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  Archived Posts From: 2010


Snowy Sunday Book Reviews.

Written on: February 15th, 2010 in Blog Posts


  • The Three Weissmans of Westport is a light-hearted ‘chick-lit’ parody of Sense and Sensibility filled with “fine and wicked riffs.”
  • The Politician: an Insider’s Account of John Edwards’ Pursuit of the Presidency is as well known by now as Game Change, although much tawdrier. Andrew Young, who took the fall for Edwards’ affair, portrays a candidate “whose mental clutch completely slipped” under the pressure of the campaign and his own substantial flaws.
  • The Lost Books of the Odyssey is a fictional remixing of Homeric themes, with both hits and misses, but in which the author’s “imagination soars and and his language delights.”
  • Amy Green’s Bloodroot is an Appalachian gothic set in a hardscrabble blue collar world, which charts the struggle of “an all too ordinary woman trying to escape an inheritance of violence and poverty.” You can read an extract here.


    Dick Francis, 1920-2010

    Written on: February 15th, 2010 in Blog Posts

    Dick-Francis-author.-001Champion jockey and incredibly prolific mystery/thriller author Dick Francis died over the weekend at his home in Grand Cayman. Francis wrote thrillers set in the world of horse racing, at a pace of almost one a year for 40 years. His books are known for their hard-boiled style stripped of that genre’s sex and violence- the Queen Mother was one of his biggest fans and she disapproved of vulgarity. Find his books at any one of your Delaware Library Catalog libraries. Click here for a list.