‘Just Mercy’

Author’s note: It’s #ThrowbackThursday here at An American Bluestocking, when I share earlier takes on books I think are worth your time. I originally wrote this review in January 2016; it was published on LibraryThing. This book broke my heart. One of the (few) encouraging things that seems to be coming out of our currentContinue reading “‘Just Mercy’”

They Said It

Quotable quotes from favorite books “So many of us have become afraid and angry. We’ve become so fearful and vengeful that we’ve thrown away children, discarded the disabled, and sanctioned the imprisonment of the sick and the weak — not because they are a threat to public safety or beyond rehabilitation but because we thinkContinue reading “They Said It”

‘Full Throttle’

New collection from Joe Hill is relentless Joe Hill is one of those rare authors who seems equally adept at short fiction (see the previous 20th Century Ghosts (HarperCollins, 2007) as he is with full-length novels (my favorites being his debut Heart-Shaped Box (William Morrow, 2007) and The Fireman (William Morrow, 2016). He’s also hadContinue reading “‘Full Throttle’”

Currently Reading, 2 March 2020

Something Old, Something New My March reading month is starting out like a lion: Lethal Passage by Erik Larson (1995, Vintage Books) From one of my favorite nonfiction authors, a short but powerful book tracing a handgun from its manufacture through its journey into the hands of a disturbed teenager who uses it in aContinue reading “Currently Reading, 2 March 2020”

Have dog, will travel

John Steinbeck hits the road in ‘Travels With Charley’ In 1960 at the age of 58, Steinbeck had already published his last novel (although he didn’t know it), and had less than a decade to live (which he also didn’t know but probably suspected). He was restless, a feeling exacerbated by having spent the pastContinue reading “Have dog, will travel”

Delicious murder mystery

‘A Bitter Feast’ serves up delectable meals along with its charming detecting duo You will be forgiven if your mouth waters uncontrollably while reading Deborah Crombie’s latest entry in the Duncan Kincaid/Gemma James mystery series, A Bitter Feast (HarperCollins, 2019). The action is set in the picturesque Cotswolds and centers around a pub in theContinue reading “Delicious murder mystery”

Outside the covers

What I’ve been reading lately besides books A weekly roundup of long reads you won’t find between the covers of a book. đź“° Nina Martyris serves up a variety of ways that the world’s most popular beverage has made its presence known in fiction in When Tea Reaches Its Boiling Point in Fiction, So TooContinue reading “Outside the covers”

Read it before you see it

Long before it was a movie, ‘The Goldfinch’ cast a spell on its readers With the recent release of a major motion picture based on Donna Tartt’s runaway bestseller, I thought it would be worthwhile to revisit my initial review of the book. This review was originally written in 2014. Wow, what a sprawling, magnificent,Continue reading “Read it before you see it”

A watery way of life

‘A Chesapeake Requiem’ takes the reader inside the endangered world of Tangier Island There’s a romance that lingers around certain places in America. Usually they are places that to outside observers have been “left behind” by modernity. Those of us frantically trying to keep up with the blistering pace of technology fool ourselves into thinkingContinue reading “A watery way of life”

Jackson Brodie returns

Nine years on, the moody detective picks up right where he left off in ‘Big Sky’ When last we saw Jackson Brodie, in 2011’s Started Early, Took My Dog, the introspective private investigator at the center of Kate Atkinson’s literary mystery series was wandering around Yorkshire, trying to track down an adopted woman’s biological familyContinue reading “Jackson Brodie returns”