War with Doughnuts and Coffee.

Book Review for “The Beantown Girls” by Jane Healey. The year is 1944, and Fiona Denning’s fiancé Danny, has been reported missing in action in Germany. Instead of staying home and worrying, she recruits her two best friends from college to join up with the Red Cross to become “Clubmobile Girls,” handing out coffee and … Continue reading War with Doughnuts and Coffee.

Women’s Wartime Communications

 Book review of "Girls on the Line" a Novel by Aimie K. Runyan.  The women of the US Army’s Signal Corps were known as the “Hello Girls,” and their deployment to France at the end of 1917 was considered both controversial and expedient. When Ruby Wager’s brother is one of the first casualties of the … Continue reading Women’s Wartime Communications

Home Again, Kathleen

Book review of The Kennedy Debutante by Kerri Maher This biographical, historical fiction novel, by debut author Kerri Maher, focuses on the life of Kathleen “Kick” Kennedy, later known as Kathleen Cavendish, the Marchioness of Hartington. Before she became a Marchioness, Kick was the fourth child and second daughter, of Joseph and Rose Kennedy, who … Continue reading Home Again, Kathleen

Reconstructing Music

Book Review of "The Prague Sonata" by Bradford Morrow. The publishers describe this book as follows: In the early days of the new millennium, pages of a weathered original sonata manuscript—the gift of a Czech immigrant living out her final days in Queens—come into the hands of Meta Taverner, a young musicologist whose concert piano … Continue reading Reconstructing Music

Matching Wartime Messages

Book Review of "Last Christmas in Paris" by Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb When the "war to end all wars" began in the summer of 1914, British soldiers were sure that they'd all be home for Christmas. Unfortunately, they didn't know that many of them wouldn't make it to see that Christmas, or the next … Continue reading Matching Wartime Messages

Hallelujah for Vinyl

Book Review of "The Music Shop" by Rachel Joyce Rachel Joyce's newest novel begins with this simple line, "There once was a music shop." No, this isn't a fairy tale; instead, what follows is a complex journey of two people on the backdrop of a soundtrack that’s equally as eclectic as they are. It’s the … Continue reading Hallelujah for Vinyl

A Founding Mother’s Story

Book Review of "I, Eliza Hamilton" by Susan Holloway Scott In order to avoid stating the obvious, I see no reason to start this review with a story synopsis. This is because I believe that even those with only a cursory knowledge of American history will have heard the name Alexander Hamilton, and immediately recognize … Continue reading A Founding Mother’s Story

Elizabethian Fury in a Modern Female

Book Review of "Vinegar Girl" by Anne Tyler. In Anne Tyler's latest book, she takes on the task of modernizing Shakespeare's play "The Taming of the Shrew." To remind you, the original story is a simple one: Baptista has two beautiful daughters, the younger one is the sweet Bianca, and the older one is the … Continue reading Elizabethian Fury in a Modern Female

The Structures of Love

Book Review of "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 … Continue reading The Structures of Love