A Village Education

Book Review of "The Bookshop" by Penelope Fitzgerald. It is 1959, and Florence Green is in Hardborough, a small seaside town in England’s East Anglia region, that doesn’t have its own book shop. This is something that Florence wants to fix. The only problem is, there seems to be some opposition to where she’s chosen … Continue reading A Village Education

Nothing Lost in Translation

Book Review of "The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend" by Katrina Bivald. Long ago, there were people like Selma Lagerlöf and Astrid Lindgren. More recently, we have the likes of Stieg Larsson, Fredrik Backman, Jonas Jonasson, and Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg, among many others. All of these people are Swedish authors whose works are increasingly popular, not … Continue reading Nothing Lost in Translation

Everything old is new again!

Book Review of "84, Charing Cross Road" by Helene Hanff. It is a rare instance when non-fiction reads like fiction, and Helene Hanff’s book is exactly one of those exceptions. Long before the age of the Internet and on-line book sellers like Amazon, New York writer Hanff saw an ad in the Saturday Review of … Continue reading Everything old is new again!

Greater Than the Sum of Its Short Stories

Book Review of "The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry" by Gabrielle Zevin. A.J. Fikry happily abandoned his PhD in American Literature to open the first bookstore on Alice Island, the place his wife Nic grew up and always wanted to return to. But since the car accident that killed both her and their unborn baby, … Continue reading Greater Than the Sum of Its Short Stories