Ice and Cracks

Book Review of "Beartown: A Novel" by Fredrik Backman Except for hockey, there's almost nothing left in Beartown, and it is only going to get worse, unless something changes. That something could be coming this year, since their junior team is finally good enough. If they succeed, who knows what that fame could bring? Maybe … Continue reading Ice and Cracks

Becoming the First

Girl in Disguise by Greer Macallister  Kate Warne - I'm sure that name means nothing to you. On the other hand, you may have heard of the name Pinkerton. Today that name mostly brings to mind security services, like their armored cars. However, in the mid-19th century, Allan Pinkerton started a detective agency in Chicago, … Continue reading Becoming the First

The Structures of Love

To Capture what we Cannot Keep by Beatrice Colin From a hot-air balloon above the future site of the 1889 Paris fair grounds, Émile Nouguier one of the architects and engineers working with Gustav Eiffel, looks down at the place where their tower will soon be built. With him in the basket is Catriona (Cait) … Continue reading The Structures of Love

An Elmwood Springs Retrospective

The Whole Town's Talking by Fannie Flagg Flagg's latest novel returns once again to Elmwood Springs and this time, she tells us everything, starting with its humble beginnings, when young Lordor Nordstrom finds this beautiful spot in Missouri, and decides to make his home there. From there Flagg takes us on a journey of joys … Continue reading An Elmwood Springs Retrospective

The Making of a Remarkable Woman

The Boston Girl: A Novel by Anita DiamantAddie Metsky (nee Baum) was born in Boston to Jewish immigrants in 1900. She's now 85 and her granddaughter Ava wants to know how she became the woman she is today. This is her story, and it will surprise you. I'm quickly becoming a big fan of historical … Continue reading The Making of a Remarkable Woman

Stories that reveal much but say little

White Tiger on Snow Mountain by David Gordon I've always believed that short stories are far too under-appreciated. However, I continue to live in hope that since Alice Munro received the 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature for her career of writing only short stories, more people will become interested in and have respect for this … Continue reading Stories that reveal much but say little

The Masters of Misogyny

The War on Women in Israel: How Religious Radicalism is Smothering the Voice of a Nation by Elana Maryles Sztokman When I began reading this book, I was truly hoping that I wouldn't be learning anything new. I thought I was fully aware of how the Ultra-Orthodox (Haredi) parties manipulated the governments they've sat in … Continue reading The Masters of Misogyny

Cauliflower Gratin vs. Trout Amandine

The Author and Me by Eric Chevillard This is more of a dialog between the author and his protagonist than a straightforward story. In the story part, we have a man speaking to a woman, telling his tale of woe because someone brought him a cauliflower gratin instead of the trout amandine that he asked … Continue reading Cauliflower Gratin vs. Trout Amandine

Flavored for Deception

Sweetness #9: A Novel by Stephen Eirik Clark David Leveraux's first job is to test the toxicity "The Nine" an artificial sweetener. When he discovers adverse reactions in monkeys and rats combined with the company's cover up, he loses his job and has a nervous breakdown. His recovery comes through another job - this time … Continue reading Flavored for Deception

The Sparkle and its Tarnish

The Objects of Her Affection by Sonya Cobb If it hadn't been for that mortgage scam, the life Sophie dreamed of for her husband and two kids would have been exactly what she missed as a child - anchored and safe. But with her freelance web design work all but dried up and Brian's preoccupation … Continue reading The Sparkle and its Tarnish