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Book Review: The Whole Enchilada

Author: Diane Mott Davidson Publisher: William Morrow 2013 I began reading Diane Mott Davidson’s culinary mysteries way back in the early 1990s when a culinary mystery was quite unique. It was pure fun to see Goldy bumble her way through her growing catering business while at the same time solving the mysteries of murdered bodies […]

Book Review: This Is the Rope: A Story From the Great Migration

I’m participating in Aarti’s reading challenge called A More Diverse Universe 2014. The goal of the challenge is to read books by authors of color. The challenge is only for the last two weeks of September. I’ve already read The Buddha In the Attic by Julie Otsuka. I wanted to read one more and I […]

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 […]

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 […]

Book Review: The Glassblower of Murano by Marina Fiorato

Publisher: St. Martins Griffin, 2009 The Glassblower of Murano is a lovely historical fiction that tells two stories with great similarities. Set in Murano, a suburb of Venice, it intersperses the stories of a gifted glassblower, Corradino, in the seventeenth century with modern-day Leonora, an apprentice glassblower. Corradino is Leonora’s ancestor. She appears to have […]

Newberry Medal Winner 2011: Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool

According to Ruth Graham in a recent Slate.com article, I should be embarrassed to be reading YA and/or children’s books. I don’t know Ms. X, but her bullying tactics mean nothing to me. I love reading good books no matter what the age of the intended reader. I especially love reading the same books my […]

Book Review: The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach

The Art of Fielding is a look at a year in the lives of a few people at a fictional college in Wisconsin. It’s centered around players on the baseball team, plus the college president and his daughter. The story begins with the shortstop, Henry. Henry’s idol is a big-league shortstop who has set a […]

Newberry Award Winner 2012: Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos

This week is National Children’s Book Week. I’m happy to share the word and throw a little light on a group of books that has given me so many pleasurable reading hours. I didn’t leave those books behind when I became an adult. I find many of them to be among the most entertaining books […]

Newberry Medal Winner 2013: The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

The Newberry Medal winning books are selected annually. They highlight the best children’s books published during the previous year. It helps parents, teachers, librarians, and, yes, children select books that, hopefully, will be cherished for years. It’s often the starting point for a lifetime of reading. It worked for me and one of the reasons […]

Book Review: Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

Have you ever known me to read a book containing a dungeon master, programming code and loads of geeky computer stuff. Yes, totally outside my comfort zone, but I picked it up from the library shelf and brought it home to read. You guessed it – I read it because of the title. How cozy […]