Official Review: Elephants in the Room by Charlene Wexler

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Official Review: Elephants in the Room by Charlene Wexler

Post by hsimone » 12 Sep 2016, 05:32

[Following is the official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Elephants in the Room" by Charlene Wexler.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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Are there times where you just need a feel-good read without the drama that most novels contain? If so, I highly recommend in giving Elephants in the Room by Charlene Wexler a try. Categorized in the Other Fiction genre, Wexler has created a collection of essays and short fiction stories that will make you chuckle, smile, and even melt your heart.

This collection of essays are split up into five sections: “Coming of Age”, “Family and Friends”, “Animal Magnetism”, “The Passing Parade”, and “Senior Moments”. Each section is balanced with sweet, loving essays as well as stories that are filled with sadness and reflection. As the reader progresses through the book, the character voice within each part ages overtime. With aging, different perspectives and maturity level come to surface.

Personally, I loved “Family and Friends” and “Animal Magnetism” sections because I feel they relate more to me, at the current time, than the others. Whether the author writes about The Temperature Game, where a husband and a wife can never seem to agree whether the temperature is too hot or too cold, or speaks about Loss and Grief, where a young child is taken too soon from this world due to leukemia, Wexler knows how to deliver her messages and has done so beautifully.

The specific story in which the book is named after, Elephants in the Room, speaks of exactly what the title alludes to, “elephants in the room”. This idiom refers to those obvious truths that no one seems to address in a gathering. For instance, when the storyteller's hands shake, at first no one says anything, making this an “elephant”. However, when eventually it is pointed out and is referred to as potential Parkinson's, then the elephant is “out of the room”. To be honest, the title and cover is what grabbed my attention, and seems to fit so perfectly throughout Wexler's works.

Major themes of love, friendship, family, coming of age, death, everlasting love, growing up, lost love, optimism, role of women, and will to survive are all cleverly included here.

At first, I wasn't sure what to expect when I started reading the “Coming of Age” stories, but I soon came to realize that this collection is probably one of my favorites, thus far. With very little grammatical errors, less than a handful, I simply could not put this book down.

With the author's inviting writing style and her way to connect with her audience, with a doubt, Elephants in the Room deserves a 4 out of 4 stars rating. As mentioned previously, if you are a reader that needs a sweet heartwarming read, then give this one a try. I assure you, there will be something you will enjoy!

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Post by kandscreeley » 31 Mar 2017, 12:46

This kind of seems like it has a similar feel to the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. It sounds very interesting and entertaining. I think I'm going to add it to my to read shelf! Thanks!
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Post by gali » 31 Mar 2017, 12:49

Stories aren't my preferable read, but this book sounds sweet. Stories that "will make you chuckle, smile, and even melt your heart" can't go wrong. Thank you for the great review!
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Post by Henry Kaisemutala » 31 Mar 2017, 15:08

It sounds so interesting. I don't think I can tolerate missing it. Thanks for the wonderful review.

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Post by hsimone » 31 Mar 2017, 16:42

kandscreeley wrote:This kind of seems like it has a similar feel to the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. It sounds very interesting and entertaining. I think I'm going to add it to my to read shelf! Thanks!
Nice, kandscreeley! I haven't actually read the Chicken Soup series, but I definitely have heard of it. If you do end up giving this a try, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

-- 31 Mar 2017, 23:44 --
gali wrote:Stories aren't my preferable read, but this book sounds sweet. Stories that "will make you chuckle, smile, and even melt your heart" can't go wrong. Thank you for the great review!
Thank you, gali! Short stories could go either way for me, but I really did enjoy this one, especially with all the emotions it brought out. :)

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Henry Kaisemutala wrote:It sounds so interesting. I don't think I can tolerate missing it. Thanks for the wonderful review.
Thank you, Henry Kaisemutala, for you kind words! If you do get the chance to read this book, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. :)
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Your review has given a good idea of this book. It sounds interesting and light-hearted, touching some beautiful themes.
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Post by MarisaRose » 02 Apr 2017, 20:47

Sounds like a fun, easy read for a day when you need some levity! I really like the cover art for this book, I think it embodies the playful tone of the book.
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Post by hsimone » 03 Apr 2017, 04:36

Aimy wrote:Your review has given a good idea of this book. It sounds interesting and light-hearted, touching some beautiful themes.
Thank you, Aimy! You're right, it was light-hearted and touching, and I very much enjoyed this book. :)

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MarisaRose wrote:Sounds like a fun, easy read for a day when you need some levity! I really like the cover art for this book, I think it embodies the playful tone of the book.
You're right, MarisaRose, this read would be a good one to lean on to when you need a fun, easy read. I agree, the author was clever in choosing this cover because it was drew me in at first. :)
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Post by rssllue » 08 Apr 2017, 14:55

You make it sound like a book that most anyone would enjoy reading. It seems like it contains snapshots of life that we all can relate to in some way. Great job on the review!
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Post by hsimone » 27 Apr 2017, 07:10

Thank you, rssllue! I really think that there is at least one story (potentially more) in this collection that many can find relatable. :)
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