Their Pens’ Might…

Book Review for "The Last Word" by Hanif Kureishi. Hired to write the biography of the distinguished but aging writer, Mamoon Azam, Harry Johnson is in not only awe, but also excited and a little overwhelmed. Mamoon's reputation precedes him with rumors of his caustic personality, monumental intelligence, and a charisma that entrapped women throughout … Continue reading Their Pens’ Might…

Trying Youth

Book Review of "Campari for Breakfast" by Sara Crowe. Sue Bowl has been through a lot more in life than most 17-year-olds have. Her mother, Buddleia, committed suicide, and not long after that, her father took up with another woman. Buddleia's sister, Aunt Coral, was still mourning the loss of their father when Buddleia took … Continue reading Trying Youth

"The Wednesday Sisters" Sequel Story

Book Review of "The Wednesday Daughters" by Meg Waite Clayton. Ally, Hope's mother, has died. Not long before her death, she made several visits the Lake District in England, researching a biography of Beatrix Potter. Hope, together with Anna Page and Julie are going to Ally's cottage to pack up her things and say goodbye. … Continue reading "The Wednesday Sisters" Sequel Story

When Souls Collide

Book Review of "The History of Love" by Nicole Krauss. Alma Singer is almost 15 years old. She was named after every girl in a book called "The History of Love." Alma believes that she can find the real Alma from the book. She doesn't know is who Leo Gursky is, that he was the … Continue reading When Souls Collide

Stories that reveal much but say little

Book Review for "White Tiger on Snow Mountain: Stories" 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 … Continue reading Stories that reveal much but say little

Cauliflower Gratin vs. Trout Amandine

Book Review for 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 … Continue reading Cauliflower Gratin vs. Trout Amandine

Get Roped into this Story

Book Review of "The Shipping News" by Annie Proulx. This is the story about a man called Quoyle. That's an unusual name; it means "a coil of rope." Already with the naming of this character, author Annie Proulx suggests his life is a tangled one. As the book opens, we read: "Here is an account … Continue reading Get Roped into this Story

Flying into the Clouds of Her History

Book Review of "The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion" by Fanny Flagg. Mrs. Earl Poole Jr., better known as Sookie, is almost 60 and still can't get out from under her overpowering, and mentally unstable mother, Lenore Simmons Krackenberry. Lenore's rich Simmons background and standing in the community is in a league of its own, … Continue reading Flying into the Clouds of Her History

Is Chick-Lit getting a Bum Rap?

First Impressions   Let's face it, the moment we hear the term chick-lit our minds immediately go directly to those cheap books our mothers (or at least my mother) used to buy from the supermarket. You know the ones; they have very distinctive covers. Mostly you'll see a man's bare, upper body, rippled with muscles, Continue reading Is Chick-Lit getting a Bum Rap?

On Genre Preferences and Reviewing Books

Can a reviewer do justice to a book in a genre they don't usually read? I recently found out that a good friend of mine is finally getting a book published. Since I've had the pleasure of reading and reviewing books by several friends, my immediate reaction was to ask her if I could get … Continue reading On Genre Preferences and Reviewing Books