Category Archives: Book Review

This Common Reader’s thoughts and opinions about books, magazine and newspaper articles, blog posts, and others’ commentary.

Here's an adventure story to chase away the winter blues

Saving the family stories of our genealogy Guest blogger and author Nancy Pellicer Dyer writes about her family genealogy and how it inspired her to write her first novel The Minorcan Yoke. When I was thirteen, my teacher gave me … Continue reading

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Satire on Social Media

Satire: literary work holding up human vices and follies to ridicule or scorn. Kurt Vonnegut, David Sedaris, and Carl Hiaasen move over and make room on my bookshelf for my new favorite satirist Gary Shteyngart. Born in Leningrad and raised … Continue reading

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How did decorating the house for Christmas get started?

Did you ever wonder how the whole decorate the outside of the house with Christmas lights and yard ornaments got started?  Mystery solved.  In the book the Christmas House Georja Skinner tells the story of “how one man’s dream changed … Continue reading

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Declaration of Independence, First Leaders, and Goose Bumps Abound

Integrated into my DNA is the autonomic reflex to break out in goose bumps whenever I recite the Pledge of Allegiance, hear our national anthem or read great works of inspiration.  Every 4th of July, I start the day’s celebration … Continue reading

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TCR’s Top 10 Reading List for Summer of 2011

With Memorial Day comes the (unofficial) beginning of summer.   Here are some books from This Common Reader’s bookshelf which will keep you entertained while on summer holiday.   Enjoy and send in comments or critiques. Fiction 1. The Secret History of … Continue reading

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This Common Reader is a blog about reading, book reviews, new and rediscovered books, writers, writing and discussions about literature and works of non-fiction.  This Common Reader is also interested in how new technology, like the electronic tablet, impacts how ideas are communicated and … Continue reading

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