Typewriter by Tony Allan

Typewriter by Tony Allan

I loved my IBM Selectric. It was my daily companion for almost 15 years when I was on the advertising staff of the Montgomery Ward Catalog (ancient, pre-Amazon retailing device). It had a distinctive sound and feel, and the a ribbon cartridge that was the devil to change. This book caught my eye because I […]


Did You Ever Have a Family by Bill Clegg

Did You Ever Have a Family by Bill Clegg

The pebble that is dropped in this pond is the explosion of June’s home. June is mother of the bride, Lolly. In the house at the time of the explosion is Lolly, her fiance, her father (June’s ex-husband) and June’s boyfriend. From this disaster, the circles of the affected spread as June, families of the […]


Slade House by David Mitchell

Slade House by David Mitchell

Slade House follows the events at Slade House, a house whose entrance is only openable by a special type of person at very specific times. The book spans from 1970, when a boy and his mother made the unfortunate mistake of visiting the house to meet the mysterious Lady Gray, through the ‘90s, when a […]


My Sunshine Away by M.O. Walsh

My Sunshine Away by M.O. Walsh

“If I knew then what I know now…” is the tone for this compelling mystery of childhood and what we understand now about what we thought we understood then. The teenage narrator tells of his obsession with Lindy, a friend from the neighborhood. Life changes for everyone on the quiet and peaceful Baton Rouge street […]


Gilda Live

Gilda Live

I remember a conversation my dad and I had back when I was in junior high about the classic years of Saturday Night Live. He told me about The Blues Brothers, the Cheeseburger sketches that had their roots in Chicago’s own Billy Goat Tavern, and this funny woman named Gilda Radner who created some of […]


The Club by Lauren Rowe

The Club by Lauren Rowe

Since apparently all male roles in Contemporary Romance novels are now occupied by playboy billionaires with hearts of gold and abs of steel; meet Jonas Faraday.  Jonas’ only goal in life is to get women off and he does so with his somehow magically empathetic package.  He innately knows what women want, so imagine his […]


Doc Martin Series 7

Doc Martin Series 7

Doc Martin fans know that maddeningly quirky, socially challenged Martin Ellingham is probably somewhere on the high-functioning end of the Aspberger’s continuum, and his rudeness and abrupt manner are not entirely his fault. If that weren’t enough, this brilliant London surgeon woke up one day a few years back with an inexplicable aversion (think nasuea, […]


The Detectorists

The Detectorists

I checked out this low-key BBC series as a break from all the gritty crime dramas I’ve been watching. Accustomed to tense, action-packed series, I almost started to doze – nothing much was happening at first, or so I thought. But I was wrong. This quirky story follows two of the most unlikely but endearing […]


The Jewish State by Theodor Herzl

The Jewish State by Theodor Herzl

At age thirty-five, nine years before he died in his native Austro-Hungary, Theodor Herzl published this nationalist manifesto. Though he judged his own arguments “ancient,” the book generated immediate acclaim and controversy.  His last decade was spent traveling from capital to capital to build support. Arguing that Jews possessed a nationality, and that they could […]


The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu

The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu

This best-selling science fiction novel, originally published in Mandarin in 2006 by the popular Chinese author Cixin Liu, has only recently been released in English by Tor Books. Liu writes what can best be described as “hard” sci-fi, meaning his prose is riddled with mathematical equations and terms lifted from physics textbooks.  Though some of the […]