Week 96: The Cider House Rules

The Cider House Rules book review John Irving has said that he always starts with the last sentence, then works his way backwards through the plot, to the beginning of the story. It's a technique that has served him well; he's written 14 novels and nine of them have been best-sellers. The Cider House Rules [...]

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Week 95: The Poisonwood Bible

The Poisonwood Bible book review There is something refreshingly old-fashioned about this, Barbara Kingsolver's best-selling tale of an evangelical minister who takes his family to the Republic of Congo in 1959, just as the country is on the verge of putting an end to colonial rule. The story is told in a series of [...]

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Week 94: The Unbearable Lightness of Being

The Unbearable Lightness of Being book review The Prague Spring was a period of mass protests against the Soviet Union, beginning in January, 1968, and continuing until August of that year. For a few months, under the leadership of Alexander Dubček, the citizens of the former Czechoslovakia experienced a liberalization of restrictions on travel, free [...]

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