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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,...

Lisa Halliday

OC Book Blog: “Asymmetry” by Lisa Halliday

A unique first novel by another mid-life accomplished writer (like Cherise Wolas’ recently reviewed debut The Resurrection of Joan...

Yuri Herrera

Randy Kraft’s OC Book Blog — Strangers Among Us: Two Novels Explore the Search for Identity

So much has been written in recent years about the search for cultural identity. We are all descendants of “others” whether in distant...

Jacey Duprie

The Ultimate Fashion Experience

A day with blogger Jacey Duprie at Montage Laguna Beach Experience the ultimate day of fashion with blogger and style icon, Jacey Duprie,...

"The Resurrection of Joan Ashby" by Cherise Wolas

Randy Kraft’s OC Book Blog: “The Resurrection of Joan Ashby” by Cherise Wolas

This is Cherise Wolas’ first novel, an accomplished debut by an accomplished woman – a lawyer, film producer and now, novelist in the...

David Grossman Author

Randy Kraft’s OC Book Blog: “A Horse Walks Into a Bar” by David Grossman

This remarkable novel sat on my pile for nearly a year, even though I am a great fan of the prolific, award-winning Israeli writer, David...