One Family, One Holiday, Many Generations of Women

Book Review of "Thanksgiving" by Ellen Cooney. Patience was a newlywed, pregnant with her first child on that cold November morning of 1662. When she went outside in search of her husband, she saw a turkey fly into the oak tree in her yard. The fateful killing of that bird ended up being something to … Continue reading One Family, One Holiday, Many Generations of Women

The Anthropology of Motherhood

Book Review for "The Pure Gold Baby" by Margaret Drabble. Anna seemed like a normal baby when she was born to her unwed mother Jess. As she grew, she seemed ultimately happy. She was the type of child who glowed from within. So when Jess realized that Anna wasn't normal, that she'd never learn to … Continue reading The Anthropology of Motherhood

The Many Collective Nouns for Rooks

Book Review of "Bellman & Black" by Diane Setterfield. William Bellman started his life humbly. With a father who abandoned him and his mother, and a grandfather who never approved of them, he still held no bitterness. Then his uncle took him on at the mill and he quickly proved himself to be intelligent and … Continue reading The Many Collective Nouns for Rooks

A Trio of Girls and Their Off-Key Father

Book Review of "Finding Amos" by J.D. Mason, ReShonda Tate Billingsley and Bernice L. McFadden. Amos is the only connection between Cass, Toya and Tomiko. Back in the day, when he was making it in the music scene of Motown and blues, he was very popular with the women. These girls' mothers were among them, … Continue reading A Trio of Girls and Their Off-Key Father

A Life in the Day…

Book Review of "Ostrich" by Matt Greene. Alex is the only one in his primary school allowed to wear non-religious headgear. That's because he's been bald since he had his brain surgery. But that doesn't matter much to Alex, even though it could make him feel - as he calls it - "ostrichsized (which is … Continue reading A Life in the Day…

Come to me, my little pretties!

My Journey from print books to eBooks to getting ARCs! Here in Israel, where English is maybe the third, if not the fourth language of the country, bookstores don't leave much room for English titles on their shelves. Those they do stock are more often than not fan-fiction, and what I call best-seller pulp (Danielle … Continue reading Come to me, my little pretties!