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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: 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 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 […]

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 […]

Two Books That Made Me Laugh

Last week, while at the library, I saw an audiobook display of humor books. I picked up a few and came home prepared to laugh. Here are two that appealed to me the most: AMERICA AGAIN Author: Stephen Colbert Publisher: Grand Central, 2012 Genre: Humor I occasionally watch the Colbert Report on the Comedy Channel. […]

Book Review: Maya’s Notebook

Author: Isabel Allende Publisher: Harper 2013 Genre: Literary Fiction Maya Vidal is nineteen when her grandmother hurriedly puts her on a plane to Chiloe, an isolated island off the coast of southern Chile. Nidea Vidal, her grandmother, gives Maya a notebook so she can record her story and contemplate her life and the mistakes she […]

Book Review: The Gods of Guilt by Michael Connelly

Mickey Haller is the LA defense attorney who conducts most of his business in the backseat of his Lincoln Towncar. You probably know him as the Lincoln Lawyer. Ever since that movie came out, things have been tough for Mick. Now all these other attorneys are driving Lincolns, taking up his parking spaces and confusing […]

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 […]

Book Review: Thursday at Noon: A Mideast Political Thriller

Author: William F. Brown   –   Narrator: Eddie Frierson I want to start off by gushing and saying OMG, Thursday at Noon is AMAZING!! I won’t do that because, well, I am a mature woman and gushing is unseemly behavior. So I will simply tell you that I thought this book was a REALLY great […]