Roberta Silman

Book Review: “Tightrope” — A Wake-up Call for America

March 11, 2020
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What makes this book so necessary is that these are writers willing to state realities that members of both parties prefer to keep under the rug.

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Book Review: “A Grief Sublime” — A Lasting Testament to the Power of Words to Sustain and Heal

February 7, 2020
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Here is why you have to read this book: It gives proof to my faith that those beautiful lines and paragraphs created through the ages can comfort in present distress and continue to do so as one heals.

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Book Review: “Blowout” — A Devastating Vision of What is at Stake

November 22, 2019
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This is a brilliant book that comes at a propitious time in our country’s history.

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Book Review: “Lampedusa” — Writing “The Leopard”

October 9, 2019
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Steven Price creates a mid-twentieth century world that is filled with the same kind of conflicts that Lampedusa himself confronted in writing The Leopard, his great novel about nineteenth century Italy.

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Theater Review: “Time Stands Still” — After Trauma

September 25, 2019
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In this seemingly modest, but beautifully constructed and deeply moving play, Donald Margulies has tackled some of the thorniest questions of our time.

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Book Review: A Memorial to Lucette Lagnado’s Two Remarkable Memoirs

August 29, 2019
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To have such a remarkably courageous voice as Lucette Lagnado’s silenced forever at such a young age is, simply, not fair.

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Book Review: “In Extremis” — A Flawed Heroine

July 5, 2019
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In Extremis is required reading not only for anyone interested in war, but for anyone interested in how an unusual woman makes her way in the world.

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Book Review: “Prague Spring” — The Fragility of Freedom

April 2, 2019
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This consistently interesting novel adds an unforgettable dimension to an historical event about which we thought we knew all there was to know.

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Book Review: Anthony Powell — Among the Most Modern of 20th Century English Writers

February 8, 2019
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Although Anthony Powell’s stock has gone down since he died in 2000, I hope that this new biography will spark interest in A Dance to the Music of Time.

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Book Review: Edith Wharton and Michelle Obama — Breaking New Ground for Women

January 2, 2019
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What impressed me most about these two different women is they were both products of an America which values determination and wit and intelligence, as well as opportunity.

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