Category Archives: Book Review

Book Review: China Bride

China Bride Luk, Henry Forge, New York, 1998 A completely random book selected by chance from the clearance table at Hastings on a rainy morning with nothing better to do.  Perhaps not totally by chance, as the cover had an … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Heidenmauer; or, The Benedictines. A legend of the Rhine

The Heidenmauer; or, The Benedictines. A legend of the Rhine Cooper, James Fenimore W.A. Townsend and Company, New York, 1861 Background: One of Cooper’s lesser-known novels, this book focuses on the destruction of the Limburg monastery by the combined forces … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Buddha in the Attic

The Buddha in the Attic Otsuka, Julie 2011, Vintage Bought off the “local interest” shelf at City Lights during a brief stop in San Francisco, and read against the context of having visited Manzanar and the OK hotel in Seattle, … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Accusation

The Accusation Bandi English translation of 2014 Korean original by Deborah Smith, Grove, 2017 Subtitled “Forbidden Stories From Inside North Korea”  the bright propaganda poster cover certainly drew my attention whilst browsing Elliott Bay Books, and a few glances inside … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Snow Gypsy

The Snow Gypsy Ashford, Isabella Lake Union Publishing, 2019 Spain, April 1938: 14 year old Lola takes the family’s goats and heads up to the mountain pastures for them to feed.  As she returns later in the day, a late … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Whiskey Sea

The Whiskey Sea Creel, Ann Howard Lake Union Publishing, 2016 An Amazon book of the month choice,  The Whiskey Sea centers on a fishing community outside of New York City in the lead-up to prohibition.  When the prostitute living near … Continue reading

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Book Review: Black Dragon River

Black Dragon River Ziegler, Dominic Penguin, 2016 My first purchase at Elliott Bay after returning to Seattle, this book caught my attention in the bargain section.  I have long heard about the Amur River, and the premise of the book, … Continue reading

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