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David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas

Sometimes I’m very late to the party. There’s little to do in those cases, but make my apologies as I make my entrance. That’s the situation I find myself in, now, endeavoring to review David Mitchell’s excellent and award-winning novel, Cloud Atlas, more than ten years after its release. I’m…

Celebrating Banned Books Week

Banned Books Week, 2015 runs from September 27 through October 3, 2015. The American Library Association describes it like this: Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to…

Stephen King, Finders Keepers

Cover of Stephen King's Finders Keepers showing an open book with blood raining down in front of it

Stephen King’s summer release, Finders Keepers, picks up the saga of retired police detective (“Det Ret”) Bill Hodges, a story King began in his previous novel, Mr. Mercedes. Although it’s book two of a planned Bill Hodges Trilogy, Finders Keepers doesn’t suffer from any of the usual middle-of-a-trilogy weaknesses. The novel stands…

Better Homes and Gardens New Cookbook

One of my earliest kitchen memories is my mom — who is a truly excellent cook — sending me to fetch her “Red and white checkered cookbook.” It was easy to find for a little kid who didn’t read yet, because it was exactly as described: A big three-ring binder…

Gillian Flynn, Gone Girl

Gone Girl cover image

A marriage is a foreign country to the people outside of it, and like a foreign country, a marriage has a language all its own. Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn, tells the story of a marriage gone horribly awry. I’m not going to worry about spoilers in this review, since the book has been…

Cynthia Swanson, The Bookseller

Set in Denver in the early 1960s, Cynthia Swanson’s The Bookseller pulls us directly and immediately into the world of Kitty Miller. Kitty (never her stuffy given name, Katharyn) is single and 40ish. She lives alone with her cat, loves her parents, owns half of a failing bookstore, and has stopped wondering…

Ursula K. Le Guin, Finding My Elegy

Cover of Ursula Le Guin's Finding My Elege, showing landscape and sunset

I have to confess, I’ve stalled writing this review because I don’t want to think about reading any elegies for Ursula Le Guin. Ive been reading and treasuring her books and essays and poems since I was child growing up in the 70s in a single-wide trailer on the wind-scoured…

Saving the mice at Leicestershire

Even mice need a helping hand now and then.

Elizabeth Warren Interview

Well worth the time to watch both parts: The Daily Show with Jon StewartGet More: Daily Show Full Episodes,Political Humor & Satire Blog,The Daily Show on Facebook And part 2: The Daily ShowGet More: Daily Show Full Episodes,Political Humor & Satire Blog,The Daily Show on Facebook

SOPA on hold, PROTECT IP still pending

I’m a registered Democrat. I vote, I canvass, I caucus. As a Website owner and as an American, I’m dismayed by Congressional attempts to censor the internet. I’m appalled and chilled that we have a former Senator who publicly asserts that the U.S. should take a lesson from China to…

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