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Detroit: An American Autopsy by Charlie LeDuff, Penquin, 2013

Great writing that kept me up until I finished. Neither thriller nor detective, but in some ways both. Detroit is the home of America’s dream – moveable living room comfort that gives you the freedom to go anywhere and the … Continue reading

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Goldman’s City on the Edge

Regular visits to Buffalo since the 60’s provide opportunity to watch, explore and reflect on the changes in the ‘Queen City of the Lakes’. On my recent visit I came across Mark Goldman’s City on the Edge Buffalo New York … Continue reading

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The Clarinet Polka – Keith Maillard

His family probably changed their last name. But why Maillard? Usually a nice anglo name like Miller would be more likely. If one has any Polish in them, The Clarinet Polka doesn’t just read to the heart. It sounds like … Continue reading

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Meet the boyos in South Boston

During a recent visit to Boston, their Sunday Globe reviewed a recently published first novel by Richard Marinick. On one level just a solid crime novel read. Interesting characters carrying out lives and business just outside the boundaries most of … Continue reading

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The Islandman – Tomas O’Crohan

If you could tell us another one, it wouldn’t be too much. Great Blasket is a place to visit off the Irish coast. Sit at the kitchen table. Let the island fill you spirit with the daily struggles and celebrations … Continue reading

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Packinghouse Daughter : A memoir – Cheri Register

Cheri Register’s tribute to her family, especially her father, Gordon is a great read. First I picked it up to pass some time while Sue looked intently for potential summer reading. Studs Terkel’s recommendation was the starting point. The back … Continue reading

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Coming clean on the Magdalene Sisters

If audience engagement is an important measure of art than the Magdalene Sisters succeeds to a degree rarely found in cinema. Tension, shock and outrage communicated through story and acting meld with what appears to be a cultural context of … Continue reading

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