The Jane Austen Book Club isn’t a reimagining of one of Jane Austen’s novels.
*** NOVEL: The Franchise Affair AUTHOR: Josephine Tey YEAR OF PUBLICATION: 1949 REVIEW: *** The Franchise Affair is beautifully written, a mystery well-told. It’s considered a classic in the genre, one of the Crime Writers’ Association’s Top 100 Crime Novels of All Time and one of the Mystery Writers of America’s Top 100 Mystery Novels … Continue reading On Our Bookshelves: The Franchise Affair
*** NOVEL: Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors AUTHOR: Sonali Dev YEAR OF PUBLICATION: 2019 REVIEW: *** Pride and Prejudice gets an Indian-American California makeover here, with a gender-swapped version of the classic story. It’s an easy, breezy read, and rather silly and predictable, but there are times (like these) that readers want the comfort of … Continue reading On Our Bookshelves: Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors
Brandon Stanton’s gift to the world is a collection of stories and connections, those gifts from the universe amplified and shared.
It’s been a long wait for Susanna Clarke’s second novel, 16 years.
No Time to Spare is a collection of essays, originally blog posts, collecting some of the best of Ursula Le Guin’s online pieces towards the end of her life.
I can’t exactly recommend The Thursday Murder Club. Well, maybe I can. I enjoyed reading it, having been very much in the mood for something comforting and undemanding.
*** NOVEL: Bellewether AUTHOR: Susanna Kearsley YEAR OF PUBLICATION: 2018 REVIEW: *** I’m not sure whether it was the elementary curriculum itself or whether I just wasn’t paying close attention. But in my memory at least, the American history I was taught growing up was sorely lacking and quite sporadic. We started with Columbus: 1492, … Continue reading On Our Bookshelves: Bellewether
I’d enjoyed Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand tremendously and was looking forward to seeing what else Helen Simonson had to say.
Much like the earlier Cheaper by the Dozen, Belles on Their Toes is written for a young audience, with funny anecdotes about their large family, and inspirational parts about how they rose to every occasion while dealing with grief and sudden financial hardship.