Dreamy Vistas.

Book Review for “Small Eden” by Jane Davis. Summary: "1884. The symptoms of scarlet fever are easily mistaken for teething, as Robert Cooke and his pregnant wife Freya discover at the cost of their two infant sons. Freya immediately isolates for the safety of their unborn child. Cut off from each other, there is no … Continue reading Dreamy Vistas.

A Bottled Family.

Book Review for “Marrying the Ketchups” by Jennifer Close. Summary: "Here are the three things the Sullivan family knows to be true: the Chicago Cubs will always be the underdogs; historical progress is inevitable; and their grandfather, Bud, founder of JP Sullivan's, will always make the best burgers in Oak Park. But when, over the … Continue reading A Bottled Family.

An Entwined Family.

Book Review for “French Braid” by Anne Tyler. Summary: "The Garretts take their first and last family vacation in the summer of 1959. They hardly ever venture beyond Baltimore, but in some ways they have never been farther apart. Mercy has trouble resisting the siren call of her aspirations to be a painter, which means … Continue reading An Entwined Family.

From Fame to Infamy.

Book Review for “Booth” by Karen Joy Fowler. Summary: "In 1822, a secret family moves into a secret cabin some thirty miles northeast of Baltimore, to farm, to hide, and to bear ten children over the course of the next 16 years. Junius Booth—breadwinner, celebrated Shakespearean actor and master of the house in all ways—is … Continue reading From Fame to Infamy.

TCL’s #DNF Friday #8 – Not Downton Abbey!

Why I can't write a Book Review for “Belgravia” by Julian Fellowes. Summary: "It is the evening of 15 June 1815, and the Duchess of Richmond has thrown a magnificent ball in Brussels for the Duke of Wellington. The guests include James and Anne Trenchard, who have made their money in trade, along with their … Continue reading TCL’s #DNF Friday #8 – Not Downton Abbey!

The Structure of Deception.

Book Review for “The Address” by Fiona Davis. Summary: "After a failed apprenticeship, working her way up to head housekeeper of a posh London hotel is more than Sara Smythe ever thought she’d make of herself. But when a chance encounter with Theodore Camden, one of the architects of the grand New York apartment house … Continue reading The Structure of Deception.

Shading the Saplings.

Book Review for “More Than I Love My Life” by David Grossman (translated by Jessica Cohen). Summary: "[This novel] is the story of three strong women: Vera, age ninety; her daughter, Nina; and her granddaughter, Gili, who at thirty-nine is a filmmaker and a wary consumer of affection. A bitter secret divides each mother-and-daughter pair, … Continue reading Shading the Saplings.

A Scottish Summer Celebration.

Book Review for “Apricot Sky” by Ruby Ferguson. Summary: "It's 1948 in the Scottish Highlands, with postwar austerity and rationing in full effect, but Mr and Mrs MacAlvey and their family and friends are too irrepressibly cheerful to let it get them down. There's Raine, newly engaged to the brother of a local farmer, and Cleo, … Continue reading A Scottish Summer Celebration.

More Fried Green Tomatoes? Yes, Please!

Book Review for “The Wonder Boy of Whistle Stop” by Fannie Flagg. Summary: “Bud Threadgoode grew up in the bustling little railroad town of Whistle Stop, Alabama, with his mother Ruth, church going and proper, and his Aunt Idgie, the fun-loving hell-raiser. Together they ran the town's popular Whistle Stop Cafe, known far and wide … Continue reading More Fried Green Tomatoes? Yes, Please!