My “Hello” to Philip Roth!

  Book Review of “Goodbye Columbus” a novella and five short stories by Philip Roth. When I heard of Roth’s passing, I realized that while I knew the name well, and I’d seen some films based on his writings, I never read any of his books. In an attempt to correct that situation, I immediately … Continue reading My “Hello” to Philip Roth!

Inconvenient Separations

  Book Review of “Brides in the Sky: Stories and a Novella” by Cary Holladay. This book is a collection of eight short stories and a novella, which include the following: Brides in the Sky Shades Comanche Queen Fairy Tales Interview with Etta Place, Sweetheart of the Sundance Kid Ghost Walk Operator Hay Season A … Continue reading Inconvenient Separations

A Village Education

Book Review of "The Bookshop" by Penelope Fitzgerald. It is 1959, and Florence Green is in Hardborough, a small seaside town in England’s East Anglia region, that doesn’t have its own book shop. This is something that Florence wants to fix. The only problem is, there seems to be some opposition to where she’s chosen … Continue reading A Village Education

These Books May Fare Well

Book Review of "Murder in Belgravia" by Lynn Brittany. This novel is the first in an upcoming series of “Mayfair 100” murder mysteries, which takes place amid the Great War (i.e., WW1), where two civilian women join with police officers to make up a special team, tasked with investigating crimes involving women. On Goodreads, the … Continue reading These Books May Fare Well

A New Christmas Carol

Review of The Deal of a Lifetime: A Novella by Fredrik Backman The protagonist of this novella is a father who is wealthy, successful and famous. He also has cancer, but so does the adorable five-year-old girl he meets in the hospital. Both of them are going to die eventually. The question is, does it … Continue reading A New Christmas Carol

Feminist Stories from the Past

My review of "Herland and Selected Stories" by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. Back when I was writing a review of the dystopian novel "The Beautiful Bureaucrat," I read a review that likened that book (in part to Kafka and in part) to a short story called "The Yellow Wallpaper" by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. Having never heard … Continue reading Feminist Stories from the Past

Poetic Youth

Book Review of "20: A Novella" by Vatsal Surti. The unnamed protagonist in this expressive novella is only 20 years old, but she seems to have quite an old soul. When she meets a man her age and falls in love with him, it seems her life is finally beginning to change, despite her unending … Continue reading Poetic Youth

Five (or seven) GOOD things to come out of 2016

2016: A Year Mostly About Women. Since 2016 has been such a rotten year in general, it is always nice to find something positive to focus on. One bright light I can give you is my "Top 5 Favorite Books of 2016." As in past years, it seems that once again, I need to squeeze … Continue reading Five (or seven) GOOD things to come out of 2016

Perfecting your Good-bye

Book Review of "And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer" by Fredrik Backman. Stock up on tissues folks, because Fredrik Backman is BACK! This time, Backman gives us a perfectly formed, exquisitely developed novella (whose title is almost longer than the book itself) about a man slowly succumbing to dementia and his … Continue reading Perfecting your Good-bye

Gritty New York Stories and Poems

Book Review of "Resident Aliens" by Beth Porter. "Resident Aliens" by Beth Porter is actually a collection of writings. On the menu is a novella, four poems and three short stories, all focusing on New York in the 60s. Before I discuss the various elements of this book, there is a small warning - nothing … Continue reading Gritty New York Stories and Poems