Category Archives: book reviews

Washington Independent Review of Books: THE MAN WHO ASKED TO BE KILLED

I’m especially proud of the review of The Man Who Asked to Be Killed at The Washington Independent Review of Books because the reviewer, Philip K. Jason, is an emeritus English professor, a stranger to me. Since he taught at … Continue reading

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Goats, anyone?

I never gave goats a thought until last spring when I read Joyce Renwick‘s posthumous short-story volume In Praise of What Persists. A goat stars in the story “The Goat.”  “I kept finding the goat wandering in the dining room, or … Continue reading

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Jill Morrow’s Newport – “everything you need for literary escape”

It’s not that aging 1920s industrialist Bennett Chapman of Newport is haunted by ghosts, like the Cosmo Topper of Thorne Smith’s Topper novels (which led to the Topper movies and TV series). No, Newport’s Mr. Chapman isn’t haunted at all—he … Continue reading

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Anne Tyler: “She took the bowl of peas and brought it down on his head. It didn’t break, but peas flew everywhere.”

Meet Pearl, having supper with her little girl Jenny and her two teenage sons in Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant: “Jenny’s face was streaming with tears, but she wasn’t making a sound and Pearl seemed unaware of her. Cody cleared … Continue reading

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Oscar Wilde on his death bed: “Either the wall paper goes or I do.” In his book MIDMEN Author Steve Ochs brings both humor and sound advice to men facing their own mortality in mid-life crisis.

. I encountered Steve Ochs years ago in his life as a stand-up comic. If you haven’t watched the YouTube film of him discussing his cat’s sex life, it’s not to be missed. Go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xb3kYkSdbFA Nor do you want to … Continue reading

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North Dixie Highway: review and interview with author Joseph D Haske

  A prologue explains that no single “Dixie Highway” exists, but instead the term applies to roads south that reach as far north as Canada. Haske’s story lives in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Publisher Texas Review Press offers, in part: “Weaving … Continue reading

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“You know how men are. A woman gets upset and they start acting like little boys.”

Whether in or out of uniform, press corps Army Sergeant Lauren Harper faces the problems of today’s Every Woman as she is drawn into a murder investigation. Her direct superior in the press corps, now divorced and without his family, … Continue reading

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Hawke’s Point by Mark Willen

  Besides being a thoroughly engaging read with an intricate plot, Hawke’s Point is impressive for the author’s ability to move from the point-of-view of one to another of the novel’s ensemble of well-developed characters. We meet each as they … Continue reading

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Richard Russo, Nobody’s Fool: Who wouldn’t be satisfied with such a woman? Well, most men wouldn’t be, because most men are never satisfied.

I paraphrased: the actual quote is, “Who but Carl Roebuck, the little twerp, wouldn’t be satisfied with such a woman, Sully wondered as he limped up the driveway of the Roebuck house. Well, most men wouldn’t be, he had to … Continue reading

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Permanent Makeup and chicken soup

From Terra Ziporyn’s Permanent Makeup: “She understood that the moments we call the past, present, and future coexist, so that everything that had ever happened or would ever happen was always present, and of equal consequence. For that reason, she supposed, … Continue reading

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