Not My Father’s Son

Not My Father’s Son

25 November, 2014 Nonfiction 0 ★★★★★

Many of us know actor Alan Cumming for his uncanny ability to morph into different people onstage (Cabaret), screen (X-Men 2) and TV (The Good Wife); however his ability to to act — his livelihood — his ability to transform — was born out of a need to protect himself… Read more »

Books To Be Thankful For!

Books To Be Thankful For!

24 November, 2014 Top 10 Lists 0

With Thanksgiving upon us and the days getting colder, I can’t think of a better way to keep my little ones busy than by snuggling up with some good books.  So let’s give thanks to some picture books and early reader books! Early Readers   Magic Tree House #27: Thanksgiving… Read more »

Some Luck

Some Luck

20 November, 2014 Historical Fiction 3 ★★★★½

Jane Smiley’s latest book, Some Luck, is the first installment in a trilogy that will cover 100 years of American history one chapter at a time.  Ambitious?  Most definitely.  Epic in scope?  Yes.  But despite the fact that Some Luck covers the years 1920 to 1953, Smiley infuses a feeling… Read more »

Alice + Freda Forever

Alice + Freda Forever

17 November, 2014 Nonfiction 2 ★★★★½

In 1892, a woman–a teenage girl– stood on trial for murdering another teenage girl, and it was considered the most scandalous murder trial of the year and of the 19th century.  Ironically it wasn’t the crime that was perceived scandalous or stunning.  No, it was the illicit love affair between… Read more »

My Life as a Foreign Country

My Life as a Foreign Country

11 November, 2014 Nonfiction 1 ★★★★★

 War, service to our country, patriotism flow through Brian Turner’s blood.  It’s imbedded in his DNA.  His father served during the Cold War; his uncle fought in Vietnam; his grandfather in World War II and his great-grandfather fought in War War I.  Four wars.  Four men.  Brian Turner was destined… Read more »

Thrown

Thrown

7 November, 2014 Nonfiction 2 ★★★★★

Kerry Howley’s book Thrown is not the typical book I gravitate towards but something about the story of an unhappy graduate student who becomes entranced with the subculture of mixed martial arts (MMA) “cage” fighting pulled me in.   All I can say is drop everything and pick up this… Read more »

The Fragile World

The Fragile World

5 November, 2014 Women's Fiction 2 ★★★★

As a parent you quickly realize that no good news comes at night.  A late night phone call immediately signals an emergency–real or imagined.  The Fragile World by Paula Treick DeBoard explores every parent’s worst nightmare.  That late night phone call which reveals that your life — the landscape of… Read more »

Love Letters to the Dead

Love Letters to the Dead

3 November, 2014 Young Adult 0 ★★★½

Love Letters to the Dead tells the story of a young high schooler that struggles with the recent death of her sister. Her sister’s death was complicated, leaving Laurel with feelings of anger and resentment. Battling personal traumas, Laurel enrolls in a new school in order to move on and… Read more »