Flighty Fun.

Book Review for “The Lark” by E. Nesbit Written in 1922, this is one of E. Nesbit’s few adult works of fiction, and one of her last to be published before she died. The story follows two young cousins, Jane and Lucille (known mostly as Lucy), whose guardian seems to have lost all their inheritance … Continue reading Flighty Fun.

The Ironic Wit of William.

Book Review for “The Dreams of Bethany Mellmoth” by William Boyd. This is actually a collection of seven short stories plus two that are novella length – the first of those is the titular story, and the other one is “The Vanishing Game: An Adventure…” The short stories included here are: The Man Who Liked … Continue reading The Ironic Wit of William.

The Best of the Best Top 5 List for 2013-2019

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

Pieces of Lucy’s Life

Book Review of "Anything is Possible" by Elizabeth Strout. With this book, Strout returns to her connected short story format, which she used for her well-known book, “Olive Kitteridge,” but this time she does so with a type of follow-up to her novel “My Name is Lucy Barton.” These nine stories take place in the … Continue reading Pieces of Lucy’s Life

Continuing to be

Book review of "I am, I am, I am: Seventeen Brushes with Death" by Maggie O’Farrell Goodreads calls this book a “memoire with a difference - the unputdownable story of an extraordinary woman's life in near-death experiences.” They also say it is “Shocking, electric, unforgettable,” and comment that “It is a book to make you question … Continue reading Continuing to be

Theatrical Turbulence

Book Review of "Hag-Seed" by Margaret Atwood. It was Felix’s dream to mount his own version of Shakespeare’s play “The Tempest” at the  (Canadian) Makeshiweg Theater festival, but before he could get started, he found himself ousted as their artistic director. That was the last blow, since came on the heels of a broken marriage, and … Continue reading Theatrical Turbulence

Q&A with Eric Houston, author of The Lost Artist: Love Passion War (Part 1)

  I recently heard about Eric Houston's memoir "The Lost Artist: Love Passion War (Part 1)" and was immediately intrigued. While I couldn't fit this book into my reading list, I decided instead to feature this work here, by asking him one question. Here's his answer to: What was one of the most interesting experiences … Continue reading Q&A with Eric Houston, author of The Lost Artist: Love Passion War (Part 1)

Leaping Late in Life

Book Review of The Little Breton Bistro by Nina George. When 60-year-old Marianne Messmann is visiting Paris on vacation with her husband, she decides to commit suicide by jumping off the Pont Neuf bridge. Her failed attempt leads her to let her husband go back to Germany on his own and search out the Breton … Continue reading Leaping Late in Life

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