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Book Reviews


David Maraniss
David Maraniss
Once in a Great City: A Detroit Story

"Lest we Forget," Skip Renker's review of Once in a Great City: A Detroit Story, David Maraniss, 2015

"David Maraniss, an associate editor at the Washington Post and a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, knows the 60's well - two of his books, Rome 1960: The Olympics That Stirred the World and They Marched into Sunlight: War and Peace, Vietnam and America October 1967, deal explicity with a single year of that decade, and his biographies of Barack Obama, Bill Clinton..."

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Angela Flourney
Angela Flournoy
The Turner House

Much More of a Home than a Haint, a review by Skip Renker of The Turner House, Angela Flournoy, 2015

"Mouths don't empty themselves unless the ears are sympathetic and knowing." Angela Flournoy pinned this quote from the great anthropologist/novelist Zora Neale Hurston above her desk as a way of listening to the characters of her novel, The Turner House..."

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West of Sunset Novel
Stewart O'Nan
West of Sunset

Skip Renker’s review of: West of Sunset, a novel by Stewart O’Nan, Viking Penguin, 2015, 289 pages

West of Sunset tells the fictional story of the last three bittersweet years of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s life. He died of a heart attack at age 44 in Hollywood, where he was writing screenplays while living off and on with Sheila Graham, a British-born gossip columnist, and writing what many critics think would have been a superb novel, The Last Tycoon, about an Irving Thalberg-like producer named Monroe Stahr…

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