One of the most delightful things about this epistolary novel is that it wasn’t intended to be a novel at all.
*** NOVEL: Death in Profile AUTHOR: Guy Fraser-Sampson YEAR OF PUBLICATION: 2016 *** This is a murder mystery of the police procedural sub-genre. There seems to be a serial killer on the loose in London; five women have been raped and murdered, and the cops are baffled, as well as divided by internal politics and … Continue reading On Our Bookshelves – Death in Profile
From writing jokes for Jay Leno to being the opening act for Stephen Colbert’s “The Late Show,” Mecurio is no stranger to TV or the stand-up world.
*** NOVEL: Dept. of Speculation AUTHOR: Jenny Offill YEAR OF PUBLICATION: 2014 *** This book isn’t a narrative, like most traditional novels. It’s bits and pieces, fragments of writing, some only a sentence long, others several pages. It’s arresting, right away, and starts to coalesce into a story, one that jumps around in time and switches from … Continue reading On Our Bookshelves – Dept. of Speculation – A Book Review
I picked up this paperback, a mystery novel about a dead body found in an English country house, thinking it was going to be a cozy mystery.
This book is nothing if not elegant.
This book is the novelistic equivalent of a romantic comedy. A good one, though: Clueless or Notting Hill or When Harry Met Sally.
*** BOOK: Gift from the Sea AUTHOR: Anne Morrow Lindbergh YEAR OF PUBLICATION: 1955 *** This book is hard to describe without making it sound slight, or trite, but it is neither. It’s widely considered a classic, and for good reason. *** Anne Morrow Lindbergh had a very unusual life. Her husband, Charles Lindbergh, was … Continue reading On Our Bookshelves – 1955’s Gift from the Sea – A Review
It’s not a picnic. It’s something else entirely, although I’m not sure exactly what. But it is worth seeing.
*** Diana Swartz recently invited me to a dinner party at a Italian restaurant in NYC. She is good company and I like to see her (and the friends we have in common) but this was no ordinary dinner party. This was a party at which the various guests were assembled to meet some of … Continue reading Changing Cambodia & the World – A Q&A – Diana Swartz, Liger Leadership Academy