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Lava1964

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Lava1964
Top Reviewer Ranking: 201
Helpful votes received on reviews: 95% (35 of 37)
Location: Cambridge, ON
Birthday: Jan. 10

Interests
sports history, classic TV, general history, Scrabble, trivia games, pop music from 1950 to 1985
 

Reviews

Top Reviewer Ranking: 201 - Total Helpful Votes: 35 of 37
A Lesson Before Dying: A Novel by Ernest J. Gaines
A Lesson Before Dying: A Novel by Ernest J. Gaines
This novel is set in rural Louisiana in the late 1940s. The main character is Grant Wiggins, the most educated black man in a parish where educated blacks are rare. Against his wishes Wiggins becomes a teacher--actually the only teacher--at an impoverished one-room school close to home. (He'd much rather leave the parish entirely and look for greener pastures to make his mark in life.) But that's not too impotant to the plot. Wiggins is cajoled by his family members to "make a human" out of an ignorant black man, Jefferson, who is about to be rightfully executed for his involvement in a liquor store robbery that turned into the murder of the proprietor. Author Gaines attempts to make… Read more
The Gift of the Magi and Other Short Stories by O. Henry
I was first introduced to O. Henry's short stories in the seventh grade. Even then I loved their surprise endings and clever plot twists. I was very pleased to find this very good compilation of his stories at such a ridiculously low price. It doesn't contain all of O. Henry's works, but I suspect a majority of his fans would agree that his most famous tales are all here. People who are new to O. Henry's work need to be prepared for the flowery prose and archaic adjectives he uses, but that challenge is one of the joys of discovering this great American story-teller from a century ago.
Tales from the Boston Bruins Locker Room: A Collec&hellip by Kerry Keene
It isn't heavy reading, but this book provides some interesting history and anecdotes about famous Bruins players and some whose careers began and ended the same day. It's a good way to fill in time between games (or periods).