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Summer Beach Reads 2019

Randy Kraft’s OC Book Blog: Summer Beach Reads

Elizabeth Gilbert adds to her canon a sexy coming-of-age story set in early 20th century NY, and Kaira Rouda sticks close to home with a...

Randy Kraft OC Book Blog

Randy Kraft’s OC BookBlog: Two Big Stories from Mexico to Zambia

For your summer reading pleasure, here are two big stories from Mexico to Zambia. ...

The Weight of Ink by Rachel Kadish

Randy Kraft’s OC Book Blog | “The Weight of Ink” by Rachel Kaddish

Rachel Kaddish's "The Weight of Ink" is a literary journey for those who like to snuggle into a big book with sufficient twists and turns,...

Fiona Mozley

Randy Kraft’s OC Book Blog: “Elmet” by Fiona Mozley

Now and then a debut novel knocks your socks off. Without fuss or complexity, told in humble descriptive prose, you are from the first in...

John Boyne

OC Book Blog: “A Ladder to the Sky” by John Boyne

The Irish writer John Boyne is on a winning streak. Following the commercial success of "The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas," he published a...

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...