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

Old Conspiracies, New Sins

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, until her mother wakes … Continue reading Old Conspiracies, New Sins

Poetic Youth

20 by Vatsal Surti The unnamed protagonist in this expressive novella is only 20 years old, but she seems to have quite an old soul. When she meets a man her age and falls in love with him, it seems her life is finally beginning to change, despite her unending mood swings and a shaky … Continue reading Poetic Youth

A Buzzfeed Blunder on Children’s Books

Recently a friend of mine posted on Facebook a link to a Buzzfeed article "13 Children’s Books That Encourage Kindness Towards Others." Admittedly, I am familiar with only two of the books on that list. One is the Dr. Seuss book "Horton Hears a Who," which certainly fits the bill. The other, however, is Shel … Continue reading A Buzzfeed Blunder on Children’s Books

An Elmwood Springs Retrospective

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 journey of joys … Continue reading An Elmwood Springs Retrospective

A Compliment to P.G. Wodehouse

Jeeves and the Wedding Bells by Sebastian FaulksWho hasn't heard of Jeeves and Wooster - that charmingly bungling gentleman and his inimitable gentleman's gentleman? Who can forget the antics that Bertie Wooster falls into and the ingenious ways that Jeeves is able to manipulate him back to safety? And if you haven't read the books, … Continue reading A Compliment to P.G. Wodehouse

A Taste for French Gusto

Ann Mah spent three years in France with her diplomat husband. She used that time to find out more about some of their culinary specialties - how they became famous, their history and how they're made.When it comes to writing about French food, there is no one as famous as Julia Child. She discovered this … Continue reading A Taste for French Gusto

Profiles Through Ages

A Perfectly Good Man by Patrick GaleBarnaby Johnson couldn't prevent his young parishioner Lenny from killing himself because the poison he took worked too quickly. Instead, all Barnaby could do was pray and sit by as he died, as that was all that was left to do, and it was the right thing. And that's … Continue reading Profiles Through Ages

An Intimate Look at the World of London’s Ultra-Orthodox

The Marrying of Chani Kaufman by Eve Harris If Chani Kaufman doesn't find a husband soon, it may be too late. Although she's only 19, that is a fact of life in the ultra-orthodox Jewish community! But so far, no one thinks she's suitable, mostly because of her outspoken curiosity, which has landed her in … Continue reading An Intimate Look at the World of London’s Ultra-Orthodox