Profile of Kohl du Maurier
Articles written for the California Literary Review:
- Book Review: You & Me by Padgett Powell
Posted on 21 Oct 2012 in Books, Fiction Reviews
You might enjoy your own shot of bourbon to compliment the liquor these two “weirdly agreeable dudes” are drinking while “on a porch…talking a lot.” The book is a page turner, primarily because once you meet the never named southern characters you are hooked on the hilarious observations they share.
- Book Review: Office Girl by Jay Meno
Posted on 09 Oct 2012 in Books, Fiction Reviews
Chicago is the city, 1999 is the year. This book is a love story but one with a different twist on your typical boy-meets-girl, then boy-loses-girl story. Somehow, the book covers that ground but remains refreshingly breezy and simple. Perhaps, because it’s a love story on bicycles.
- Book Review: The Lower River by Paul Theroux
Posted on 09 Aug 2012 in Africa, Books, Fiction Reviews
She cautions him, “They will eat your money,” she said. “When your money is gone, they will eat you.” Soon after, Hock is awakened in the middle of the night to the beat of drums and strange rituals that he sneaks out to watch. The entire village participates in a dance, thinking he is asleep, mocking him as a white man, acting out harming him. Hock is ready to leave, but he is now under constant surveillance in the small village at the end of the world. Nobody knows he is there and no one will help him.
- Book Review: In One Person by John Irving
Posted on 09 Jul 2012 in Books, Fiction Reviews, Gay and Lesbian
And therein shines the beauty of Irving’s tale, who we used to be as a society and who we have become. How these people who dared to feel different about their sexuality were treated, ridiculed, harassed, ignored, suppressed, repressed and in many cases cast aside. But over the five decades that we see Billy, we are shown a society that has grown more informed if not more compassionate; a society that has grown more tolerant if not more accepting and a world that makes place for acknowledging everyone instead of treating them as if they were invisible.
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