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A Book Club Read: A Tree Grows In Brooklyn

. Author: Betty Smith Original Publisher: Harper & Brothers 1943 Genre: Classic/Historical Fiction One of the book clubs I belong to has members who are all over the age of 65 and have widely diverse backgrounds. I’ve found them to be avid readers of, primarily, literary fiction both contemporary and historical. We were in agreement […]

Book Review: I’ll Give You the Sun

Author: Jandy Nelson Publisher: Dial/Penguin/Brialliance Audio, September 2014 Genre: Young Adult Literature Format: Audiobook Narrated by Julia Whelan and Jesse Bernstein As the story opens, twins Jude and Noah are 13. They’ve always been competitive with each other, but now that the teen years are upon them, it seems to be ratcheted up a couple […]

By the Book: Writers on Literature and the Literary Life

One of my weekly/bi-weekly pleasures is reading the Book Review section of the New York Times. A couple of years ago they added a new column that I love so much that it’s now the first thing I read. It’s called By the Book. The column features an interview with one contemporary writer each week. […]

Book Review: One Summer: America, 1927 by Bill Bryson

Publisher: Anchor, October 2013 Prior to reading this book I could recall a couple of things I might associate with the late 1920s. My mom was born in 1920 and she talked a lot about her childhood, so I thought I knew the important stuff. But, once I started in on One Summer: America, 1927, […]

Agatha Christie: Evil Under the Sun

Publisher: Dodd, Mead and Company, 1941 Evil Under the Sun is one of Agatha Christie’s A-class novels. In my opinion. Its up there with The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, And Then There Were None, Murder On the Orient Express and Body In the Library – all books I’ve thoroughly enjoyed and rated A+. Setting: The […]

Book Review: The Bartender’s Tale

Author: Ivan Doig Publisher: Riverhead, August 2012 Genre: Literature Format: Audiobook, Narrated by David Aaron Baker Ivan Doig is an extraordinary storyteller. He specializes in telling stories about the old days in Montana. In The Bartender’s Tale, the “old days” are the 1960s with references to earlier times. The main characters are Rusty, an inquisitive […]

Book Review: Maya’s Notebook

Author: Isabel Allende Publisher: Harper 2013 Genre: Literary Fiction Maya Vidal is nineteen when her grandmother hurriedly puts her on a plane to Chiloe, an isolated island off the coast of southern Chile. Nidea Vidal, her grandmother, gives Maya a notebook so she can record her story and contemplate her life and the mistakes she […]

Book Review: Delicious!

Author: Ruth Reichl Publisher: Random House, May 6, 2014 Genre: Literary/Food Fiction Source: The publisher via TLC Book Tours I’ve been anticipating this book for a long time. I knew I would love it before I even had it in my hands. There was, however, one question: after decades of nonfiction writing, could the author […]

Book Review: Natchez Burning

Author:  Greg Iles Published by William Morrow, an imprint of Harper Collins, April 29, 2014 Genre: Literary, Mystery, Historical, Adventure, Legal Thriller Source: Publisher, via TLC Book Tours Massive is the word I’ve given to every one of my person-to-person book-loving friends over the last two weeks when I’ve talked about Natchez Burning. And now […]

Book Review: Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

Eleanor and Park was on a wish-list my brilliant and beautiful granddaughter, Q, wanted for Christmas. I’ve seen the book touted on blogs and GoodReads but didn’t really pay attention. Before buying it for her I checked it out. I decided I’d like to read the book myself. Eleanor and Park are two fictional sixteen-year-olds […]