Robin’s March Book Reviews

The Sound of Things Falling by Juan Gabriel Vásquez. A friend recommended a different book, which wasn’t immediately available, so I checked this one out instead. It has been a while since I was so engrossed in a book. I read it in two days (and it is 270 pages). The main character (Antonio Yammara, […]

Marlene’s March Book Reviews

BOOKS: The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro.  In case you thought I wasn’t ever going to come up with a recommend this month, here is one and it is a definite recommend.  Now, it might be a bit uncomfortable reading the story as things are somewhat vague for a good part of the book but one […]

Re-reading my favorites: Jeffrey Eugenides

I am in purge mode. It is in response to the time between New Year’s resolutions and spring house cleaning. One thing I have a lot of is books. Shelves and bags and boxes in every room. Well, not quite every room, but many rooms. Scattered among the books folks have given me to read—some […]

Robin’s February Book Reviews

Then You Came by Jennifer Weiner. Another book from my mother. She really liked this one, but I was not so sold. The topic is somewhat unique: surrogate birth and egg donation. Each chapter is from a different woman’s perspective, so the reader follows Jules, the donor, India, the woman who will get the actual […]

Marlene’s February Book Reviews

Audio Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng.  Whew, this has to be the saddest story I have listened to in years.  It’s not how awful war is or genocide or natural disaster or even terrible diseases.  It’s about a family trying to live day by day and how connections can become so distorted. So […]

Robin’s January Book Reviews

The Near Enough by Michael C. Keith. I bought this book at a writing group meeting when the owner of a small publishing company spoke. Frankly, I didn’t like what he had to say. He was kind of pompous. But that should not reflect on the author of the book he chose to publish. These […]

Marlene’s January Book Reviews

Two books for the American history buffs: The Signers of the Constitution by Robert G. Ferris, James H. Charleton: a short glimpse at the make-up of the 39 personalities that signed the final document of our constitution.  Given the background, loyalties and attitudes, it is indeed a miracle that the document got written let alone signed. Now read Dark Bargain: Slavery, […]

Robin’s December Book Reviews

The Entre Río Trilogy by Perla Suez, translated by Rhonda Dahl Buchanan. I bought this book a while back, somewhere in New Mexico, shrink wrapped so I couldn’t randomly open it and read a bit before a handed over my cash. This is an unusual book. The writing style, which I assume is not due […]

Marlene’s December Book Reviews

Audio The Man from Beijing by Henning Mankell.  Since I have loved his Kurt Wallendar series I was looking forward to this stand alone novel.  It started off with great tension and superb description but I missed the investigative savvy of Wallender in solving the crime. But Mankell knows how to keep his readers glued to […]

Marlene’s November Book Reviews

BOOKS Catching Heaven by Sands Hall.  Intense story of two sisters with their questions about life and how unfair it has been to them.  Oh my, I found myself losing interest as they continued to shoot themselves in the foot.  It’s not fate that lands them in their predicaments but their dumb behavior. Sorry, these women […]