Border Life

Book review of All the Rivers by Dorit Rabinyan. Liat is spending time in the New York apartment of friends, while she studies for her translation degree. Hilmi is living in Brooklyn, trying to make it as an artist. Their whirlwind romance would be uneventful except for the fact that Liat is Jewish and comes … Continue reading Border Life

Mysterious Models

Book Review of "The Miniaturist" by Jessie Burton The blurb for this book reads as follows: "On an autumn day in 1686, eighteen-year-old Nella Oortman arrives at a grand house in Amsterdam to begin her new life as the wife of wealthy merchant Johannes Brandt. Though curiously distant, he presents her with an extraordinary wedding … Continue reading Mysterious Models

The Eves of Winter Stories

Book Review of "A Snow Garden & Other Stories" by Rachel Joyce In this collection, Rachel Joyce connects seven stories spanning from just before Christmas Eve through New Year's Eve. Joyce not only arranges these tales chronologically, she also links them with other elements. The stories here are: Faraway Smell of Lemon - Binny wasn't … Continue reading The Eves of Winter Stories

Naughty, but nice!

The Little Old Lady Who Broke All the Rules by Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg Imagine if you will that you are one of group of elderly people stuck living in a facility that is bleeding you dry while providing less and less in return (except for the medication to keep you quiet). Imagine you've just discovered that … Continue reading Naughty, but nice!

A Nobel Introduction?

Vintage Munro - a collection of short stories by Alice Munro In 2013, Alice Munro received the Nobel Prize for Literature. What made this award unique was that it was the first time they gave it to an author who exclusively writes short stories. To honor this, Vintage books put out a revised collection of … Continue reading A Nobel Introduction?

The Merchant Prince’s Woman

What the Lady Wants: A Novel of Marshall Field and the Gilded Age by Renee Rosen One of the first jobs I ever held was as a salesperson for Marshall Field & Co., in their Evanston branch (just north of Chicago). At the time, all new employees had to undergo three days of training in … Continue reading The Merchant Prince’s Woman

Marshmallow Mayhem Blitz

Buy it now on Amazon for 99 Pennies…orread for FREE with Kindle Unlimited.Blurb:In this sequel to BANANA BAMBOOZLE, all Cassidy Dunne wants is a road trip to bond with her niece and some gooey campfire s’mores. What she gets is an extra serving of mayhem — marijuana brownies, creepy locals, an ardent admirer, a precocious … Continue reading Marshmallow Mayhem Blitz

Becoming Nora

Nora Webster by Colm Tóibín Everyone loved Maurice Webster. While she was married to him, Nora lived quietly in his shadow. Then he fell ill, and as his death approached, Nora was totally devoted, practically ignoring her sons and daughters in order to care for him. Now that he's gone, Nora has become something of … Continue reading Becoming Nora

Trying Youth

Campari for Breakfast by Sara Crowe Sue Bowl has been through a lot more in life than most 17-year-olds have. Her mother, Buddleia, committed suicide, and not long after that, her father took up with another woman. Buddleia's sister, Aunt Coral, was still mourning the loss of their father when Buddleia took her life. Looking … Continue reading Trying Youth

The Last of Will and his Testament

Book Review of "Will" by Christopher Rush. Biographies can often be terribly boring, academic tomes that find interest only to those fascinated by the subjects. Autobiographies can be terribly indulgent works that leave out anything negative about the person. In general, it is far more fun to read fiction. What makes this book different is … Continue reading The Last of Will and his Testament