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Book Review: Thursday at Noon: A Mideast Political Thriller

Author: William F. Brown   –   Narrator: Eddie Frierson I want to start off by gushing and saying OMG, Thursday at Noon is AMAZING!! I won’t do that because, well, I am a mature woman and gushing is unseemly behavior. So I will simply tell you that I thought this book was a REALLY great […]

Book Review: FanGirl by Rainbow Rowell

St. Marti’s Griffin, Sept 2013 When I find a top-notch book, one that moves me emotionally or makes me think or stays in my head for a long time, I want to find out what other books the author has written. I’m sure you do the same. Occasionally I’m disappointed, but not often. I find […]

Book Club Review: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Published in 1847 as Jane Eyre: An Autobiography Smith, Elder & Co. of London Published a year later by Harper Brothers of New York One of the book clubs I belong to read Jane Eyre in February because, well, it’s “love month.” However, once we all read the book and got together to talk about […]

Book Review: The Accident by Chris Pavone

Crown Publishing, March 11, 2014 I was really excited to be included in the TLC Book Tour for this new Chris Pavone book. And then, when I learned the plot revolved around the publishing industry, I was really over the moon. The author worked for over twenty years in publishing so I knew he would […]

Book Review: Olive Kitteridge

This week I’m featuring two books by Elizabeth Strout. I just finished reading the author’s latest book, The Burgess Boys. Two years ago I read her Pulitzer Prize winning Olive Kitteridge. I still think about Olive from time to time so I went back and re-read some of the chapters/stories. I wrote about it on […]

Book Review: Trick of the Light

Author: Louise Penny Publisher: Minotaur Books, 2011 Genre: Myatery Source: Library My Rating: A I know I said this the last time I reviewed book six in Louise Penny’s mystery series, but I can’t help it. Each book just gets better and better. This is the seventh book in the series and I found all […]

Classic: Grapes of Wrath

We have our internet service back!! Hoo-ray!! Thanks everyone for hanging in with me. Finally, here’s my review of a great classic. ___________________________________________________________ Author: John Steinback Publisher: The Viking Press, 1939 Awards Won: National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and cited when Steinbeck won the Nobel Prize in 1962 Genre: Classic Historical […]

Book Review: The Chaperone

For the past month I’ve been with my two granddaughters, Q (age 14 going on 21) and Lou (a precocious 8 year-old). It has been pure pleasure for me in many ways. Lou sees the world through positive, yet realistic eyes. She has a strong empathetic nature which makes her very sympathetic to other people. […]

Relish: My Life in the Kitchen by Lucy Knisley

Author: Lucy Knisley Publisher: First Second  (April 2013) Genre: Graphic Novel/Food Source: Public Library   One of the first graphic novels I read was Lucy Knisley’s French Milk. It was so charming that it made me want to dabble more in this genre. Lucy Knisley has now relesed another novel that is sure to convert […]

Book Review: Twerp

Author: Mafk Goldblatt Publisher: Random House, May 28, 2013 Genre: Middle-Grade Fiction Source: The publisher My Rating: A My first job out of college was teaching a fifth-grade class that was two-thirds boys. Reading was one of my challenges. No one read at grade level. All my Reading Groups were reading what they called “baby […]