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2018-03-21 12:00
I really enjoyed most of this murder mystery that takes place in 1910 Vienna.  It’s full of gypsy lore and superstitions, giving it a sinister flavor that just enhances the rather… Read More
2018-03-14 11:30
This much we know is true:  Henry is a 39-year-old dentist, married to Carol, and his older brother Nathan is a writer.  Everything else is fluid.  In the first section Henry… Read More
2018-03-07 14:00
This novel may be more suited to young readers, but I couldn’t resist the story of an 11-year-old paperboy in 1959 in my hometown of Memphis.  My brother also had a paper route fo… Read More
2018-02-28 12:00
Kavya and Rishi are a young married couple in Berkeley, trying a little too hard to have a child of their own.  They finally opt for adoption.  Soli is a Mexican teenager who, afte… Read More
2018-02-21 13:30
Most of this novel is buildup to John Brown’s historic raid on the Harper’s Ferry armory in 1859.  Some reviewers have made this book sound entertaining, but for me it was a… Read More
2018-02-18 22:58
This memoir is the clear-eyed story of a white woman, Ruth, raising her 12 children, in the projects in Brooklyn.  Both of her husbands were black, but Ruth was raised as an Orthodox Je… Read More
2018-02-14 12:00
Jojo is a 13-year-old boy whose black mother, Leonie, is a druggie and whose white father, Michael, is in prison.  He lives with his grandparents in coastal Mississippi, along with his… Read More
2018-02-07 12:00
Anna Kerrigan is eleven years old in the 1930s when the novel opens.  She is her father’s favorite companion on work-related errands, including one visit to the Manhattan Beach ho… Read More
2018-02-04 22:33
Charlotte Swenson is a former model in her late 30s who now has 80 titanium screws in her face due to a horrific car accident.  She struggles to put her life back together but finds tha… Read More

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