Pulling a “Nellie Bly”!

Book Review of “Woman 99” by Greer Macallister. How far would you go to save your sister? What if she’s the one who saved your life many times throughout your childhood? Would you risk everything, possibly even your own sanity? This is the dilemma that Charlotte Smith faces when her sister Phoebe is put into … Continue reading Pulling a “Nellie Bly”!

Between Two Sisters

Book Review of "A Fist Around the Heart" by Heather Chisvin. Goodreads says that “The story of Anna Grieve and her fragile older sister, Esther, begins in Russia in the 1880s. The vicious persecution of Jews has come to such a point that the girls’ mother makes the decision to send her children to Winnipeg … Continue reading Between Two Sisters

Duplicity or distortion?

Book Review of "Alias Grace" by Margaret Atwood In 1843, Grace Marks and James McDermott were both convicted of the murders of Nancy Montgomery and Thomas Kinnear. While McDermott was executed for these crimes, Grace received a commuted sentence, and ended spending nearly 30 years in incarceration, first in an insane asylum and then later … Continue reading Duplicity or distortion?

The clock on the mantle ticked ticked

Book Review of "See What I Have Done" by Sarah Schmidt. Although a jury of her peers found Lizzie Borden not guilty of the murders of her father and stepmother, Andrew and Abby Borden, the court of public opinion found her guilty as charged. The mystery behind these brutal murders continues to this day, almost … Continue reading The clock on the mantle ticked ticked

A Life in Steps

Book Review of "Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk" by Kathleen Rooney On the evening of December 31, 1984, Lillian Boxfish set out for her traditional New Year's Eve dinner at her favorite Italian restaurant. Despite not being hungry after absentmindedly consuming most of a package of Oreo cookies while speaking on the phone with her … Continue reading A Life in Steps

The Scale of a Family

Book Review of "Moonglow by Michael Chabon. Readers of Michael Chabon's novels know that he has a wonderful way of mixing reality and fiction, to the extent that the lines can feel very blurred. I noticed this in his "The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay," which won him the Pulitzer. Although that novel, (which … Continue reading The Scale of a Family

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

The Secret of a 100-Year-Old Woman

Book Review of "The Secret Scripture" by Sebastian Barry. Roscommon Mental Hospital is about to be torn down, and the director, Dr. Grene has to figure out what to do with his patients, including Roseanne McNulty. Should he move her to the new facility? Maybe he should find her somewhere on the outside? She doesn’t … Continue reading The Secret of a 100-Year-Old Woman

The Cast and Curse of Genius

Book Review of "Rodin's Lover" by Heather Webb. The name of Auguste Rodin is synonymous with the emotionally charged sculptures he created, and practically everyone recognizes his iconic "Thinker." However, far fewer people know the name or the work of Camille Claudel, his student and the woman who shocked the art world of Paris, because … Continue reading The Cast and Curse of Genius

A Portrait of an Artist

Book Review of "Notes from an Exhibition" by Patrick Gale. To try to describe the plot of Patrick Gale's novel "Notes on an Exhibition" is as difficult a task as to try to explain a piece of abstract art. In fact, this novel is less of a story than it is a portrait of a … Continue reading A Portrait of an Artist