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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...

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...

Aliso Viejo Volunteer 3-28 Tyler Allen (Parks Project)

Parks Project and OC Volunteers Sow a Hopeful Habitat

SoCal-based Parks Project is an outdoor lifestyle brand that lives by the mantra, “leave it better than you found it.” Last month,...

John Boyne

Randy Kraft’s OC Book Blog: “The Heart’s Invisible Furies” by John Boyne

John Boyne, the author of the acclaimed Boys in the Striped Pajamas among many others, has penned another sort of coming of sexual age...

Nicole Krauss portrait

Randy Kraft’s OC Book Blog: “Forest Dark” By Nicole Krauss

Reading Nicole Krauss reminds me of the “Sound of Music” lyric: how do you solve a problem like Maria? How do you explain a literary...