Trying Youth

Book Review of "Campari for Breakfast" by Sara Crowe. Sue Bowl has been through a lot more in life than most 17-year-olds have. Her mother, Buddleia, committed suicide, and not long after that, her father took up with another woman. Buddleia's sister, Aunt Coral, was still mourning the loss of their father when Buddleia took … Continue reading Trying Youth

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 Science of Love

Book Review for "The Rosie Project" by Graeme Simsion. Don Tillman may be a genius when it comes to science and genetics, or anything else he decides to study, but he's clueless about two things: women and his Asperger's Syndrome. Despite this, he's determined to find himself a wife in the only way he knows … Continue reading The Science of Love

The Consequences of a Hand Job

Book Review of "The Fourth Hand" by John Irving Patrick Wallingford is an unusually attractive man but only a second-rate television news reporter who never seems to get the really good stories. Unfortunately, he becomes a headline himself when a lion bites his hand off during the filming of a piece on a circus in … Continue reading The Consequences of a Hand Job

A Berry Nice Book!

Book Review of "Two Caravans" by Marina Lewycka Marina Lewycka's second novel Two Caravans (aka Strawberry Fields) is a classic romantic comedy: boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy gets girl. In this instance, there's a slight nod to a twist on "Pride & Prejudice" with Andrei from a rural, lower-class family and Elena from the … Continue reading A Berry Nice Book!

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

An Occupied Island and Unusual Occupations

Book Review of "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society" by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows. When the Nazis occupied the island of Guernsey during WW2, some of the inhabitants tried to carry on as usual. Others felt they should try to do something in defiance of their captors. When their gatherings become … Continue reading An Occupied Island and Unusual Occupations

A Story of Sins and Fashion

Book review of "The Devil Wears Prada" by Lauren Weisberger. Amanda Sachs has just gotten her first job out of college, but it’s not just any job; it's THE job that "millions of girls would kill for." She's the new junior assistant to Miranda Priestly, editor-in-chief of the world-famous fashion magazine, "Runway." The only problem … Continue reading A Story of Sins and Fashion

Conditions of the Heart

Book Review of "A Man Called Ove" by Fredrik Backman. They don't make men like Ove anymore. He's just a man who worked at his job and loved his wife. Now at 59, forced into early retirement not long after his wife died, there nothing left to live for. That's when Ove decides to do … Continue reading Conditions of the Heart

The 12 Days of Kelly Christmas

Book Review for "The Extra Ordinary Life of Frank Derrick, Age 81" by J.B. Morrison. Turning 81 is not a remarkable event, unless a milk float runs you down, giving you a concussion, breaking your arm and fracturing a bone in your foot. When this happened to Frank Derrick, he probably said nothing more than … Continue reading The 12 Days of Kelly Christmas