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Book Review: Stainer: A Novel of the “Me” Decade by Iolanthe Woulff (1546647120)

51FWJV6m-TL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_“It is a poignant truth of our heedless youthful years, that the events and encounters of a single night can so alter the course of a young person’s life that it will be changed forever”.

Benjamin Steiner, spoiled Columbia undergraduate, devout Orthodox Jew virgin meets two women who will change his life forever.

P.T. Deighland, snarky Princeton undergraduate, drug dealer, player and Benjamin’s means of rebellion.

Rebecca Glaser, new N.Y.U. transfer to Columbia, intelligent, Jewish and is leaving for Israel for a month to Benjamin’s surprise and frustration.

Anthea Montague, Ford model, Southern, beautiful and Benjamin’s yaitzer ha’ra (Hebrew for ‘evil inclination’).

Does he, or doesn’t he?  This is a coming of age story which seems predictable, but with Woulff’s gift of prose and character detail, it comes to life and putting it down is not an option.  As always, a great read!

Thank you to Ms. Woulff for giving me the opportunity to review her book.

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Book Review: The Dog Walker’s Diary by Kathryn Donahue (9781635839029)

cover116146-mediumI recently started a book challenge list that asked me to read a book with the word “dog” in the title and to my delight when searching the NetGalley list The Dog Walker’s Diary came up first.

Daniel Ashe is a literary agent who has never fell in love and is looking for an awesome story to get his career moving.  Oh, and unbeknownst to him, he is looking for a dog walker for his dog’s Sparks and Eddie.

Annie Doherty is a beguiling, red-headed, Irish dog walker/witty short story writer who is Daniel’s unexpected nemesis.

Daniel and Annie’s story is enjoyable with the lure of attraction and intrigue.  The witty repertoire between the two is refreshing and Annie’s stories written on behalf of the dogs are hilarious.  The mystery thrown into the story was a surprise, and I really thought the other characters worked well.  Overall, I read it in one session and thought the humor was energizing.  I actually laughed out loud several times!

Thank you to Ms. Donahue and NetGalley for giving me the opportunity to review the book.

 

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