A Fraction of the Whole

By: Steve Toltz
Fiction
2008
Subject Matter: Fathers and sons; Family
Rating: 5/5

A Fraction of the Whole

Yes.

Still 5/5.

A Fraction of the Whole is one of the books that inspired this blog. I read it when it originally came out and fell in love. Continue Reading

The Little Locksmith: A Memoir

By: Katharine Butler Hathaway
Nonfiction
1942
Subject Matter: American authors; 20th century; Biography; Pott’s disease; Patients; Women; Maine; Castine
Rating: 5/5

The Little Locksmith

The Little Locksmith is ostensibly a memoir about a young woman who purchases a house.

In reality, it is so.much.more than that. Continue Reading

Appalachia: The Voices of Sleeping Birds

By: Cynthia Rylant
Nonfiction
1991
Subject Matter: Appalachian Region; Southern; Descriptions and travel; Social life and customs
Rating: 3.5/5

Appalachia

Appalachia by Cynthia Rylant, in my opinion, is just as much “by” Barry Moser, the illustrator. Continue Reading

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

By: Lewis Carroll
Followed by Through the Looking-Glass
Fiction
1865
Subject Matter: Fantasy; Sir John Tenniel
Rating: 4/5

Alice's Adventures in WonderlandFantasy, indeed!

Who hasn’t heard of Alice in Wonderland?

Yeah. Nobody. Continue Reading

The Patron Saint of Liars

By: Ann Patchett
Fiction
1992
Subject Matter: Unmarried mothers; Mothers and daughters; Nuns; Kentucky
Rating: 4/5

The Patron Saint of Liars

“A fairy tale. A delight.”

Not quite the words I would use, New York TimesContinue Reading