A Legacy of Spies by John Le Carre

A Legacy of Spies by John Le Carre

John Le Carre delivers again. Even at age 80+ he hasn’t lost his skill as a writer or storyteller, and his understanding of human nature and ability to explore moral issues has not waned. The story centers around retired spy Peter Guillam who is called to account for the deaths of two assets as well […]


Insecure: Season One

Insecure: Season One

FINALLY!  This is the show I was wanting/expecting when I started watching Girls, but never got.  As inaccessible, ludicrous, pretentious, and unbelievable as that show was, this one is relatable, the lead character charismatic, and the episodes/encounters down to earth.  Stuck in a job she could be great at, if she were passionate enough, and […]


Mistress of the Art of Death by Ariana Franklin

Mistress of the Art of Death by Ariana Franklin

A medieval murder mystery, set in England during the reign of Henry II. After several children are murdered in Cambridge, the town blames the Jewish community, and Henry sends for a medical examiner from the medical school in Salerno, Italy, to help solve the case and restore order. The fact that the expert they send […]


The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin

The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin

What makes a family? Can love blossom in damaged hearts? In this moving and lyrical story, lonely orchardist William Talmadge discovers two teenage girls hiding out on his land. They are sisters, both pregnant, on the run from a brothel where they were terribly abused. He lets them stay, provides food and shelter, but keeps […]


The Story of a Brief Marriage by Anuk Arudpragasam

The Story of a Brief Marriage by Anuk Arudpragasam

Sad and haunting, this short book tells of a young man, deadened by all he’s lived through during the Sri Lankan Civil War, who starts to feel emotions again when he marries a young woman, also displaced by the war. Dinesh notices everything-how he breathes, how stray body parts seem to be no more than […]


All Systems Red by Martha Wells

All Systems Red by Martha Wells

It may seem strange to say about a book in a series called “The Murderbot Diaries,” but this was just a whole lot of fun! It’s full of classic sci-fi elements like a stranded team on a hostile planet under attack from unknown sources, but tells the tale from the viewpoint of the team’s assigned […]


The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton

The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton

If Agatha Christie and Charles Dickens had a baby, The Luminaries would be it. In southern New Zealand, the gold rush of 1886 is in full swing. Walter Moody, newly arrived from Scotland, walks into a hotel smoking room with twelve men who freeze upon his entry. They are in the process of trying to […]


Testament of Mary by Colm Tóibín

Testament of Mary by Colm Tóibín

Is there anything Meryl Streep can’t do? As Mary, she relates her story of what it was like to be the mother of the man Jesus and what her life was like after the crucifixion. I also don’t think there’s anything Colm Tóibín can’t write about, beautifully. Their Mary is world weary, angry, possessive of […]


A Separation by Katie Kitamura

A Separation by Katie Kitamura

When her mother-in-law calls to demand to know where her son is, she is not satisfied with the vague answer, “I don’t know.” But her son’s wife doesn’t know. She and her philandering husband of five years separated six months earlier with a demand from him not to tell anyone until later. They’ve had no […]


The Girl With All The Gifts by Mike Carey

The Girl With All The Gifts by Mike Carey

This is the expanded version of a short story called “Iphigenia in Aulis” that Mike Carey wrote for a collection of horror stories set in schools (An Apple For The Creature). To describe the premise beyond that would spoil the story for you, so I will just say that it is beautifully written and has […]