Category Archives: Around the World Virtual Book Club

Ember Island Book Review

Since returning to school, I don’t have much free time to read fiction, so I was especially pleased to receive an advance review copy of the novel  Ember Island (Touchstone Paperback / Simon & Schuster; Released April 15, 2014). Written by Australian novelist … Continue reading

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The Alchemist Book Review

Although it was first published in 1988 and has become one of the best-selling novels of all time, I only recently learned of The Alchemist, written by Brazilian author Paulo Coelho. This 174-page allegorical story of an Andalusian shepherd, who … Continue reading

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Shark’s Fin and Sichuan Pepper Book Review

Recently I joined a book club that focuses on food-related books. For my first meeting I read Fuchsia Dunlop’s 2008 memoir Shark’s Fin and Sichuan Pepper: A Sweet-Sour Memoir of Eating in China. Fuchsia Dunlop is somewhat the Julia Child … Continue reading

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A Small Fortune Book Review

One of the factors that is attractive for me in deciding to read a book is location. If a book takes place in an “exotic” location I’d like to visit, or if it is set in a place I’ve either … Continue reading

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The Tiger’s Wife

I recently joined a new book discussion group, which I have been looking to do since I moved to Oregon. I belonged to 2 book discussion groups when I lived in Las Vegas, and I miss the camaraderie of connecting … Continue reading

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