Book Talk: IN THE UNLIKELY EVENT by Judy Blume

Book Talk: IN THE UNLIKELY EVENT by Judy Blume

In the Unlikely Event Judy Blume (Facebook) (Twitter) Knopf (June 2, 2015), Hardcover (ISBN 1101875046 / 9781101875049) Fiction, 416 pages A version of this discussion was previously published as a “From My Shelf” feature in Shelf Awareness for Readers (June 12, 2015). Shelf Awareness provided me with a publisher-furnished galley to facilitate the review and compensated me for the feature they received and posted. That pre-flight safety advisory probably feels a little more ominous to someone who’s had some […]

Book Talk: THE LIFE AND DEATH OF SOPHIE STARK by Anna North (via Shelf Awareness)

Book Talk: THE LIFE AND DEATH OF SOPHIE STARK by Anna North (via Shelf Awareness)

The Life and Death of Sophie Stark: A Novel Anna North (Twitter) (Facebook) Sophie Stark’s Tumblr Blue Rider Press (May 19, 2015), Hardcover (ISBN 0399173390 / 9780399173394) Fiction, 288 pages A version of this review was previously published in Shelf Awareness for Readers (June 9, 2015). Shelf Awareness provided me with a publisher-furnished galley to facilitate the review, and compensated me for the review they received and posted. ———————————————————————————————————————- Anna North’s second novel, The Life and Death of Sophie […]

(Audio)Book Talk: BORN WITH TEETH by Kate Mulgrew, read by the author

(Audio)Book Talk: BORN WITH TEETH by Kate Mulgrew, read by the author

Born With Teeth: A Memoir Kate Mulgrew Audiobook read by the author Little, Brown and Company (April 14, 2015), Hardcover (ISBN 0316334316 / 9780316334310) Nonfiction: memoir, 320 pages Source: Purchased audiobook (Hachette Audio, April 2015, ISBN 9781478903277; Audible ASIN B00U1OQ8YW) —————————————————————————————————————–   Kate Mulgrew’s first ambition was to be a poet. When she was selected to recite some pieces in a school program, her mother suggested learning one well-known poem and including that with the […]

Book Talk: ONE THING STOLEN, by Beth Kephart

Book Talk: ONE THING STOLEN, by Beth Kephart

One Thing Stolen Beth Kephart Chronicle Books (April 2015), Hardcover (ISBN 1452128316 / 9781452128313) Fiction (YA), 272 pages Source: Publisher-hosted blog tour   An articulate first-person narrator. A vivid sense of place (often a foreign one). Strong cross-generational relationships. The examination of an issue from an uncommon, unexpected perspective. These are some of the things I’ve found to be characteristic to Beth Kephart’s young-adult novels. These are some of the common elements I’ve come to […]

A Reader’s Journal: BEING MORTAL, by Atul Gawande

A Reader’s Journal: BEING MORTAL, by Atul Gawande

Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End Atul Gawande (Facebook) (Twitter) Audiobook read by Robert Petkoff Metropolitan Books (2014), Hardcover (ISBN 0805095152 / 9780805095159) Nonfiction, 304 pages Source: Purchased audiobook (Macmillan Audio, October 2014, ISBN 9781427244246; Audible ASIN B00NPAJ32S) My father just turned 86 years old. My mother-in-law will be 77 this summer. Both have outlived spouses after decades-long marriages. Both are still able to live on their own, both still work part-time, […]

Book Talk: THE TURNER HOUSE, by Angela Flournoy (via Shelf Awareness)

Book Talk: THE TURNER HOUSE, by Angela Flournoy (via Shelf Awareness)

The Turner House Angela Flournoy (Facebook) (Twitter) Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (April 14, 2015), Hardcover (ISBN 0544303164 / 9780544303164) Fiction, 352 pages, $23.00   A version of this review was previously published in Shelf Awareness for Readers (April 28, 2015). Shelf Awareness provided me with a publisher-furnished galley to facilitate the review, and compensated me for the review they received and posted.   —————————————————————————————————————-     The childhood summers she spent with her grandparents, and the stories of […]

Book Talk: SISTERS OF HEART AND SNOW, by Margaret Dilloway (via Shelf Awareness)

Book Talk: SISTERS OF HEART AND SNOW, by Margaret Dilloway (via Shelf Awareness)

Sisters of Heart and Snow Margaret Dilloway (Twitter) (Facebook) G.P. Putnam’s Sons (April 7, 2015), Hardcover (ISBN 0399170804 / 9780399170805) Fiction: 400 pages, $26.95 A version of this review was previously published in Shelf Awareness for Readers (April 21, 2015). Shelf Awareness provided me with a publisher-furnished galley to facilitate the review, and compensated me for the review they received and posted. —————————————————————————————————————- The story of Tomoe Gozen, a twelfth-century Japanese onna-musha (the female equivalent […]

(Audio)Book Talk: FUNNY GIRL, by Nick Hornby, read by Emma Fielding

(Audio)Book Talk: FUNNY GIRL, by Nick Hornby, read by Emma Fielding

Funny Girl: A Novel Nick Hornby (Facebook) Audiobook read by Emma Fielding Riverhead Books (2015), Hardcover (ISBN 1594205418 / 9781594205415) Fiction, 464 pages Source: Purchased audiobook (Penguin Audio, February 2015, ISBN 9780698195653; Audible ASIN B00RC52GMQ) In my opinion, Nick Hornby’s Funny Girl has a somewhat misleading title. Calling this novel Funny Show might reflect its premise a bit more accurately, because it’s not so much about a comedienne as it is the team and the […]

