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Friday, September 28, 2007

Book Review: Literacy and Longing in L.A. by Jennifer Kaufman and Karen Mack

This is a great, fun book to read. I thoroughly enjoyed it through and through. The best part is that it's not too long to read (I gave up on a recent book to read this one) but keeps you enthralled.

For the most part, I have a list of books I keep on the Wake County Library website I add them as I hear or read about books that seem interesting to me. Then as I go finish up books, I randomly pick another one from my list and request it from Wake County. This, BTW, is a great feature of the Wake County Library system. You can simply search for a book you want, request it, and it gets delivered, and placed on hold for you, at the library of your choice.

I do not normally re-review my book choices. I just simply select a book off my list. So for the most part, I do not know what the story is about which makes it very interesting to read. If you like to be kept in the dark, then I highly recommend this method for reading.

Literacy is focused on one woman, Dora, and the current going-ons in her life. Dora is a literary enthusiast and their are several references to great literature peppered throughout the book. Sadly, although I am familiar with some of the work and authors, I have not read as many of the classics that Dora has read which is quite impressive.

The writing is amazing and hard to believe two people could collaborate and produce an entertaining, thoughtful novel. This is Kaufman and Mack's first novel together, which makes it even more amazing.

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