Friday, May 31, 2019

The Tempers of Historic Toronto.

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

TCL's Countdown Questions #2: Author Rabbi Ilene Schneider.

Friday, May 24, 2019

Puttin' on the... Resistance!

Book Review for “Mistress of the Ritz” by Melanie Benjamin.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

TCL's Countdown Questions #1: Author Melanie Benjamin

Starting with author Melanie Benjamin!


Friday, May 17, 2019

First Impression Friday for May 17, 2019

First Impression Friday is hosted by J.W. Martin.

Saturday, May 11, 2019

A Poetically Explosive Story

Book Review for “My Counterfeit Self” by Jane Davis

Lucy Forrester is a poet. That means by definition that she uses her words to express all the emotions she’s feeling, be they personal or be they political. In fact, she’s something of a rebel, but one with a cause she’s not willing to give up; the threat of the nuclear armament policies, in her own country of England as well as across the globe. The problem with Lucy is that if she’s going to use her poems to get her message across, she needs an audience, and one that is as wide as possible. However, Lucy isn’t one for fame, in fact, she’d rather be shamed than honored for her works. This dilemma is one she’s struggled with her whole life, and now that she’s getting older, she wonders if what she’s been showing the public is who she really is, or instead is a persona that she’s carved out to promote her cause.

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Fatherhood and its Flaws.

Book Review for “Things My Son Needs to Know About the World” by Fredrik Backman.

As a change of pace for Backman, this is not a book of fiction, but rather a type of memoir, which is also something that could be considered an advice book. The publisher calls this a collection of “personal dispatches from the front lines of one of the most daunting experiences any man can experience: fatherhood.” But whatever you call it, my regular readers will know by now that I’ve been a fan of Backman’s work since I read his first translated novel, “A Man Called Ove” and he’s been on my “Top Five” lists every year since then, often grabbing the #1 spot. Since then, Backman’s publicist has come to know me, and I’m on her list of bloggers that gets first crack at his work, and I totally adore her for it! I actually wrote to her asking about his next novel, but apparently that’s not quite ready yet, so she offered me this book. 

Saturday, May 4, 2019

#6Degrees - Six Degrees of Separation for May 4 2019

From “The Dry” to “What Girls are Good For.”

This is a monthly link-up hosted by Kate at  Books Are My Favourite and Best. Each month a book is chosen as a starting point and linked to six other books to form a chain. A book doesn’t need to be connected to all the other books on the list, only to the one next to it in the chain. The rules are here in this graphic:

This month (May 4, 2019), the chain begins with Jane Harper’s best-selling debut novel, The Dry.

Friday, May 3, 2019

The Conundrum of the Phenomenon.

Book Review for “The Girl Puzzle: A Story of Nellie Bly” by Kate Braithwaite.

This new historical, biographical fiction novel is about Elizabeth Cochrane, the investigative journalist of the late 19th century and early 20th century, who was better known as Nellie Bly. Apparently, Bly is a hot topic at the moment, since this is now the third novel that I’ve read that touches on Bly’s famous experience. The first was David Blixt’s novel of Bly’s earliest parts of her career, and the other one was Greer Macallister’s “Woman 99” where the main character is inspired by Bly’s story, and enters an asylum in order to save her sister who was committed to the institution. Thankfully, through intense, and compelling prose Braithwaite has given us a slightly different take on Bly and her life, as she portrays this woman not only as the true phenomenon that she was, but also as something of a conundrum.