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October 6, 2019

Texas author and Spur Award Winner Elizabeth Crook brings home another winner with her historical fiction in "The Which Way Tree." It's the funniest and most horrific book I've ever read. The horrific parts aren't funny, but the way they are told and reflected upon are...

April 12, 2019

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni--a mouthful of a name to remember for this Texan, but well worth the effort when searching for her many books.

"Queen of Dreams" and "Before We Visit the Goddess" are two I've read recently. Both possess an inherent awareness of the spiri...

January 18, 2019

I've buried my head in some wonderful books in the past year--The Funeral Dress by Susan Gregg Gilmore, The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow by Rita Leganski, Holy Ghost Girl (memoir) by Donna Johnson, Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate, and The Confidence Game...

August 6, 2018

The central mystery of Iain Pears’ Stone’s Fall concerns how John Stone died. Was the rich and powerful ship-building magnate pushed from the window or was it an accident? And who is the child mentioned in his will—the child he wants found? A web of international finan...

October 18, 2017

Swedish author Frederick Backman was repeatedly rejected in his attempt to publish his novel, A Man Called Ove. One publisher told him his writing had “potential” but that they saw no commercial potential to the novel. So much for opinions. It’s been adapted to stage a...

June 15, 2017

Count Alexander Ilyich Rostov, saved from being shot after the Russian Revolution because a poem attributed to him expressed the People's views, is sentenced to lifetime house arrest in the Hotel Metropol. The grand hotel sits on Moscow's Theater Square, near the Bolsh...

February 6, 2017

Nelson DeMille’s The Gold Coast, a bestseller from 1990, is a lasting classic. Author of crime series thrillers and a host of other works, DeMille adds in a recent introduction that Gold Coast has been compared to The Great Gatsby. I found the comparison right on, and...

February 2, 2017

A.J. Fikry is a misanthrope, a misfit, a learned man of books whose irascibility would drive his customers at Island Bookstore elsewhere were it not for the fact that he is the only bookseller on his touristy island--Alice Island, off of Hyannis Port. He had become mor...

January 8, 2017

I read this book by a fellow West Texas lady, F.C. Pearce, between bouts of cooking for all my beloved Christmas company. It wasn't about Christmas, of course, but it helped me stay in the spirit of the season by reminding me of what's really important: Inner peace, ev...

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