The Gilding of a Lady

Book review of "A Well-Behaved Woman" by Therese Anne Fowler The wealth of the Vanderbilt family was astounding both in their day and by today’s standards, even if one never takes inflation into account. Back in the late 1800s, that should have meant something. However, all it meant was that they had mounds of money, … Continue reading The Gilding of a Lady

Border Life

Book review of All the Rivers by Dorit Rabinyan. Liat is spending time in the New York apartment of friends, while she studies for her translation degree. Hilmi is living in Brooklyn, trying to make it as an artist. Their whirlwind romance would be uneventful except for the fact that Liat is Jewish and comes … Continue reading Border Life

Guest Post: Co-Authors Anne Rothman-Hicks and Kenneth Hicks.

Weave a Murderous Web is a mystery novel by Anne Rothman-Hicks and Kenneth Hicks. In this guest post, they talk about their lives and their books.   We both have a thing about New York City. Anne was born here and she never would have left except that her parents dragged her off to what … Continue reading Guest Post: Co-Authors Anne Rothman-Hicks and Kenneth Hicks.

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

Landscapes of Deception

Book Review for "The Last Painting of Sara de Vos by Dominic Smith. In reality, none of Sarah van Baalbergen's works survived, but Dominic Smith decided to turn the few known facts about her into fiction by renaming her as Sara de Vos and resurrecting her work. Starting out in 17th Century Holland, Smith shows … Continue reading Landscapes of Deception

Gritty New York Stories and Poems

Book Review of "Resident Aliens" by Beth Porter. "Resident Aliens" by Beth Porter is actually a collection of writings. On the menu is a novella, four poems and three short stories, all focusing on New York in the 60s. Before I discuss the various elements of this book, there is a small warning - nothing … Continue reading Gritty New York Stories and Poems

Deliciously Dressed Up Deceptions

Book Review of "Food Whore" by Jessica Tom. Imagine losing your sense of taste. That would be bad enough for anyone, but if you're the top food critic for the New York Times that would be a complete disaster. That's just what happened to Michael Saltz, but then he found Tia Monroe. Fresh out of … Continue reading Deliciously Dressed Up Deceptions

Dangerous Reunions

Book Review for "Run you Down" by Julia Dahl. The sudden death of Pessie Goldin never received any publicity, despite her being a young mother. That's mostly because she's a member of the ultra-orthodox (Haredi) community of Roseville, and they officially declared it an accident. However, her husband Levi is suspicious about the circumstances, and … Continue reading Dangerous Reunions

Beneath the Black Hats and the Wigs

Book Review of "Invisible City" by Julia Dahl. The police just found a naked woman's body in a Brooklyn scrap yard, and that's news. So the paper sends their newest stringer, Rebekah Roberts, to get the story. When she gets there, she finds herself in the midst of the exact same Ultra-Orthodox Jewish community her … Continue reading Beneath the Black Hats and the Wigs

A Job of a Woman

Book Review for "The Puttermesser Papers" by Cynthia Ozick. Ruth Puttermesser is a keenly intelligent woman and a fervent feminist, who by all rights should have been living an exceptionally amazing life. But despite her Ivy League law degree and total dedication, at age 34 she seems stuck with her lack of ambition in an … Continue reading A Job of a Woman