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Book Review: The Graveyard Book

. Author: Neil Gaiman Publisher: HarperCollins, 2008 Genre: Children/Middlegrade Format: Audiobook Narrated by the author Awards: Newberry Medel Winner 2009 I’m on a course to read all of the Newberry Medal winners that I missed over the last couple of busy decades. I must tell you that I put off reading this book earlier because, when […]

My Brilliant Son’s Brilliant Book: The Resilient Investor: A Plan for Your Life, Not Just Your Money

I have found it hard to be objective when talking about my children. As much as I try, I can’t help but see them as good-looking, socially well-adjusted, brilliant, and so on. And now, here I am with a copy of my son’s recently published book, and I’m trying to write an objective review. Again […]

Book Review: The Godforsaken Daughter

Author: Christina McKenna Publisher: Lake Union Publishing, March 17, 2015 Genre: Literary Fiction I agreed to read and participate in the TLC Book Tour for this book as I was reading Maeve Binchy’s A Week In Winter. I loved the whole feel of Ireland and the rural Irish people I met in that novel. I […]

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 […]