BECOMING EVE: MY JOURNEY FROM ULTRA-ORTHODOX RABBI TO TRANSGENDER WOMAN BY ABBY CHAVA STEIN

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

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

Window on the Bay – Debbie Macomber

Format: Hardcover, from my lovely local libraryPublisher: Ballantine Books, July 2019 Debbie Macomber is the queen of traditional women's fiction. She writes clean romance novels - a lot of them. This story is no exception to her usual formula, and the ending is happy (no spoiler there; all of her books have happy endings). As … Continue reading Window on the Bay – Debbie Macomber

The Institute – Stephen King

Author Stephen KingNarrator Santino FontanaFormat: AudioSource: My lovely local library Disclaimer: I am a fan of King's first novels, and this review is shaped by my high regard for those first books. It's impossible not to compare them. I listened to the audio version of this book, which was highly marketed in bookstores. It was … Continue reading The Institute – Stephen King

Heft

Author: Liz MooreNarrator: Keith SzarabajkaFormat: AudioSource: AudiblePublisher: Blackstone Audio What a lovely listen. This is the story of a 550-lb recluse named Arthur Opp, his one-time friend turned pen-pal Charlene, and the young Kel Keller. The book has been around awhile, published in 2012. Moore gives distinct voices to each of the three main characters, … Continue reading Heft

Once Upon A River

Format: Audio, from local libraryAuthor: Diane SettlefieldNarrator: Jane StevensonPublisher: Simon & Schuster AudioFinished March 4 2020Source: I checked out the audio version from my lovely local library. This is a book about storytelling - an art that predates the written word. As such, this book, narrated by the excellent Juliet Stevenson, is best experienced in … Continue reading Once Upon A River