Book Reviews August 2020

The Golden Cup by Belva Plain. This is an old one, published in 1986….I always find it kind of interesting, and a bit depressing, when I read books from what doesn’t seem like so very long ago…when I was a young woman…that show women in a dependent light. This story is about Hennie, a Sephardic […]

Book Reviews July 2020

Light on Snow by Anita Shreve. I’m working my way through the stacks of books passed along by my mother. I like Anita Shreve and this one from 2004 is great. A twelve year old Nicky, who has lost her mother and sister to an auto accident and now lives with her father in a […]

Book Reviews June 2020

Dream When You’re Feeling Blue by Elizabeth Berg. I am a long time fan of Berg, but this one failed to impress me. I had to keep looking up when it was written (2007) because the way that women were portrayed bothered me. The story takes place at the end of WWII, with three sisters […]

More May Book Reviews 2020

So….the Pause is a time to read more books. AND without a lot going on in my life it’s harder to think of things to wax on about. Here are some more books. The Old Success by Martha Grimes. I like her Richard Jury mysteries but this one wasn’t my favorite. The first few chapter […]

May 2020 Book Reviews

The Tenth Muse by Catherine Chung. So, those of you who follow these reviews know by now I’m not a fan of memoir. I almost gave up on this novel because it reads like a memoir….telling instead of showing. This is the story of a woman mathematician and I was dragged through the details of […]

April 2020 Book Reviews

Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah. This is a prolific author that more than one person told me they liked. She is a good writer, but something about this book was sluggish…it intertwines two sisters listening to the “fairy tales” told by their cold, distant mother. As adults, upon the death of their father, they convince […]

Book Reviews March 2020

A Prayer For Travelers by Ruchika Tomar. This author is a Wallace Stegner Fellow (which means she participated in a two year crazy wonderful program at Stanford!) This novel was well written and showed her talent as a writer but it is NOT an easy read…what reviewers call “the complexity of a shifting timeline” means […]

February 2020 Book Reviews

Justice Denied by J.A. Jance. Yep, it was time for a genre detective story. Not sure, but I really need one once in a while (okay, often, I love them!) We’re back in Washington and I did enjoy the fact that detectives J.P. Beaumont and Mel Soames live in an area where a friend of […]

January 2020 Book Reviews

Sarah Canary by Karen Joy Fowler. This is marked as a NYTimes “Notable Book,” which I find is the perfect description. Not an easy or ordinary read, but a very unusual tale of Chin, a Chinese railway worker, BJ, an escaped mental hospital patient, Adelaide Dixon, a doctor and suffragist, and Sarah Canary, a mysterious […]

December 2019 Book Reviews

Almost Missed You by Jessica Strawser. I met this author at a writers conference in New Mexico. I was interested in her book because of the genre it was classified….”domestic fiction” and I was curious about what this really meant. I guess it means fiction about relationships between husband and wife? Not sure. Anyway, this […]