My oldest son left for college this month. It has been a huge change for our family, and even as we’re all adjusting well, my own coping strategy has been to read Robert Crais novels the way I stress-eat carbs: by the fistful, late at night, one after another. Robert Crais writes a series of books about…… Continue reading How reading is an emotional thermometer
I read Fish in a Tree on my daughter’s recommendation. It’s the story of a seventh grader who has dyslexia. Ally is a great storyteller, and her keen observations paint the difficulty and pain of living in a world of readers when you’re not one. Ally’s world consists of classroom politics and the burden of…… Continue reading Fish in a Tree by Linda Mullaly Hunt
I was invited to speak in a book club last week. (Well, I was invited earlier, but went last week.) What a fun day! In fact, it was so good I forgot to take a photo. It was a group of eight women: teachers and nurses and moms and pastors, mostly retired. As book clubs…… Continue reading Book Club thoughts
Steve Sheinkin has done it again. His book on Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon papers is a great story, and a timely one. While he writes for a younger audience, there is nothing simple or simplified about the content or writing of this book, and I tore through it as if I’d never heard of…… Continue reading Most Dangerous by Steve Sheinkin
All Those Explosions Were Someone Else’s Fault was an hilarious read with a complicated protagonist who happens to turn into a superhero. Garner manages to work his way through all the superhero tropes in one book, while crafting a fast-paced story full of science and pseudo-science and alternate reality. My one criticism of the book (if you…… Continue reading All Those Explosions Were Someone Else’s Fault by James Alan Gardner
It’s the summer of 1969. You know: the Apollo 11 expedition to put a man on the moon. Tang. Women’s Lib. The summer Mamie’s family falls apart. I picked up I Love You, Michael Collins expecting a book about the space program, but it is instead a beautiful story about family and persistent and courage. Mamie…… Continue reading I Love You, Michael Collins by Lauren Baratz-Logsted
My first novel, The Match, is free on kindle from now through June 5. Now is the perfect time to add it to your library. Thanks for spreading the word!