Welcome to Voracious Bookworms! This is a special place created for families that are raising advanced young readers. I write these book reviews for everyone, but at the end of each review, I always include a special note regarding the book’s appropriateness for younger readers. Feel free to ask me about a particular book; if I have read it, I will be happy to let you know what I think. To all voracious bookworms out there, let’s start reading!
City of Thieves by David Benioff
During the Nazi siege of Leningrad, Jewish Lev Beniov is arrested for looting a dead German’s body and thrown into prison, where he meets Kolya, a deserter with perfect Aryan looks. Expecting to be executed, they are surprised to be met instead with a peculiar command from a powerful Soviet colonel – find a dozen eggs for his daughter’s wedding cake. If they succeed, they will regain their freedom and access to rations. And so Lev and Kolya set out to find eggs, in a city where everyone knows eggs no longer exist, in a time when it is every man for himself…. (Continue reading)
The Spy and the Traitor by Ben Macintyre
Oleg Gordievsky was the model of a perfect KGB officer. Born into a KGB family, he possessed a deep intellect and graduated from the “Russian Harvard”. But eventually he recognized the lies and tyranny of the Soviet regime for what they were, and as he worked his way up to the highest post in the KGB’s London station, he began acting as a double agent for MI6, the British intelligence service. With the Cold War reaching new heights, Gordievsky provided the British with information on Soviet spies, plots, and internal mechanisms…. (Continue reading)
When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
At the age of thirty-six, just months away from finishing his years of training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. In an instant, Kalanithi’s imagined future with his wife was gone, replaced by pain and uncertainty. Where he had been the doctor before, he was now the patient, struggling to live and find the path that had once been so clear. He had chosen to be a neurosurgeon with the belief that through his work, he could reach an understanding of identity, meaning, and death…. (Continue reading)