A Literal Fly on the Wall

Book Review of "Jacob's Folly" by Rebecca Miller. Jacob Cerf was an impoverished, religious Jewish peddler in 18th Century Paris. Circumstance led him away from his family and faith and into a world of impious debauchery. 300 years later, he's back, but now he's a fly in 21st Century New York and involved in the … Continue reading A Literal Fly on the Wall

Twins and Ghosts

Book Review for "Her Fearful Symmetry" by Audrey Niffenegger. Elspeth and Edwina were identical twins, estranged for many years. When Elspeth dies in London, she leaves her flat to her sister's, nieces - Julia and Veronica - who are also identical twins. However, there is a condition. The two girls must leave the USA and … Continue reading Twins and Ghosts

The Last Squeeze is the Sweetest

Book Review of "Five Quarters of the Orange" by Joanne Harris. This is the story of Framboise - no, not a bottle of raspberry liqueur (thank heavens), but rather a woman by that name from a farm on the river Loire in the French village of Les Laveuses. This is partially the story of Framboise's … Continue reading The Last Squeeze is the Sweetest

The Scent for Infatuation

Book Review of "Nectar: A Novel of Temptation" by Lily Prior This novel is almost pure fantasy, as opposed to this author's first work, which was mostly reality-based. While the story and people and events in "La Cucina" could actually have existed (despite some of the unusual bits), unless there's some amazingly missed documentation out … Continue reading The Scent for Infatuation

The Taste of Passion

Book Review of "La Cucina" by Lily Prior. The story of this book, set in Sicily, is very simple. Rosa Fiore lives in a small Sicilian village. When the love of her life disappears, it is obvious that his refusal to marry someone other than Rosa led to his murder. Broken hearted, Rosa leaves her … Continue reading The Taste of Passion

Take the Time to Travel with This Book!

Book Review of "The Time Traveler's Wife" by Audrey Niffenegger. This is such a well-known book it is almost redundant to bother summarizing the plot - especially since they made a movie out of it (which I refused to watch). However, for the uninformed, this is the story of Claire and Henry. Claire is an … Continue reading Take the Time to Travel with This Book!

No bones about it; this is a lovely book!

Book Review of "The Lovely Bones" by Alice Sebold. When George Harvey raped and murdered Suzie Salmon, she was only 14 years old. He did this in a room he dug out underneath the frozen cornfields. The story here, told from Suzie's point of view after she is dead, are her observations of life on … Continue reading No bones about it; this is a lovely book!

A Berry Nice Book!

Book Review of "Two Caravans" by Marina Lewycka Marina Lewycka's second novel Two Caravans (aka Strawberry Fields) is a classic romantic comedy: boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy gets girl. In this instance, there's a slight nod to a twist on "Pride & Prejudice" with Andrei from a rural, lower-class family and Elena from the … Continue reading A Berry Nice Book!

Capturing Children’s Imaginations with Mozart’s Golden Notes

Book Review for "The Case of the Haunted Swamp" by Cliff MacGillivray and Kelly Ward, illustrated by Phil Mendez. Legend has it that Mozart wrote his "Perfect Symphony" using gold ink. But as soon as the ink had dried, the notes magically came alive and flew right off the page, scattering themselves across the world. … Continue reading Capturing Children’s Imaginations with Mozart’s Golden Notes

A Story of Vistas and Passions

Book review of "Ardor: A Novel" by Lily Prior. This is a story of love - misdirected love, unrequited love and love between people who, for one reason or another, never find a way to bring their mutual affection out into the open. What makes this story unusual is that at the center of this … Continue reading A Story of Vistas and Passions