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Sexual Life of an Islamist in Paris Review

The Sexual Life of an Islamist in Paris By:  Leila Marouane Paige’s Rating: (3) of 5 Recommended for: Religious-Fiction Readers Book Description: A witty story about Mohamed, a 40-year-old Muslim in France, who is trying to leave his mother and … Continue reading

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The Slap Review

The Slap By: Christos Tsiolkas Paige’s Rating: (2) of 5 Recommended for: Fiction Readers  At a suburban barbecue, a man slaps a child who is not his own. This event has a shocking ricochet effect on a group of people, … Continue reading

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The Eloquence of the Hedgehog Review

The Eloquence of the Hedgehog By: Muriel Barbery Paige’s Rating: (3) of 5 Recommended for: Fiction Readers Paloma and Renée hide both their true talents and their finest qualities from a world they suspect cannot or will not appreciate them. … Continue reading

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Dancer from the Dance Review

Dancer from the Dance By: Andrew Holleran Paige’s Rating: (5) of 5 Recommended for: Fiction Readers It depicts the adventures of Malone, a beautiful young man searching for love amid New York’s emerging gay scene. From Manhattan’s Everard Baths and … Continue reading

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This Burns My Heart Review

This Burns My Heart By: Samuel Park Paige’s Rating: (4) of 5 Recommended for: Fiction Readers In a country torn between past and present, Soo-Ja struggles to find happiness in a loveless marriage and to carve out a successful future … Continue reading

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The Right Environment to Write

Writers create their best work when their environment is conducive to creativity and concentration. However, achieving the optimal writing environment can be challenging. If your workspace is too warm, too cluttered or too distracting, you may be unable to complete … Continue reading

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Last Train to Istanbul Review

Last Train to Istanbul By: Ayse Kulin Paige’s Rating: (3) of 5 Recommended for: History Readers When Selva falls in love with Rafael, a young Jewish man, their families are against their marriage and disown them. Together they go to … Continue reading

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The Year of Living Biblically Review

The Year of Living Biblically: One Man’s Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible By: A.J. Jacobs Paige’s Rating: (4) of 5 Recommended for: Humor and Spirituality What would it require for a person to live all the … Continue reading

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Focusing on your own writer’s block

I was about to begin by writing, “we’ve all had writers block at one time or another,” and then I thought better. Besides being bad writing, reason enough to start over, that sentence presupposes that writer’s block is not supremely … Continue reading

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40 Rules of Love Review

The Forty Rules of Love By: Elif Shafak Paige’s Rating: (5) of 5 Recommended for: Love and Spirituality Turkish author Elif Shafak unfolds two tantalizing parallel narratives- one contemporary and the other set in the thirteenth century, when Rumi encountered … Continue reading

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