Book Reviews

BOOK REVIEW: Love and Ruin by Paula McLain — July 2018

BOOK REVIEW: Love and Ruin by Paula McLain  — July 2018

This book brings alive (as does Jane’s review) not only the complexity of Martha Gellhorn’s relationship with Hemingway, but the incredible life and career she lived on her own.

BOOK REVIEW: The Late Show by Michael Connelly — May 2018

BOOK REVIEW: The Late Show by Michael Connelly — May 2018

“Roger that” – the first words spoken by Michael Connelly’s new detective heroine, Renee Ballard, tell you what you can expect: a woman of few words, one of the boys, ………………………

BOOK REVIEW: A Little Life by Hanya Yanigihara — April 2018

BOOK REVIEW: A Little Life by Hanya Yanigihara  — April 2018

Hanya Yanagihara’s novel A Little Life (2015) is a masterwork in the realist tradition of American writing, showing what can still be done that is new and inspiring more than a century after Mark Twain, Edith Wharton, and Henry James. ……………………………………

BOOK REVIEW: Torch by Cheryl Strayed – March 2018

BOOK REVIEW:  Torch by Cheryl Strayed  - March 2018

Reviewer …the story is not a downer. What it is, is real. Its fidelity to the way things actually are and to what people actually feel is inspiring.”

BOOK REVIEW: Pachinko by Jin Min Lee – January 2018

BOOK REVIEW:  Pachinko by Jin Min Lee - January 2018

Lee secures our attention and keeps it on a tight leash throughout. Her characters are complex, sympathetic, and highly individuated.

BOOK REVIEW: Fortunes of War :The Balkan Trilogy by Olivia Manning – December 2017

BOOK REVIEW:  Fortunes of War :The Balkan Trilogy by Olivia Manning - December 2017

Our guest reviewers recommend The Balkan Trilogy as a compelling story and a look into troubled Europe in the late 1930s