Joshua Koppel

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Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote
Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote
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Truman Capote is the master of both description and character development. Holly Golightly comes alive in dialogue. This is a breezy read, in the best possible sense of the term. It never bores and brims with poetic description, rich in detail, but never dense or plodding. The three short stories are similar in skill and beauty, but entirely different in tone, location, and plot. I almost cried at the end of A Christmas Memory. The Diamond Guitar reminded me of The Shawshank Redemption in atmosphere, but with an entirely different story.~~You should also read~~~Quest by George_Kostantinos~~~
Life of Pi by Yann Martel
Life of Pi by Yann Martel
One of the best I've read in a while.
Though I found Pi's views on the lives of zoo animals a bit off (in fact they made me not WANT to like the book!), he is an incredibly endearing, smart character whom I could not help respecting and rooting for. He is a teenage boy - a practicing Christian, Muslim AND Hindu (all at the same time - much to the consternation of his family and various religious mentors)who escapes a sinking ship in a lifeboat shared by an orangutan, a hyena and a tiger.
Pi and the tiger survive for 227 amazing days in the lifeboat (during which they make an amazing 'botanical' discovery worthy of Star-Trek in its Mr. Spock days) before landing… Read more
The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
In that Lily takes her black nanny with her (breaking her out of jail) on this voyage of discovery. They both end up in the home of the "calendar" girls, May, July and August, who lost their sister, April. These women operate the Black Madonna honey company - being excellent beekeepers, not only shipping honey around the country, but lending out their bees as crop pollinators in the neighborhood.
The personalities in this story are a hoot.
August, the queen bee, guides Lily through the art of beekeeping, the love of their Mary in Chains, the rosary, and all sorts of family traditions, including a "Negro" funeral. August knows exactly who she is, but can't believe Lily is come… Read more