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Book Review: The View From Here

. Author: Cindy Myers Publisher: Kensington, 2012 Genre: Literary Fiction Maggie was a recently divorced woman living in Houston. The divorce was not Maggie’s idea, but her ex-husband was such a jerk that I think she should be off somewhere rejoicing. But instead, as often happens with some women, Maggie felt that, somehow, she had […]

A Book Club Read: A Tree Grows In Brooklyn

. Author: Betty Smith Original Publisher: Harper & Brothers 1943 Genre: Classic/Historical Fiction One of the book clubs I belong to has members who are all over the age of 65 and have widely diverse backgrounds. I’ve found them to be avid readers of, primarily, literary fiction both contemporary and historical. We were in agreement […]

Agatha Christie: The Moving Finger

In the small village of Lymstock someone is writing very nasty poisoned pen letters. Nearly everyone has received one. As you can imagine, the whole village is gossiping about it. The person who gets the letter says there is no truth in the letter, but everyone says “where there is smoke, there is fire.” Naturally, […]

Agatha Christie: N or M?

Publisher: Dodd Mead, 1941 As many of you know, I’m reading Agatha Christie’s novels from beginning to end. I’ve finally reached the books she published in the 1940s. To my surprise, N or M? features Tommy and Tuppence, a couple that haven’t appeared since the 1920s. Twenty years ago they were young people just recovering from ravages […]

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 […]

Reading Challenges: 2015

This is the time of year when I spend a lot of time on the Novel Challenge blog. Participating in reading challenges is one of my favorite parts of book blogging. Challenges have led me to read books I might otherwise never consider. I’ve been pouring over all the posts at a Novel Challenge. First, […]

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 […]