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
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
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
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)
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.
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. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_McCourtAnnie 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