My “Hello” to Philip Roth!

  Book Review of “Goodbye Columbus” a novella and five short stories by Philip Roth. When I heard of Roth’s passing, I realized that while I knew the name well, and I’d seen some films based on his writings, I never read any of his books. In an attempt to correct that situation, I immediately … Continue reading My “Hello” to Philip Roth!

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

Book Review of "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, … Continue reading Old Conspiracies, New Sins

Poetic Youth

Book Review of "20: A Novella" 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 … 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

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

A Compliment to P.G. Wodehouse

Book Review of "Jeeves and the Wedding Bells" by Sebastian Faulks. Who 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 … Continue reading A Compliment to P.G. Wodehouse

A Taste for French Gusto

Book Review for "Mastering the Art of French Eating" by Ann Mah. 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. Of course, when it comes to writing … Continue reading A Taste for French Gusto

Profiles Through Ages

Book Review for "A Perfectly Good Man" by Patrick Gale. Barnaby 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 … Continue reading Profiles Through Ages