Goodbye, Vitamin by Rachel Khong is one of my favorite books of 2017. It’s a novel that is made all the more impressive by considering that it is the author’s debut. It is a witty, poignant examination of what happens when things are falling apart and how to find your footing as you’re working your way through it. Continue reading “Goodbye, Vitamin by Rachel Khong: a Book Review”
The Rules of Magic, by Alice Hoffman is a novel about love, the ties of family, loss, identity and fate. This novel powerfully conjures the condition of the human heart with all of its’ joy, longing, and agony. The three Owens children, Franny, Jet, and Vincent, are on a journey to discover who they are. Along the way they un-earth a few family secrets and cover up a few of their own. The Rules of Magic is a powerful, heart-breaking novel that renders a dazzling portrait of the Owens family and their spellbinding traditions. Continue reading “The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman: a Book Review”
We Shall Not All Sleep by Estep Nagy is a haunting novel of betrayal, scheming, familial ties, and manipulation. The novel takes place over a highly charged three day period during the summer of 1964. Events unfold in the novel following Hannah’s untimely death, and after Jim Hillsinger has been ousted from the CIA on the suspicion that he has committed treason. Set against the backdrop of the escalating Soviet threat, this novel is rife with secrets, scandals, and revenge. Continue reading “We Shall Not All Sleep by Estep Nagy”
In anticipation of the upcoming release of Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman, I decided to read Practical Magic, the inspiration for the 1998 movie of the same title. While I, like so many others, adore the movie, I had never read the book. Although the cast of characters largely remains the same (the movie just forgets to mention a couple of them,) and the general story line is basically the same, the book is very different. It almost has a different “feel” to it, and as readers we receive more thorough portraits of each character that the film doesn’t necessarily offer. Continue reading “Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman”
September is my birth month, and as such it is my second favorite month of the year, my absolute favorite month being October. Duh. Because, Halloween. Feel free to disagree, feel free to be liberal with the application of your “basic’ label (a label I resent, and find dull. Who gets to decide what is ‘basic?’ How is a fondness for Autumn considered basic, when say enthusiasm for Summer, baseball, and the Fourth of July is not? Are not just as many people fond of the latter series of items as there are people fond of Autumn, Pumpkin Spice Lattes and Hocus Pocus? And lastly, WHY do your preferences denote that you are ‘basic?’ This just seems like a lazy, and tired attempt for one sect of the female population to feel superior to the other. Similar to the expression “real women have curves,” which I also hate.) BUT, is there a more pleasant sensation than crisp autumn air, and crunching through fallen leaves. Of course there isn’t.
So, here is a list of books I read and movies I watched during the month of September to usher in the hap-happiest season of all (if you thought it was Christmas, you’re wrong.) Continue reading “Month in Review: September 2017”
The Child Finder is the story of a woman, Naomi, whose life calling is to locate missing children. Known simply as the Child Finder, Naomi works as a private investigator with word of her uncanny ability traveling from person to person. Like the children she is hired to find, Naomi was abducted in her childhood. As an adult she has no recollection of the events that transpired while being held captive. Her mind has blocked the trauma and she only has memory of being found by a group of migrant workers after she escaped. She remembers them driving her to the Sherriff’s office, she remembers being deposited with her kindly foster mother, and she remembers meeting her foster brother Jerome. Perpetually haunted by nightmares, Naomi is terrified of her past catching up with her, but has made it her life’s mission to save and help children like her. Continue reading “The Child Finder: a Book Review”
I am pleased-as-punch to share with you, readers, my review of a collection of short stories written by a former co-worker of mine. A little more than two years ago, I found myself in the employ of one of Lexington’s much beloved local book stores, Joseph Beth Booksellers. During my time there, I was introduced to Christopher Rowe. Christopher is a talented writer (who as it happens, is married to another talented writer, Gwenda Bond) and his collection Telling the Map was released in July of this year. Continue reading “Telling the Map: a Collection of Short Stories by Christopher Rowe”