Joshua Koppel

 
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Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote
Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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~~~
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
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
...on a frigid overcast day in the winter of 1975." So begins The Kite Runner, a poignant tale of two motherless boys growing up in Kabul, a city teetering on the brink of destruction at the dawn of the Soviet invasion.
Despite their class differences, Amir, the son of a wealthy businessman, and Hassan, his devoted sidekick and the son of Amir's household servant, play together, cause mischief together, and compete in the annual kite-fighting tournament -- Amir flying the kite, and Hassan running down the kites they fell. But one day, Amir betrays Hassan, and his betrayal grows increasingly devastating as their tale continues. Amir will spend much of his life coming to terms with… Read more