Less than Picture Perfect

Book Review of "Lessons in French" by Hilary Reyl. What budding artist wouldn't grab the chance to work in Paris with the world-famous photojournalist Lydia Schell? For Katherine, who just finished Yale, it will also be like going home, having lived in Paris as a young girl when her father was dying from cancer. Back … Continue reading Less than Picture Perfect

A Socially Capital Laugh

Book Review for "Various Pets Alive & Dead" by Marina Lewycka. Their twenty years of commune life didn't turn out as reaffirming as Marcus and Doro had hoped it would be, so maybe it is time to conform and get married. This isn't news their children ever expected to get, but neither Clara nor Serge … Continue reading A Socially Capital Laugh

Literary Impressionism

Book Review of "The Sunken Cathedral" by Kate Walbert. According to the publisher's website, this novel "follows a cast of characters as they negotiate one of Manhattan’s swiftly changing neighborhoods, extreme weather, and the unease of twenty-first-century life." The main characters are Marie and Simone, friends of many decades, survivors of World War II, now … Continue reading Literary Impressionism

Hollywood Secrets and Pasts

Book Review of "Melting the Snow on Hester Street" by Daisy Waugh. Its 1929 and movie director Max Beecham and his actress wife Eleanor hobnob with Charlie Chaplain, Greta Garbo, Douglas Fairbanks, Mary Pickford, John Barrymore, Gloria Swanson and more. To them, Max and Eleanor are the happiest, most loving couple in Hollywood. However, the … Continue reading Hollywood Secrets and Pasts

Out of the Ashes.

Book Review for "An Unknown Woman" by Jane Davis. When Anita and Ed's London home of nearly 15 years burns to the ground, taking everything they own with them, it ignites a brushfire through all of Anita's life, bringing everything she thought she was always so sure of into question for her. Suffering from what … Continue reading Out of the Ashes.