Marriages of the Mines

Book Review for “Gold Digger: The Remarkable Baby Doe Tabor” by Rebecca Rosenberg. The Colorado Gold and Silver Rush of the late 19th century both made and broke many people. Among them was Horace Tabor, whose arduous efforts were eventually rewarded with his several successful silver mines, especially the “Matchless” mine, which was the richest … Continue reading Marriages of the Mines

A Path to Changing Gears.

Book Review for “The Art of Regret” by Mary Fleming. Trevor McFarquhar is an American in Paris. No this isn’t a re-imagining of the classic Gershwin musical; rather, it is a study in displacement on the backdrop of tragedy. You see, Trevor has been living in Paris since he was a boy, since not long … Continue reading A Path to Changing Gears.

Games, Sets, and Mismatched.

Book Review for “Right After the Weather” by Carol Anshaw. Cate is a theater set designer in Chicago, and in 2016 her career has hit a bumpy road, along with her love life, both of which she’s trying to repair. In the meanwhile, her ex-husband and his dog are camping out in the apartment he … Continue reading Games, Sets, and Mismatched.

Fatherhood and its Flaws.

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.

The Conundrum of the Phenomenon.

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.

Facing Three Hours

Review of "The Face: A Time Code" by Ruth Ozeki. In this short non-fiction piece, Ozeki takes on the Zen exercise of staring at her face for three hours. The book starts with her time clock set at 00:00:00, which ticks off the seconds and minutes as she writes whatever comes into her head while … Continue reading Facing Three Hours

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

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