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Book Matters

Book Matters Marie Antoinette: The Portrait of an Average Woman by Stefan Zweig. It’s impossible to write a more definitive biography of Marie Antoinette, the unluckiest Queen of France, than the one by Stefan Zweig.  The biography combines the objectivity … Continue reading

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Book Matters  These are some of the books I’ve been reading lately – that I can recommend. A History of the American People by Paul Johnson. This book started out so fact-crammed and deadpan that I thought it would be … Continue reading

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Book Matters

Book Matters Shared here are my impressions of two books that I read recently.  Both were riveting, but in entirely different ways. Bloomfield Avenue: A Jewish-Catholic Jersey Girl’s Spiritual Journey by Linda Mercadante Linda Mercadante is best known as the … Continue reading

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Book Matters Here is my roundup of a couple of books that I’ve been reading, or finishing, lately. You’ll see what you think. Why Religion? A Personal Story by Elaine Pagels. She’s the author of The Gnostic Gospels. That book … Continue reading

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Wickedness and Suffering

Wickedness and Suffering Does that heading about cover it?  Eugene Ionesco, the brilliant Franco-Romanian playwright, wrote Tueur sans gages [Killer without wages], a play that opens with his characters marveling over the great neighborhood to which they feel fortunate to … Continue reading

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Read Any More Good Books?

  Read Any More Good Books? As we share the current holidays, in whatever way and spirit seems best, I’ll share some of my recent reading experiences with you. Victoria: The Queen by Julia Baird. Here is a royal gossip … Continue reading

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