Sunday Classic – Travels With Charley

Travels With Charley (1962) chronicles John Steinbeck’s road trip from New York to California and back again, with his dog Charley as his travel companion.   I read Charley about ten years ago, and refreshed my memory by reading the Wikipedia article HERE.  In my reading, I learned that Steinbeck seems to have fabricated many…… Continue reading Sunday Classic – Travels With Charley

Five for Friday – 5 * indie books

I am now reviewing books for Reedsy Discovery, a UK-based platform that brings together authors, editors, reviewers, and readers of self-published titles. I’m sure I’ll post more about that later, but to celebrate this new adventure, which I hope will enhance the blog, I am sharing five five-star self-published books from their web site.  Disclaimer:…… Continue reading Five for Friday – 5 * indie books

Five for Friday – Mothers

For brevity, I am not including links; you can Google the titles and authors: The Resurrection of Joan Ashby by Cherise Wolas:  This is about mother, sons, and betrayal if you believe the dust jacket, but really the underlying theme is boundaries – honoring them, protecting them, and destroying them. Reading this book might lead…… Continue reading Five for Friday – Mothers

Sunday Classic – Stones for Ibarra (Harriet Doerr)

I was drawn to Stones for Ibarra by a Wikipedia comparison to One Hundred Years of Solitude1 and a mention of magical realism.  As I read it I had some of the same reactions as when I read Lilac Girls, which I’ll explain shortly. Stones is the story of Sara and Richard Delton and their…… Continue reading Sunday Classic – Stones for Ibarra (Harriet Doerr)

Friday 5: Book to Movie

Many books are made into movies; it’s no revelation. Some of these titles will be reminders to revisit old tales, but maybe one or two may be new to you. First up – the inspiration for this post! As I wandered the internet I learned that James Michener wrote the novel Tales of the South…… Continue reading Friday 5: Book to Movie


I don’t know about you, but I’m finding it hard to focus on anything for long stretches right now. I don’t need to be reading epic novels. I need short reads – light and humorous.  The fantasy and sci fi into which I escaped in the past now hit a little too close to home. …… Continue reading Laugh.

Five over Fifty

Here are five authors who started writing or publishing after age fifty, or who continued their writing careers later into their lives. It’s not too late – ever! Frank McCourt – Angela’s Ashes was published when he was 67 years old. It won a Pulitzer Prize. Proulx – Author of Brokeback Mountain and The…… Continue reading Five over Fifty


Published in November 2019 by SealPress. On October 1, 1991 a baby was born who, twelve days later, would be named Yisroel Avrom Ben Menachem Mendel. Yisroel, who was raised as an ultra-orthodox Hasidic Jew and is a rabbi, is now Abby Chava Stein, a woman. I always take memoir with a grain of salt;…… Continue reading BECOMING EVE: MY JOURNEY FROM ULTRA-ORTHODOX RABBI TO TRANSGENDER WOMAN BY ABBY CHAVA STEIN