The Overstory A powerful novel of environmental concepts. During the decade before I retired, I often taught “Environmental Literature,” a capstone course for graduating seniors.
Grim Honey You do not need an MFA in English to read Jessica Barksdale’s latest collection of poetry, you need only to be among the
The Grande Dame and Hitler’s Twin A Comedy of Errors and more. Sally Patterson Tubach subtitled her novel “A Comedy of Errors.” In truth, The
Facing the Wave, a Journey in the Wake of the Tsunami. Gretel Ehrlich faces the wave directly in her telling of A Journey in the
The Mystery of Mrs. Christie One historical event, two points of view. Marie Benedict’s novel, The Mystery of Mrs. Christie, demonstrates for the reader
The Peacock Emporium Jojo Moyes gives light bending depth to her characters. Sometimes, when reading a novel, I try to envision a single word that
Overground Railroad The Green Book and the Roots of Black Travel in America My selection for Black History Month, 2021, was Candacy Taylor’s Overground Railroad.
Broken Verses, Pakistani thinkers and talkers. Kamila Shamsie’s enigmatic novel, Broken Verses, explores a number of thematic issues that are specific to Pakistan but equally
The Second Home, a Cape Cod cottage claimed by three. Some authors deploy setting almost as an additional character in their novels; Charles Dickens’s London,
The Clockwork Crow, first in a new series by Catherine Fisher. I feel on pretty sure ground when reviewing children’s picture books, but lacking a
Pelosi, a spectacularly successful politician. Molly Ball focuses her reporting on Nancy Pelosi, the politician, rather than Nancy Pelosi, the wife, mother, grandmother, and loyal
All the Light We Cannot See, the 2015 Pulitzer Prize Winner Four years ago I reviewed Anthony Doerr’s Four Seasons in Rome for “Bookin’ with
A Perfect Explanation for a most dytsfunctional family Talk about a dysfunctional family!!! Sybil, Joan and Enid and Douglas, Fagus and Finetta and Ian, stumbling
Sylvie – A graphic memoir and a story for the whole family. I am always a bit wary of reviewing any book, fiction or nonfiction,
A Marriage Out West The Romance of Anthropology. Subtitled “Theresa and Frank Russell’s Explorations in Arizona, 1900-1903,” A Marriage Out West analyzes the Russell’s 1900
The Forgotten Room as remembered by three romance novelists. When three gifted romance writers decide to write a single novel, The Forgotten Room, together, the