To the 4th generation

Book Review of "A Reunion of Ghosts" by Judith Claire Mitchell. In the late 1800s, Lenz Alter was a chemist who succeeded in discovering the compound to make fertilizer, winning him a Nobel Prize. After that discovery, the thing that started out to feed the world, morphed into the deadly chemical weapons of two world … Continue reading To the 4th generation

The Other Side of a Journey

Book Review for "The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy" by Rachel Joyce. Readers of Joyce's debut novel The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry will know Queenie Hennessy, or at least know of her. She is the woman Harold Fry worked with, who is dying of cancer. When Harold Fry gets the letter telling him … Continue reading The Other Side of a Journey

A Portrait of an Artist

Book Review of "Notes from an Exhibition" by Patrick Gale. To try to describe the plot of Patrick Gale's novel "Notes on an Exhibition" is as difficult a task as to try to explain a piece of abstract art. In fact, this novel is less of a story than it is a portrait of a … Continue reading A Portrait of an Artist

No bones about it; this is a lovely book!

Book Review of "The Lovely Bones" by Alice Sebold. When George Harvey raped and murdered Suzie Salmon, she was only 14 years old. He did this in a room he dug out underneath the frozen cornfields. The story here, told from Suzie's point of view after she is dead, are her observations of life on … Continue reading No bones about it; this is a lovely book!

Very Carefully, Apparently

Book Review of "How to Talk to a Widower" by Jonathan Tropper. Two years after Doug and Hailey were married, Hailey died in a plane crash, leaving Doug her home in the suburbs, her angry son who doesn't want to live with his father because of his new trophy wife, a large settlement from the … Continue reading Very Carefully, Apparently

Beneath the Black Hats and the Wigs

Book Review of "Invisible City" by Julia Dahl. The police just found a naked woman's body in a Brooklyn scrap yard, and that's news. So the paper sends their newest stringer, Rebekah Roberts, to get the story. When she gets there, she finds herself in the midst of the exact same Ultra-Orthodox Jewish community her … Continue reading Beneath the Black Hats and the Wigs

Early 20th century American Romeo and Juliette

Book Review for "Marching to Zion" by Mary Glickman. Magnus Bailey fell in love with Minerva Fishbein the minute he scooped this flaming haired child out of her sorrowful father's arms, to help them off the boat in St. Louis. However, Magnus didn't know how much in love he was until it was too late. … Continue reading Early 20th century American Romeo and Juliette

John Irving’s Masterpiece

Book Review of "A Prayer for Owen Meany" by John Irving. Owen is a dwarf who keeps saying he is on a mission from God. Johnny Wheelwright is dyslexic (like myself) and is in a life-long search for his father. (Perhaps the physical and emotional flaws of the two main characters were what made me … Continue reading John Irving’s Masterpiece

The Painted Designs of Yemenite Jewish Women

Book Review for "Henna House" by Nomi Eve. Born in a remote village of the Kingdom of Yemen, Adela Damari moves through childhood, unloved by her mother, hated by her brothers and yet adored by her ailing father. His love won’t save her, because if he dies before she is engaged to marry, the Confiscator … Continue reading The Painted Designs of Yemenite Jewish Women

A 21st Century Holden Caulfield?

Book Review of "The Universe versus Alex Woods" by Gavin Extence Alex Woods is probably one of the most remarkably famous people in the world. That's because he's only the second person in recorded history (after Ann Hodges) who survived being hit by a meteorite. Alex was only 10 at the time, and his meteorite … Continue reading A 21st Century Holden Caulfield?