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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 […]

Book Review: A Room With a View by E.M. Forster

I’ve been meaning to read A Room With A View for quite a while. I finally started in on the book and, by the end, I decided to read it again, this time via audiobook. Then, by the time I finished the audiobook, I knew I had to see the movie. You could say I […]

Book Review: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Seldom do I read a book in which I’m so impressed that I find it hard to write about it. This book, whose theme on the power of books and words, spoke to me in a way I found to be thoroughly enjoyable. That’s not to say this was an easy story to read, because […]

Book Review and Giveaway: The Alligator Man

Author: James Sheehan Publisher: Center Street, October, 2013 Genre: Legal Thriller Format: Paper and eReader Source: Publisher via TLC Bood Tours My Rating: A+ In this novel an “Alligator Man” is a term coined to describe a CEO who goes about swallowing up whole corporations, taking the good parts and spitting out the remaining scraps. […]

Book Review: How the Light Gets In

Author: Louise Penny Publisher: Minotaur Books, August 2013 Genre: Mystery Source: Public Library Format: Audiobook, Read by Ralph Cosham My Rating: A+ I’ve been reading Louise Penny’s series of mysteries two years ago when several fellow book bloggers recommended her to me. They are wonderful mysteries – well plotted and beautifully written. As you may […]

Book Review: Life Itself

Author: Roger Ebert Publisher: Grand Central Publishers, 2011 Genre: Memoir/Autobiography My Rating: A+ There is something natural about doing a “life review” as we age. From what I hear it’s actually a part of the aging process. We have a need to look back. Oh, I know some people say they never look back, but […]