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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: One Summer: America, 1927 by Bill Bryson

Publisher: Anchor, October 2013 Prior to reading this book I could recall a couple of things I might associate with the late 1920s. My mom was born in 1920 and she talked a lot about her childhood, so I thought I knew the important stuff. But, once I started in on One Summer: America, 1927, […]

Book Review: Left Turn at Paradise: A Rare Books Mystery by Thomas Shawver

Publisher: Alibi/Random House, August 26, 2014 All it took was for me to read the first sentence of the book’s description and I said, “I want to read this one!” Read it and see what you think: Michael Bevan is barely scraping by with his used bookstore and rare book collection when he discovers a […]

Book Review: Rooted In Love: An Amish Garden Novella

Beth Wiseman Published by Thomas Nelson, June 2014 Every once in a while I like reading a good Christian Romance. Back in 2009 I read Beth Wiseman’s debut novel, Plain Perfect. It was a well written, thoughtful Amish story, but I lost track of her writing in the intervening years. When I saw her latest […]

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 […]

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 […]