A Place and a Condition

Book Review for "Middlesex" by Jeffrey Eugenides. "I was born twice: first, as a baby girl on a remarkably smogless Detroit day in January of 1960; and then again, as a teenage boy in an emergency room near Petoskey, Michigan in August of 1974." So begins this book and the explanation for this intriguing conundrum … Continue reading A Place and a Condition

Burning and Building Bridges

Book Review of "Letters from the Fire" by Alma Alexandra Hromic and R. A. Deckert During the NATO bombing of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, also known as "Operation Allied Force," two people "meet" on an internet newsgroup – one is a woman in Yugoslavia, watching the bombing of her homeland by NATO forces. The … Continue reading Burning and Building Bridges

Finding a Fictional Role Model

Book Review of "How to Be a Heroine: or What I've Learned from Reading Too Much" by Samantha Ellis. Calling all women who read fiction: tell me, can you point to one female character from any book or story you've ever read and say, "Yes, that's me" or even "Yes, that's who I want to … Continue reading Finding a Fictional Role Model

The Last of Will and his Testament

Book Review of "Will" by Christopher Rush. Biographies can often be terribly boring, academic tomes that find interest only to those fascinated by the subjects. Autobiographies can be terribly indulgent works that leave out anything negative about the person. In general, it is far more fun to read fiction. What makes this book different is … Continue reading The Last of Will and his Testament

To the 4th generation

Book Review of "A Reunion of Ghosts" by Judith Claire Mitchell. In the late 1800s, Lenz Alter was a chemist who succeeded in discovering the compound to make fertilizer, winning him a Nobel Prize. After that discovery, the thing that started out to feed the world, morphed into the deadly chemical weapons of two world … Continue reading To the 4th generation

Capturing Memories for Eternity.

Book Review for "I Stopped Time" by Jane Davis. When Lottie Pye died at the age of 108 she left her whole collection of thousands of photographs to her son James, who she hadn't seen in almost 80 years. When James happens upon Jenny Jones, a University student studying photography, he decides to let her … Continue reading Capturing Memories for Eternity.

Illusions and Elusions

Book Review of "The Magician's Lie" by Greer Macallister. It is 1905 and the woman they call the Amazing Arden is a magician whose fame is on the rise. After her last show, they find a dead man and identify him as her husband; of course, she is the first suspect for this murder. Officer … Continue reading Illusions and Elusions

Completing Charlotte Brontë’s manuscript

Book Review of "Emma Brown" by Clare Boylan. NOTE: When Charlotte Brontë, author of the classic novel "Jane Eyre," died in 1855, she left behind 20 pages of a manuscript of a new novel, along with some other scraps of pieces she had been working on. Almost 150 years later in 2003, Irish author Clare … Continue reading Completing Charlotte Brontë’s manuscript