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On Our Bookshelves – Still the Promised Land
10 March 2020 by Laura LaVelle

*** BOOK: Still the Promised Land AUTHOR: Natwar Gandhi YEAR OF PUBLICATION: 2019 REVIEW: *** Still the Promised Land is a memoir, the true and deeply personal story of Natwar Gandhi’s journey from an impoverished village in rural India to a governmental career in Washington, D.C.  Especially in these times of anti-immigrant sentiment, it’s a … Continue reading On Our Bookshelves – Still the Promised Land

On Our Bookshelves – Snow
24 February 2020 by Laura LaVelle

Snow is something of a hard book to describe. It is extremely well written. It has moments of beauty. It has postmodern flourishes.

*** Zoe Mulford, a folk singer, has now become most widely known for a song she wrote about President Obama’s singing of “Amazing Grace” during the eulogy for Reverend Clementa Pinckney.  Reverend Pinckney was killed, along with eight others, during a mass shooting at a Charleston church in 2015. Joan Baez heard her song and … Continue reading Amazing Grace – Our Q&A with Singer-Songwriter Zoe Mulford

Hadestown on Broadway
25 January 2020 by Laura LaVelle

Hadestown was excellent, and no surprise–it won eight Tony awards in 2019, including Best Musical and Best Original Score.

*** NOVEL: Jane and the Unpleasantness at Scargrave Manor AUTHOR: Stephanie Barron YEAR OF PUBLICATION: 1996 REVIEW: If you are a regular reader of my book reviews, you’ll know that I am a fan of Jane Austen.  And also that I like mysteries. Why not combine them? Two great things just might go great together–like … Continue reading On Our Bookshelves – Jane and the Unpleasantness at Scargrave Manor