from my bookshelf: i heard you paint houses by charles brandt

papercut i heard you paint houses is a fascinating nonfiction account of frank sheeran’s testimony to author charles brandt about the killing of jimmy hoffa, joey gallo, and JFK, among other events linked to the mob. this book is nearly impossible to put down; charles brandt does a deep dive into some of the greatest mysteries…

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from my bookshelf: after henry by joan didion

papercut  this book of essays was written in memory of henry robbins, didion’s editor. in part, subjects include: the reagan presidency (and the disconnect between the reagans and average americans); michael dukakis’ 1988 presidential campaign; patty hearst’s kidnapping by the symbionese liberation army; didion’s education and career at berkeley; a los angeles murder trial merging…

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from my bookshelf: orphan train by christina baker kline

papercut “orphan trains” traveled from the east coast to the midwest from 1854-1929, transporting thousands of parentless children to new families. orphan train has two story lines: one following the life of molly, a teenage girl living in foster care in maine, and another about a now elderly woman, vivian, who was placed on the orphan trains…

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from my bookshelf: all the light we cannot see by anthony doerr

papercut doerr’s masterpiece transports readers to world war ii europe. it tracks the lives of two complex, youthful, and deeply insightful characters: a blind french girl (marie-laure lablanc) and a german boy (werner pfennig). marie-laure’s closest friend is her father, who protects her from a world she cannot see. when marie-laure is separated from him,…

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from my bookshelf: the diary of a young girl by anne frank

papercut anne frank’s diary was found in the attic where the 13-year-old lived during the last years of her life. anne was a jewish girl who fled her amsterdam home to go into hiding from the nazis in 1942. for two years, the franks and another family lived in tight quarters in an old office building,…

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