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Review: In Search of America’s Heartbeat, by Robert Mottram

A Year in Search of America to Feel Its Heartbeat Tacoma journalist, Bob Mottram, and his public-health-nurse wife, Karen, decided to celebrate their retirement by taking that quintessentially American trip—a year traveling America in an RV. True to its title, the story of their journey is intimate and personal, yet expresses the vast geographical diversity […]

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The Inheritors by Judith Kirscht

Book Review: The Inheritors

I’m delighted to share with you a book review by Kristen Nathan published in the Chicago Literati blog, Chicago Now. When one is pulled between two worlds: A review of The Inheritors by Juditch Kirscht By Kristen Nathan, July 18, 2013 at 6:04 pm We all live in one world, or do we? Most of […]

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Tale of Two Cities

Memorable Reads

  I’ve always been drawn, in my reading and writing, to stories set in the middle of tumult and to characters who manage to create their identies between battling forces. Dickens’ Tale of Two Cities was a favorite in adolescence, and Jodi Picoult’s The Storyteller, which I reviewed recently here is another.  These are tales of […]

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The Storyteller

Book Review: The Storyteller, by Jodi Picoult

What’s the worst thing you’ve ever done? How do you live with it? What does it take to forgive? Be forgiven? The novel, according to Jodi Picoult’s “Acknowledgments,” was inspired by Simon Weinsenthal’s The Sunflower. While in a Nazi concentration camp, Weinsenthal was brought to the deathbed of an SS soldier who wanted to confess […]

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Just Toss the Ashes

Book Review: Just Toss the Ashes

BOOK REVIEW: JUST TOSS THE ASHES By Marta Merajver One of the great gifts of the Internet is the ease with which we can connect with like-minded others across the globe—people whose existence we would never have discovered before.  In honor of that I’d like to introduce Argentine translator and author Marta Merajver (Just Toss […]

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HOME FIRES, Judith Kirscht's third published novel

HOME FIRES Out in Print!

For those of you who still love to hold a “real” book in your hands, HOME FIRES is now out in paperback.  If you like    Stories that “shine a light on real things that matter”                                                                               Kristen Nathan, Chicago Literati. 12/17/13  Stories that “even when I wasn’t reading it, the story was on my […]

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