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General George Lee Butler

Randy Kraft’s OC Book Blog: “Uncommon Cause: General George Lee Butler”

An uncommonly fascinating memoir of military life. By Randy Kraft   We all assume we know something of military life. We’ve seen...

Jenny Erpenbeck

OC Book Blog: “The End of Days” by Jenny Erpenbeck

Too often the great works of other languages to do not come to the English-speaking reader. We miss out on a lot of great fiction and...

Tara Westover photo courtesy of Vanity Fair

Randy Kraft’ OC Book Blog: “Educated” By Tara Westover

  By Randy Kraft Tara Westover is a PhD from the School of Hard Knocks. Truth, in this memoir, is definitely stranger than fiction. If...

James Salter

Randy Kraft’s OC Book Blog: “A Sport and a Pastime” by James Salter

A sixties gem you may have missed. By Randy Kraft   James Salter is what they call a writer’s writer. He is a master of clarity....

Rachel Kushner

Randy Kraft’s OC Book Blog: “The Mars Room” by Rachel Kushner

Rachel Kushner is one of those writers who grab you at once or confound you. Or both. In "The Mars Room," her fourth novel, she grabs you...

Michael Ondaatje

Randy Kraft’s OC Book Blog: “Warlight” by Michael Ondaatje

A modern master tells a melancholy tale of post-WWII Britain. By Randy Kraft   Everything we read about war is about the war –...

Summer Reading List

Randy Kraft’s Top 10 Books for Summer Reading

Timely cultural fiction, short stories, a time-traveler tale and personal sagas round out the best in beach reading with stories that all...

There There by Tommy Orange

OC Book Blog: “There There” by Tommy Orange

By Randy Kraft   Gertrude Stein, in the Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas, famously wrote of her childhood town of Oakland, there is no...

Richard Powers photo by Dean Dixon

Randy Kraft’s OC Book Blog: “The Overstory” by Richard Powers

The world had six million trees, when people showed up. Half remain. Half again more will disappear, in a hundred years. ~ The Overstory,...