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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 […]

Book Review: Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood

Author: Rebecca Wells Publisher: Harper, 1998 I’ve just spent nearly 15 hours with a group of female friends who live in central Louisiana. It wasn’t actually a physical visit. It was a mental and emotional visit via my iPod, but it felt so real that you can’t tell me those people aren’t still alive. Vivi, […]

Book Review: Landline by Rainbow Rowell

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press, July 2014 Since I loved both Eleanor and Park and FanGirl, I was disposed to also love Landline. And, I did. Landline is different from the other two, however. The first two books are both Young Adult novels and Landline is clearly aimed toward an adult audience. Here’s my summary of […]

Book Review: Yankee Club by Michael Murphy

Publisher: Alibi/Random House, August 12, 2014 As you know, I love a good mystery. I especially love a smart detective=style mystery whether he/she is a professional or an amateur. That’s exactly what I found in this brand-new novel. Jake Donovan and his loyal friends are smart and savvy and eager to take on all the […]

Newberry Honor Winner 2011: One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia

Publisher: Amistad, 2010 One of my challenges this year is to read some of the Newberry Award winners. In my experience, these stories, although written for children, are some of the best around. One of my favorites in this book, One Crazy Summer, a book I first read in 2 011 and reviewed on the […]