Daily Archives: July 2, 2018

Thoughts On The Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Victory

There was an earthquake in New York City politics last Tuesday.

In the 14th district, which covers part of Queens and The Bronx, there were two candidates on the Democratic primary ticket. The first candidate was Joe Crowley. He is was an established member of the Democratic party and a representative of that district for many years. The other candidate was Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, whose only political experience is working for the Bernie Sanders campaign in 2016.

It was a shock to many that Joe Crowley lost the election.

From my perspective, American voters are tired of the same b*llsh*t coming out of Washington, from both sides of the political aisle. While Ms. Ocasio-Cortez is very much a newbie when it comes to politics, she represents the future not just of the Democratic Party, but also the future of the country.  She is young, female, a Latina and knows what it is like to have parents who have struggled to ensure that their children have what they need to succeed in life.

Only time will tell if she actually wins the Midterm election in the fall. But, if I were to be honest, I hope she does. This country and this city desperately needs her.

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The Lost Family: A Novel Book Review

Our past is our past. Whether we like it or not, it will always be with us.

Jenna Blum’s new novel, The Lost Family: A Novel, starts in 1960’s New York City. Peter Rashkin is chef/owner of Masha’s, one of the most respected restaurants in the city. He is also one of the most sought after bachelors in the city.  A survivor of Auschwitz who lost his wife and young daughters in the war, Peter is not interested in dating anyone. Then he meets June Bouquet, an up and coming model who is two decades his junior. Despite the age and religion difference, Peter and June fall in love. When June finds herself pregnant, they marry. The rest of the book covers the next two decades as Peter, June and their daughter Elsbeth face not only the challenges of change, but Peter’s past.

This book is an absolute must read. What makes this book a must read is that is just so good. What I loved about the book was the human imperfection of the characters and how that played into the narrative.

I absolutely recommend it.

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