This book was written by Carol Shields. In the story, Reta Winters, a translator and writer, struggles to come to grips with her older daughter’s disappear-ance. The daughter turns up on a street corner mute and wearing a sign reading “goodness.” Reta sets about trying to find out what has happened in her daughter’s once-promising […]


I was saving a special book to read on the long bus trip South to Sarasota this winter. Unfortunately, once I started the book I couldn’t/didn’t stop reading until I finished it! The book is Beneath a Scarlet Sky by Mark Sullivan. The saga is based on the true story of a young Italian man’s […]


Following is a list of books I’ve read in the past several months. I’m using the five-star system to show how much I liked each one – five being the highest rating. ****Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See. This book was my favorite of all I had read at the time. I liked […]


My daughter and I give books for Christmas. In fact, one year we gave each other the same one! Listed below are the ones she gave me this year. Untamed by Will Harlan. It’s about the wildest woman in America and the fight for Cumberland Island. Alice Paul: Claiming Power by J.D. Zahniser and Amelia […]


I went with seven others from my church and saw “Wonderful Day in the Neigh-borhood” with Tom Hanks. I highly recommend the movie. Tom Hanks did a superb job.  (The movie was better than I expected.) Recently, I also saw “Harriet Tubman.” It was great as well but difficult to watch at times.  An amazing woman! […]


I recently finished reading such an interesting book called The Rosie Project. It’s by Graeme Simsion. The story’s narrator has some kind of disorder. The book is hilarious. At first, I thought the disorder was Obsessive Compulsive Disorder but later thought it had a sprinkling of other disorders such as some aspects of Asperger’s. The main […]


I read a great deal. Editor Frances asked me for a list of books I could recommend. I chose three. Heaven Is Real by Todd Burpo. This is the story of the author’s three-year-old son who died and went to heaven, then returned to describe it to his parents. One Good Thing by Kevin Alan […]


Recently, I finished the second “River of Life” book in the Secrets of Wayfarer’ Inn Series. Like the other, it takes place in Marietta, Ohio during the 1800s. Different authors are writing about the same three women and all the stories have the same setting which is quite interesting. Something that delights me is the […]


I found a new-to-me author, Kent Haruf, whose book, Plainsong, I have enjoyed.  The book is appealing as a good story, and very rich in detail.  It has also a Midwestern feel to it, although it is set in rural Colorado.  The book was a National Book Award finalist for 1999.    Plainsong felt like a vision […]


I just joined a book club through the Guideposts magazine. I will receive a book each month by different author. They will be about Marietta, Ohio a town on the Ohio River. I finished a first book in the Family Secrets series, Secrets of Wayfarers Inn. It is historical fiction set in the present but […]