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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
2018-01-24 13:00
This novel struck me as a cross between Moby Dick and The Revenant.  Patrick Sumner is a surgeon whose dishonorable turn with the English army in India has left him unable to find a job… Read More
2018-01-17 13:00
Captain Jefferson Kidd is over seventy years old and travels post-Civil War Texas reading news articles to small-town residents willing to spend a dime to hear him.  He’s bored an… Read More
2018-01-16 03:06
Jeanine Stoddard is a daddy’s girl, but her father has a drinking problem, then a gambling problem, and finally a statutory rape problem.  He moves his family all over Texas, chas… Read More
2018-01-10 13:30
Again, we have a story that deserves to be told, but I did not care for the manner in which it was told.  This novel is multi-generational in the extreme, and each character gets basica… Read More

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