Naughty, but nice!

Book Review for "The Little Old Lady Who Broke All the Rules" by Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg. Imagine if you will that you are one of group of elderly people stuck living in a facility that is bleeding you dry while providing less and less in return (except for the medication to keep you quiet). Imagine you've … Continue reading Naughty, but nice!

Baking Soda and Soccer

Book Review for "Britt-Marie Was Here" by Fredrik Backman. Every so often, a writer comes along who can write a story with characters that touch you to your very core. Fredrik Backman is one of those writers - he did it with his first novel A Man Called Ove, repeated this with his second novel … Continue reading Baking Soda and Soccer

In Congruence

Book Review for "Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights" by Salman Rushdie. This novel, according to Rushdie's website, is "a wonder tale about the way we live now, a rich and multifaceted work that blends history, mythology, and a timeless love story to bring alive a world – our world – that has been … Continue reading In Congruence

A Well Traveled Reunion Project

Book review for "Frank Derrick's Holiday of a Lifetime" by J.B. Morrison. When Beth calls her father to tell him that, not only has her husband Jimmy left her, but also that the doctors found a lump, Frank is understandably worried. At age 82, living on a fixed income, he can't just pick up and … Continue reading A Well Traveled Reunion Project

In his own space

Book review of "The Room" by Jonas Karlsson. Björn's recent promotion must mean he's on his way, headed straight for the top. Of course, new surroundings can be stressful, particularly learning to get along with your new colleagues. As talented and intelligent as Björn is, he doesn't make friends easily; he'd rather just put his … Continue reading In his own space

A Socially Capital Laugh

Book Review for "Various Pets Alive & Dead" by Marina Lewycka. Their twenty years of commune life didn't turn out as reaffirming as Marcus and Doro had hoped it would be, so maybe it is time to conform and get married. This isn't news their children ever expected to get, but neither Clara nor Serge … Continue reading A Socially Capital Laugh

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