The Grammarians by Cathleen Schine

The Grammarians by Cathleen Schine

Language mavens, read and forwynsumian. Ah, the play of words, the joy of vocabulary! Not only are Laurel and Daphne red-headed identical twins, they are named for the same Greek myth. They love the power and mastery of grammar and each other. The twins are surrounded by family and friends who are amazingly tolerant of […]


The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black

The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black

When Jude, the mortal Queen of Faerie, offers Grima Mog, a warrior cannibal, the position of Grand General, Mog responds, “Me? But…I tried to kill you.” Jude responds, “You’ve described pretty much every important relationship in my life.” That exchange clearly sums up the danger and intrigue that run through this exciting series. Double crosses, […]


Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett

Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett

Neil Gaiman wrote the scary parts and Terry Pratchett wrote the funny bits but the scary parts are funny and the funny bits are a little scary. Armageddon has arrived and it’s up to Crowley, a demon who has a particular fondness for the world, and Aziraphale, an angel who wants everyone to be nice, […]


Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams

Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams

Give yourself a treat and listen to this book! The reader, Shvorne Marks, makes you hang on every word-the funny, the silly, the sad and the true. Queenie is a 25 year old Jamaican-Brit who is careening wildly through her life, making one bad decision after another. Her friends, the Corgis, act like a Greek […]


The Altruists by Andrew Ridker

The Altruists by Andrew Ridker

Sardonically titled, the only true altruist dies in the beginning, setting her husband and two adult children spiraling downward. Each is in crisis, searching for how to live. All are blind to themselves but quick to point out hypocrisy and self-indulgence in others. It makes for challenging relationships. Written with mocking humor, we watch the […]


Good Riddance by Elinor Lipman

Good Riddance by Elinor Lipman

Not all lead characters in Elinor Lipman novels are charming, some you want to strangle, but the way in the which they complicate their lives makes for a good time. Daphne, recently divorced, is floundering. She decides to clean out her apartment of that which does not give her joy, including the small town high […]



The River Bank by Kij Johnson (A sequel to The Wind in the Willows)

The River Bank by Kij Johnson (A sequel to The Wind in the Willows)

Are you a The Wind in the Willows fan? Here at long last is a worthy sequel seemingly written by Kenneth Graham himself after being gently enlightened about women and privilege. The River Bank is incredibly funny yet full of detailed delight in nature as well as an exciting kidnapping for ransom. It does not require […]


I’m Just No Good at Rhyming by Chris Harris

I’m Just No Good at Rhyming by Chris Harris

This is one of those gems of a kid’s book that adults will love. It’s packed with clever stuff that your 6-year old will get on one level and you will laugh at on another. It’s a perfect tool to teach the future generation the joys of irony, satire, parody, and what I call slightly […]


Kathy Griffin’s Celebrity Run-Ins by Kathy Griffin

Kathy Griffin’s Celebrity Run-Ins by Kathy Griffin

I absolutely love Kathy Griffin. For those unfamiliar with her comedic style, Griffin has made a name for herself dishing on and making fun of celebrities.  Now, in KATHY GRIFFIN’S CELEBRITY RUN-INS, she compiles an encyclopedia style index of some of her best celebrity encounters. Who knew she was BFF with Cher? Or that Donald […]