Book Review: There There, Tommy Orange

Book Review: There There, Tommy Orange Fiction: Book Review: There There, Tommy Orange   I have never read anything like There There before, and I am not the same person I was before reading it. There There is breathtaking. Shattering. Compelling. Devastating. Tommy Orange rips into American life with a ferocity built through centuries of oppression. I am […]

Booklist: Beach Reads for Kids, Shared Reading with Children

Booklist: Beach Reads for Kids, Shared Reading with Children Booklist: Beach Reads for Kids, Shared Reading with Children Planning a trip to the beach with your family? Be sure to pack a few of these beach read books for the day. Beach reads are typically those books from your to be read pile that you […]

Quote: One benefit of Summer was that each day we had more light to read by.

Quote: One benefit of Summer was that each day we had more light to read by. Jeannette Walls, The Glass Castle Quote: One benefit of Summer was that each day we had more light to read by. Jeannette Walls, The Glass Castle For summer reads, also see Booklist: Fun Summer Reads Booklist: LOL Books to Laugh Out […]

Book Review: Mutants: On Genetic Variety and the Human Body, Armand Marie Leroi

Book Review: Mutants: On Genetic Variety and the Human Body, Armand Marie Leroi Nonfiction Science: Mutants: On Genetic Variety and the Human Body, Armand Marie Leroi   Mutants is probably not your first choice for a beach read unless you are a geneticist or medical professional. It is a fascinating book. It is educational both for its […]

Book Review: Violent Outbursts, Thaddeus Rutkowski

Book Review: Violent Outbursts, Thaddeus Rutkowski Nonfiction Essay Collection: Violent Outbursts, Thaddeus Rutkowski I love reading authors who live and write in the margins. Don’t get me wrong. I’m down for a Patterson or Baldacci or Grisham any day of the week. But the authors and books that excite me are those that open a new door, […]

Book Review: Border Crossings, Thaddeus Rutkowski

Book Review: Border Crossings, Thaddeus Rutkowski Poetry Collection: Border Crossings, Thaddeus Rutkowski Border crossings are fraught with tension. Some, like India and Pakistan, or the Koreas, have standing armies. One stray move could start a war. Others are peaceful, but full of reminders that you are going from one country to another. Signs in multiple languages, customs […]

Book Review: Storm Shelter, J.L. Delozier

Book Review: Storm Shelter, Persephone Smith series, J.L. Delozier Mystery & Thriller: Storm Shelter, J.L. Delozier Storm Shelter is a prequel novel to J.L. Delozier’s debut thriller, Type and Cross. Protagonist Persephone “Seph” Smith is a psychologist with the V.A. She also gets deployed during emergencies to crisis areas. A pending hurricane sends her from her home […]

Book Series Review: MaddAddam Trilogy, Margaret Atwood

Book Series Review: MaddAddam Trilogy, Margaret Atwood Book Series Review: MaddAddam Trilogy, Margaret Atwood MaddAddam Trilogy: Oryx and Crake, The Year of the Flood, MaddAddam   What can be said about Margaret Atwood that has not already been said? Winner of the Booker Prize, perennial finalist for the Nobel Prize for Literature, author of poetry, fiction, non-fiction. […]

Book Review: The Dispatcher, John Scalzi

Book Review: The Dispatcher, John Scalzi SciFi Mystery: The Dispatcher, John Scalzi   Part fantasy, part science fiction, part mystery, and all Scalzi. The Dispatcher is set in a near future when the rules of death have changed. People no longer die violently. For reasons no one understands, with no warning or preparation, violent death just stopped. […]