A Reader’s Journal: SCREENING ROOM: FAMILY PICTURES, by Alan Lightman

A Reader’s Journal: SCREENING ROOM: FAMILY PICTURES, by Alan Lightman

Screening Room: Family Pictures Alan Lightman Audiobook read by Bronson Pinchot Pantheon (2015), Hardcover (ISBN 0307379396 / 9780307379399) Nonfiction: memoir, 272 pages Source: Purchased audiobook (Blackstone Audio, February 2015, ISBN 9781481504881; Audible ASIN B00STZ9WLQ) “I will always live here, but I cannot live here,” Alan Lightman reflects near the end of Screening Room: Family Pictures, having just spent nearly a month back in Memphis, Tennesssee—the longest visit he’s made to his hometown since going north […]

Book Talk: KEEP THE ENDS LOOSE, by Molly D. Campbell

Book Talk: KEEP THE ENDS LOOSE, by Molly D. Campbell

Keep the Ends Loose Molly D. Campbell (Twitter) (Facebook) The Story Plant (March 3, 2015), Trade paper original (ISBN 1611882044 / 9781611882049) Fiction (YA), 294 pages Source: Publisher via Netgalley The search is over for several of Molly D. Campbell’s characters—they have found their novel, and they’re in for a very eventful summer in Keep the Ends Loose. Ohio teenager Mandy Heath is anxious about her upcoming freshman year of high school, but other than that, […]

A Reader’s Journal: THE EMPEROR OF ALL MALADIES: A BIOGRAPHY OF CANCER, by Siddhartha Mukherjee

A Reader’s Journal: THE EMPEROR OF ALL MALADIES: A BIOGRAPHY OF CANCER, by Siddhartha Mukherjee

The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer Siddhartha Mukherjee, M.D., Ph.D. Audiobook read by Stephen Hoye Scribner (2011), Trade paper (ISBN 1439170916 / 9781439170915) Nonfiction: science/medicine, 608 pages Source: Purchased audiobook (Tantor Media, November 2010; Audible ASIN B004CJR4L8)   A PBS documentary based on the book was released March 30, 2015 ——————————————————————————————————————– In January of this year, my husband Paul was diagnosed with a melanoma. The growth was surgically removed and biopsied, as was […]

Book Talk: AMERICAN GHOST, by Hannah Nordhaus (via Shelf Awareness)

Book Talk: AMERICAN GHOST, by Hannah Nordhaus (via Shelf Awareness)

American Ghost: A Family’s Haunted Past in the Desert Southwest Hannah Nordhaus (Facebook) (Twitter) Harper (March 10, 2015), Hardcover (ISBN 0062249215 / 9780062249210) Nonfiction: history/biography, 336 pages A version of this review was previously published in Shelf Awareness for Readers (March 24, 2015). Shelf Awareness provided me with a publisher-furnished galley to facilitate the review, and compensated me for the review they received and posted. For decades, stories have circulated that the historic La Posada […]

Shelf Awareness Book Talk: LIFE FROM SCRATCH, by Sasha Martin

Shelf Awareness Book Talk: LIFE FROM SCRATCH, by Sasha Martin

Life From Scratch: A Memoir of Food, Family, and Forgiveness Sasha Martin (Facebook) (Twitter) National Geographic (March 3, 2015), Hardcover, ISBN 1426213743 / 9781426213748) Nonfiction; memoir/food (with recipes), 336 pages A version of this review was previously published in Shelf Awareness for Readers (March 6, 2015). Shelf Awareness provided me with a publisher-furnished galley to facilitate the review, and compensated me for the review they received and posted. ————————————————————————————————————   Flavors, fragrances, and the experience […]

Book Talk: GOLDEN STATE, by Stephanie Kegan

Book Talk: GOLDEN STATE, by Stephanie Kegan

Golden State: A Novel Stephanie Kegan (Twitter) (Facebook) Simon & Schuster (February 17, 2015), Hardcover (ISBN 1476709319 / 9781476709314) Fiction, 304 pages Source: ARC from publisher, via Netgalley What would you do if you had reason to suspect your brother—once brilliant and promising, but now reclusive and strange—might be a terrorist? How might it feel to realize that the objects of his attacks were, indirectly, the legacy of your father? Where do you go when […]

Book Talk: BLUE STARS by Emily Gray Tedrowe (via Shelf Awareness)

Book Talk: BLUE STARS by Emily Gray Tedrowe (via Shelf Awareness)

Blue Stars: A Novel Emily Gray Tedrowe (Twitter) St. Martin’s Press (February 17, 2015), Hardcover (ISBN 1250052483 / 9781250052483) Fiction, 352 pages A version of this review was previously published in Shelf Awareness for Readers (February 6, 2015). Shelf Awareness provided me with a publisher-furnished galley to facilitate the review, and compensated me for the review they received and posted. ———————————————————————————————————— The questionable healthcare and housing conditions with which Walter Reed Army Medical Hospital confronted […]