A Recipe for Secrets

Book Review for "The Restaurant Critic's Wife" by Elizabeth LaBan. It wasn't as if Lila didn't know what she was getting into when she married Sam, but she didn't know what Sam was going to get into when he got his dream job of restaurant critic for a major Philadelphia newspaper. With her toddler daughter … Continue reading A Recipe for Secrets

Depths in simplicity

Book Review of "My Name is Lucy Barton" by Elizabeth Strout. If there is one quote from this novel that both sums it up, and yet is also the exact opposite of what this story tries to do, it is this: "we never know, and never would know, what it would be like to understand … Continue reading Depths in simplicity

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

What is your superpower?

Book Review for "My Grandmother Sends her Regrets and Apologises (aka "My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry"), by Fredrik Backman. Anyone who has been reading my reviews will know that my favorite book of 2014 was Backman's, "A Man Called Ove." This Swedish author took the world by storm with his poignant … Continue reading What is your superpower?

Becoming Nora

Book Review of "Nora Webster" by Colm Tóibín. Everyone loved Maurice Webster. While she was married to him, Nora lived quietly in his shadow. Then he fell ill, and as his death approached, Nora was totally devoted, practically ignoring her sons and daughters in order to care for him. Now that he's gone, Nora has … Continue reading Becoming Nora

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

Odd One Out

Book Review for "The Children's Crusade" by Anne Packer. How can one deal with someone you love pulling away from you? This is the question posed in Anne Packer's latest novel about the Blairs, Penny and Bill, their marriage, their home, the land it was built on and their four children, Robert, Rebecca, Ryan and James. … Continue reading Odd One Out

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 Last Squeeze is the Sweetest

Book Review of "Five Quarters of the Orange" by Joanne Harris. This is the story of Framboise - no, not a bottle of raspberry liqueur (thank heavens), but rather a woman by that name from a farm on the river Loire in the French village of Les Laveuses. This is partially the story of Framboise's … Continue reading The Last Squeeze is the Sweetest

Tasty Reading

Book Review of "Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café" by Fannie Flagg. For those of you who aren't familiar with either the movie or the book, this is the story of the events that happened to a group of people who lived in the town of Whistle Stop, Alabama in the 1930's. One … Continue reading Tasty Reading