Book Reviews by Patricia Vaccarino

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Book Review: A Man and Two Women by Doris Lessing

Doris Lessing is a brilliant writer who casts a pall on light, joy, happiness—the up side of human life. Her storytelling technique, (crafting of excellent sentences, narrative description, and keen ear for dialogue) is superb. If only she saw a bit of human goodness, every now and then, instead of being mired in the dark swamp of hypocrisy. 

Book Review: Colossus: A Novel about Goya and a World Gone Mad

The historical narrative is a dramatic unfolding of events that are factually accurate. The characters are living the story; the author is not telling us what to think about what actually happened historically.

Book Review: Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt


I have been told by ‘snobs’ that there are two kinds of Irish: the Lace Curtain Irish and the Shanty Irish. If indeed that is true, then McCourt has done the Shanty Irish a disservice, or a service, as the case may be.


Book Review: Death Comes For The Archbishop by Willa Cather

Ochre and yellow, half shades of green between the sea and groves of olives, old, old tamarisks, and the rainbow flowers of quivering red tubes, Willa Cather conjures New Mexico as a dream that turns out to be true.

Patricia Vaccarino writes book reviews for love or money

I am swamped with book review requests from authors, publishers and publicists. I know how hard it is for authors to get quality book reviews, and I also know that traditional book reviewers will not review anything other than the “big books.” I am happy to write a book review, but my time is important to me.