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Book Review: Gray Mountain

 . Author: John Grisham Publisher: Doubleday, October 2014 Genre: Legal Thriller Gray Mountain is a fictional mountain in the Appalachian Mountains. It was one of those mountains that had it’s entire top cut off so coal could be extracted easier than mining for it. This practice has ruined not only the beauty of this part […]

Book Review: Pack of Dorks by Beth Vradel

. I hope you don’t mind if I do a little grandmotherly bragging. My granddaughter, Lou (age 9), has well-rounded interests. She’s a good friend, a good soccer player, and is quite the reader. Lou has already read most of the Newberry winners, all the Harry Potter’s, the Lemony Snickets, plus all sorts of other […]

Book Review: Ryder: American Treasure by Nick Pengelley

Author Nick Pengelley has created a set of very smart mysteries. I’m telling you this right up front because I want you to pay attention. I say smart because these Ayesha Ryder mysteries will make various parts of your brain hum. And — they are new so I want you to read them now before […]

Book Review: An Innocent Client

I’ve discovered a new-to-me author: Scott Pratt. I just finished reading the first book in his Joe Dillard series and I’m excited. You know I love good legal thrillers and, in An Innocent Client, Scott Pratt has given me one. Now I want to read the rest of the series (there are six more) and […]

Book Review: A Quilt for Christmas

Author: Sandra Dallas Publisher: St. Martin’s Press, October 2014 I usually read several Christmas-themed books, but this year I only found one that fit my mood. This one isn’t actually about Christmas, but it is warm and loving and there is a Christmas quilt involved. The year is 1864. Eliza Spooner and her two children […]

Book Review: Personal: A Jack Reacher Novel

Author: Lee Child Publisher: Delecorte Press, September 2014 Genre: Crime Fiction/Series A long time ago I read a couple of books in the Jack Reacher series. I really liked them, but for some reason, I stopped reading them. Now my husband and son are reading them, starting back at the beginning. When I saw that […]

A Classic: The Old Man and the Sea

Author: Ernest Hemingway Publisher: Charles Scribner, 1952 Format: Audiobook (Simon & Schuster) – Read by Donald Sutherland My husband and I read this book back when we were first married. We were in our twenties and big Hemingway fans. We spent hours talking about the author, the book and the ideas expressed in it. I […]

Book Review: Looking For Salvation At the Dairy Queen

Author: Susan Gregg Gilmore Publisher: Shaye Areheart Books, 2008 Genre: Southern Literary Fiction Format: Audiobook, Read by Tavia Gilbert From the time she was a child, Catherine Grace Cline’s main goal in life was to get out of Ringgold, Georgia. It’s not that her life was horrible. It wasn’t. There was just something inside Catherine […]

Book Review: The Long Way Home by Louise Penny

One of the top reasons I love Louise Penney’s books is the quality of her continuing characters. Armand Gamache, the main character, is for me, the rock at the center. The supporting characters, circle around Gamache as they play various roles in the drama. The other top reason I love these books is that each […]

Book Review: The Buddha In the Attic by Julie Otsuka

Publisher: Anchor Picture brides, in The Buddha in the Attic, refers to Japanese girls and women who sent their pictures to Japanese men living in California. The men sent letters to the females offering marriage and life in America. Very few of the accompanying stories about themselves were true. They weren’t bankers or lawyers or […]