A well-punctuated road-trip

Book Review for "It's. Nice. Outside." by Jim Kokoris. John Nichols isn't doing very well. He's 50-something, divorced and unhappy with his job, so with his two daughters no longer at home, his whole life surrounds his 19-year-old autistic and mentally disabled son, Ethan. What's more, as much as John loves his son, it's getting … Continue reading A well-punctuated road-trip

The Business of Compassion

Book Review for "The Light of Hidden Flowers" by Jennifer Handford. This is one of those books that, if you read it, you'll be glad you didn't overlook it because you judged it by its cover, its title or even its synopsis. Starting with the latter, the publisher's synopsis for this book is as follows: … Continue reading The Business of Compassion

For the Back of Your Mind

Book Review of "The Memory Keeper’s Daughter" by Kim Edwards. How can we know if we're making the right the decisions? More importantly, is there any way we can know in how these decisions will affect our lives and the lives of others. This is the basic theme of this novel which begins in 1964 … Continue reading For the Back of Your Mind

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 Anthropology of Motherhood

Book Review for "The Pure Gold Baby" by Margaret Drabble. Anna seemed like a normal baby when she was born to her unwed mother Jess. As she grew, she seemed ultimately happy. She was the type of child who glowed from within. So when Jess realized that Anna wasn't normal, that she'd never learn to … Continue reading The Anthropology of Motherhood