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

Hitchhiker and Healer

I mentioned elsewhere that I would pop the occasional knitting post in this blog. I have been working on the Hitchhiker (below) while listening to Healer by Carol Wiley Cassella, as narrated by Alyssa Bresnahan. I’m nearly done with the book but thought I would mention a little about it now. Physician Clare lives in…… Continue reading Hitchhiker and Healer

Social distancing. . .

. . . is not as easy as it sounds. I stepped outside for a short while today and looked around my little cul de sac; although there were cars in every driveway, the houses were completely closed up. No kids played outside, no dogs barked. I had intended to check on my next door…… Continue reading Social distancing. . .

The Blue Castle – L.M. Montgomery

I’ve yet to read Anne of Green Gables – I just wasn’t interested; I preferred re-reading Little Women and Jane Eyre. After reading Lucy Maude Montgomery’s The Blue Castle, though, I might just take a look at Anne. The Blue Castle: Valancy Stirling is a young woman in 1920’s Canada who lives firmly under her…… Continue reading The Blue Castle – L.M. Montgomery

Bookish Kids: Free Virtual Storytime for Children

Here’s another resource for you and your kids in the absence of story hour at your local library – stories are read by celebrities. You can choose your video platform (I chose YouTube). If you enjoy it, share it with your friends! Start with The Rainbow Fish, which is just over six minutes long…… Continue reading Bookish Kids: Free Virtual Storytime for Children

Free Book Monday March 16, 2020 – two for one!

Our Mr. Wrenn, the Romantic Adventures of a Gentle Man by Sinclair Lewis This ebook is free on Amazon (see link). Full disclosure; I have not read this. However, I have read some of Lewis’ better-known works, and I can tell you his prose style is straightforward and engaging. His characters ring true for their…… Continue reading Free Book Monday March 16, 2020 – two for one!

The library is always open!

Many of us are at home right now, and most likely we aren’t going anywhere. We probably aren’t going to the library, both because we are practicing social distancing and because THE LIBRARIES ARE CLOSED. What is happening? (OK, I’m only a little serious here. Not all libraries are closed – but some are, and…… Continue reading The library is always open!

The Genevieve Driscoll Reading List

Cover page for my grandmother’s reading list My grandmother, Genevieve O’Connor Driscoll, was a reader’s reader. As the end of her life drew closer, working around significant vision loss due to macular degeneration, she read with laser focus for as long as she could. Genevieve was an eclectic reader, enthusiastic discusser of books – both…… Continue reading The Genevieve Driscoll Reading List

A Wrinkle in Time – Madeleine L’Engle

“It was a dark and stormy night.” I have an affinity for nearly all sub-genres of midcentury fiction, but my favorite author for that time period is Madeleine L’Engle – and my favorite L’Engle book is A Wrinkle in Time. This post is as much a love letter to the author and her characters, as…… Continue reading A Wrinkle in Time – Madeleine L’Engle

Everything written or spoken by David Sedaris

This man is one of a very few authors whose books I will purchase without batting an eye. He is great to read in print, and I will always buy the print versions of his books – but his self-narrated audio books are priceless. I first listened to Sedaris when, as a bookseller, I got…… Continue reading Everything written or spoken by David Sedaris