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Caveat: I won't write a review if I don't endorse a book. If you ask, and I don't find it worthy, I will simply decline to review. I never disparage other authors' work in print. 

Recommended reading:

1. Sarah Viren's  To Name the Bigger Lie

2. E. C. Osondu's Alien Stories

3. Carolyn Wright's This Dream the World and Masquerade

4. Rachel Dickinson's The Loneliest Places

Michael Gorra's The Saddest Words

6. Natalie Diaz's poetry book Postcolonial Love Poem

7. Nehisi Coates' We Were Eight Years in Power

8. Otessa Moshfegh's novel Eileen

9. Nancy Dafoe's memoir Unstuck in Time

10. Dafoe's mystery Murder on Ponte Vecchio 

11. Jacob Appel's short stories Scouting for the Reaper

12. Seth Rogoff's First, the Raven,  A Preface

13. Tony Horwitz's Confederates in the Attic, Dispatches

from the Unfinished Civi
l War 

14. Karen Pastorello's and Susan Goodier'sWomen

Will Vote

15. Karen Foresti Hempson's Bean Pickers, American

Immigrant Portraits

Azar Naisi's The Republic of Imagination: America in

Three Books

17. Robert Hass' Summer Snow (new poetry by Pulitzer

Prize winner)

18. Margaret Renkl's Late Migrations

. Stacey Murphy's Old Stones Understand

20. Dafoe's The House Was Quiet, But the Mind Was


More   Recommendations:

1. Nobel Prize winner, Orhan Pamuk's A Strangeness in My


2. Nathan Hill's novel The Nix

3. William Faulkner's As I Lay Dying. Ee-read. 

4. Frank Wilczek nonfiction A Beautiful

5.  Northrup Frye's Fearful Symmetry

6. Henry Hoke's Open Throat 

. Dafoe's Socrates is Dead Again 

8. Shelby Van Pelt's Remarkably Bright Creatures

9. Lisa Harris's Traveling through Glass  


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Nancy, I wept my way through your wonderful book. There were tears of overwhelming sadness at what this thief, dementia, has stolen from our moms and our families. Tears of forgiveness for myself and my sister for all our mistakes in dealing with our mother and this horrific disease. Tears of forgiveness for our mother for the way she treated us at times in her illness. Tears of forgiveness for words spoken from well meaning people. There was so much we didn't know and so much we knew and overlooked or explained away. New prescription eyeglasses found months later in the freezer, a burned microwave, scraped paint on her car, a run in with a Jaguar, uncontrolled anger and meanness, inability to understand instructions, medication found on the floor, confusion, etc. Thank you for writing Iceberg in Paradise. I found healing in my sadness while reading it. God give me the strength for what is yet to come from this illness.

Sincerely, Diane Irwin"

Message: I just finished your book. My husband and I have been going thru the alzheimer's process with my mother....for a very long time - however, the last few months have been horrid. I just wanted to tell you how much I connected to your book is tagged on probably half the pages in your book because it hit home. I read some of the excerpts to my husband and he wonder you loved the book! I have read so many books on this insidious disease and caregiving, etc - there is only a handful that were worth keeping....yours is one.

Thank you!!!! Lynn Robinson

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