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Book Review: The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion

Author (and narrator): Fannie Flagg Publisher: Random House 2013 I’ve been “reading” a lot of audiobooks. I particularly like the ones where the author reads her/his own work. There’s an occasional dud, but usually I like how they come across. It’s the way I think they came out of the author’s head. It feels personal. Such […]

Book Review: Still Life With Breadcrumbs by Anna Quindlen

Published by Random House, January 2014 Over the past few decades I’ve enjoyed reading Anna Quindlen’s writing. Primarily, I’ve read her newspaper columns and nonfiction. I can only recall reading one of her novels (Every Last One). Still Life With Breadcrumbs caught my attention because the main character is sixty. The author is just a […]

Book Review: Endangered by Jean Love Cush

Publisher: Amistad, July 1, 2014 Endangered is a novel whose main idea is being researched and debated right now in areas around our country. The facts of the situation are startling: we are losing young African-American males to prison, drugs and death in record numbers. It’s been going on for a long time, but people […]

Book Review: Sycamore Row by John Grisham

If you are among the millions who read John Grisham’s first bestseller, A Time to Kill (1989), you are going to love Sycamore Row. It’s a great return to what you liked when you first started reading Grisham. I wouldn’t exactly call it a sequel. It’s more like a re-visit. The setting is the same […]

Book Review: The Code of the Hills

Author: Nancy Allen Publisher: Harper Collins, April 15, 2014 Genre: Legal Mystery Why I read this book: I like looking at issues through the double lens of the law and people who come up against the law. In the past I’ve spent a little bit of time in the Ozark hills and I’m acquainted with […]

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 […]

Book Review: The Divorce Papers by Susan Rieger

Published by: Crown/Random House, 2014 An epistolary novel is a rare thing for me. I can only remember reading two other ones. I wanted to try The Divorce Papers because it seemed a little different, an interesting look behind the scenes, or should I say, in the locked file cabinets, at a law firm. It […]

Book Review: The Bartender’s Tale

Author: Ivan Doig Publisher: Riverhead, August 2012 Genre: Literature Format: Audiobook, Narrated by David Aaron Baker Ivan Doig is an extraordinary storyteller. He specializes in telling stories about the old days in Montana. In The Bartender’s Tale, the “old days” are the 1960s with references to earlier times. The main characters are Rusty, an inquisitive […]

I’m On a Sewing Binge and I’m Listening to Great Audiobooks

The last three weeks I’ve been on a sewing binge and, for me, a sewing binge means audiobooks. What am I sewing? What am I listening to? I’m primarily sewing things for an upcoming camping trip in the mountains. I made two sarapes, one for my husband and one for my youngest daughter. They are […]

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 […]