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Book Review: The White Princess by Philippa Gregory

Publisher: Simon and Schuster, August 2013 There is a whole army of readers who live for these historical-English-monarchy-style books. I’m not one of them. I don’t know why, I guess I just never got started. But, thanks to my book club friends, I can now say I have read one – The White Princess. I’m […]

Book Review: The Goldfinch

Author: Donna Tartt Publisher: Little, Brown and Company, October 2013 Awards: Pulitzer Prize for Fiction (2014) Format: E-reader (Kindle) and Audiobook (Narrated by David Pittu) I’ll tell you right off the bat, I had trouble reading this book. Nearly everyone I know (online and off) told me I should read this book. So, of course, […]

Book Review: One Minus One

  Author: Ruth Doan MacDougal Publisher: Putnam, 1971 Format: Audiobook, Read by Amy McFadden (5hours, 34 minutes) One Minus One was a dip into the nostalgia pool. Back in the old days, magazines such as GoodHouekeeping, Redbook and Ladies Home Journal would run whole novels in the back of their magazines. I thought most of […]

Book Review: Looking For Salvation At the Dairy Queen

Author: Susan Gregg Gilmore Publisher: Shaye Areheart Books, 2008 Genre: Southern Literary Fiction Format: Audiobook, Read by Tavia Gilbert From the time she was a child, Catherine Grace Cline’s main goal in life was to get out of Ringgold, Georgia. It’s not that her life was horrible. It wasn’t. There was just something inside Catherine […]

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: 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: 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 […]