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Book Reviews

I read a lot. Here are reviews of fiction, non-fiction and collections. Many are reviews of translations of books written in Italian. New reviews posted every month.

The Fiddle Case

A coming-of-age novel about two nineteen-year-old women who set out across the country in the summer of 1972, searching for answers about siblings they have lost, love and friendship.Their initial goal is soon overshadowed by the trip itself. Reminiscent of Thelma and Louise.

The Virgin Knows

A thrilling novel about art theft and recovery, but ultimately, a story about many things: sibiling loyalty, passion, nurturing, devotion. Of separation, grief, abandonment and berievement. Of discovery, rediscovery and explorations Of relationships and generations caring for each other

BOOK REVIEW (DID THEY KNOW MY HUSBAND GREW UP IN THE BRONX?)

Loved this book and you will too, especially if you have a connection to or friends & family  who lived in The Bronx. It is a delightful collection of memories from the northernmost borough of New York City: the Bronx,... Continue Reading →

THE ART…AND SCIENCE…OF RUNNING

RUNNING SCIENCE is an impressive book, could call it a modern bible, that collects up-to-date data on running research and everyone who might be a serious athlete ought to check it out.

TWO BRILLIANT FRIENDS – review of Elena Ferrante’s MY BRILLIANT FRIEND

My Brilliant Friend is a literary work about women and friendship that is not chick-lit, the first in a planned trilogy; it fictionalizes childhood and adolescence in Naples, Italy, during the 50s, chronicling the vicissitudes of Lila and Elena’s friendship; at the same time allegorizing the modernization of Italy.

SADNESS OF THE SAMURAI: Book Review

The Sadness of the Samurai is a novel about justice, forgiveness and hope: we all bleed; some wounds heal; others remain. A wonderful, large read with many dark corners.

THE ELEGANCE OF THE HEDGEHOG: Be Prepared to Love (a Review)

Muriel Barbery's novel THE ELEGANCE OF THE HEDGEHOG has a secret ingredient: being prepared to love.

Elsa Morante’s ARACOELI: a disturbing story of memory, rejection and love

ARACOELI: Review of 1982 novel, reissued by Open Letters. A disturbing look at memory, rejection and love.

IN THE GARDEN OF PAPA SANTUZZU

Sicilian American literature. Review of Tony Ardizzone's novel, In the Garden of Papa Santuzzu.

My Greenwich Village and the Italian American Community

Italian Americans and Yesterday’s Greenwich Village Memoir reveals gone but not forgotten era

Cobra in the Bathroom: Scariest thing that could happen to you

Tonight and every night check around the bathtub for cobras before taking a bath: Jim Corbett's life-and-death struggle with a big snake in a locked room.

THE VIRGIN KNOWS reviewed

Library Thing review of art theft, transatlantic, sibling rivalry thriller The Virgin KNows

Buddhist Self-Help: Going to Pieces without Falling Apart

Self-help genre: books now cite Buddhist beliefs.

The Fiddle Case by Christine Palamidessi Moore

Preview review by MARIE SACCOMANDO COPPOLA, for Christine Palamidessi Moore's new book The Fiddle Case.

Peter Simon’s I and Eye & Squirrel Hill (from 10/15/08)

Photographer Peter Simon’s I and Eye is a terrific memoir of hippie time and ideals as they intersect with power, money, marketing and the infrastructure of capitalist gain. In particular, the last chapter calls it home: he compares freewheeling picture... Continue Reading →

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