Jake Barnes and Lady Brett Ashley cavort their way through the wild Parisian nightlife of the Roaring 1920s and into the brutal bullfighting rings of Spain with a motley group of expatriates; ripe with moral …

Issue #9: In Harm’s Way – Doug Stanton

FOR ANYONE WHO APPRECIATES World War II history, the most gripping part of this read is that this story of war, survival and courage is TRUE, and a bittersweet reminder of the price generations before us paid for our freedom. In July 1945, the USS Indianapolis was torpedoed in the Pacific by a Japanese submarine, …

Issue #8: East of Eden by John Steinbeck

This compelling tale follows the lives of two families, the Hamiltons and the Trasks, as they settle in California. Samuel Hamilton moves with his wife, Liza, to the Salinas Valley, and the Hamiltons eventually become a prominent family in the region. Adam Trask, meanwhile, settles in the valley with his pregnant wife Cathy, and becomes …

Issue #7: ISHMAEL’S ORANGES BY CLAIRE HAAJ

Historical stories of the human struggle and perseverance are the books that seem to compel me. This is another page-turner worth reading. Here’s the set-up. Enjoy! “It’s April 1948, and war hangs over Jaffa. One minute seven-year-old Salim is dreaming of taking his first harvest from the family’s orange tree; the next he is swept …

ISSUE #6: KITCHEN CONFIDENTIAL BY ANTHONY BOURDAIN (NON FICTION)

Chef at New York’s Les Halles, author and acerbic television host, Bourdain pulls no punches in this memoir of his years in the restaurant business. His wry wit, penchant for foul language, unabashed honesty about his own demons and joy in pulling kitchen pranks make for a good read. Underneath it all, his sincere love …

Issue #5: David Liss

Caution: David Liss may be habit-forming! I have enjoyed this entertaining author many a time through multiple reads.  His books seem to pull me in and make me want to keep turning the page even though I know I need to get on to something else.  Below are a couple of his novels that I …