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Randy Kraft’s OC Book Blog: Pairings | Sibling Non-Rivalry

In the examination of the pairing of  the novels Unsettled Ground by Clair Fuller and Parakeet by Marie-Helene Bertino— just published,...

Randy Kraft’s OC Book Blog: Pairings—Jhumpa Lahiri and Natalia Ginzburg

After I read Whereabouts, I picked up Happiness, As Such, by Ginzburg, a very different novel and yet, the tone, the observational...

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OC Book Blog: 2021—Post-Pandemic Pairs

I am discovering novels that seem to go together – not so much in content, rather in style or thematic. ...

Randy Kraft’s OC Book Blog: “The Sun Collective” by Charles Baxter

Like a spool of yarn, of many colors, The Sun Collective reveals in strands, a bit at a time, and takes the reader along, although I cannot...

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Randy Kraft’s OC Book Blog: “To Be a Man” by Nicole Krauss

Nicole Krauss returns to a common theme: what is at the heart of a relationship for women, and, in gazing into that psyche, she reflects as...

Randy Kraft’s OC Book Blog: “Jack” by Marilynne Robinson

Jack is best read in a quiet space. Slowly. Pensively. Because it is a quiet novel, told almost in a whisper. An interior narrative by one...

Randy Kraft’s OC Book Blog: “A Burning” by Megha Mujumdar

This is one of the most hard to put down novels I’ve read, and that’s saying something, considering all the good fiction that’s been...

Randy Kraft’s OC Book Blog: “Transcendent Kingdom” by Yaa Gyasi

Yaa Gyasi’s debut novel, Homegoing, was a hard-hitting study of four generations of African women descending from a slave ship. It moved...

Laguna Beach Live! Introduces Inspiring Musical Talent to Budding Musicians

Laguna Live! announces a new partnership with the Susi Q Senior Center to present classical music in a new and entertaining way.