Friday Evening Book Reviews

Gelareh Asayesh on Goli Taraghi’s The Pomegranate Lady and Her Sons: “Her accessible prose straddles the boundary between memoir and fiction, documenting life in Iran and in exile and in the airports that mediate the two.” (Washington Post)

Connie ogle on Wally Lamb’s We Are Water: “…a mesmerizing novel about a family in crisis that pulls together many characters and diverse themes and sets the bulk of its action against our collective modern angst and ambivalence.” (Miami Herald)

Kevin Grauke on Russell Banks’ A Permanent Member of the Family: “All in all, these two stories are emblematic of the collection as a whole. Every story that challenges us with its subtle characterizations and moral ambiguities (“Snow Birds,” “The Outer Banks,” the title story) seems to have a counterpart that fails to reach such heights – heights that, over the decades, we have come to expect Russell Banks to attain regularly.” (

Robert Weibezahl on Donna Leon’s My Venice and Other Essays: “Savoring these short and engaging pieces is akin to sharing a latte at a Venetian café with an entertaining, opinionated, intelligent friend.” (BookPage)

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