THE LAST AMERICAN MAN, by Elizabeth Gilbert, narrated by Patricia Kalember

This is an amazing story, written by an amazing writer. What a great stylist Liz Gilbert is! I LOVED the carefully crafted casualness of her prose style – a gossip at the local cafe with superb editing. Eustace Conway is about my age, but when he was 17, he didn’t finish his A-Levels and go […]

SECRET GERMANY: Stefan George and his Circle by Robert Edward Norton

Who was Stefan George? If you look him up, you will find out that he was born in 1868 and died in 1933, and that he was a poet. In fact, he was one of the most important and influential poets to have written in German, making him as great as Goethe, Hölderlin or Rilke. […]

John Irving’s THE CIDER HOUSE RULES

Ostensibly, THE CIDER HOUSE RULES is the story of Dr. Wilbur Larch, who founds an orphanage at St. Cloud Maine, and of his favorite orphan Homer Wells, who follows in his footsteps and eventually becomes a doctor. But the novel is so much more than that. During the time period of this novel, set between […]

J. K. Rowling’s A CASUAL VACANCY

A CASUAL VACANCY by J. K. Rowling is the story of a bitter class struggle between the smug, wealthy inhabitants of Pagford, and their much poorer neighbors who inhabit the council flats called “The Fields”. When kindly counsel member Barry Fairbrother dies suddenly, someone has to be found to fill that vacant seat. The good […]

Happy Christmas Eve Everyone!

Today, I thought I would share some thoughts with you about one of my favorite novels of all time: TIGANA by Canadian fantasy writer Guy Gavriel Kay. Here is a book review I wrote a while ago, which I decided to recycle for your enjoyment today. Have a Safe & Happy evening (and don’t forget […]

WINTER GARDEN by Kristin Hannah narrated by Susan Ericksen

Having just finished Katherine Arden’s WINTERLIGHT trilogy of Russian folktales set in 1300s Rus, it was absolutely fascinating to read about the Siege of Leningrad presented as the Russian folktale THE PEASANT GIRL AND THE PRINCE. WINTER GARDEN is not the easiest book to read. Many readers will be put off by the beginning which […]