Elizabethian Fury in a Modern Female

Book Review of "Vinegar Girl" by Anne Tyler. In Anne Tyler's latest book, she takes on the task of modernizing Shakespeare's play "The Taming of the Shrew." To remind you, the original story is a simple one: Baptista has two beautiful daughters, the younger one is the sweet Bianca, and the older one is the … Continue reading Elizabethian Fury in a Modern Female

Guest Author Post: Shoshanah Shear on "Healing Your Life Through Activity"

Since I don't often read/review non-fiction, I am pleased to have the privilege to present you with this guest author post about a book that sounds both helpful and fascinating.The Story behind Healing Your Life Through Activity - An Occupational Therapist's Storyby Shoshanah Shear Shortly after high school, I went to a career guidance counselor. … Continue reading Guest Author Post: Shoshanah Shear on "Healing Your Life Through Activity"

The Structures of Love

Book Review of "To Capture What we Cannot Keep" by Beatrice Colin. From a hot-air balloon above the future site of the 1889 Paris fair grounds, Émile Nouguier one of the architects and engineers working with Gustav Eiffel, looks down at the place where their tower will soon be built. With him in the basket … Continue reading The Structures of Love

An Elmwood Springs Retrospective

Book Review of "The Whole Town's Talking" by Fannie Flagg. Flagg's latest novel returns once again to Elmwood Springs and this time, she tells us everything, starting with its humble beginnings, when young Lordor Nordstrom finds this beautiful spot in Missouri, and decides to make his home there. From there Flagg takes us on a … Continue reading An Elmwood Springs Retrospective

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

A Gathering of Stories

Book Review of "November Storm: A Collection of Short Stories" by Robert Oldshue. The Iowa University Press describes this Iowa Short Fiction award winner of 2016, as follows: In each of the stories in Robert Oldshue’s debut collection, the characters want to be decent but find that hard to define. In the first story, an … Continue reading A Gathering of Stories

Different? Yes, but…

Book Review of "Today Will be Different" by Maria Semple. Eleanor is having a very difficult time right now. Her budding cross-dressing son is once again pretending to be sick to get out of school, and she really should be working on her book - her graphic memoir - but one thing leads to another … Continue reading Different? Yes, but…

Teaser Tuesday for September 13, 2016

  Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! Just do the following: Grab your current read (or the next book on your reading list) Open to a random page Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure … Continue reading Teaser Tuesday for September 13, 2016

Nine Times November 11, 1918

Book Review of "Fall of Poppies: Stories of Love and the Great War" by various authors. It isn't often that a group of authors come together to make a collection of short stories. From what I can see, most collections with various authors are ones that a publisher collected, often from a slew of single-author … Continue reading Nine Times November 11, 1918

A Fantastical Fable

Book Review of "Little Nothing" by Marisa Silver. In one of the more beautifully written books I've ever read, Silver brings us a story that blends fantasy with reality into a hybrid fable of the weird and the wonderful, of loss and of love and so much more. I don't usually read fantasy books, but … Continue reading A Fantastical Fable