Titanic Flight

Book Review of "Flight of Dreams" by Ariel Lawhon The Hindenburg was the famous Nazi zeppelin that blew up just as it was about to land in New Jersey in 1937. Built to be a modern aviation miracle, and the last word in luxury travel, this incident was not only tragic, but like the 1936 … Continue reading Titanic Flight

The Merchant Prince’s Woman

Book Review for "What the Lady Wants: A Novel of Marshall Field and the Gilded Age" by Renee Rosen. One of the first jobs I ever held was as a salesperson for Marshall Field & Co., in their Evanston branch (just north of Chicago). At the time, all new employees had to undergo three days … Continue reading The Merchant Prince’s Woman

Deliciously Dressed Up Deceptions

Book Review of "Food Whore" by Jessica Tom. Imagine losing your sense of taste. That would be bad enough for anyone, but if you're the top food critic for the New York Times that would be a complete disaster. That's just what happened to Michael Saltz, but then he found Tia Monroe. Fresh out of … Continue reading Deliciously Dressed Up Deceptions

Overtures with a Nightingale

Book Review for "Foreign Bodies" by Cynthia Ozick. Bea's overbearing brother Marvin wants her to go to Paris and get his son Julian to come home, or he'll stop sending him money. He can't do it himself, he's far too busy with his important work and California is so far away from Europe. Bea is … Continue reading Overtures with a Nightingale

A Place and a Condition

Book Review for "Middlesex" by Jeffrey Eugenides. "I was born twice: first, as a baby girl on a remarkably smogless Detroit day in January of 1960; and then again, as a teenage boy in an emergency room near Petoskey, Michigan in August of 1974." So begins this book and the explanation for this intriguing conundrum … Continue reading A Place and a Condition

Best served cold…

Book Review of "Gentlemen and Players" by Joanne Harris Joanne Harris' website has the following quote describing this book: "The place is St Oswald's, an old and long-established boys' grammar school in the north of England. A new year has just begun, and for the staff and boys of the School, a wind of unwelcome … Continue reading Best served cold…

An Artistic Novel, and that’s No Secret!

Book Review of "The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets" by Eva Rice. Before there was Elvis, there was Johnnie Ray – an American pop singer who made girls all over the world swoon, and teenaged Penelope Wallace was one of them. Before there was Charlotte Ferris, it seemed like Penelope was living in a dreary … Continue reading An Artistic Novel, and that’s No Secret!

The Army for Enlightenment

Book Review for "The Brotherhood of Book Hunters" by Raphaël Jerusalmy. Author Jerusalmy introduces this book as follows: "Born at the end of the Middle Ages, François Villon is the first modern poet. He is the author of the famous Ballad of the Hanged and Ballad of Dead Ladies. But Villon was also a notorious … Continue reading The Army for Enlightenment

Protections and Professions

Book Review of "The Betrayers" by David Bezmozgis. The Israeli Government has decided to pull out of a large block of West Bank settlements with the hopes that this grand gesture can kick-start the peace process. The famous refusnik and leader of the Russian Immigrant party, Minister Baruch Kotler, is adamantly opposed to this and … Continue reading Protections and Professions

Precious… but that’s about all

Book Review of "The Kalahari Typing School for Men" by Alexander McCall Smith. Mme Ramotswe is a female detective in Botswana, the only one there until Mr. Buthelezi arrived, claiming it as "man's" work. Mme Ramotswe isn't convinced and nor is her assistant, Mme Makutsi, who graduated top of her Secretarial College class. However, small … Continue reading Precious… but that’s about all