Some Books worth reading

I am still trying to figure out how this blog business works, but I think I’m beginning to get the hang of it.
At any rate, here are two books that I’ve read recently that I think are worth passing on to you.
Jillian Cantor’s “The Hours Count” is a novel about the fictional Millie Stein, a neighbor and friend of Ethel Rosenberg who was executed for espionage in 1953. The setting is Knickerbocker Village in New York City and the action takes place between 1946 and 1953 with the epilogue taking place in 1978 on the 25th anniversary of the execution. While Millie is the central character, the historical Ethel is of unique interest. The themes are friendship, motherhood and truth. Were Julius and Ethel innocent? Were the set up? History seems to tell us that they were innocent, but Millie is never sure of who is telling the truth and who isn’t. There are mysteries from beginning to end that keep the readers’ interest. Highly recommended reading.
The second book is Colum McCann’s “Thirteen Ways of Looking”, a novella and three short stories. The novella features the death of J. Mendelsohn from which the mystery ensure. The prose is almost lyrical and the story holds the interest to the very end. The short stories are similarly powerful, set in Afghanistan, Galway and London. A recurrent theme is man’s search for meaning and hope.


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