READERS’ CORNER

After reading several books by some of my favorite authors of crime fiction (H. Coben, D. Baldacci and M. Connelly), I chose a different genre and read The Fifth of July by Kelly Simmons. It was a great change of pace and offered both sharply drawn characters and a real sense of location (Nantucket). Two […]

ANOTHER OF MY SISTER’S RECOMMENDATIONS

I enjoyed City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert.  A good author makes all the difference.  I liked reading about Vivian, the main character, who had her first sexual experience at age nineteen. Rather funny. Dottie (Sept.’19) adds, “Now I am reading another by Gilbert: Eat, Pray, Love. It’s about Elizabeth’s life. Rather funny, but sad […]

A NEW SERIES

Recently, I picked up a new book by Anne Perry.  She has started another series with a new character, Elena Standish. The book is set in pre- WW II England. Its title is Death in Focus.  Thought I would give her a look.  Will let you know if I like it or not. Patricia (June […]

MISS JULIA TAKES OVER

The title is the second in this series by Ann B. Ross.   In this story, Miss Julia’s orderly world is turned upside down when Hazel Marie Puckett appears with her nine-year-old son, Little Lloyd. The boy bears a disturbing resemblance to Miss Julia’s late husband. Miss Julia must tackle another disruption when Hazel Marie fails to […]

MISS JULIA SPEAKS HER MIND

This book by Ann B. Ross is the first in a long series about a Southern woman described as the “steeliest of magnolias.” When her husband departed this world, he left Miss Julia two legacies. The first was expected: his quite sizable estate. The second was not only astonishing but scandalous: a nine-year-old illegitimate son […]

A SISTER’S RECOMMENDATION

My sister recommended the book Where the Crawdad’s Sings by Delia Owens. For years, rumors of the “Marsh Girl” haunted Barkley Cove, a sleepy town on the North Carolina coast. Kya is sensitive and intelligent, and she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home. It is a coming-of-age story and […]

THE OTHER EINSTEIN

This book by Marie Benedict follows the life and career of Mileva Maric, who became Mrs. Albert Einstein. A Serbian girl whose father encourages her education, partly because she was born with a limp, and the family believes no one will marry her.         She is accepted at the University of Zurich. She is the […]

STRONG WOMEN

In the May 2019 issue, I mentioned I liked the author Catherine Ryan Hyde. Her main characters are usually strong women. Editor Frances asked for specific titles I liked. I keep a notebook of titles I have read and looked through it with the following results:         I loved these: Allie and Bea; Take Me […]

A NEIGHBOR’S LOAN

This past winter a neighbor loaned me Two Old Women by Velma Wallis. It’s a short book and good story. It is based on an Indian legend passed along for many generations in Alaska. It is a suspenseful, shocking and ultimately inspirational tale of two old women abandoned by their tribe during a winter famine. […]

GREAT ALONE

I finished Great Alone a while ago.  Just loved that book.  It deals with severe alcoholism in the family and the difficulties of living in Alaska. It also touches on the bonding of the people who live there.  The story had a surprising ending that one could not guess.   The author’s emotionally charged words made […]