This book was published in 1987 and frankly, I’m shocked that I hadn’t read this before now. It should have caught my eye sooner, since it is actually historical fiction. I mean, talk about my genre, right? Plus - HELLO! Ondaatje! Well, I have no excuses, but thankfully, I’ve now rectified this embarrassing oversight.
An Alternative Author Interview: TCL's Countdown Questions. This meme was inspired by my fellow blogger Jill Doyle who has a lovely thing on her blog called “Five on Friday” where she asks authors five questions that each require five answers. After quite a bit of thinking, I came up with my own version of this, … Continue reading TCL’s Countdown Questions #2: Author Rabbi Ilene Schneider.
Book Review for “Mistress of the Ritz” by Melanie Benjamin. Benjamin’s latest novel is about Blanche Auzello, the American woman who in 1924 married Claude, the manager of the Ritz in Paris. In the years of recovery after the Great War, Paris was host to some of the richest and most famous people from across … Continue reading Puttin’ on the Resistance.
An Alternative Author Interview: TCL's Countdown Questions. My fellow blogger Jill Doyle has a lovely thing on her blog called “Five on Friday” where she asks authors five questions that each require five answers. I thought this was really great idea, mostly because I’ve never done an author interview myself – at least not a … Continue reading TCL’s Countdown Questions #1: Author Melanie Benjamin.
First Impression Friday is hosted by J.W. Martin. Apparently, it has a brand new theme, but this is the first one I'm joining in on, so... First Impression Friday will be a meme where you talk about a book that you JUST STARTED! Maybe you’re only a chapter or two in, maybe a little farther. Based on this … Continue reading First Impression Friday for May 17, 2019
Book Review for “The Printed Letter Bookshop” by Katherine Reay. This is the story of three women and the memory of another. The memory is of Maddie Cullen, the owner of the Printed Letter Bookshop in the small town of Eagle Valley IL, not far from Chicago. Two of these three women work with Maddie … Continue reading Bookish Kinship Building.
Book Review for “My Counterfeit Self” by Jane Davis. Lucy Forrester is a poet. That means by definition that she uses her words to express all the emotions she’s feeling, be they personal or be they political. In fact, she’s something of a rebel, but one with a cause she’s not willing to give up; … Continue reading A Poetically Explosive Story.
Book Review for “Things My Son Needs to Know about the World” by Fredrik Backman. As a change of pace for Backman, this is not a book of fiction, but rather a type of memoir, which is also something that could be considered an advice book. The publisher calls this a collection of “personal dispatches … Continue reading Fatherhood and its Flaws.
From “The Dry” to “What Girls are Good For.” This is a monthly link-up hosted by Kate at Books Are My Favourite and Best. Each month a book is chosen as a starting point and linked to six other books to form a chain. A book doesn’t need to be connected to all the other … Continue reading #6Degrees – Six Degrees of Separation for May 4 2019
Book Review for “The Girl Puzzle: A Story of Nellie Bly” by Kate Braithwaite. This new historical, biographical, fiction novel is about Elizabeth Cochrane, the investigative journalist of the late 19th century and early 20th century, who was better known as Nellie Bly. Apparently, Bly is a hot topic at the moment, since this is … Continue reading The Conundrum of the Phenomenon.