Blog Tour: Chinese-ish, Rosheen Kaul and Joanna Hu

Book Review: Chinese-ish: Home Cooking Not Quite Authentic 100% Delicious, Rosheen Kaul and Joanna Hu Nonfiction: Chinese-ish: Home Cooking Not Quite Authentic 100% Delicious, Rosheen Kaul and Joanna Hu   The best cookbooks not only give us terrific tasting recipes, but also share a window into the cultural world of the author.  Rosheen Kaul and […]

Blog Tour: Sherpa, Pradeep Bashyal and Ankit Babu Adhikari 

Book Review: Sherpa, Pradeep Bashyal and Ankit Babu Adhikari    Nonfiction: Sherpa, Pradeep Bashyal and Ankit Babu Adhikari  Blog Tour August 8, 2022   Sometimes I play a mental game with myself as I’m reading a book. It has different parameters based on the type of book. For some it’s, “Who would play what role […]

Book Review: Owls of the Eastern Ice, Jonathan C. Slaght

Book Review: Owls of the Eastern Ice: A Quest to Find and Save the World’s Largest Owl, Jonathan C. Slaght   Nonfiction/Science: Owls of the Eastern Ice: A Quest to Find and Save the World’s Largest Owl, Jonathan C. Slaght   I might have been vaguely aware of the existence of “fishing owls” before reading this book, […]

Book Review: A Taste for Poison, Neil Bradbury

Book Review: A Taste for Poison: Eleven Deadly Molecules and the Killers Who Used Them,  Neil Bradbury   Nonfiction/Science: A Taste for Poison: Eleven Deadly Molecules and the Killers Who Used Them, Neil Bradbury   Readers and writers often joke about the dangerous Google search history of thriller writers. Explosives, armaments, far off places, creative […]

Book Review: A Clouded Leopard in the Middle of the Road, Darryl Jones

Book Review: A Clouded Leopard in the Middle of the Road, Darryl Jones   Nonfiction: A Clouded Leopard in the Middle of the Road, Darryl Jones   When our youngest son started driving on his own he experienced something all too familiar to residents of central Pennsylvania–indeed, residents throughout much of the US and other […]

Book Review: The Betrayal of Anne Frank, Rosemary Sullivan

Book Review: The Betrayal of Anne Frank: A Cold Case Investigation, Rosemary Sullivan   Nonfiction/History: The Betrayal of Anne Frank: A Cold Case Investigation, Rosemary Sullivan   The mystery of the Frank family’s betrayal has puzzled historians for decades. The story itself is quite well known. The Frank family, a Jewish family in Amsterdam during […]

Book Review: Madwoman, Shara McCallum

Book Review: Madwoman, Shara McCallum   Poetry Collection: Madwoman, Shara McCallum   Shara McCallum is a professor at Penn State University. Named as the university’s 2021-2022 school year “Laureate,” she has been working diligently to raise awareness and appreciation for poetry in our community and our state. Her weekly feature on WPSU radio, Poetry Moment, […]

Book Review: A Brief History of the Earth, Andrew H. Knoll

Book Review: A Brief History of the Earth: Four Billion Years in Eight Chapters, Andrew H. Knoll   Nonfiction: A Brief History of the Earth: Four Billion Years in Eight Chapters, Andrew H. Knoll   The subtitle of A Brief History of Earth is, I think, a wink and a chuckle at the hubris involved […]

Book Review: Braiding Sweetgrass, Robin Wall Kimmerer

Book Review: Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants, Robin Wall Kimmerer   Nonfiction: Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants, Robin Wall Kimmerer: Centre County (PA) Reads book for 2022   I have seen many reviews of this book that talk about the Native American traditions author […]