Category Archives: Around the World Virtual Book Club

Le Divorce

While I was in Las Vegas for Christmas, my father gave me a paperback copy of the novel Le Divorce, which he had just finished reading. He said the main character–a young woman who has recently relocated from California to … Continue reading

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Desert Queen

For the many of us who believe there aren’t enough biographies about strong women from past generations, Desert Queen: The Extraordinary Life of Gertrude Bell: Adventurer, Adviser to Kings, Ally of Lawrence of Arabia, is an important read. Prior to reading … Continue reading

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Wordstock

As a lover of all things book-related, I was looking forward to attend this weeked’s Wordstock Literary Festival at the Oregon Convention Center in Northeast Portland. As the largest literary festival in the Pacific Northwest, it didn’t disappoint. We spent … Continue reading

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The Poet of Baghdad Book Review

The Poet of Baghdad: A True Story of Love and Defiance tells the epic story of the Yasin family — beginning in 1954 (before the Ba’ath Party began its near-half-century reign in Iraq) up until 2004, when Saddam Hussein’s brutal regime had been overthrown at … Continue reading

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Trail of Crumbs Book Review + Spicy Cioppino with Creole Stuffing

When I heard Kim Sunée speak at the BlogHer Food ’12 Conference, I knew I had to read her memoir Trail of Crumbs: Hunger, Love and the Search for Home. When Kim was appromixately three years old, her birth mother … Continue reading

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