Why I can't write a Book Review for “Nine Folds Make a Paper Swan” by Ruth Gillian. Summary: At the start of the twentieth century, a young girl and her family emigrate from the continent in search of a better life in America, only to pitch up in Ireland by mistake. In 1958, a mute … Continue reading TCL’s #DNF Friday #2
You've seen my yearly Top Five/Top Ten lists, but how about a "best of the best" list? For those of you who have been following this blog, you’ll know that I’ve been producing a list of my favorite books published for each of the years I’ve been blogging. While I probably should have done this … Continue reading TCL’s Best of the Best List for 2013-2020
Book Review for “The Man Without a Shadow” by Joyce Carol Oates Imagine having such sudden memory loss that anything that happens to you after that incident can only be retained by your brain for just over one minute, and then it is forgotten? When Elihu Hoopes gets encephalitis at the age of 37, it … Continue reading Ghosting Science.
You've seen my yearly Top Five lists, but how about a "best of the best" list? For those of you who have been following this blog, you’ll know that I’ve been producing a list of my favorite books published for each of the years I’ve been blogging. While I probably should have done this after … Continue reading The Best of the Best Top 5 List for 2013-2019
Book Review for “Vivian” by Christina Hesselholdt. If you’ve never heard of Vivian Maier, that’s totally understandable. In fact, no one knew about her until about 2007, two years before she died, when the contents of her storage facilities were sold because she wasn’t paying her bills. What they found was a trove of her … Continue reading Hiding Her Time.
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 of "The Noise of Time" by Julian Barnes Barnes’ latest novel is a fictional documentation of the life of the Russian composer, Dmitri Dmitrievich Shostakovich, who lived under both the Bolshevik and Communist regimes of the USSR, until his death in 1975. Shostakovich was at turns both adored and reviled by both his … Continue reading Music and Silence
Book Review of "Shtum" by Jem Lester. The best word to describe Ben and Emma Jewell's 11-year-old son Jonah is "shtum." That's Yiddish for silent, so in other words, Jonah doesn't speak. Mostly, Jonah lives in his own world. Of course, Jonah's diagnosis is obvious; Jonah is autistic. So far, the schools Jonah attended haven't … Continue reading The Volumes of Silence
Book Review of "The Death of an Owl by Paul Torday. According to the forward (written by the late Torday's son Piers), this book is "about a man who couldn't help but tell the truth, and how that played out when he gets involved in a scandal involving a politician who runs over an owl … Continue reading Truth and Politics
Book Review of "Yom Killer" by Ilene Schneider (Rabbi Aviva Cohen Mystery #3) Yes, Rabbi Aviva Cohen is back, and she is just as feisty as ever. This time, when her mother lands in the hospital in a chemically induced coma after a fall in her assisted living facility, something doesn't seem quite right. However, … Continue reading Old Conspiracies, New Sins