Cinderella or Pygmalion?

Book Review of "Carnegie’s Maid" by Marie Benedict Clara Kelly was not who everyone thought she was, and this accident of mistaken identity lands her the position of lady’s maid in one of the wealthiest homes in all Pittsburgh, that of the Carnegie family. If Clara is to help her family back in Ireland, then … Continue reading Cinderella or Pygmalion?

A Founding Mother’s Story

Book Review of "I, Eliza Hamilton" by Susan Holloway Scott In order to avoid stating the obvious, I see no reason to start this review with a story synopsis. This is because I believe that even those with only a cursory knowledge of American history will have heard the name Alexander Hamilton, and immediately recognize … Continue reading A Founding Mother’s Story

Now You’re an Immigrant!

Book Review of "Chutzpah & High Heels: The Search for Love and Identity in the Holy Land" by Jessica Fishman. In this memoir, Jessica Fishman details the trials and tribulations of making what we call "Aliyah" - literally meaning to "go up" to Israel. This reminds me of an old, old joke, which goes something … Continue reading Now You’re an Immigrant!

Constructing a Criminal

Book review of "Becoming Bonnie" by Jenni L. Walsh. Although their story is well over 80 years old, Bonnie and Clyde are infamous celebrities to this day; and while most of the facts about their criminal endeavors are readily available, mystery still shrouds most of their lives from before their meeting. This is just the … Continue reading Constructing a Criminal

Mobile Stories

Book Review of the short story collection "Eveningland" by Michael Knight. In this book, Michael Knight brings us a collection of short stories to give us the flavor of the people and the location of Mobile Alabama. Short summaries of the stories are as follows: An elderly man tells us the story "Water and Oil," … Continue reading Mobile Stories

Becoming the First

Book Review of "Girl in Disguise" by Greer Macallister. Kate Warne - I'm sure that name means nothing to you. On the other hand, you may have heard of the name Pinkerton. Today that name mostly brings to mind security services, like their armored cars. However, in the mid-19th century, Allan Pinkerton started a detective … Continue reading Becoming the First

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

Here, there and maybe nowhere

Book Review of "This must be the Place" by Maggie O'Farrell. Daniel Sullivan is a bit of a mess; with more than his fair share of screwed up relationships, when he meets Claudette, it seems like things might take a different turn for once. That isn't to say that Claudette, the woman who ran away … Continue reading Here, there and maybe nowhere

The Scale of a Family

Book Review of "Moonglow by Michael Chabon. Readers of Michael Chabon's novels know that he has a wonderful way of mixing reality and fiction, to the extent that the lines can feel very blurred. I noticed this in his "The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay," which won him the Pulitzer. Although that novel, (which … Continue reading The Scale of a Family

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