October 13, 2021 My father passed away on September 13th. He was 94. His death has hit me differently than my mom's did. She had health issues and he did not - just "A.G.E. syndrome" as my mother-in-law says. He died naturally at home, my brother and sister-in-law by his side. It was time but … Continue reading RIP R.R.
James McBride is a national treasure. I savored his 2020 book Deacon King Kong over the last month or so, stretching out the pleasure by only reading it on my lunch breaks at work. So worth it. McBride isn't just a talented writer, he has a gift for bridging the humorous, the heartfelt, and the … Continue reading Deacon King Kong
Early Morning Riser is a story about family - the one you're born into and the one you find. Katherine Heiny published this charismatic novel in 2021 and it might be the bright spot of joy you need right now. I think it would appeal to any adult, any gender. The heroine of the story, … Continue reading Early Morning Riser
I think I just read my favorite book of the year. A Gentleman in Moscow deserves all the praise, acclaim and awards it has received and more. It's wonderful, playful, charming, delightful...an absolute savory treat of a novel. Written in 2016 by Amor Towles, virtually all of it takes place in the Metropol Hotel in … Continue reading Simply Spectacular
I'm reading two books at once. This isn't my usual preference, but I have one at the office and the other at home and so far it's working out. I've been back at work full time for a few weeks and that means forced one hour lunch breaks again. I know the value of breaks … Continue reading Two books plus one
"You should have known" - is there a more irritating phrase for someone to tell you, or worse, to tell yourself? Jean Hanff Korelitz is the author of the 2014 book You Should Have Known, and if she sounds familiar she wrote of one of this summer's hottest books, The Plot. I saw an ad … Continue reading Should’ve Known Better
Well, I did it. I finally listened to an audiobook. I liked it so much I immediately cruised through two more in the same series. I think these worked for me because of the way that author C.J. Box writes. He’s a straight-shooter writing straightforward stories. It’s fun having someone read you a story! But … Continue reading Tell me a story